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Today we lost true royalty. I’m not referring to an actual head of state. Some will look at me oddly for this statement, but Carrie Fisher was a true hero of the people. She embodied the role of who for many was beacon of hope. Her character was known worldwide. People who have never even seen (both of them) knew who Princess Leia was.

She was destined for greatness

photo [Credit] Allstar/Lucasfilm
photo [Credit] Allstar/Lucasfilm

Carrie Fisher not only represented royalty but Hollywood Royalty as well. She was the daughter of Eddie Fisher, a famous crooner from the 50s, and Debbie Reynolds, an Academy Award nominated actress. While it was not a fairytale childhood, Fisher rose above her struggles to become one of the most famous characters in film history. She not only used her bouts with depression and addiction to strengthen her character, but also as a form of entertainment. Making light of her situation helped her to cope in the form of a one woman stage play, several best selling novels, and becoming a well sought after script doctor.

She was a Jill of all trades

Image via Harpers Bazaar
Image via Harpers Bazaar

Her various film roles were overshadowed by Star Wars to be certain but that didn’t lessen their impact on audiences. From a jilted, militaristic bride in The Blues Brothers to working with Woody Allen on Hannah And Her Sisters (good to see the Star Wars’ Oscar loss to Annie Hall didn’t poison the waters), Fisher was always a pleasure to see onscreen. Her turn in When Harry Met Sally garnered an American Comedy nomination.

Carrie Fisher was not afraid to get a bit down and dirty either. She played Peter Griffin’s boss on , made a brief cameo in Jay and Silent Bob Strike back, and a random episode of Sex and the City. Though she always kept it classy. There are few women that can exude grace like Carrie Fisher while possessing a potty mouth, but she executed it beautifully. The “talent” of today could learn a thing or two from her.

Through the years, she revisited the role of Princess Leia in actual reprisals such as The Force Awakens and ironically enough Robot Chicken as well as using that status to make random cameos such as in Smallville and Scream 3. My personal favorite being a episode featuring James Earl Jones and Sheldon ding dong ditching the classic actress.

Final thoughts

Image via Rolling Stone
Image via Rolling Stone

When all is said and done, we have suffered a great loss here today. Not only was Carrie Fisher an inspiration on but also off screen. She portrayed the first female princess that I legitimately had respect for. Up until that point, they were either asleep or losing glass footwear. But she brought a strength and sass to the role that many have attempted and most failed at imitating. Godspeed, Carrie Fisher. will be with you…always.

What are some of your favorite Carrie Fisher roles? Sound off in the comments below!

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