Just two days after it was announced that pop idol George Michael passed away, actress Carrie Fisher was pronounced dead. Fisher suffered a heart attack while on a plane on December 23nd and she died from complications from that attack. She was just 60.
Fisher is the actress best known for portraying Princess Leia in the iconic Star Wars trilogy. She got her big break in 1977 and was only 19 when she was cast in the franchise that would go on to impact motion pictures for years to come.
Although best known for her role in Star Wars, Fisher has accumulated 90 acting credits throughout her impressive career. Most recently, she’s appeared in a recurring role in Amazon’s Catastrophe.
Fisher won’t just be remembered as an iconic actress. In 1985, she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and would spend the rest of her life being an advocate for mental health awareness. In an industry where mental health issues are often swept under the rug, Fisher was a brave voice that helped others deal with a serious health issue. Fisher will be greatly missed but her presence can be felt in film and television forever.