"I am a spy in the house of me. I report back from the front lines of the battle that is me. I am somewhat nonplussed by the event that is my life." – Carrie Fisher
She was a writer, an actress and a humorist but in our hearts we see her as Princess Leia Organa who fought against the Empire in a galaxy far, far away. She wished to die, drowned in moonlight strangled by her bra but the great general succumbed to a cardiac arrest. Carrie Fisher bid us adieu on 28th December and barely a day after that her mother Debbie Reynolds suffered the same fate. As Hollywood and the world mourns the loss of these two stars, we pay tribute to a woman who was not afraid to speak her mind in an age where it was frowned upon. She was vocal about her struggle with bipolar disorder and her run-ins with substance abuse.
Being a part of a Hollywood star family, Carrie complained of never having a private life. She made her debut with the 1975 movie Shampoo not knowing that in a couple of years, everything would change. When she starred in A New Hope, she must not have been aware that she will be known as Princess Leia all her life and she carried the burden very well, continuing to inspire with her on-screen and off-screen appearances. Her semi-autobiographical book, Postcards from the Edge was a powerful book where she discussed her experience as a star child and didn't care about revealing her struggles with bipolar disorder to the world. She also was the author of books like Surrender the Pink and Wishful Thinking.
In spite of her inspiring performances, she hadn't received her star on the Hollywood walk of fame, an error her fans have no qualms about rectifying post her demise. We say goodbye to (hopefully) the last victims of 2016 in a hope that she still reigns in a galaxy far, far away.