Carrie Fisher (1956 – 2016)

Most of America was introduced to her in the iconic Star Wars film of 1977 as Princess Leia.  For many of us nerds, geeks, Star Wars junkies or just lovers of great cinema, we will forever remember her as such. News broke of her death today, following what’s speculated to have been a heart attack aboard a flight from London to L.A.

2016 has seen the passing of many great icons, many who were particularly tied to my generation. Even though I saw Star Wars much later than 1977, its universe permeated every bit of my geeky existence. It influenced many of the things in sci-fi and fantasy I’ve come to love. Her recent appearance in The Force Awakens also proves how enduring her legacy is and will forever be.

She was more than Princess Leia. Carrie Fisher is descendent of Hollywood royalty, having touched gold herself. She was refreshingly imperfect and downright hilarious, sharing many of her personal life struggles. From substance abuse, marital breakdowns and a brief dalliance with Harrison Ford, she lived a life of both dreams and heartbreak.

She showed little girls early on that they could kick ass with the boys, something Hollywood still struggles to get across. Most of all, she lived life on her own terms, unadulterated and unfiltered. She knew how to Kanye West, before there was a Kanye West. May the Force be with her and her family and friends.

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