Whether or not you enjoyed Star Wars, there is no denying the reach of the films and the massive fandom the space opera film franchise has grown to since its inception in 1977.
Carrie Fisher is a name that all comic book fans are aware of. Portraying the iconic Princess Leia, a character who till this day is loved by many, Fisher has had (and will continue to have) an impressive presence in the comic book world. Being one of the first few female characters that truly embodied independence and strength in a world dominated primarily by men, Leia Organa was true a symbol of feminism. Her spirit and fearlessness as a female protagonist was an inspiration and will continue to do so for generations to come.
As if this season could get any worse, a few hours ago, it was reported that Debbie Reynolds, a Legend in her own right, mother to Fisher, has also passed on – just a day after her daughter. While Fisher’s death affected me because of her iconic portrayal of Princess Leia, Reynold’s passing struck a deeper cord within me. Debbie Reynolds was my childhood. From Disney’s Halloween Town to her role as Grace Adler’s (Debra Messing) delightfully eccentric mother Bobbi Adler, Reynolds has been a part of my growing up even through my teenage years. She brought so much joy and humor to some of the darkest times in my life. Reynolds’ popularity extends beyond my generation to as early as 1952 when she first breakthrough role as Kathy Selden in Singin’ in the Rain which kick-started her rise to super-stardom. The fact that her popularity spans throughout so many decades makes it no wonder why she is regarded as a Legend – well, that and her lovable personality. For me, Debbie Reynolds will always be remembers as Bobbi Adler.
Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher. Both iconic. Both sweethearts. Both Legends.
Rest in peace…