US actress Carrie Fisher, best known for her role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars series, has died aged 60, days after suffering a cardiac arrest.
Fisher was taken ill on a flight from London to LA on Friday and was taken to hospital when the plane landed. Fisher became a global star through the blockbuster Star Wars series
The daughter of singer Eddie Fisher and actress Debbie Reynolds, Carrie Fisher made her film debut opposite Warren Beatty in 1975’s Shampoo. She also appeared in The Blues Brothers, When Harry Met Sally and Hannah and Her Sisters.
But her enduring fame is through her role as Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy, a part she reprised in last year’s reboot The Force Awakens.
She was also a successful writer, publishing several novels and memoirs, and working on the scripts for films like the Wedding Singer and Sister Act. Her latest memoir, The Princess Diarist, contained revelations of an affair with Harrison Ford while the pair were shooting the first Star Wars film in 1976.
Fisher endured a difficult private life, and has discussed her years of mental illness and drug addiction in interviews and writing. An early memoir was called Wishful Drinking.
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