The loss of Carrie Fisher is felt by all who love Hollywood, warmth and humour
The actor revelled in her role as an elder stateswoman of US cinema witty, stylish and utterly original
Just when we thought 2016 couldnt do anything worse to us. The eerie accomplishments of digital CGI technology had actually meant that the force had been strong with Carrie Fisher this Christmas.
Her digitally fabricated image is appearing as her younger twentysomething self in the iconic role of Princess Leia in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. This is the movie set just before the time of the sci-fi classic that started it all and the part that in 1977 made her a global star, a legend, a meme, and an imperishable part of pop culture at a time when pop culture itself was starting to become more and more important.
Fisher invaded the fantasies of boys and girls and adults with her white belted princess gown (like a Roman matron from TVs I, Claudius), her open cheerleader prettiness, her French-bread hairdo and, in a later movie, her outrageous gold bikini.
And Fisher had only just revealed that, in the less-than-romantic environs of Elstree, Hertfordshire, where Star Wars was being shot, she had been having an affair with her married co-star, Harrison Ford.