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Actress most well known for her portrayal as "Princess Leia" from the Star Wars films. She is also a noted comedienne and author.
Fisher was a supporter and advocate for several causes, including women's advocacy, animal rights, and LGBT causes. She was open about her experiences caring for friends who suffered from AIDS. She contributed financially to various AIDS and HIV organizations, including hosting a benefit for amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research.
She also served as an honorary board member for the International Bipolar Foundation, and, in 2014, received the Golden Heart Award for her work with The Midnight Mission.
In 2016, Harvard College gave Fisher its Annual Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award in Cultural Humanism, noting that "her forthright activism and outspokenness about addiction, mental illness, and agnosticism have advanced public discourse on these issues with creativity and empathy."
She is buried at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills), Los Angeles.
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