By Travis Martin
After suffering a heart attack at LAX airport on December 23, actress Carrie Fisher has passed away today on December 27, 2016. She was 60 years old. In a statement to PEOPLE from Fisher’s spokesman Simon Hall on behalf of her daughter, actress Billie Lourd, it states:
“It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning. She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly. Our entire family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers.”
Fisher was born on October 21, 1956 to actress Debbie Reynolds and singer Eddie Fisher. Being introduced at an early age to the entertainment industry, Fisher was cast at the age of 15 in a Broadway revival of “Irene” that starred her mother. However, this would interfere with her education, making Fisher unable to graduate high school. Nonetheless, Fisher enrolled in Central School of Speech and Drama in London, where she only stayed for 18 months.
Right after this, Fisher would make her first film debut in 1975’s “Shampoo,“ starring Warren Beatty and Goldie Hawn. Right after this, Fisher would be cast in her most iconic role, that of Princess Leia Organa from the Star Wars series with Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford (who she was having an affair with). Unlike most people, Fisher thought that the script for “A New Hope” was fantastic. She would return to play the character in the sequels, “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi.“
While Fisher did appear in other films, such as “The Blues Brothers,“ “Hannah and Her Sisters,“ “The ‘Burbs,“ and “When Harry Met Sally…,“ her drug addictions, mental illness, and her tumultuous marriage to singer Paul Simon stalled her career. She would later go into a relationship with Bryan Lourd from 1991 to 1994, which produce her daughter Billie. She did however had numerous cameos and small roles, including one on NBC‘s “30 Rock” for which she received an Emmy nomination.
Fisher also wrote numerous semi-autobiographical novels, such “Postcards from the Edge,” along with the script for the film adaption starring Maryl Streep and Shirley MacLaine and directed by Mike Nichols. She also wrote a book and did a one-woman play called “Wishful Drinking” about her addictions and mental health. Fisher would return to play Leia Organa“Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens,“ now a general in the film and the mother to main antagonist Ben Solo aka Kylo Ren (Adam Driver). She has already finished filming for “Star Wars Episode VIII.“ She is also set to appear in the HBO documentary “Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds” about her mother. Besides her daughter Billie, Fisher is also survived by her brother Todd and her half-sisters Joely and Tricia.