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So Long Princess: A Tribute to Carrie Fisher

Discussion in 'SWNN News Feed' started by SWNN Probe, Nov 30, 2017.

  1. SWNN Probe

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    It has been three years since Carrie Fisher passed away. This was our tribute to her.

    Over the course of forty years, Carrie Fisher has brought Leia to life in the Star Wars saga. Her final performance will take place in The Last Jedi, book-ending her legacy as the mold-breaking, trend setting, badass Princess and General that stole our hearts, opened our minds, and sassed us with a tack-sharp wit, blending brilliance and candidness unique to Carrie and Carrie alone. There was no one like her, and there will never be another like her. This is my farewell to Carrie Fisher.



    In The Force Awakens, Carrie Fisher returned to the character that had defined her career, and defined her to generations of fans, after thirty-two years. She seemed to have a certain level of peace with that. Instead of running away from it, she embraced it, and cherished it. She knew the responsibility and honor she had but also knew to never take it too seriously, always ready with a self-deprecating line to level out the discomfort of being considered a hero and an icon.







    ROYALTY BECOMES ROYALTY



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    The daughter of actress Debbie Reynolds and singer Eddie Fisher, Carrie Fisher's pathway seemed inevitably paved before she took her first steps. Star Wars would become her first starring role, which she filmed at the age of 19, and little did she know it would stay with her until the end. There was no stepping stone, Carrie was catapulted into mega-stardom as Star Wars became the underdog film that changed movies forever, breaking box office records and instantly making Carrie Fisher a household name. She went on to star in two sequels, The Empire Strikes Back, and 1983's Return of the Jedi, completing George Lucas's trilogy.



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    Carrie was only 26 years old, and Star Wars was over. At an age where many of us just start figuring things out, her spotlight was gone, everyone moved on, but Carrie Fisher was still here, whether we cared anymore or not. As her post-Star Wars life began to take shape throughout the 80's, it became clear that Carrie had issues that strayed from her iconic character.







    CHAMPION FOR MENTAL HEALTH 



    Diagnosed as a manic depressive, Carrie would deal with episodes of mania throughout her life, turning to drugs because they 'made me feel normal.' I only bring up this part of her life because of how she handled it publicly. Carrie made it okay for those with mental illnesses, like bipolar disorder (formerly known as manic depression), to not feel ashamed for their illnesses, but to speak about them, tackle them publicly, and know that it's not their fault. While this aspect of her life was never front and center due to the shadow cast by Leia, Carrie's approach to addressing her mental illness publicly is the most heroic thing she has ever done, on screen and off.



    Carrie had a candid confidence with addressing her flaws, illness, and insecurities. It is an applied trait with so many compartmentalized layers, making her a spokesperson without sounding like a walking advertisement for pills. Her ability to break down such a complex, and for many an impossible to understand illness, gave those without her platform the green light to feel okay about addressing it themselves. If Princess Leia can not be okay and be okay with that, then so can everyone else.


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    Carrie also realized the importance of not only acknowledging her illness publicly, but she was a champion for seeking professional, clinical, and medicinal help. Most of the time it doesn't have physical symptoms, which is perhaps why it is often so overlooked, and perhaps Carrie knew that and had a fearlessness to tackle it by taking advantage of her public platform.

    According to the World Health Organization (WHO), one in four people in the world will be affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives. Around 450 million people currently suffer from such conditions, placing mental disorders among the leading causes of ill-health and disability worldwide.



    As someone who has known family and friends who have struggled with it, I will never forget Carrie's contributions to addressing mental illness, a growing problem in the world today. We all know someone who suffers with some form of mental illness, and Carrie stared it in the face and made it okay for millions to address their own, and for that she'll forever be a hero.







    THE FUNNY SIDE OF FISHER



    Carrie was also known for her brilliant sense of humor, which she often applied in her writing, but also in now famous (sometimes infamous) off the cuff quotes captured in interviews, panels, or conversations. One of the best examples of this would be when she found out Harrison Ford crash landed his plane a few years ago. She brought back an old ongoing inside joke between them in the most perfect way possible, that only she could pull off.



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    It seems like every person who met and worked with Carrie has a funny anecdote about her. Her funniest moment perhaps being her roast of George Lucas himself for his AFI Lifetime Achievement Award:



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    Carrie brought the house down with this lighthearted roast of George Lucas. She always seemed to have a way about her, the ability to remove the stuffiness from any situation, and bring people back down to Earth, in endearing fashion. Carrie Fisher, from all of her public appearances alone, seemed really well adapted on how to read a room, and control it, not in a controlling manner, but by bringing people together, most of the time through laughter and vacuuming out the seriousness of it all.



    RETURN TO THE GALAXY FAR, FAR AWAY



    In 2012, George Lucas sold Lucasfilm to Disney, and it was announced that the Star Wars saga would continue with Episode VII. Rumors immediately began to swirl that the old gang was getting back together. Carrie who hadn't played Leia in almost thirty years would make her return to the franchise in 2015's The Force Awakens, along with her long time co-stars Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford. The movie garnered excellent reviews and was loved by audiences alike, becoming the highest grossing film ever in North America, and second all-time internationally.



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    In December of 2016, Carrie would suffer a massive heart attack aboard a flight home from England. She passed away days later. She unknowingly gave her final performance in the upcoming latest entry in the Star Wars saga, The Last Jedi. Her work on the film was completed, and according to the cast and crew, she went out on top, giving what is expected to be an outstanding final farewell as Leia. Carrie didn't leave on her terms, but we also know she never left anything on the table. Being Leia meant a great deal to Carrie, and this was evident through the production of The Last Jedi, as Rian Johnson has stated he would even go to her house to discuss the film's script together. Carrie wasn't mailing in these recent performances for a paycheck, she was fully cognizant of how much it meant to the fans who watched her grow up, and I think coming back meant a lot to her too, after she witnessed the reaction to her work in The Force Awakens and the adoration from fans at Star Wars Celebrations and other events.



    One of our writers, Grant Davis, offered his story from when he met Carrie at Star Wars Celebration 2015:
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    Carrie didn't get a chance to say goodbye, but she certainly got to see how much we all loved her in the end. Her final scene in The Last Jedi will be the last time we ever see her as Princess Leia, and we will all accept that, knowing she did it with nothing less than her full heart.

    (Update: Since this tribute was written we learned Carrie would grace us once more in Episode IX using previously unused footage from The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi).



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    SO LONG, PRINCESS



    George Lucas created Princess Leia, a fearless warrior bucking the trends of the damsel in distress, way ahead of its time. Carrie's personality brought that creation to life, injecting her sharp sense of humor and fierceness into every scene from the first movie onward:
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    Carrie Fisher was as flawed a person as any, but she put herself out there proudly, making it okay for everyone who wasn't okay to have the confidence and comfort to do the same. She pushed a message to 'go for it', and figure out the rest later. Don't let the unknown or the fear of failure stop you.
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    A Rebel, a badass, who did things her way without flinching, who always got up when she got knocked down, wasn't afraid to reveal her flaws and illness if it meant it gave others the confidence to do the same. As we remember her though, we should do it the way that she would want everyone to remember her, as Mark Hamill imagined it:
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    At least she knew we loved her, thanks for everything your highnessness...so long Princess.




    <p style='text-align: center;']'For my ally is Carrie Fisher, and a powerful ally she is.'</p>




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    She truly was one of a kind.
     
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    Thanks @John Hoey for that...it was grand! (leia)
     
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    Thanks a lot Trevor! I appreciate it.
     
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    Great tribute @John Hoey. I can't believe it will soon be one year on since her passing. We miss you Carrie.
     
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    thank you very much!
     
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    i had a bit of a lump in my throat reading that.. a perfect tribute.

    thank you @John Hoey
     
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    Your welcome, hopefully it will get a mention in the latest resistance broadcast.
     
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    Wow thank you! Sorry to do that to you! But I hope it helped in any way. :)
     
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    it did, it was a lovely post.

    i've been desperately looking forward to seeing Carrie on screen in TLJ.. but now we're just over a week away, i'm dreading it a bit as well.

    it's gonna be a mixed bag of emotions next week ! :)
     
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    Love the fansite tribute ideas.
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    Lady



    You were so beautiful by the sunlight of Alderaan...

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    I remember the day this pic was taken : your beloved dad Bail had just hidden your friend 3PO from you, saying he had left to another planet and will never come back - and you were terrified. I almost saw you cry.
    I've often searched - but never found - why your dad did that to you. I have no logic answer : your dad seemed to actually love you but he made you cry.
    Perhaps it's something we, droids, are not able to understand from the humans. You humans are so strange, sometimes...

    Anyways.
    I will follow you and assist you till I'm out of order, because this is the mission I was given.
    It is a sacred piece for me.



    Your faithful servant.
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    YOU.


    ARE.


    SO...



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    HMMMMMPFFFFFFFFFFFFFF !!!!





     
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