Great Carrie Fisher Movie Roles (Besides Princess Leia)
Despite what you’ve read on social media, the year 2016 is not really to blame for what seems like an unusually high number of celebrity deaths. Nevertheless, can we please just skip the last few days of December? The passing of Carrie Fisher at the age of 60 on Tuesday (12/27) was a shocker, to say the least. She had been in a Los Angeles hospital since suffering a heart attack last Friday (12/23) aboard a trans-Atlantic flight from London. Sadly, she never made it home.
The tributes have poured in from Hollywood and all over the world. Of course, most people remember Carrie Fisher as ‘Princess Leia’ in the Star Wars saga. But as an actress, she was so much more than that one character. Carrie displayed her range with strong supporting roles in Woody Allen’s masterpiece Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) and the quintessential romantic comedy When Harry Met Sally (1989), starring Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, and the late Bruno Kirby.
My favorite memory of Carrie Fisher on the big screen dates back to 1980, the same year that Star Wars Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back hit theaters. Carrie Fisher played the part of a woman left standing at the altar by ‘Jake Blues’ in The Blues Brothers. Carrie’s persistent, vengeful pursuit of the errant fiance is priceless. Incidentally, that iconic comedy features two other stars who left this world far too early: John Belushi and John Candy.