Carrie Fisher, the iconic actress who portrayed Princess Leia in the Star Wars series, has died following a massive heart attack last week. She was 60.
The daughter of actress Debbie Reynolds and singer Eddie Fisher, the actress made her Broadway debut as a teenager in Irene, which starred her mother. After making her big screen debut in 1975’s Shampoo and briefly enrolling in London’s Central School of Speech and Drama and then Sarah Lawrence College, Fisher dropped out, at the age of 19, after landing the role of Princess Leia in George Lucas’ 1977 space epic Star Wars.
To commemorate Carrie Fisher’s storied life and star-studded career, we look back at her iconic character and explore why Princess Leia was the ultimate girl power icon: