July 25, 2021

Carrie Fisher, myth and legend

Carrie Fisher, in the movie ‘Wonderland (broken dreams)’.

Her participation in ‘Star Wars’ made her a sex symbol for fans of the Star Wars universe, but Fisher was much more than that. Actress, writer and screenwriter, it has just been four years since her death


Carrie FisherAmerican actress, writer and screenwriter of film and television, whose death has just been four years old, was a myth in life for his intervention in the ‘Star Wars’ saga, and after his death he has become a legend.

Fisher became super popular for playing Princess Leia Organa in the ‘Star War’ saga (Movies IV to VIII). In 1987 he published a semi-autobiographical novel entitled ‘Postcards from the Edge’, made three years later by director Mike Nichols with the same title and played by Meryl Streep in the role of Carrie and Shirley MacLaine in that of her mother, Debbie Reynolds. .

Carrie Frances Fisher was born in Los Angeles on October 21, 1956. Her parents were singer Eddie Fisher and actress Debbie Reynolds. He had a younger brother, actor Todd Fisher. He lived the show business since he was born, because of his mother’s work. He appeared in a few productions with her before starting her first film job, when she played a seductive young woman alongside Warren Beatty in Hal Ashby’s ‘Shampoo’ (1975).

Two years later the role for which she would be widely recognized emerged. George Lucas chose him after an extensive casting to play Princess Leia Organa, in the film initially known as ‘Star Wars’ (1977), today Episode IV of the saga, renamed ‘A new dawn’, a character who repeated in the continuations ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ (1980), ‘The Return of the Jedi’ (1983) and, 32 years later, in ‘The Force Awakens’ (2015). In between, in 1980, he appeared in ‘Rogues at full speed’. During the filming of ‘Star Wars’ he had an affair with the male protagonist, Harrison Ford, which was more than evident when they both visited Madrid for the film’s premiere.

After these successes,
fought drug and alcohol dependence and lived a brief marriage with the singer Paul Simon. His film career suffered considerably, which would be reflected in the poor quality of the films he played, such as ‘Under the Rainbow’ (1981) and ‘Hollywood Vice Squad’ (1986), now completely ignored, and the excellent, winner of three Oscar from 1986, ‘Hannah and her sisters’, directed by Woody Allen. From then on she worked as a supporting actress, in comedies such as “When Harry Met Sally” (1989), “Sibling Rivalry” (1990) and “Soapdish” (1991).

As her career, apart from the ‘Star Wars’ saga that was happening, could not take off, she also worked as a writer, publishing in 1987 the semi-autobiographical novel ‘Postcards from the edge’, which was taken to the cinema in 1990 by the director Mike Nichols, who commissioned him to write the screenplay for the film adaptation, starring Meryl Streep as Carrie and Shirley MacLaine as her mother at one point in her life. Fisher continued to write and published other novels such as ‘Surrender the Pink’ and ‘Delusions of Grandma’. In 2001 another script of his was brought to the screen in the telefilm ‘These Old Broads’, with a luxury leading quartet consisting of his mother Debbie Reynolds, Elizabeth Taylor, Shirley MacLaine and Joan Collins.

Fisher publicly recounted drug problems, her battle with bipolar disorder, and antidepressant addiction on television. In September 2009 he published a biography called ‘Wishful Drinking’, where he narrated his experiences in a humorous way, laughing at his tendency to alcoholism and his sentimental failures.

In one of his most revealing interviews in October 2010, while in Sydney, he confessed his strong addiction to cocaine during the filming of ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ and that he survived an overdose: “Little by little I realized that I was using drugs a little more than other people and I was losing my control over them. I gave so much to cocaine that even John Belushi told me he had a problem.

On December 23, 2016, she suffered a massive heart attack while on a flight from London to Los Angeles, immediately applying resuscitation measures. She was transferred to a medical center in the city in serious condition. The popular American actress was on a promotional tour for her new book, ‘The Diarist Princess’.

Finally, on December 27, 2016, he passed away at UCLA Medical Center. The next day, December 28, her mother Debbie Reynolds, while preparing her daughter’s memorial service, died of a fulminant stroke. For her millions of fans around the world, who this past Sunday 27 held vigils in many places to remember her, and not with candles but with laser swords, Carrie Fisher will forever be the immortal Princess Leila.