Carrie Fisher Dies At 60, But Lives On As One Of The Fiercest Feminist Role Models Ever To Walk The Planet Earth

She is a Force that awakened Hollywood.

Our beloved Princess Leia has gone to a galaxy far, far away. But she will never be forgotten. 

Carried Fisher, who played the fierce female leader in the Star Wars franchise, died on December 27, following a heart attack she suffered during a United Airlines flight from London to Los Angeles three days earlier. The actress, known to many as the Princess of Hollywood, was 60 years old.

As her famous friends, fans, and family mourn her loss, it's also a celebration of the life of one of the fiercest feminist rockstars to ever walk this planet and beyond. 

Fisher was just 19 years old when she landed the role of Princess Leia Organa in 1977's Star Wars. The film was a blockbuster hit and has been referred to as the biggest movie of all time. It certainly was the biggest thing to happen to Fisher's acting career. In fact, that double-bun-hairdo-wearing, gun-totting Rebel Alliance leader princess wasn't only knocking 'em dead on screen, she was breaking barriers in the same Old Hollywood she was raised in as the child of singer-dancer-actress Debbie Reynolds and singer Eddie Fisher.

The role of the no-holds-barred, cutthroat Princess Leia was certainly what launched Fisher into celebrity status in her own right, but her unapologetic approach to voicing her opinion was something she personally possessed and wasn't afraid to show it. 

In 2015, with the return of Star Wars for The Force Awakens, which included some of the franchise's original players such as Fisher and Harrison Ford, also came the rebooted action figures, which included Princess Leia in her infamous "slave bikini" from 1983's Star Wars: Episode VI — Return of the Jedi. The scantily clad, metal-bikini-wearing doll was met with criticism over its inappropriate attire. 

When asked about the controversial wardrobe, Fisher told The Wall Street Journal in a December 2015 interview that there's a reasonable way to explain to children why she had to wear the bikini.

"Tell them that a giant slug captured me and forced me to wear that stupid outfit, and then I killed him because I didn't like it. And then I took it off. Backstage," she said.

Fisher was slammed once more online when conversations about how much her appearance had changed over the 38 years since the first Star Wars spread on social media.   

While it seemed everyone had something to say about how well or not well Fisher aged, there was little to no mention about her male counterparts. 

"Please stop debating about whether or not I aged well," the actress tweeted shortly after the release of The Force Awakens. "Unfortunately it hurts all 3 of my feelings. My BODY hasn't aged as well as I have. Blow us." 

Her colorful language was totally normal for fans that followed her career since the Star Wars franchise first began in 1977. Fisher was a celebrated author, who found humor even in the darkest situations, including her struggles with drug addiction and her love-hate relationship with her famous mother. 

Fisher was a geek goddess and will always be remembered as such. She embodied the character of Princess Leia on screen and in real life. 

"I carry her around and I know her better than anybody else," Fisher once told USA Today about the celebrated role. "We wear the same clothes a lot of times. She's mine. She's mine!" 

Despite the trials and tribulation Fisher faced as a child of Hollywood and later as a celebrity, she was never shy about speaking her mind, because after all, that was the most important thing of all — having your own opinions and the voice to be heard. 

"My body is my brain bag," she tweeted in response to the misogynistic and ageist criticism in 2015. "It hauls me around to those places & in front of faces where theres something to say or see." 

She added, "I identify more with who I feel myself to be than what I look like."

The Force lives on.


And so does Carrie's memory. Check out these reactions from co-stars and others devastated by the news of her passing:

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