If the human race was a galaxy, it just lost two of its brightest planets. Carrie Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds passed away only a day apart on December 27 and December 28, 2016. Fisher passed away after suffering a heart attack on a flight from London to Los Angeles, one day before Reynolds suffered a stroke.
Fisher is best known for her portrayal of Princess Leia in the Star Wars franchise. Fisher brought a unique strength and resilience to the role, which was rare for a female character in a movie. Unfortunately, Fisher later revealed that the fame she gained at only nineteen years old took a great toll on her. In her later years, she became very open about her struggle with bipolar disorder and drug use. Her candor and outspokenness helped many individuals with similar struggles. Fisher truly inspired us with her determination to motivate people to become the best version of themselves. Fisher leaves behind her daughter, Billie Catherine Lourd, an actress on the show Scream Queens; Lourd and Fisher were very close.
Debbie Reynolds, like her daughter, was a talented actress. Her most recognizable roles were in Singin’ in the Rain and Disney’s Halloweentown series. Reynolds appeared in countless other roles, all of which led her to humbly accept the Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015. But what stood out the most about Reynolds was her humanitarian work. Most notably, she served as president of The Thalians. The Thalians is an organization started in the 1950s by a group of Hollywood stars that is devoted to helping those with mental illness. Reynolds will be remembered as a talented and caring actress, humanitarian, mother, and grandmother.
Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds will always have their names engraved in our hearts. Their legacy has no limit, their influence no termination. They taught us what it is like to be a strong, confident woman, as well as what it is like to be a caring, sincere human.
“I don’t want my life to imitate art, I want my life to be art.” -Carrie Fisher
“Do I run around deploring the world? No. I’m just not into it. I was brought up that way.” -Debbie Reynolds
You will forever remain the shining masterpiece of our collection, Ms. Fisher. And thank you, Ms. Reynolds, for not deploring the world, but rather beautifying it.