28th December 2016

I’ve never seen Star Wars but discovering Fisher through Stephen Fry’s documentary on manic depression immediately made me feel less alone.

’ll let you in on a secret: I have never seen any of the Star Wars films. Perhaps more egregious still: I have zero desire to see any of the Star Wars films. And yet I feel the death of Carrie Fisher as keenly as any sci-fi fan. Because Carrie Fisher was so much more than Princess Leia – although that may come as a surprise to editors at the Mirror who saw fit to headline its front page: “Princess Leia dead at 60.”

Carrie Fisher died at 60. Carrie Fisher the actor, sure. But Carrie Fisher the actor not just famous for Leia, but for a long list of performances. Carrie Fisher the writer of seven full-length books and aprolific script consultant. Carrie Fisher the mental health advocate who did so much to clear the dark plumes of others’ depression and guide them towards light. Carrie Fisher, the dog lover, theeccentric tweeter, the mother, the storyteller.

 

To read more please visit https://www.theguardian.com/culture/commentisfree/2016/dec/28/carrie-fisher-bipolar-dies-mental-illness-princess-leia