OMG I can’t believe the iconic actress who played (Princess Leia) Carrie Fisher has passed away from a heart attack! I’m going to watch all the STAR WARS movies that she was in. In her honor! My condolences to her friends, fans and family! She will be missed!
“It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning,” Simon Halls, a spokesperson for Fisher’s family, said in a statement to People.
Fisher suffered a heart attack last week aboard a Los Angeles-bound flight 15 minutes prior to landing. A medic onboard performed CPR on the actress until paramedics arrived to take her to UCLA Medical Center, where she was placed on a ventilator.
“I’m deeply saddened at the news of Carrie’s passing,” Fisher’s Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi co-star Billy Dee Williams wrote on Twitter. “She was a dear friend, whom I greatly respected and admired. The force is dark today!”
Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker in the trilogy, tweeted a brief, but poignant, message.
“Our beautiful, brilliant, funny, wise, kind and generous Blues Sister,” Fisher’s The Blues Brothers co-star Dan Aykroyd wrote on Twitter. “So ironic. Xmas was Carrie’s favorite thing next to babies.”
The daughter of screen legend Debbie Reynolds and singer Eddie Fisher, the actress made her Broadway debut as a teenager in Irene, which starred her mother. After making her big screen debut in 1975’s Shampoo and briefly enrolling in London’s Central School of Speech and Drama and then St. Lawrence College, Fisher dropped out, at the age of 19, after landing the role of Princess Leia in George Lucas’ 1977 space epic Star Wars.
“She has no friends, no family; her planet was blown up in seconds – along with her hairdresser – so all she has is a cause,” Fisher told Rolling Stone in 1983 of the role. “From the first film [A New Hope], she was just a soldier, front line and center. The only way they knew to make the character strong was to make her angry. In Return of the Jedi, she gets to be more feminine, more supportive, more affectionate. But let’s not forget that these movies are basically boys’ fantasies. So the other way they made her more female in this one was to have her take off her clothes.”
“Lucas always had to remind me to ‘Stand up! Be a princess!’ And I would act like a Jewish princess and lean forward, slouching, chewing gum,” Fisher once joked.
Fisher also saw parallels between Princess Leia, the lost daughter of the series’ villain Darth Vader, and her own unique childhood as the daughter of two Fifties superstars; Fisher endured both her mother’s highly publicized divorces as well as her father’s own issues with substance abuse (“He’s a little shellshocked from 13 years of doing speed, but he’s real friendly,” she said in 1980 of Eddie Fisher, who died in 2010.)
“Leia’s real father left her mother when she was pregnant, so her mother married this King Organa. I was adopted and grew up set apart from other people because I was a princess,” Fisher said. “A lot of parallels, me and Leia. Dad goes off to the dark side, and Mom marries a millionaire. My brother and I went in different directions on the Debbie and Eddie issue. He’s gotten involved with Jesus, and I do active work on myself, trying to make myself better and better. It’s funny.”
Throughout her career, Fisher was open about her struggles with mental illness – the actress was diagnosed with bipolar disorder – and drug use, admitting that she had abused cocaine throughout the filming of The Empire Strikes Back, as well as prescription drugs. “Drugs made me feel normal,” Fisher said in 2001. Her one-woman play and memoir Wishful Drinking also tackled her battle with addiction.
In addition to playing Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy and 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Fisher also appeared in films like The Blues Brothers, When Harry Met Sally, The ‘Burbs and Woody Allen’s Hannah and Her Sisters. Fisher was also slated to reprise the role in Star Wars‘ upcoming Episode VIII and Episode IX.
“I was very nervous, had a lot of memory problems initially – just horrific – and then it got better,” Fisher told Rolling Stone in 2015 about returning to the legendary role. “I settled in. You know, think about it, what it would be to make three of these movies a million years ago, and now, ‘Let’s do it again, only you’re 40 years older and there’s a lot to live up to or down – take your pick.’ People want it to be the same but better … I don’t know. So there’s pressure on it, more than most films. But then you get over yourself and say, ‘By the way, it’s the younger people doing it.’ You have to sort of like get over yourself fast.”
In 1990, Fisher turned her semi-autobiographical memoir Postcards From the Edge, which detailed her drug addiction and rehab experiences as well as her relationship with Reynolds, into a feature film starring Meryl Streep. Fisher was nominated for a Best Screenplay BAFTA for the film, while Streep earned a Best Actress Academy Award nomination for playing Fisher’s alter ego “Suzanne” in the film.
Fisher was also the writer of four novels and the ex-wife of singer-songwriter Paul Simon, who she was married to for a year in 1983. Fisher was also in a longterm relationship with talent agent Bryan Lourd, with whom she had her only child, Billie Lourd.
Fisher also appeared in guest roles in numerous shows, including The Big Bang Theory, Entourage, Sex and the City and a memorable spot on 30 Rock.
“Carrie Fisher meant a lot to me,” 30 Rock star and creator Tina Fey said in a statement. “Like many women my age, Princess Leia occupies about sixty percent of my brain at any given time. But Carrie’s honest writing and her razor-sharp wit were an even greater gift. I feel so lucky that I got to meet her. I’m very sad she is gone.”
Speaking to Rolling Stone last month, Fisher was asked if she feared death. “No. I fear dying,” she said. “Anything with pain associated with it, I don’t like. I’ve been there for a couple of people when they were dying; it didn’t look like fun. But if I was gonna do it, I’d want someone like me around. And I will be there!”
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Cyberbullied teen kills herself in front of family as they begged her not to do it ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!
CYBER BULLYING NEEDS TO STOP!
I have been saying this for over 10 years now. This blog post is going out directly to all the cyber bullies that think this is a game! You think you are getting away with harassing people and hurting people behind a screen… All you are is a cyber thug and you forget that God knows all and see’s all. I think all these Cyber Thugs should really take in consideration of the after life and what may happen. I know I want to be able to walk through the pearly gates not be denied and shown the ground floor! (If you know what I mean.) I have been cyber bullied for over 10 years. How can these social media platforms & Blogs sit back and let this happen when lives are being taken over this immaturity???!
Lets not let this 18 year old’s suicide be for nothing! I want everyone to take a stand please and show this blog post and lets spread the word to all these Millionaires and Billionaires social network CEO’s and their staff… Through #’s of us all joining together we can hopefully make a difference and make it so these bullies are not aloud to make fake accounts! I guarantee these cyber bullies would all stop and this would not continue if they were forced to do it from their own account. These cowards sit behind their phones or computers and hurt people. I’ll say it again we all need to come together and raise awareness to this unfortunate news posting of this sweet girl taking her own life IN FRONT OF HER FAMILY I might ad because of cyber bullying! I don’t know about you but I have been forming and now I want to that much more form a anti cyber bullying coalition to stop these screen thugs once and for all. This cannot happen anymore…!!!
THIS IS JUST TO MUCH.
My condolences to the friends and family of this poor once again victim of cyber bullying!
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She will forever be missed! My condolences to her friends, fans and family!
Florence Henderson, who became the ultimate TV mom when she took on the role of Carol Brady in ’70s sitcom “The Brady Bunch,” has died, her reps revealed. She was 82.
Henderson died Thursday night at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, after she was hospitalized the day before, said her publicist, David Brokaw. Henderson suffered heart failure, her manager Kayla Pressman said in a statement.
Family and friends had surrounded Henderson’s hospital bedside, Pressman said.
On the surface, “The Brady Bunch” resembled just another innocuous TV sitcom about a family living in suburban America and getting into a different wacky situation each week.
But well after it ended its initial run, in 1974, the show resonated with audiences, and it returned to television in various forms again and again, including “The Brady Bunch Hour” in 1977, “The Brady Brides” in 1981 and “The Bradys” in 1990. It was also seen endlessly in reruns.
“It represents what people always wanted: a loving family. It’s such a gentle, innocent, sweet show, and I guess it proved there’s always an audience for that,” Henderson said in 1999.
Premiering in 1969, it also was among the first shows to introduce to television the blended family. As its theme song reminded viewers each week, Henderson’s Carol was a single mother raising three daughters when she met her TV husband, Robert Reed’s Mike Brady, a single father who was raising three boys.
The eight of them became “The Brady Bunch,” with a quirky housekeeper, played by Ann B. Davis, thrown into the mix.
The blonde, ever-smiling Henderson was a known Broadway star when the show began, having originated the title role in the musical “Fanny.” But after “The Brady Bunch,” she would always be known to fans as Carol Brady.
“We had to have security guards with us. Fans were hanging on our doors. We couldn’t go out by ourselves. We were like the Beatles!” she said of the attention the show brought the cast.
Like the Beatles, there was even a Saturday morning cartoon version called “Brady Kids,” although Henderson was not in that show.
She and Reed did return, however, for “The Brady Bunch Hour, “The Brady Brides” and “The Bradys.” So did most of the original cast.
She was also back again in 1995 when a new cast was assembled for “The Brady Bunch Movie,” a playful spoof of the original show. This time she was Grandma Brady opposite Shelly Long’s Carol. Numerous memoirs also kept interest in the show alive, as cast members revealed they were more than just siblings off camera. Barry Williams, who played eldest son Greg Brady, would confess to having a crush on his TV stepmom. Henderson, in her own book, denied having any relationship with Williams.
Williams, 62, acknowledged Henderson’s death on Twitter early Friday.
“Deeply saddened. Florence was one of the most gracious people I have ever known, Proud to call her Mom and life long friend. #RIPFlorence.”
Henderson was a 19-year-old drama student in New York when she landed a one-line role in the play “Wish You Were Here.”
Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II were so impressed they made her the female lead in a 1952 road tour of “Oklahoma!” When the show returned to Broadway for a revival in 1954, she continued in the role and won rave reviews.
To broaden her career, Henderson took acting, dancing, singing and guitar lessons, even studying French and Italian.
She went on to play Maria in a road production of “The Sound of Music,” was Nellie Forbush in a revival of “South Pacific” and was back on Broadway with Jose Ferrer in “The Girl Who Came to Supper” in 1963.
She made her movie debut in 1970 in “Song of Norway,” based on the 1944 operetta with music by Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg.
Her career nearly came to an end in 1965 when she suddenly lost her hearing while appearing in “The King and I” in Los Angeles. She was diagnosed with a hereditary condition called osteosclerosis.
“Corrective surgery in both ears restored my hearing,” she said in 2007.
As her TV career blossomed with “The Brady Bunch,” Henderson also began to make frequent TV guest appearances. She was the first woman to host “The Tonight Show” for the vacationing Johnny Carson.
For eight years she also commuted to Nashville to conduct a cooking and talk series, “Country Kitchen,” on The Nashville Network. The show resulted in a book, “Florence Henderson’s Short Cut Cooking.”
After “The Brady Bunch” ended its first run, Henderson alternated her appearances in revivals of the show with guest appearances on other programs, including “Hart to Hart,” ”Fantasy Island” and “The Love Boat.”
In later years she also made guest appearances on such shows as “Roseanne, “Ally McBeal” and “The King of Queens.”
Florence Agnes Henderson was born Feb. 14, 1934, in the small town of Dale in southern Indiana. She was the 10th child of a tobacco sharecropper of Irish descent.
After high school she moved to New York, where she enrolled in a two-year program at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, her studies financed by a theatrical couple who had been impressed by her singing when they saw her perform in high school.
She dropped out of the program after one year, however, to take the role in “Wish You Were There.”
Henderson married theater executive Ira Bernstein and the couple had four children before the union ended in divorce after 29 years.
Her second husband, John Kappas, died in 2002.
Earlier this month, Henderson revealed to Fox News Magazine that she had younger suitors sending her messages.
“On my website… I get a lot of interesting emails from younger men going, ‘We think you’re hot!’ and ‘I’d love to take you out,’ which is very sweet,” Henderson said.
“And … um … I don’t know. I haven’t taken any of them up on that yet, but I might.”
She is survived by her children; Barbara, Joseph, Robert and Lizzie, their respective spouses, and five grandchildren.
Article by Fox News
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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About a month ago over the course of two weeks, singer/songwriter Reesi Rocca filmed assorted scenes for her opulently deluxe “Never Afraid” song video. I was there to film stills for two nights of same, the green screen work with the brand-new-on-the-market Polaris Slingshot (the futuristic vehicle above,) and the night with the full band and chorus line of enthusiastic 11-year-old girls dancing their hearts out to Reesi’s positive messages for them. Both evenings featuring a Michael Jackson that isn’t a hologram, and Reesi’s beloved Golden Retriver Miss JJ.
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Thus when she outlined the video for me to shoot stills for in which her Golden Retriever JJ would be joining her in a flying bed launched aloft by the former’s prayers and dreams, which then morphs into a batmobile-y Polaris Slingshot in which JJ, “Michael Jackson” along for inspiration and Reesi also take flight into into the heavens, this is exactly what happened in the production. Her Michael Jackson impersonator (real name: Scorpio Spier) was spot on in looks plus fancy footwork and even made jokes in character in the downtime between takes.
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