2016 Officially Takes Away An Iconic Woman

The dreadful year of 2016 is almost over but unfortunately continues to take great people from us. An iconic woman, Star Wars royalty, actress, author, and screenwriter, Carrie Fisher has passed on today (12/27) at an age too young of 60. Yes, our beloved Princess Leia Organa-Skywalker-Solo has entered the Force stream and we are left here. However, like many of those that have gone before her she leaves behind a life that can teach us all.

Carrie Fisher was destined to be the talent that we knew her as. She was the daughter of the pop singer Eddie Fisher and the actress Debbie Reynolds, so entertainment was clearly in her blood. While she tried to escape it while young, ultimately she was drawn back to it her early twenties. Much of her career is celebrated in the Star Wars universe starting back in 1977. She obviously reprised her roles in The Empire Strikes Back (80) and Return of the Jedi (83) and then again 32 years later for The Force Awakens. In 1986 she appeared in Woody Allen’s acclaimed film Hannah and Her Sisters. The next year saw the arrival of her first book, Postcards From the Edge, which was a loosely based autobiographical novel, which later it would be turned into a film starring Meryl Streep and Shirley MacLaine.

After all of this, Fisher had done everything from The Man with One Red Shoe, When Harry Met Sally, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, Scream 3, and even a Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back cameo. She worked in the animation and video game world and even wrote a one woman show.

Fisher is more than just Princess Leia to us, and if she isn’t then you need to understand why she is so important. Carrie Fisher is an actress that has always been open to her being bipolar. “I used to think I was a drug addict, pure and simple — just someone who could not stop taking drugs willfully,” says Fisher. “And I was that. But it turns out that I am severely manic depressive.”

It had taken her about 20 years and a mental breakdown to say these words publicly in an interview with Diane Sawyer on PrimeTime. “I have two moods,” she explains. “One is Roy, rollicking Roy, the wild ride of a mood. And Pam, sediment Pam, who stands on the shore and sobs … Sometimes the tide is in, sometimes it’s out.” Manic depression, for those that do not know, is a chemical mood disorder, also called Bipolar Disorder, that is characterized by unpredictable mood changes. These are known as manic and depressive episodes.

Fisher was also very candid about her substance abuse issues over the decades, starting at the very young age of 13 when she began smoking marijuana. She said she later dabbled in drugs like cocaine , which she admits doing on the set of Empire Strikes Back, and LSD. Fisher explored her own issues with addiction in her 1987 book, Postcards from the Edge (mentioned above).

Despite all of this, Carrie Fisher was able to keep her career, she fought long and hard with her drug addiction and mental disorder and thankfully neither of these were the result of her passing. She remains a champion in all of our hearts. No, sadly Ms. Fisher suffered from a heart attack while she was aboard a flight from London to Los Angeles on Friday. While she was mentioned to be in stable condition, her daughter confirmed the beloved Princess’ death by way of family spokesperson, Simon Halls. However, since then, both family and friends made beautiful statements that say everything about her character and how much she was loved.

Fisher’s mother, Debbie Reynolds, wrote on her Facebook page, “Thank you to everyone who has embraced the gifts and talents of my beloved and amazing daughter. I am grateful for your thoughts and prayers that are now guiding her to her next stop. Love Carrie’s Mother.” 

Former Star Wars co-star, Harrison Ford, said, “Carrie was one of a kind … brilliant, original. Funny and emotionally fearless. She lived her life, bravely … My thoughts are with her daughter Billie, her mother Debbie, her brother Todd and her many friends. We will all miss her.” 

Billie Lourde, her daughter had said in a statement when the actress passed, “She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly. Our entire family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers.”

Mark Hamill, former-costar, sent out a Tweet saying, “No Words and then a picture of the two of them.

Here at Stream.Me we just want to say that an actress like Ms. Fisher, who steals the hearts of so many people in just three movies comes around once in a lifetime. Ms. Fisher was truly powerful both on screen and off and she will be missed. The Force was definitely strong with her and she will forever be remembered in the hearts of boys and girls for a long, long, time to come.

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