Carrie Fisher, the actress who played the iconic role of Princess Leia in Star Wars, has passed away at the age of 60. The writer, actress, screenwriter, and author who acted in a number of films and television shows had two primetime Emmy nominations to her credit. Her role as Leia Organa in the eighth Star Wars film will not be affected sources tell Variety as shooting for the film has ended in July. Here are a few fast facts about the actress:
She Found Filming Star Wars a Pain
She hated the clothes she had to wear in the films especially the very uncomfortable metal bikini in Return of the Jedi, which didn’t allow her to wear any underwear. She joked about it saying, “As we all know, there is no underwear in space.” In her memoir, Wishful Thinking she said, “George Lucas ruined my life.”
She Had an Affair with Harrison Ford
Fisher recently revealed she had an “intense” affair with a married Harrison Ford almost four decades earlier during the filming of the first Star Wars film. It was the reason they had so much chemistry in the film
She Was Married to Paul Simon
Fisher was married to legendary songwriter Paul Simon of Simon and Garfunkel for a year and dated him for eight years after their divorce
A Sought After Script Doctor
Carrie Fisher wasn’t just an actress; her screenwriting skills made her a sought after ‘script doctor‘ in Hollywood. She made some important changes in the screenplays of popular 90s films such as Hook, Lethal Weapon 3, Sister Act, and The Wedding Singer.
Struggled with Bipolar Disorder and Drug Addiction
Fisher was very forthcoming about her diagnosis with bipolar disorder, her struggle with depression, and drug addiction at a time when mental health was rarely discussed especially by Hollywood celebrities. “Carrie Fisher coming out and saying she had bipolar disorder was almost like a bright light for people, showing them that they could achieve their goals even with a mental illness like bipolar disorder,” Natasha Tracy, a mental health blogger and author told TODAY.
An Author and Screenplay Writer
Fisher also wrote a book, Postcards From The Edge, which was turned into a major motion picture starring the likes of Meryl Streep and Shirley McLaine.
James Blunt and Carrie Fisher
A very unusual but absolutely platonic pairing said Fisher. The English singer stayed at Carrie’s Los Angeles home during the recording of his 2003 album Back to Bedlam. The album spawned massive hits such as ‘You’re Beautiful’ and sold 11 million copies worldwide; it appears that the force was passed down to Mr Blunt.
There is a Strain of Weed Named after Her
‘Princess Leia‘ is a strain of marijuana named after her iconic role. Fisher said she discovered it after her daughter’s boyfriend “tried to get a discount” from her.