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Posted on | December 27, 2016 | Comments Off on CARRIE FISHER DIES AT AGE 60


The actress who became famous as Princess Leia in the Star Wars movies has died at age 60, after suffering a heart attack. Her death came while the latest film in the Star Wars saga, Rogue One, was No. 1 at the box office. She won critical praise for her performance in the original Star Wars film (“Episode IV: A New Hope”), which I first saw in 1977 at Atlanta’s Phipps Plaza theater immediately after its original release. Many of her best scenes were Princess Leia’s exchanges of sarcastic lines with the outlaw pilot Han Solo, memorably played by Harrison Ford, which recalled the classic romantic pairings of Hollywood’s Golden Age — Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, etc.

Of course, it has been noted that Carrie Fisher was a partisan Democrat, who denounced Tea Party activists as “teabaggers,” but this is true of practically everyone in Hollywood, and ought not detract from our pleasant memories of the joy she brought to so many millions.

Good-bye, Princess Leia — and may the Force be with you!



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