Carrie Fisher, iconic actress from ‘Star Wars,’ dies at 60

first_imgCarrie Fisher, iconic actress from ‘Star Wars,’ dies at 60 SHARE Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. Published: December 27, 2016 1:02 PM EST Updated: December 27, 2016 2:32 PM EST LOS ANGELES (AP) – Carrie Fisher, the daughter of Hollywood royalty who played Princess Leia in the original “Star Wars” and turned her experiences with addiction and mental illness into bestselling books, a hit film and popular stage performances, died Tuesday after suffering a medical emergency aboard a flight on Friday. She was 60.Her daughter, Billie Lourd, released a statement through her spokesman announcing Fisher’s death.“It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning,” read the statement from publicist Simon Halls. “She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly.”Fisher, the daughter of actress Debbie Reynolds and crooner Eddie Fisher, had been hospitalized since Friday, when paramedics responded to a patient in distress at Los Angeles International Airport. Fisher’s family said she was in intensive care Friday evening.She made her feature film debut opposite Warren Beatty in the 1975 hit “Shampoo.” She also appeared in “Austin Powers,” ”The Blues Brothers,” ”Charlie’s Angels,” ”Hannah and Her Sisters,” ”Scream 3″ and “When Harry Met Sally …”But Fisher is best remembered as Princess Leia in the original “Star Wars” in 1977, with her now-iconic braided buns, who uttered the immortal phrase, “Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi, you’re my only hope.” Fisher played a part in which she was tough, feisty and powerful, even if at one point she was chained to Jabba the Hutt. (She reprised the role in Episode VII of the series, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” in 2015, and her digitally rendered image appears in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.”)“No words #Devastated,” actor Mark Hamill posted on Twitter Tuesday.Fisher long battled drug addiction and mental illness. She said she smoked pot at age 13, used LSD by 21 and was first diagnosed as bipolar at age 24. She was treated with electroconvulsive therapy and medication.In 1987, her thinly veiled autobiography “Postcards From the Edge” became a best seller. It was adapted into a 1990 film starring Shirley MacLaine and Meryl Streep.More books followed: “Delusions of Grandma,” ”Surrender the Pink,” ”The Best Awful,” ”Shockaholic” and this year’s autobiography, “The Princess Diarist,” in which she revealed that she and co-star Harrison Ford had an affair on the set of “Star Wars.”Ever ready to satirize herself, she has even played Carrie Fisher a few times, as in David Cronenberg’s dark Hollywood sendup “Maps to the Stars” and in an episode of “Sex and the City.” In the past 15 years, Fisher also had a somewhat prolific career as a television guest star, recently in the Amazon show “Catastrophe” as the mother of Rob Delaney’s lead, and perhaps most memorably as a has-been comedy legend on “30 Rock.”Her one-woman show, “Wishful Drinking,” which she’s performed on and off across the country since 2006, was turned into a book, made its way to Broadway in 2009 and was captured for HBO in 2010.Little was off-limits in the show. She discussed the scandal that engulfed her superstar parents (Fisher ran off with Elizabeth Taylor); her brief marriage to singer Paul Simon; the time the father of her daughter left her for a man; and the day she woke up next to the dead body of a platonic friend who had overdosed in her bed.“I’m a product of Hollywood inbreeding. When two celebrities mate, something like me is the result,” she said in the show. At another point, she cracked: “I don’t have a problem with drugs so much as I have a problem with sobriety.”“She was funnier&smarter than anyone had the right to be,” Whoopi Goldberg wrote on Twitter Tuesday. “Sail On Silver Girl. Condolences Debbie & Billie.”“Hail Hail! A genius has vacated this realm-RIP Carrie Fisher,” Roseanne Barr posted on the site.Besides her mother and daughter, Fisher is survived by her brother, Todd Fisher.In a 2009 interview with The Associated Press, Fisher wasn’t coy about revealing details about her unusual life, whether it was about drug addiction, mental illness or her failed relationships. She hoped to destigmatize mental health problems.“People relate to aspects of my stories and that’s nice for me because then I’m not all alone with it,” she said. “Also, I do believe you’re only as sick as your secrets. If that’s true, I’m just really healthy.”last_img read more

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Guardiola to snub Chelsea and opt to take over at City – report

first_imgPep Guardiola will snub Chelsea and decide to become Manchester City manager in the summer, according to The Sun on Sunday.He is said to have opted for City because he is convinced they can become a force to rival his former club Barcelona.The Sunday People say Ashley Cole intends to have talks with Manchester United when his Chelsea contract expires in the summer and would prefer to stay in the Premier League rather than move abroad.The Sunday Express suggest Chelsea striker Fernando Torres’ former club Atletico Madrid will offer him the chance to return there on loan next season.Meanwhile, QPR are set to make a £7.5m bid for Michael Dawson, the Sunday Mirror say.Rangers, who tried to sign Dawson in the summer, are said to be planning another attempt to capture him from Tottenham after having an offer for Jonas Olsson rejected by West Brom.R’s boss Harry Redknapp recently insisted he had given up hope of signing Dawson and Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas has made it clear he has no intention of selling him.But it is claimed that if Dawson – who flatly refused to move to Loftus Road in August – says he wants to leave, Villas-Boas would have trouble keeping him.The Sunday Mirror also claim that Aston Villa are reluctant to sell striker Darren Bent to QPR, who supposedly want him.The Mail on Sunday report that Newcastle have had a bid accepted by Marseille for striker Loic Remy – a player QPR definitely do want.The People report Fulham’s interest in Rennes midfielder Yann M’Vila – another of Rangers’ transfer targets.Related West London Sport story: Rangers boss back in France for talks over Remy and M’VilaFulham’s Chris Baird is wanted by West Brom and Reading, according to the Sunday Mirror.Baird apparently wants to stay at Craven Cottage, where his contract expires this summer, but could be tempted by the prospect of a long-term deal elsewhere.The People say German club Schalke are keen for Fulham boss Martin Jol to take over as their manager.This page is regularly updated.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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