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George Lucas mourns ‘smart, talented, colorful’ Carrie Fisher

December 27th, 2016

George Lucas, the filmmaker who produced “Star Wars,” expressed grief about Carrie Fisher’s death.

“Carrie and I have been friends most of our adult lives,” Lucas said in a statement through a spokeswoman. “She was extremely smart; a talented actress, writer and comedienne with a very colorful personality that everyone loved.”

Lucas cast Fisher in his original “Star Wars” trilogy that made her a symbol of American pop culture.

She grumbled about the skimpy costumes and an uncomfortable hair bun that brought her fame. “George Lucas ruined my life,” she wrote in her memoir. That view, maybe tongue in cheek, softened over the years. The two shared the stage and embraced as the film series was honored over the years.

Lucas, who lives in Chicago these days with his wife, Ariel Investments’ Mellody Hobson, and their young daughter, has only praise for the actress who played Princess Leia.

“In Star Wars she was our great and powerful princess–feisty, wise and full of hope in a role that was more difficult than most people might think,” he wrote. “My heart and prayers are with Billie, Debbie and all Carrie’s family, friends and fans. She will be missed by all.”

Billie Lourd is Fisher’s daughter and actress Debbie Reynolds is her mom.

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