Like many of you, we at the CIC were saddened to hear of Carrie Fisher's passing this morning. It'd be hard to be a fan of Wing Commander and not share a great appreciation for the the sci-fi saga that had the greatest influence on its creation. Princess Leia inspired a generation of Jeannette Devereauxes and similarly strong characters in both sci-fi and the real world. There are many proper eulogies that give her due credit for all of her work off the screen as well, but for now we'll leave you with this endearing statement from Mark Hamill. May she rest in peace.
It's never easy to lose such a vital, irreplaceable member of the family, but this is downright heartbreaking. Carrie was one-of-a-kind who belonged to us all- whether she liked it or not. She was OUR Princess, damn it, & the actress who played her blurred into one gorgeous, fiercely independent & ferociously funny, take-charge woman who took our collective breath away. Determined & tough, but with a vulnerability that made you root for her & want her to succeed & be happy. She played such a crucial role in my professional & personal life, & both would have been far emptier without her. I am grateful for the laughter, the wisdom, the kindness & even the bratty, self-indulgent crap my beloved space-twin gave me through the years. Thanks Carrie. I love you, mh