I realize I’ve posted this image before, but today seems like a good day to reuse it in order to pay tribute to Carrie Fisher aka Princess Leia and remember the theatrical premier of, Star Wars: A New Hope at the Mann’s Chinese Theater on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles. I was there, somewhere in that crowd, getting ready to see a story from, “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away”.
Today is the day after (at least here in Asia) I heard about the sad, sad news that one of the principle cast members of one of my favorite Sci-Fi films has passed away, Carrie Fisher, aka Princess Leia.
Carrie Fisher was witty, often humanistically self-loathing and seemed to try hard at maintaining a reasonable distance to the persona she portrayed on the silver screen. Unfortunately, the actress wasn’t able to handle the flip side of being born into… fame (her mother is actress Debbie Reynolds and father was singer Eddie Fisher) and the massive popularity she had to absorb once the very first Star Wars installment went viral on a global scale.
Star Wars, A New Hope, is often cited as the very first “space opera”, and it generated more publicity than anyone could have possibly anticipated when it premiered back in 1977. And significantly more than Ms Fisher was equipped to handle emotionally. Which was at least partially why in the end, a life-long struggle with drug and alcohol addiction and mental illness and a consequentially unhealthy lifestyle, stole many years from her life.
So many folks you meet in L.A. yearn for stardom, wide-spread fame and ultimately, infinite fortune. Much of today’s entertainment industry cultivates and exploits that desire. And worse yet, soon we’ll have a man whom embodies what could arguably be called, the ultimate ego trip.