Fisher was a mental health advocate who spoke about her struggles with bipolar disorder and cocaine addiction.
Fisher reprised the role in later "Star Wars" sequels, gaining sex symbol status in "Return of the Jedi" in 1983 when her Leia character wore a metallic gold bikini while enslaved by the diabolical Jabba the Hutt.
The book was later adapted into a film starring Meryl Streep and Shirley MacLaine.
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