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In Memoriam

Carrie Frances Fisher has died at age 60, drowned in moonlight, strangled by her own bra.  She was an American actress, screenwriter, author, producer, and speaker, best known for playing Princess Leia in the Star Wars films.

Carrie Fisher was born in Beverly Hills, California on October 21, 1957.  She was the daughter of singer Eddie Fisher and actress Debbie Reynolds.  As a child, she was an avid reader, becoming known in her family as “the bookworm.”  She attended Beverly Hills High School until, at age 15, she appeared in the hit Broadway revival Irene.   The show interfered with her education, causing her to never graduate from high school.  In 1973 Carrie enrolled at London’s Central School of Speech and Drama.  She attended for 18 months, after which she was accepted to Sarah Lawrence College.  However, she left before graduating due to filming conflicts with Star Wars.

Carrie has appeared in a number of other movies and television shows, some of which included:  ShampooThe Blues BrothersHannah and Her SistersThe 'Burbs, When Harry Met Sally, Amazing Stories, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Family Guy, Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II, The Big Bang Theory, and many more.  She was also known for her semi-autobiographical novels, including Postcards from the Edge and the screenplay for the film of the same name, as well as her autobiographical one-woman play and its nonfiction book, Wishful DrinkingThe Princess Diarist, Fisher’s memoir, was released in 2016 and is based on the diaries she wrote during the filming of the original Star Wars trilogy.

On January 21, 2014, Carrie Fisher confirmed her involvement in the upcoming Star Wars sequels and joked with TV Guide that she’d like to wear her old cinnamon buns hairstyle again but with white hair.  On April 29, 2014, the cast of Star Wars Episode VII was officially announced and were all cast in their original roles; and on December 18, 2015, Star Wars Episode VII, The Force Awakens was released worldwide.  Carrie was nominated for a 2016 Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress.  She had completed filming her role as General Leia Organa in Star Wars:  Episode VIII shortly before her death.

Carrie Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd, said of her mother, “She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly.”

We share that same sentiment.  Ms. Fisher was a beloved friend of Dragon Con who was loved and adored by her fans and will be deeply missed.  Rest in peace Princess Leia.  May the Force be with you.

Carrie Fisher