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Carrie Fisher known as Princess Leia in Star Wars, dead at 60

 

Carrie Fisher, best known as the iconic double-bun-hairstyle-wearing Princess Leia in the Star Wars franchise, died Tuesday after a heart attack, FoxNews.com confirmed. She was 60.

“It is with deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher died at 8:55 this morning,” a representative for Lourd told FoxNews.com. “She was loved by the world and she will be missed thoroughly.”

Fisher’s publicist also confirmed the news.

SLIDESHOW: CARRIE FISHER THROUGH THE YEARS

Fisher – who also starred in many popular films of the 1980’s, was married or engaged to famous singers and actors, suffer from a bipolar disorder and addiction, and eventually became a mental health advocate. She had a medical emergency during a flight from London to Los Angeles on Dec. 23, in which she stopped breathing. She was later taken to an intensive care unit.

Fisher was born on Oct. 21, 1956 with showbiz – literally – in her blood. The daughter of singer Eddie Fisher and actress Debbie Reynolds, Carrie appeared, at the age of 15, in the Broadway show “Irene”, which Reynolds starred in. But the theatre, in turn, took her school time and contributed to Fisher, never the secondary school.

They first appeared on the movie screen in 1975’s “Shampoo” although her career began when she was cast as Princess Leia Organa in the first Star Wars film, which was released in 1977. They would go on to reprise the role in the later movies, most recently displayed in 2015’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

Fisher revealed in its 2016 autobiography that she had an affair with “Star Wars” co-star Harrison Ford for three months in 1976.

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In the 1980s, Fisher appeared in a series of Hollywood hits, including “The Blues Brothers,” “Hannah and her Sisters”, “The ‘Burbs” and “When Harry met Sally…”

Her romantic life also heated up during the decade. Fisher dated Paul Simon until 1983 and about a year later got married with the singer/songwriter, for about a year. Between the adventures with Simon, she dated and was briefly engaged to “Blues Brother” co-star Dan Akroyd in 1980. They had a child, Billie Catherine Lourd, in 1992 with talent agent Bryan Lourd, although Lourd later left Fisher for a man.

Fisher appeared to reflect on the relationship with Lourd in her 2004 book, “The Best Awful There Is,” in which the character Suzanne is loosely based on the Fisher’s life. “She had a child with someone who forgot to tell her that he was gay. He forgot to tell her, and she forgot to notice.”

“Best Bad” was the fifth and last of the Fisher’s novels, although they later wrote three non-fiction works, including of 2016 “The Princess Diarist.” A talented writer, she helped in revising screen plays for “Sister Act”, “Last Action Hero” and “The Wedding Singer.”

Fisher also continued her acting career later in life, which often appear as they are in comic turns on the television to see. Somewhat of character, she provided the voice of “Angela” on “Family Guy” of 2005-2016. Her last projects were in two unreleased films: “Wonderwall” and if Leia in “Star Wars: Episode VIII.”

Fisher also publicly struggled with a bipolar disorder and abused painkillers and cocaine. She said in 2008 she received electroconvulsive therapy treatments every six weeks at one point. Fisher was an outspoken advocate for those battling mental illness and received an Annual Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award in Cultural Humanism from Harvard university in 2016.

“I find it unattractive,” Fisher said of her mental illness in 2004 the Los Angeles Times profile. “But there is a part of this disease, that is funny. I don’t understand the stigma. I understand funny. It’s what I do. Because I have the sense of humor that I have, things don’t prey on me for too long. And that is the reason why I have it. If I wouldn’t have, would ik…de pain. If my life wasn’t funny, it would just be true, and that would be unacceptable.”

FoxNews.com’s Sasha Savitsky contributed to this report.

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