As if 2016 wasn't bad enough, the tail end of the year decided to take yet another beloved icon when, on Dec. 27, Carrie Fisher passed away. Less than a month after the release of the latest Star Wars film that featured a cameo by a younger digitized Fisher, Princess Leia herself after suffering a heart attack on Dec. 23. Carrie Fisher was so loved, and these quotes show just how hard this loss, among all the others of 2016, will be felt.
Although she was best-known for her role as Princess Leia Organa in the Star Wars franchise and for other roles in films like Woody Allen's Hannah and Her Sisters, Fisher was an acclaimed writer and mental health advocate whose openness about her struggles with substance abuse and her bipolar disorder diagnosis touched the hearts of countless fans the world over. She was also veritable Hollywood royalty — she was the daughter of actress and singer Debbie Reynolds, was married to folk legend Paul Simon in the 80s, and acted as a mentor to British singer James Blunt.
Beyond her fame and Hollywood chops, Fisher was also beloved in the entertainment industry as much for her frankness and candor as her role as a pop culture icon. Below are nine quotes from Fisher's fellow glitterati that prove just how huge a loss this is.
The Face That Launched Countless Careers
When I was a young man, Carrie Fisher was the most beautiful creature I had ever seen. She turned out to be witty and bright as well.— Steve Martin (@SteveMartinToGo) December 27, 2016
Like countless others, funnyman Steve Martin had a major crush on Fisher, likely due to that famous bikini scene in Return of the Jedi. And like the rest of America, he learned too how brilliant she was, and in 1999 was even interviewed by her in the Los Angeles Times.
Condolences From 'Star Trek' To 'Star Wars'
I'm deeply saddened to learn of the death of Carrie Fisher. I will miss our banterings. A wonderful talent & light has been extinguished.— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) December 27, 2016
Despite a seeming "feud" between Star Trek's William Shatner and Fisher in 2011 about whose space-themed franchise was better, Captain Kirk himself offered his condolences to his fellow explorer of the final frontier.
"Hannah" Mourns "Her Sister"
Carrie was brilliant, funny and talented. Sending huge love be to her mom, her daughter, Billie and her many friends— mia farrow (@MiaFarrow) December 27, 2016
Mia Farrow, Fisher's co-star in the 1986 film Hannah and Her Sisters, offered words of love and affection to those that survived Fisher: her mother Debbie Reynolds, her daughter Billie Lourd, and the many friends who adored her.
The 'Family Guy' Showrunner On His Favorite Voice Actress
Carrie Fisher was smart, funny, talented, surprising, and always a hell of a fun time to be around. Family Guy will miss her immensely.— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) December 27, 2016
The creator of Family Guy gave beautiful accolades to Fisher, who voiced the character of Angela, main character Peter Griffin's boss, on the grown-up cartoon.
Love From A Fellow Actor, Bipolar Advocate, And Friend
She was the brightest, funniest, bravest, kindest, cleverest and sweetest person I ever knew. A crushing blow to lose @carrieffisher— Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) December 27, 2016
British comedic actor Stephen Fry got to share a part of Fisher with the world that many hadn't seen when he featured her in his documentary Stephen Fry: The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive in 2006. The two remained close, and the "crushing blow" he describes in his tweet is very personal.
From One Hollywood Funnywoman To Another
Like many others, Ellen DeGeneres described Fisher's fun nature and lively spirit in her tweet mourning her death. Unlike most, however, DeGeneres had video to prove exactly why she loved her.
Lando Calrissian Says Goodbye To Leia
I'm deeply saddened at the news of Carrie's passing. She was a dear friend, whom I greatly respected and admired. The force is dark today!— Billy Dee Williams (@realbdw) December 27, 2016
Actor Billy Dee Williams, who, like Fisher, was best-known for his role in the first Star Wars films, gave what might be the best topical quote when saying that "the force is dark today."
Another Brilliant, Hilarious Woman Saw The Same In Fisher
Carrie Fisher has passed, she was funnier&smarter than anyone had the right to be. Sail On Silver Girl. Condolences Debbie & Billie— Whoopi Goldberg (@WhoopiGoldberg) December 27, 2016
For someone as funny and smart as Whoopi Goldberg to recognize and speak to the same in Fisher is a testament to how much of an impact she had on the industry now mourning her.
The Saddest Tweet Mourning Fisher
Saddest tweets to tweet. Mommy is gone. I love you @carrieffisher— Carrie Fisher's Dog (@Gary_TheDog) December 27, 2016
Fisher's beloved dog Gary might not be a celebrity technically, but he should be. He gave us hands-down the saddest tweet about her passing, and shows that for all the lives she touched, the simple love of a pet for his owner might be the most poignant of all.
It's clear that Carrie Fisher's death is one of the hardest blows of this seemingly never-ending year of sorrow. Goodnight, sweet princess — the world won't be the same without you.