On December 18, 2015, the newest Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens, is due in theaters. The first 7 movies grossed over 4 billion dollars WORLDWIDE. 4 B I L L I O N!!! WOW!!! This does not include the merchandise that went along with the movies.
It might be noted that with the release of the newest installment, Carrie Fisher who portrayed the beautiful “Princess Leia” in the first 3 movies, Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, and The Return of the Jedi will reprise her role some 38 years later.
Though it was her portrayal of Leia that was Carrie’s claim to fame, most people do not realize she is also a best-selling author and screen-write and daughter of one-time legends, actress Debbie Reynolds and singer Eddie Fisher. She has also made a name for herself as an advocate for mental health.
Carrie has admitted to drug and alcohol abuse as well as having manic episodes and bipolar disorder. She has sought help with medication, residential treatment and Electroconvulsive Therapy. She speaks candidly about her struggles with mental illness and has even spoken before the California State Senate to raise mental health awareness.*
Though she may be a star of many galaxies, Carrie Fisher was not exempt. Mental illness is real.
David Staba, November 7, 2004, “Hollywood Kid Carrie Fisher and her Best Awful”