My daughter in Oregon just called with the news that Carrie Fisher has passed away.
It's not a surprise, as the initial reports of Carrie's medical situation sounded grim, but it's devastating news. She was such a huge part of my moviegoing life. I couldn't tell you how many hours I've spent with Carrie and STAR WARS. What joy she gave me, in so many unforgettable moments!
As I mentioned in my review, the most moving part of ROGUE ONE (2016) for me was sitting there 40 years later and watching the story circle around to the very beginning of STAR WARS and the plans being delivered to Princess Leia. It was an amazing moment.
As classic film fans we must regularly say farewell to the filmmakers who are important to us, and we accept it and move on, grateful for the work they leave behind. This passing, however, seems way too soon...and comes just as she was enjoying and embracing her iconic character in a whole new way.
She was in another film I love, WHEN HARRY MET SALLY (1989), and she was also a gifted writer and "script doctor."
My thoughts are with her mother Debbie Reynolds, her daughter, and the rest of her family at this sad time.
Carrie Fisher and Princess Leia will be loved as long as movies exist.
December 28th Update: Debbie Reynolds, 1932-2016.
Also: A new video tribute, TCM Remembers Carrie Fisher.
December 29th Update: A Tribute to Debbie Reynolds.