Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds

Tahreem Farooqi - 1B Planning
Posted on: January 14, 2017

December 27, 2016 marks the death of iconic Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher, and only 24 hours proceeding that date, marks the death of her mother and actress Debbie Reynolds. The death of the two stars marks an unfortunate end to an unfortunate year. In their stead, they leave incredible legacies, an ending to iconic roles and characters, and an upcoming documentary based on their live’s tales.

Carrie Fisher leaves behind the iconic role of Princess, and then General, Leia of the Star Wars series. This character being strong in attribute, matches that of the actress itself. The actress throughout her life had gone through a series of challenges. Dealing with the major issue of bipolar disorder, the actress lead a difficult life of low self-confidence and substance abuse. Although, while overcoming these challenges, Carrie Fisher proved to be as strong, if not stronger, than the description of her role entails. Eventually overcoming the difficulty of substance abuse, she became an overwhelmingly huge influence in the issue of feminism and bipolar disorder. Her personal life is as impressive and expansive as her professional life. Other than her iconic Star Wars role, Fisher has had other major impressions in the entertainment business. Being the writer of the play Wishful Drinking, as well as trying her hand at script-writing. Her other talent includes novel writing being the author of the famous novel, and then film adaptation, Postcards from the Edge. In the years leading up to her death, Carrie Fisher reprised the role of Princess/General Leia in the Star Wars movies franchise Star Wars: A Force Awakens alongside her on and off screen lover Harrison Ford. Along with the movie came a recently known scandal between the two stars, them having had a three month affair during the filming of Star Wars.

Speaking on her death, the Star Wars actor stated “Carrie was one-of-a-kind…brilliant, original. Funny and emotionally fearless… he lived her life, bravely…My thoughts are with her daughter Billie, her mother Debbie , her brother Todd, and her many friends. We will all miss her.”

Despite the ending romance, Harrison Ford also mourns with millions of others over the loss of a dear and talented friend.

As shocking as the reveal of the affair was, the immediate death of mother Debbie Reynolds, proved to be a bigger, more devastating, surprise. The equally talented Debbie Reynolds passed away December 28, 2016. This actress leaves behind a legacy of roles in the movie space, as well as on Broadway. On the movie scene, Debby Reynolds was nominated for an Oscar in 1965 for her leading role in the movie “The Unsinkable Molly Brown”. On Broadway, the actress starred in the musical Irene in 1973, and was eventually nominated for a Tony award.

The success of the two is once again being celebrated in the form of a documentary called “Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds”. The documentary follows the two and their close relationship with one another. The documentary has already reached a great amount of success reaching a score of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, mainly due to the insight of the incredible relationship between the legendary actresses, both of whom will be dearly missed.