Carrie Fisher in Stable Condition at UCLA Medical Center, Following Heart Attack
Her brother Todd Fisher asked everyone to "pray for her." Star Wars actress is on a ventilator.
December 23, 2016
Update: Dec. 23, 5 PM: Carrie Fisher is in stable condition after suffering a major heart attack on a flight, the Associated Press reports, citing the actress' brother Todd Fisher. He told the AP that his sister was “out of emergency” and stabilized at a Los Angeles hospital, but declined to offer further details. "I ask everyone to pray for her," he said.
Update: 2:46 PM PT -- We're told when the plane landed paramedics worked on Carrie for 15 minutes with CPR before they were able to get a pulse. She's currently at UCLA Medical Center on a ventilator.
The Star Wars actress, 60, was flying from London to Los Angeles when she went into cardiac arrest. According to actress Anna Akana who was on the flight, certain passengers onboard administered CPR. It took a full 15 minutes to revive her, which itself is not a good sign.
Fisher, 60, was rushed to UCLA medical center by Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics shortly after noon, after her flight touched down at LAX.
A source who was not authorized to discuss the incident said the actress was "in a lot of distress on the flight."
Fisher, who rose to stardom as Princess Leia, recently published an autobiography titled the "Princess Diarist," her eighth book.
She is the daughter of famous Hollywood couple Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher.
Carrie Frances Fisher (born October 21, 1956) is an American actress and writer. She is best known for her role as Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy (1977–83) and Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015). Fisher is also known for her semi-autobiographical novels, including Postcards from the Edge, and the screenplay for the film of the same name, as well as her autobiographical one-woman play, and its nonfiction book, Wishful Drinking, based on the show. Her other film roles include Shampoo (1975), The Blues Brothers (1980), Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), The 'Burbs (1989), and When Harry Met Sally... (1989).
In her 2016 autobiography, The Princess Diarist, Fisher disclosed that she and Harrison Ford had a three-month affair during the filming of Star Wars in 1976.
Fisher dated musician Paul Simon from 1977 until 1983. In 1980, she was briefly engaged to Canadian actor and comedian Dan Aykroyd, who proposed on the set of their film The Blues Brothers. She said: "We had rings, we got blood tests, the whole shot. But then I got back together with Paul Simon."
Fisher was married to Simon from August 1983 to July 1984, and they dated again for a time after their divorce. During their marriage, she appeared in Simon's music video for the song "Rene and Georgette Magritte with Their Dog after the War". Simon's song "Hearts and Bones" is about their relationship.
Subsequently, she had a relationship with Creative Artists Agency principal and talent agent Bryan Lourd. They had one child together, Billie Catherine Lourd (born July 17, 1992). Eddie Fisher states in his autobiography (Been There Done That) his granddaughter's name is Catherine Fisher Lourd and her nickname is "Billy". The couple's relationship ended when Lourd left to be in a relationship with a man. Though Fisher has described Lourd as her second husband in interviews, according to a 2004 profile of the actress and writer, she and Lourd were never legally married.
Fisher also had a close relationship with James Blunt. While working on his album Back to Bedlam in 2003, Blunt spent much of his time at Fisher's residence. When Vanity Fair's George Wayne asked Fisher if their relationship was sexual, she replied: "Absolutely not, but I did become his therapist. He was a soldier. This boy has seen awful stuff. Every time James hears fireworks or anything like that, his heart beats faster, and he gets 'fight or flight.' You know, he comes from a long line of soldiers dating back to the 10th century. He would tell me these horrible stories. He was a captain, a reconnaissance soldier. I became James' therapist. So it would have been unethical to sleep with my patient."
On February 26, 2005, R. Gregory "Greg" Stevens, a lobbyist, was found dead in Fisher's California home. The final autopsy report lists the cause of death as "cocaine and oxycodone use" but adds chronic, and apparently previously undiagnosed, heart disease as contributing factors. Media coverage of an initial autopsy report used the word "overdose," but that wording is not in the final report. In an interview, Fisher claimed that Stevens' ghost haunted her mansion, which unsettled her: "I was a nut for a year", she explained, "and in that year I took drugs again."
Fisher has described herself as an "enthusiastic agnostic who would be happy to be shown that there is a God". She was raised Protestant, but often attends Jewish services, the faith of her father, with Orthodox friends. She was a spokesperson for Jenny Craig, Inc. weight loss television ads that aired in January 2011.
On December 23, 2016, Fisher was hospitalized in critical condition after suffering a heart attack while on a flight from London to Los Angeles.