Update: 12/28/2016: Debbie Reynolds, Carries mother, suffered a stroke and has also passed away.
Carrie Fisher personified the cinematic "Female Heroine" with her immortal portrayal of Princess Leia in the Star Wars film franchise.
I don't know that she ever openly recognized that she was the quintessential female hero to her millions of adoring fans around the world.
She seemed to feel the role was more of a curse then a privilege.
But young girls around the world recognized it.
Women, men, children around the world recognized it.
And the world of cinema recognized it, was altered forever by it...
And she will be immortalized because of it.