Beloved actress Carrie Fisher, best known for her role in the original "Star Wars" trilogy, has passed away.
Fisher had suffered a heart attack on a flight from London to Los Angeles late last week and was stabilized, but succumbed just days later.
A child of Hollywood royalty, Fisher carved out her own idiosyncratic career, enjoying her biggest onscreen popularity as Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy before going on to establish herself as an acerbic, truth-telling writer with such books as Postcards From the Edge. Her HBO special, Wishful Drinking, in which she recounted her unusual life, was nominated for an Emmy as outstanding variety, music and comedy special in 2011.
Born to actress Debbie Reynolds and singer Eddie Fisher in 1956, Carrie Fisher grew up in a showbiz fishbowl — her parents divorced when she was just 2 after Eddie Fisher left Reynolds for actress Elizabeth Taylor in what at the time was a major tabloid scandal.
The young Carrie, who grew up in Beverly Hills, first stepped onstage when she was 15 to join her mother in the Broadway musical Irene. She made her film debut four years later in Warren Beatty’s Shampoo (1975), playing a precocious teen who seduces Beatty’s sexually adventurous hairstylist.
Fisher had taken her wit to Twitter in the past years and thrilled fans with her posts:
She is survived by her mother, her daughter, her brother and two half-sisters.
Princess Leia is finally one with "the Force." May she rest in peace.