M0nday started with a horrible declaration: Carrie Fisher, our beloved Princess and General, passed away. Following complications from a heart attack suffered Dec 23rd, it was announced by a family spokesperson that she had passed on.
In our 1+ years of Nrdly, this is the hardest post I’ve ever had to write. I’ve spent much of the day in mourning, and as I sit here re-watching “A New Hope”, my emotions are getting the best of me again. My throat wants to close, my eyes feel the sting of fresh tears, and my heart is heavy.
Ms. Fisher was more than just an actress, or an author; she was royalty to a worldwide community of people. She elevated from her place as Princess, and later on General, and became a Queen to nerds on a global scale. Her incredible beauty, rapier wit, and extreme badassery inspired millions of fans – and more importantly girls – to be bold, and never give in to people’s expectations of you. That it was okay to be who you are, despite your trappings, and to give em hell without fear.
Over the years, since her groundbreaking role in “Star Wars”, she struggled with mental illness and addiction, but remained open about it all. She brought awareness to issues that millions of people are still afraid to talk about. She was an accomplished author, her latest book being a memoir of her time on the set of the first “Star Wars” film, and an actress of unparalleled quality (she had unforgettable roles in films such as “The Blues Brothers”, “When Harry Met Sally”, and more.)
I’ll never forget my first “Star Wars” film (ROTJ if anyone has forgotten), and the spirit and class she brought as Princess Leia. She was my first crush, and always will be. She taught me that it’s okay to be different, to act different, and to follow your heart to do what’s right and necessary. She led a Rebellion against an Empire, and won with a sharp tongue, and an even sharper mind and spirit. I regret that I never had the chance to be one of the millions who have expressed their thanks and gratitude for her skill, talents, and love for the community she (along with many others) helped build.
Carrie: you will be greatly missed. I speak for the entire community worldwide when I say you will be greatly missed as George Lucas’ great legacy continues on. From me, and every one at Nrdly, may the Force be with you.