“I signed my likeness away. Every time I look in the mirror, I have to send Lucas a couple of bucks.”
So said Carrie Fisher, who passed away today at the age of 60, after recently suffering a heart attack.
As is the case for nearly everyone who saw the films, my childhood memories are filled with her butt kicking Princess Leia from the original Star Wars Trilogy. The character was probably the greatest “Princess” character that was not (at least at the time) owned by Disney (the star would later brag that she was now a Disney Princess when the studios bought the rights from George Lucas.
Fisher was born into show business to parents Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds (Singin’ in the Rain). She would star in other films like The Blues Brothers as the mystery woman set to kill Jake (John Belushi), When Harry Met Sally as Sally’s (Meg Ryan) best friend, and even small parts like that of the therapist in the first Austin Powers film.
Despite these and other roles, it is her role as Leia in the original Star Wars Trilogy, The Force Awakens and the upcoming Episode Eight that she will forever be remembered for.
I like to think that, if we all just yelled “We love you Carrie!”, her response would simply be,…