I feel bad for Debbie Reynolds. It goes against the natural order, for a mother to have to bury her child.
Carrie Fisher is famous, because she was born to famous parents, Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher.
Not so, according to The Forward, which tells us that she was “iconic”:
“Carrie Fisher, Iconic ‘Star Wars’ Princess, Dies at 60,” by Daniel J. Solomon, December 27, 2016.
Fisher had an undistinguished acting career, but proved to be a funny writer. Daniel J. Solomon has things precisely backwards:
Fisher played Princess Leia Organa in the “Star Wars” movies, becoming a cult figure to a generation of fans. She also starred in other iconic movies like “When Harry Met Sally” and Woody Allen’s “Hannah and Her Sisters.” For a brief time, she was also married to Paul Simon.The most important fact of Fisher’s life was whom she chose as parents; the second most important fact was her life as a writer; and the least important fact was her busy but forgettable career as an actress.
She also had a career in letters, publishing a popular semi-autobiographical novel, “Postcards from the Edge,” for which she wrote the screenplay. The 1990 movie starred Meryl Streep, Shirley MacLaine and Dennis Quaid. She wrote an autobiographical one-woman play and a book, “Wishful Drinking,” based on the show.
The daughter of singer Eddie Fisher and actress Debbie Reynolds, Fisher was born into Hollywood royalty in Beverly Hills. Her parents divorced when she was two after her father left Reynolds for actress Elizabeth Taylor.
But why did The Forward even write about Carrie Fisher? The Webzine purports to be about Jews and Judaism, yet as a commenter points out, Carrie Fisher was a gentile.
I submitted the following comment.
Carrie Fisher was a funny writer (Postcards from the Edge, Wishful Drinking) and gave one memorable performance, that I can recall, in When Harry Met Sally. Conversely, I found her performance as the princess in Star Wars, one of the most overrated movies ever made, forgettable.
The notion, promoted by your headline, that she was an “iconic” actress, is ludicrous. Google’s dictionary defines icon thus:
indiscriminately use the phrase “iconic.” They told us that Madonna Ciccone was “iconic.” It’s been all downhill since.
“1. a painting of Jesus Christ or another holy figure, typically in a traditional style on wood, venerated and used as an aid to devotion in the Byzantine and other Eastern Churches.”
synonyms: image, idol, portrait, picture, representation, likeness, symbol, sign; More
"an icon of the Blessed Virgin"
“2. a person or thing regarded as a representative symbol of something”
Roughly 30 years ago, I started hearing media hypesters indiscriminately use the term “iconic.” Madonna Ciccone, they told us, was “iconic.” It’s all been downhill ever since.
If The Forward is in the business of making Jews look shallow, it is succeeding magnificently.