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Carrie Fisher 1956 - 2016

A Tribute to Carrie Fisher 1956-2016

As a self-confessed geek, nerd. Lover of sci-fi. I was a deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Carrie Fisher. To many including myself, she will be remembered fondly as Princess Leia in the much loved Star Wars films. But she was more than just the galaxy princess. Carrie Fisher was a new hope to woman as she was one of the first major on-screen female characters that kicked ass and had a strong personality. Something that went hand in hand with her real life especially with her battles against drug and alcohol problems as well as mental health issues.

While it's true most will remember her for being the woman behind that gold bikini. She was more than just a Star Wars character. Some may remember her as Mystery Woman in the Blue Brothers films or as Carol Preston in the Tom Hanks dark comedy, The Burbs.

Carrie Fisher left behind a great volume of work both on screen and as hugely successful Script doctor passing notes along to writers and directors to edit script. She was also a published author and an active campaigner for people with mental health problems as she herself had Bipolar. Something she helped to bring attention to regularly.If her death has two silver linings, the first will be the awareness of mental health for vulnerable people.

If you or anyone needs help. Stand up. Speak out and ask for help and look to this wonderful woman as a new hope for you, as a role model or as guidance.

As for the 2nd silver lining. We will see Carrie Fisher at least one more time in her most iconic role as Leia In Star Wars Episode 8. with rumored larger role than episode 7. Now due to her passing, this does pose an interesting question. Where does that leave her story now? One thing I do know, even in death we haven't heard the last of this icon.

We at The Pulse Entertainment pass along our deepest condolences to Carrie Fisher's Friends and family. In what must be a very hard time especially given that Carrie Fisher's mother (Actress Debbie Reynolds of Singing in the Rain) passed away a few days later. 2016 was a bad year for icons and they will all be sorely missed and much loved by their friends, family, and their loyal fans.

Graham