Carrie Fisher, who played Princess Lea in the original Star Wars movies, died yesterday at the age of 60.
2016 continues its streak of being fatal for performers.
Why did I like Princess Leia from the first time I saw Star Wars, on a hot Wichita, Kansas summer day in 1977? I was a young 24 and Ms. Fisher, 19, was on her way to fame - and, sadly, extensive drug use. Perhaps it was self-medication (she had bipolar disorder). Perhaps it was a byproduct of her acting genius. But, I didn't know any of that then. To me, Princess Leia and her courage and spunk made those movies.
I had been a fan of science fiction since I was around 10 and read Robert Heinlein's Have Spacesuit - Will Travel, so I became one of millions of Star Wars fans. Never fanatic, but I enjoyed the characters of Obi-Wan, Yoda, Jabba the Hutt, Hans Solo, Luke Skywalker, Chewbacca, and, yes, even Darth Vader.
Especially Darth Vader. But most of all, I loved my Princess, the one who was - as we would say today - a badass. Never passive. She was as brave as all the others, and, unlike the others, even fought once in a slave bikini.
Now, the Princess is finally at peace, one with the Force.
I can't say anything that hasn't been said before so I will, instead, talk a little bit about Star Wars music.
My husband purchased Star Wars and other Galactic Funk, a disco adaptation of the Star Wars soundtrack, when it came out in 1977. Now, we own it as a CD. You can enjoy it, too, courtesy of You Tube.
This past month, my spouse and I saw the first three Star Wars movies again. I will have those memories forever.
May Princess Leia forever rest in peace, and may the Force always be with her.