By, Fleet Captain Dave Mason
A “Star Wars” legend has left us. The USS Angeles dims it lights in honor of Carrie Fisher, best known as Princess Leia, who died Tuesday. She was 60.
And the USS Angeles dims its lights in honor of movie musical star Debbie Reynolds, Fisher’s mother, who died today after a stroke at Fisher’s house in Beverly Hills. The “Singin’ in the Rain” star passed away at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Her son, Todd Fisher, told Variety, “She wanted to be with Carrie.”
Fisher, who was also an author and screenplay writer with books such as “Postcards from the Edge” and her recent autobiography “The Princess Diarist,” inspired viewers with her role of a strong hero. Off screen, she struggled with bipolar disorder and drug abuse, but talked candidly about those struggles and in doing so, helped others. The daughter of Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, the actress, author and screenplay writer was feisty, funny and honest, as other reporters and I discovered during a press conference in the early 2000s. Afterward, some reporters and I
talked with her for with a few minutes and found her fearless and
incredibly energetic. She was a force of nature, and the Force was with her.
She completed her scenes for Episode VIII of “Star Wars,” set for a
December 2017 release. That will be an Angeles away mission, and we’re looking forward to seeing her as a “Star Wars” hero, one more time.