Wednesday 13 December 2017

'My God, girls, we owe her a lot' - Irish writer Sharon Horgan on late co-star Carrie Fisher

Actress/director Sharon Horgan and talent Carrie Fisher speak on stage at Tribeca Tune In: Catastrophe at SVA Theatre 2 on April 19, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)
Actress/director Sharon Horgan and talent Carrie Fisher speak on stage at Tribeca Tune In: Catastrophe at SVA Theatre 2 on April 19, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)
Carrie Fisher in Catastrophe with her beloved dog Gary

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Sharon Horgan has fondly remembered her Catastrophe co-star Carrie Fisher in an emotional written tribute.

Writing in The Guardian, Horgan recalled the moments she shared with Fisher in the week leading up to her death.

Fisher had been in London filming Catastrophe, which stars Horgan and Rob Delaney as a newly married couple raising two young children, just days before she passed away. In the sitcom, she played Delaney's particularly heinous (and absolutely hilarious) mother Mia

Horgan recalled how the night before Fisher boarded her flight to Los Angeles, the two women enjoyed dinner with Salman Rushdie. The Drogheda writer and actress explained that she had tried to get out of the dinner, blaming a hangover and inferiority complex for her decision, but Fisher wasn't having any of it.

Carrie Fisher in Catastrophe with her beloved dog Gary
Carrie Fisher in Catastrophe with her beloved dog Gary

"She reminded me that she dragged her ass all the way out to Hackney to see me the week before and I should return the favour. So I did. Thank the dark lord, I did."

It would be the last time that she saw her friend.

Horgan described Fisher as a caring and down-to-earth friend who always made sure people in her company were looked after. She was interested in people. She asked questions. She listened to them.

But Horgan reserved the most praise for Fisher's bravery in tackling a male dominated film industry and calling out its double standards and sexism.

"My God, girls, we owe her a lot. Not many women of her generation called out the double standards of the film industry the way she did. And how it treats women of a certain age.

"She knew that she had to keep mouthing off about it. And she did it with great wit. But it hurt her. Make no mistake about that.

Carrie Fisher and husband Paul Simon (AP)
Carrie Fisher and husband Paul Simon (AP)

Horgan explained that Fisher, like most women, criticised her own looks but that it's "hard not to when the world is telling you that you're not allowed to age like a regular person".

In her tribute, Horgan listed Fisher's traits and urged fans to remember her for the many great things she was.

"I want everyone to remember her and all the great things she was. A wonderful writer, a fine actress, a great mother, a caring daughter, a loyal friend, a wit, a prolific present giver, a lunatic, a legend".

Carrie Fisher
Carrie Fisher

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