Today, December 27, 2016, Carrie Fisher, most commonly known as Princess Leia in the Star Wars franchise, died at the age of 60.
Many celebrity deaths have occurred during the past year and have a profound effect on many, but I think that the death of Carrie Fisher has affected more people than anyone else simply because of the inspiration that she was on-and-off the screen.
Many people throughout the past several decades have been given a hero in Princess Leia. Little girls and boys can watch and see someone that they want to be when they grow up. She is strong, courageous, and independent, much like Carrie Fisher in real life. Leia was a character that was revolutionary for the time and continues to be as influential as when she was created. She has influenced so many characters after her and become one of the most important characters in fiction. Carrie Fisher will always be remembered for her portrayal of this hero. But for me, Carrie Fisher was more than just Princess Leia, she was an inspiration and a writer.
Outside of her acting career, Carrie made many contributions as a script doctor on many high-profile films in the film industry, a list too long to name here. As a person though, she overcame many battles with addictions and served as inspiration for those who were dealing with those same struggles. She was earnest, funny, and she spoke her mind, no matter what anyone thought.
Carrie Fisher has made an impact on so many people’s lives and will continue to do so, long after today. She may be gone, but her spirit and the characters and art that she created will live on and inspire countless others. May the Force be with you Carrie.
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