Carrie Fisher, 1956-2016

I have been surprised by how upset the loss of Carrie Fisher has made me. I cried twice — initially when it was announced that she'd had a heart attack, because it felt like the end, and yesterday, when we learned she had died.

I always liked her, and not just because of the requisite mild adoration that you'd expect from the average science fiction geek who'd watched Star Wars more times than she could count. It was because she was a whole lot more than just Hollywood royalty who'd lucked into the female lead of one of the greatest movies in history. She was witty, self-deprecating, a terrific writer, and a survivor who was fearless about sharing the worst of herself. She was upfront about her struggle with mental illness, and I have a lot of respect for celebrities who do that because it makes a genuine difference in other people's lives. Plus, she deeply loved her dog.

Social media can be a mixed blessing, or not a blessing, but the outpouring of love for Carrie Fisher on Twitter has genuinely touched, amused, and/or comforted me.














She was one of a kind. Rest in peace.
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Billie Doux loves good television, especially science fiction, and spends way too much time writing about it.


6 comments:

Mallena said...

I'm more of a Trekker than a Star Wars fan, but I did see the original movies in a theatre all those years ago and I did love them. I really liked the movie Postcards From the Edge, and appreciated that small glimpse into Carrie Fisher's life. I also think that it is good when celebrities talk about their mental issues. It does get the topic more out in the open. I recently met some ladies in person that I only knew on-line, and I made the decision to tell them right away that I have problems with social anxiety. I didn't want them to think that I was acting weird or distant for no reason at times. It really broke the ice, and it felt good to not have to worry about what they were thinking about me. I'm sorry to see Ms. Fisher go so young, she was one of a kind.

Victoria Grossack said...

I agree, her death really hurts. Perhaps because Star Wars belongs to my youth, and so does she, and now that is really, really over. I agree with Mallena that we need more talk about mental issues. We're always willing to forgive someone a physical problem, but not so much the mental problem - as if the latter is controllable. Fisher has done humanity a great service by talking about her own problems.

Her poor dog! The humans at least know what happened, but how do you tell the dog?

RIP, Princess Carrie.

Billie Doux said...

This is practically unbelievable. Debbie Reynolds just died, a day after her daughter.

Patryk said...

I guess it was too much stress for Reynolds. RIP Carrie and Debbie. :/

mazephoenix said...

Heard about her mother too..that's so sad. Fisher's Leia was an icon, and her other roles and her writing was great. RIP.

Lamounier said...

What a sad end of year for the family. :(