Carrie Fisher, 1956 – 2016

carrie-fisher-2011-newnownext-awards-01We don’t often mark celebrity deaths. While we’re just as quick to admit that far more known names have been lost in 2016 than in previous years, we’re also aware that hundreds of over fifties die every year and that this year a good number are celebrities isn’t especially remarkable.

However, we would be remiss were we not to mark the passing of Carrie Fisher, one of America’s best modern writers and an esteemed actor.

Like most, we were first introduced to Carrie Fisher through Star Wars. Though, for us, that wasn’t her best or most enjoyable role – sorry Star Wars nerds, we loved her best in When Harry Met Sally. But as time went on we became familiar with her wider range of work. From her writing in Postcards from the Edge and Wishful Drinking, to her other film roles in The ‘Burbs, Blues Brothers, and Drop Dead Fred among others.

Carrie Fisher’s work helped us through some rough times, especially Wishful Drinking, and her place as one of Hollywood’s most enduring personalities seems well secured without our input. But of all the deaths this year, this one has probably hit us at Chronically the hardest, and we’re sure we’re not alone in feeling that.

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