Stars, family share memories of Carrie Fisher
Fans and friends of Carrie Fisher were saddened Tuesday to learn that the actress had died at age 60 after suffering from a heart attack. Many took to social media to share memories of the witty Fisher and love for her iconic Star Wars character Princess Leia.
The love was felt by Fisher's mother, Debbie Reynolds. Reynolds posted a note on Facebook thanking "everyone who has embraced the gifts and talents of my beloved and amazing daughter."
Fisher's half-sister Joely, also an actress and daughter of Connie Stevens and Eddie Fisher, posted on Twitter about how "the earth is off its axis today," adding "how dare you take her away from us."
And members of Fisher's Star Wars family shared condolences. Harrison Ford said in a statement, "Carrie was one-of-a-kind…brilliant, original. Funny and emotionally fearless. She 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."
Director George Lucas said, "Carrie and I have been friends most of our adult lives. She was extremely smart; a talented actress, writer and comedienne with a very colorful personality that everyone loved. In Star Wars she was our great and powerful princess – feisty, wise and full of hope in a role that was more difficult than most people might think. My heart and prayers are with Billie, Debbie and all Carrie’s family, friends and fans. She will be missed by all.”
Kathleen Kennedy, Lucasfilm president, said, “Carrie holds such a 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.”
Disney CEO Bob Iger shared this statement: “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.”
Force Awakens director JJ Abrams wrote that Fisher "was as brilliant and beautiful, tough and wonderful, incisive and funny as you could imagine."
Mark Hamill tweeted that he was devastated by the loss and called her "irreplaceable." Co-stars Warwick Davis, Anthony Daniels and Peter Mayhew mourned on Twitter, calling Fisher "the brightest light in every room she entered."
Samuel L. Jackson, who starred in Star Wars prequels, borrowed a famous line from the films.
Tina Fey shared this statement: "Carrie Fisher meant a lot to me. Like many women my age, Princess Leia occupies about sixty percent of my brain at any given time. But Carrie’s honest writing and her razor-sharp wit were an even greater gift. I feel so lucky that I got to meet her. I’m very sad she is gone.”
William Shatner said he'd miss his "banterings" with Fisher.
Albert Brooks tweeted about Fisher's humor.
Elizabeth Banks valued the actress' wit.
Stephen Fry called her the "brightest, funniest, bravest, kindest, cleverest and sweetest person I ever knew."
Steve Martin was fond of Fisher's personality and movie character.
Anna Kendrick remembered the brilliant way Fisher reacted to a compliment.
Margaret Cho thought of Fisher's strength.
Sarah Paulson remembered Fisher's advice.
George Takei poetically referenced Star Wars.
Larry King called Fisher a "true gem."
Paula Abdul remembered Leia and Fisher.
There were even tweets sent from the account of Fisher's dog, Gary.