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12/30/2016

Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher)
Like the rest of the geek community, we're greatly saddened by the loss of Carrie Fisher, the actress best known for playing Princess Leia Organa on Star Wars. She died this week of a sudden and unexpected heart attack. It's been amazing to see the outpouring of love towards her death, and we'd like to add to it.

It's not just the fact that a geek icon has died. I mean, let's be honest, lots of geek icons die. And it's not just that she was hot, and a lot of nerds had crushes on her. What made Carrie Fisher special was that she was just as beloved off the screen as on it. She was outspoken, witty, and honest about her problems with Star Wars, and her struggles with addiction and rebuilding her career. It reminds me of the death of Leonard Nimoy, who also had a beloved off-screen persona. If Nimoy was every geek's grandfather, Carrie Fisher was our grandmother. We'll miss her.

To honor her, here's an overview of some of our articles on Leia and Fisher over the years.

Let's get this out of the way...we spent a lot of time talking about her Slave Leia outfit. We won't apologize for that, because it's what Fisher's best known for. Here's some of our Slave Leia bits.
15 Interesting Facts About the Slave Leia Outfit - One of our most popular articles has been our overview of the Slave Leia outfit. It's not just about drooling over pictures of her (really), because there was a lot of interesting stuff going on behind the scenes.
Is Slave Leia Sexy or Sexist? - There's a lot of debate right now about whether Slave Leia is demeaning to women, and back in 2010, we tackled that question.
Carrie Fisher Fact-checked Our Slave Leia Article - Probably one of our greatest honors here is that Carrie Fisher actually read our article and sent a message on Twitter to comment on its accuracy. Yup, we're officially a source in Star Wars! And her answers were quite surprising.
6 Best Slave Leia Group Appearances - What's better than one Slave Leia? A whole bunch of Slave Leias. Her costume is one of the most popular geek outfits in the world, and we looked at some memorable group shots.
See Princess Leia Frolicking on the Beach - Just some old promotional photos of Slave Leia on a beach. That is all.

Now on to the other stuff.
Women Geeks Love: Princess Carrie Fisher - Of course, she was a part of our "Women Geeks Love" series, and we did a brief overview of her.
Princess Leia's Best Quotes with Carrie Fisher's Funniest Pictures - Leia had some great lines in the movies, so here's some of her best quotes with the best pictures we could find.
The Disney Princesses Welcome Princess Leia - When Disney bought Star Wars, Leia officially became a Disney Princess. Here's a fan video on how the other princesses welcomed her.
Captain William Shatner vs. Princess Carrie Fisher vs. George Takei - There was a brief but memorable spat between William Shatner and Carrie Fisher, which basically became "Star Trek vs. Star Wars." We made an infographic to illustrate it.
Why Princess Leia Went Commando in "Star Wars" - Fisher was always great for behind the scenes anecdotes, but her explanation for why Leia didn't wear a bra in the original movie was epic.

UPDATE: Nigel has written an article on 15 Reasons Why Leia Was the Best Part of Star Wars on CBR.com.

While we're all sad to see her go, she already filmed all her scenes for the eighth Star Wars movie, so we'll get to see her one last time as Princess Leia.

Happy trails, Carrie Fisher. We already miss you.

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