By The AoG Team
The Assembly of Geeks team is devastated to hear about the passing of Carrie Fisher today. As we mourn this difficult loss, we all wanted to share some thoughts and memories.
From Scott Murray:
As a kid, I remember one of the first lines from Star Wars that made me laugh was, "Would someone get this walking carpet out of my way?!" It was the perfect line for the strong, brave, no-nonsense character that re-defined "Princess". I met Carrie at my first Star Wars Celebration in 2002, and it was both a thrill and an honor rolled into one. She made me laugh at that convention as well. She told everyone that George didn't smile much (even after the success of Star Wars), so he asked ILM to digitize one on his face. Her strength, humor and bigger-than-life presence will be missed both on and off screen. I'm so glad she got to be part of this new era of Star Wars...adding to an already incredible and impactful legacy.
From Regina Davis:
The galaxy mourns together today as we bid farewell to Carrie Fisher. She gave us all a precious gift. When she gave life to Princess Leia, she made the universe expand ten-fold. While Leia was not the first self-reliant woman in Science Fiction, she was special, she was groundbreaking. When I was a child,Leia was a symbol of individualism I had not yet been exposed to in any medium. As I grew, I discovered her real-life counter-part was just as inspirational. We should all be grateful to have been given such a legacy of wit, bravery and adventure. She truly was magic.
From Jeff McGee:
To many people, Carrie Fisher is Princess Leia, and that’s where it ends. Her story was winding and tumultuous, and that's part of why I am so heartbroken over her passing. She lived the “typical” Hollywood story of fame at a young age, followed by years of drug abuse. However, she rose above it all and fashioned a career for herself as an amazing writer. She drew on her own experiences and presented them in a way that made us hold a mirror to ourselves. At 60, she was just getting a second wind of renown, and I have no doubt that she had many more stories to tell. I’ll miss her wit, her talent, and her inability to be false. More than that, I’ll miss the work we never got to see. May the Force be with you, Carrie.
From Emily Kelley:
I am absolutely gutted to hear of the passing of Carrie Fisher. Before Hermione Granger, Leia Organa showed me that women could be beautiful and feminine along with being smart and strong. She was a leader and hero in her own right, something I had not seen as a young girl before seeing Star Wars. Aside from Star Wars, Carrie was outspoken about her own addictions and mental health issues — helping immensely to shed light on the stigma and struggle so many of us geeks face — across multiple best-selling books and endeavors. Carrie was also a devoted mother, friend, and geek icon who gave so many of us so much joy and inspiration. She will be greatly, greatly missed.
From Matt Moore:
Because of Carrie Fisher, it was never odd to for me to experience and enjoy works of creative fiction with strong female characters who acted on their own accord in a bold and forthright manner. As the original Star Wars trilogy came out, I was always drawn to her leadership role in the Rebels and wondered how her character, Leia, could soldier on in spite of such crushing loss. That's because of Carrie's acting. She made that role into an icon, one that will far outlive us all. It goes without saying that the Star Wars firmament has lost a bright and shining light, but her presence will always be felt, by old fans and new fans. My daughter is nine. Her ONLY Princess? Leia. She told me the others don't matter.
From Genese Davis:
Thank you for braving the way...inspiring strength, tenacity, loyalty and poise. You embodied the warrior spirit and showcased that there's a leader in all of us. You will have an everlasting place in our hearts. Rest in peace.
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