George Lucas praises 'powerful princess' Carrie Fisher

George Lucas praises 'powerful princess' Carrie Fisher
The actress, author and stage performer Carrie Fisher died Tuesday at age 60, Mashable has confirmed.
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The actress, author and stage performer Carrie Fisher died Tuesday at age 60, Mashable has confirmed.

In the midst of emotional and heartfelt tributes from celebrities and an outpouring of love from fans on Twitter, the legendary George Lucas, creator of the Star Wars franchise, spoke about losing his beloved Princess Leia.

In a statement, Lucas praised the actress as a true talent, a dear friend and a treasured personality.

Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher dies aged 60

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    Carrie Fisher, who rose to fame as Princess Leia in the Star Wars films and later endured drug addiction and stormy romances with show business heavyweights, died on Tuesday (Dec 27), her daughter said through a family spokesman.

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    Fisher, the daughter of actress Debbie Reynolds and singer Eddie Fisher, who died in 2010, had been in England shooting the third season of the British sitcom Catastrophe. She suffered a heart attack during a flight on Friday from London to Los Angeles. She was met by paramedics and rushed to the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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    Fisher started her showbiz life in 1989 hit film When Harry Met Sally, as a memorable supporting role. Summing up the showbiz legacy she expected to leave behind in her 2011 memoir "Shockaholic," Fisher wrote in self-deprecating style: "What you'll have of me after I journey to that great Death Star in the sky is an extremely accomplished daughter, a few books, and a picture of a stern-looking girl wearing some kind of metal bikini lounging on a giant drooling squid, behind a newscaster informing you of the passing of Princess Leia after a long battle with her head."

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    But her life was also mired at times in substance abuse, mental illness and tumultuous romances with other entertainment figures, all of which he laid bare in her books, interviews and a one-woman stage show titled "Wishful Drinking."

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    Fisher's friend and former Star Wars' co-star Mark Hamill said in a tweet: "No words. #Devastated"

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    Her death came a month after the actress and author made headlines by disclosing that she had a three-month love affair with her Star Wars co-star Harrison Ford (extreme right) 40 years ago.

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    "It was so intense," Fisher told People. "It was Han and Leia during the week, and Carrie and Harrison during the weekend."

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    Shortly after news of her death was made public, her dog Gary, who has his own Twitter account, said goodbye: "Saddest tweets to tweet. Mommy is gone. I love you @carrieffisher."

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    Fisher wrote her bestselling novel, Postcards from the Edge, about a drug-abusing actress forced to move back in with her mother. She later adapted the book into a film that starred Meryl Streep and Shirley MacLaine.

"Carrie and I have been friends for most of our adult lives," Lucas said.

He went on to pay tribute to her intellect, acting and writing skills, and sense of humour before bringing up the her epic and historical role as Princess Leia.

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"In Star Wars she was our great and powerful princess - feisty, wise and full of hope in a role that was more difficult than most people might think," he said.

Lucas ended his statement by offering his deepest sympathies to Fisher's family, friends and fans, and reminding us how missed she will be.

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Hollywood and the Star Wars universe will certainly never be the same.


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