Carrie Fisher

In 2015, Ms Fisher returned to the role of Princess (now General) Leia in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Her first portrayal, in the original trilogy, established her character as a woman capable of holding her own with the male characters on the screen while battling the evil forces of the dark side.

And her reprisal of the role again made Leia very relatable as a strong woman directing the military efforts against The First Order, while mourning the loss of her marriage with Han Solo, and their son to the dark side.

In her real life, she has battled personal dark forces and has publicly discussed her struggle with bipolar disorder, cocaine use and prescription medication addiction. Her willingness to face these challenges head-on, without shame and often with humour, makes her a woman to be admired, in my book.

After the latest instalment of the Star Wars franchise appeared on the big screen she faced down the Twitter trolls who attempted to body-shame her appearance with her own inimitable style: “Please stop debating about whether or not I aged well. Unfortunately it hurts all three of my feelings. My body hasn’t aged as well as I have. Blow us.”

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