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Saying Goodbye To Royalty – Why We Loved Carrie Fisher

Photo credit: 20th Century Fox

Photo credit: 20th Century Fox

Another year has ended. And what a year it was. We had to say goodbye to so many amazing people: David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Leonard Cohen, George Michael, Prince, but also our beloved Princess Leia – Carrie Fisher.

Carrie Fisher, the heroine of the Stars Wars movies, was maybe best known for this particular role but her contribution to our society goes far beyond movie industry.

She Was Never “Just An Actress”

Carrie was indeed more than just an actress playing other characters. She was a genuine cultural icon, in the true sense of the word. She was an altruist, an animal lover, a rebel, a writer, a comedienne, a humanitarian.

Although she had many issues herself, she lived her life trying to help others.

She was an advocate for mental health issues, but also wasn’t ashamed to talk about her struggles with addiction and her own mental health problems.

But above all – she tried to raise awareness about these important and always relevant issues as much as she could.

Throughout her rich and colorful career, Carrie helped to write and starred in many memorable movies and TV shows, including: Star Wars, Wishful Drinking (her auto-biographical comedy project), Blues Brothers, When Harry Met Sally, 30 Rock, Family Guy, Postcards From The Edge, The Big Bang Theory, Entourage, Legit, Catastrophe…

Opening Up

Carrie definitely had a truly special and unique way of expressing her emotions and writing about her own life. She always tried to open herself up for all the world to see, even though her life wasn’t exactly peachy. Through her novels and memoirs she talked about her own struggles and hoped she could help others with similar issues.

And she did.

Throughout her eventful career, her vivid roles and her unique writing, Carrie Fisher became a status symbol for women across the globe. Carrie was announced dead after suffering a fatal heart attack on Friday, December 23 at the age of 60.

“She was loved by the world and she will be profoundly missed. Our entire family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers,” her daughter, Billie Lourd, wrote after the news went out.

Carrie Fisher, the force is strong within you. You will be missed.