This has been a terrible year for losing iconic artists and actors from my childhood. Sadly, we have lost another great creative to the times, and it's especially unfortunate to know she was on an upswing with all her creative endeavors these last few years too. To most she will always be known as Princess Leia of the Star Wars franchise, a roll she has grown to accept over the decades of her career.
When I first caught a glimpse of her I was just a young boy in the 1980s, living somewhere in rural Oklahoma, I was mesmerized not only by her beauty, but how she held herself with the boys. During a time where other 80s films like Revenge of the Nerds and Porky's relegated women as sexual side pieces, or beautiful bodies to be played within slasher flicks, Fisher's Leia was a mercenary leader of a resistance army! Before I even knew what feminism even meant, I was seeing it in action. Though in Return of the Jedi she was forced into a gold bikini set, her character reminded us that you don't get one over Leia that easily. She was an equal to men, Jedi, alien or other.
Debbie Reynold's, Carrie's mother, died a day after her daughter. I don't know whether it was health issues, but I can only guess it might have been over the grief of losing her daughter.
Carrie was born a day after my birthday. So seeing that she's a Libra on the cusp of Scorpio, I totally get why she was the kind of person she was. Joking, passionate, sarcastic, and very talented at making people think and feel. See you in the stars lady.