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Hollywood Mourns the Loss of Its Princess Leia, ‘Star Wars’ Actress Carrie Fisher

Variety logo Variety 12/27/2016 Seth Kelley

As reports broke of Carrie Fisher’s death, tributes and memories began to pour out online to remember the late actress, writer and Hollywood legend.

Fisher died Tuesday morning after suffering what was described as a massive heart attack on Friday while on a flight from London to Los Angeles.

Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd, confirmed the death on Tuesday: “It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning,” the statement reads. “She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly.”

Born to actress Debbie Reynolds and singer Eddie Fisher, Carrie Fisher rose to international fame for her role as Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy, as well as the more recent seventh installment. She also authored several novels including the semi-autobiographical “Postcards From the Edge” which became a movie starring Meryl Streep.

Bob Iger, chairman and CEO of the Walt Disney Company wrote, “Carrie Fisher was one-of-a-kind, a true character who shared her talent and her truth with us all with her trademark wit and irreverence. Millions fell in love with her as the indomitable Princess Leia; she will always have a special place in the hearts of Star Wars fans as well as all of us who were lucky enough to know her personally. She will be sorely missed, and we join millions of fans and friends around the world who mourn her loss today.”

Kathleen Kennedy, the president of Lucasfilms added, “Carrie holds such special place in the hearts of everyone at Lucasfilm it is difficult to think of a world without her. She was Princess Leia to the world but a very special friend to all of us. She had an indomitable spirit, incredible wit, and a loving heart. Carrie also defined the female hero of our age over a generation ago. Her groundbreaking role as Princess Leia served as an inspiration of power and confidence for young girls everywhere. We will miss her dearly.”

Steven Spielberg wrote, “I have always stood in awe of Carrie. Her observations always made me laugh and gasp at the same time. She didn’t need The Force. She was a force of nature, of loyalty and of friendship. I will miss her very much.”

“No words,” her “Star Wars” co-star Mark Hamill wrote on Twitter. “Devastated.”

Peter Mayhew, known as Chewbacca in “Star Wars,” wrote, “There are no words for this loss. Carrie was the brightest light in every room she entered. I will miss her dearly.”

“I’m deeply saddened to learn of the death of Carrie Fisher,” William Shatner wrote. “I will miss our banterings. A wonderful talent & light has been extinguished.”

“Carrie Fisher was smart, funny, talented, surprising, and always a hell of a fun time to be around,” Seth MacFarlane wrote on Twitter. “Family Guy will miss her immensely.”

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