Quincy Nolan -A&E Editor
The end of 2016 brought a heartbreak that is still very fresh in the lives of so many people. Just two days after Christmas, on Dec 27, 2016 we lost the incredibly talented Carrie Fisher.
Fisher was best known for her breakout role in the ever so successful franchise Star Wars. Fisher’s character, Princess Leia, stole the hearts of nerds and feminists everywhere. Not only was Leia an amazing character with depth and development matched by almost no other, she also became a symbol of strong and intelligent femininity for women everywhere, which was no doubt Fisher’s intention for she was a very active feminist right up until the day she passed.
Fisher was very outspoken on many subjects and was very unabashedly a liberal. She was a known Women’s Rights Activist and LGBT ally, and had been extremely opposed to the current president. Even after her death, she still remains an incredibly prominent feminist symbol. At the Women’s March on Washington, thousands of signs bearing Fisher’s face reading “We are the Resistance” could be seen in the hands of protesters.
Fisher also was a huge advocate for mental health and drug addiction awareness. She was very open about her struggles with bipolar disorder, alcoholism, and addiction to cocaine and prescription medicines.
She worked very hard to try and normalize mental illness and to make it something that was easier to talk about. Her battles, successes and even relapses have inspired people all around the world. In her laters years, Fisher could be seen with her emotional support dog, a French bulldog named Gary. Following her death, it is now said that Gary is being cared for by her daughter Billie Lourd.
Besides being an advocate and incredibly talented actress Fisher was also a very gifted writer. She published many works including, The Best Awful There Is, Wishful Drinking, Shockaholic, and most recently The Princess Diarist.. Fishers books were no stranger to the best sellers list and continue to remain there even following her passing. In 2010, Fisher received the Outer Critics Circle Award of Outstanding Solo Performance for Wishful Drinking.
Although most known for playing the most badass princess and general in the galaxy, Fisher could also be seen on the big screen in countless other roles including playing Marie in the 1989 success “When Harry Met Sally.” Fisher also wrote the screenplay for the movie based on her story, “Postcards from the Edge” which starred her lifelong best friend Meryl Streep.
Icon, actress, advocate, author, comedian and the list continues. Carrie Fisher was truly an incredible human being., so flawed and relatable while still reaming absolutely breathtakingly talented. She has left a truly remarkable legacy that will stay with us for decades to come. We are truly honored to have been able to experience what she had to offer. She will be dearly missed and won’t be forgotten anytime soon. Fly high Princess.