Newswire: R.I.P. Carrie Fisher

Carrie Fisher, the widely beloved actress and author born into Hollywood royalty who later became an icon for her role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars series, has died. She was admitted to intensive care on December 23 at a Los Angeles hospital after suffering a heart attack while aboard a United Airlines flight from London to L.A. Fisher’s family issued a statement that she died Tuesday morning, Deadline reports. She was 60 years old.

Fisher was born on October 21, 1956, the daughter of actress Debbie Reynolds and singer Eddie Fisher. Her first role was as a Girl Scout alongside her mother and “hundreds of children” in the TV movie Debbie Reynolds And The Sound Of Children (1969); six years later, she played a small role in Hal Ashby’s Shampoo (1975) before landing the role that would come to define her career, as the defiant …

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