Carrie Fisher, Space and Hollywood Royalty

This past week, we experienced the loss of a legendary individual who made an indelible impact on pop culture. Actress, writer, producer, and comedian Carrie Fisher passed away on Tuesday from complications from a cardiac arrest at the age of 60.

Carrie Fisher is most remembered for her defining role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars franchise. She played a strong female warrior that could hold her own against Stormtroopers, Jabba the Hutt, Darth Vader, and anyone else who came in her path. In 2015, she reprised her role as Princess Leia, who grew up and ascended to General Organa in “Star Wars: A Force Awakens.”

Besides her most famous role, she also appeared in a number of other films and television shows. She appeared in “When Harry Met Sally…” as Meg Ryan’s best friend, Woody Allen’s “Hannah and Her Sisters,” and played versions of herself in shows like “Sex and the City,” “The Big Bang Theory,” and more.

She was also a writer, penning a number of books, including a novel “Postcards From the Edge,” and the “The Princess Diarist,” a memoir. A multi-talented individual, she also was a sought-after script doctor, punching up film scripts like “Hook” and “Sister Act.”

Earlier this year, right after the hoopla surrounding “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” IBM hired Carrie Fisher to star in a TV spot. In the spot, Fisher leads a robot support group, who talk about their desire to perform functions independently from humans. Then, Fisher brings in IBM’s Watson, much to the dismay of the bots. Watson, unlike the other bots, is a cognitive system, one that can understand reason and learn from humans.

As Slate describes, Fisher excellently plays the role of the therapist, and “she’s probably one of the only people who could make the sketch work…Fisher hits the perfect balance between investing in the scene and appearing to be totally over it.”  It’s a funny and endearing sketch, one perfectly suited for Fisher, who after all, has been through so much, in this galaxy and others far, far away.

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