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Celebrating screen icon Carrie Fisher on her birthday

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How amazing and simultaneously heartbreaking is it to see Carrie Fisher as Leia Organa right in the heart of the poster for "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," her final film?

Carrie Frances Fisher was born on October 21, 1956 in Beverly Hills, CA, to Hollywood icons Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher.

George Lucas cast her as Princess Leia in 1977. Two braided buns of hair, a metal bikini and a performance punctuated by a wicked wit later she became a legend.

Fisher became a Hollywood staple, both as an accomplished actor and screenwriter. She made star turns in non-Star Wars films like "The Blues Brothers," "Hannah and Her Sisters," "When Harry Met Sally...," "Soapdish," "Hook," "The Women," and dozens more.

She was also often seen on the small screen, deftly and hilariously playing roles on shows like "Laverne & Shirley," "Frasier," "Sex and the City," "Family Guy," "The Big Bang Theory," and "30 Rock."

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Sadly, Carrie Fisher died of cardiac arrest on December 27, 2016 at the age of 60. And, in a devastating twist, her mother, Debbie Reynolds, passed away the day after, of a stroke, at age 84.

On her birthday, we celebrate the life and indelible legacy of Carrie Fisher.

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