Actress Carrie Fisher at an October 2016 screening of a Bright Lights, in which she appeared with her mother, Debbie Reynolds.
Actress Carrie Fisher at an October 2016 screening of a Bright Lights, in which she appeared with her mother, Debbie Reynolds. Andy Kropa

Star Wars fan pays tribute to Carrie Fisher

A DEDICATED Star Wars fan has described the death of American actor Carrie Fisher, who played Princess Leia in the original film as "devastating”.

Ms Fisher, 60, died this morning after being admitted to hospital in a critical condition following heart problems aboard a flight to Los Angeles last Friday.

Andrew Morrison, 52, of Peregian Beach, who has followed Star Wars since he saw the first movie in the series at the Inverell Drive-In in 1977 aged 13, had not been hopeful about Ms Fisher's chances of survival but said that did not make the news any easier to take.

"It's devastating for the Star Wars community,” he said.

Mr Morrison said Ms Fisher, as a key figure in the original movie, was one of the most well known of Star Wars' franchise cast members but held in particularly high regard among fans because of the character she played.

Her character, Princess Leia, thwarted Darth Vader in the first movie and had become founder and general of the First Order by the time The Force Awakens was made in 2015.

"She was one of the most loved. Men thought she was the most beautiful woman in the world but it was also because she played such a heroic role,” he said.

"She was a pioneer for women in action movies in a way. It was always men who had been the heroes before that. She paved the way for actors like Sigourney Weaver in Alien and Milla Jovovich in Resident Evil,” he said.

IN MOURNING: Star Wars fanatic Andrew Morrison is feeling the loss of actor Carrie Fisher, who played Princess Leia and later General Organa in the movie series.
IN MOURNING: Star Wars fanatic Andrew Morrison is feeling the loss of actor Carrie Fisher, who played Princess Leia and later General Organa in the movie series. John McCutcheon

Mr Morrison said he was glad Ms Fisher had completed filming for the eight episode in the Star Wars movie before her death.

And if he could take any comfort form the situation, it was that she had also died in the same year as Kenny Baker, who played R2D2.

"It's ironic that they've both died because R2D2 and Princess Leia were together in the first three movies,” he said.

Mr Morrison was spending the day reposting items about Carrie Fisher on Facebook and digging a hole to move a tree in his backyard but thought it might be better to put something in in Ms Fisher's memory.

"I might have to buy a better one to plant,” he said.


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