"Carrie is in stable condition. If there is a change, we will
share it. For all her fans and friends, I thank you for your
prayers and good wishes," Reynolds said on Twitter.
Fans of the actress who famously portrayed Princess Leia in
"Star Wars" said they were saddened by the 60-year-old's illness
and hospitalization. But they said they were inspired by the
appearance of a young Princess Leia in the saga's most recent
movie playing in theaters this weekend.
Fisher suffered heart problems shortly before her flight landed
in Los Angeles on Friday and received emergency treatment on the
plane before she was rushed to a hospital.
A stable condition would be an upgrade from Friday, when her
brother, Todd Fisher, said she was in critical condition.
The Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center has declined to comment,
citing patient confidentiality laws.
The daughter of a Hollywood power couple, movie star Reynolds
and entertainer Eddie Fisher, she achieved her own fame
portraying Princess Leia in the cinematic space saga launched in
After celebrity friends and co-stars wished her well on
Saturday, many fans went to a Christmas Day screening of "Rogue
One: A Star Wars Story," in which a digital replica of the young
Princess Leia appears on screen at the end.
"It's kind of surreal that this movie is coming out now and to
think of Carrie Fisher/Princess Leia having a heart attack, it's
pretty terrifying," Mike Rosenberg, 28, who works in finance,
said at a Times Square cinema. "It's Christmas Day. I'm sure
everyone has her in their heart today."
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The audience gasped when seeing Princess Leia, said Heather Kemp, a
44-yer-old attorney who had just seen "Rogue One" in a Times Square
cinema."It was sad and it was inspiring at the same time," Kemp
said. "Whenever you see any of the characters like C3PO and R2D2,
there were reactions. But yeah, definitely for her."
The Princess Leia character, who was courageous and a capable
fighter as well as glamorous, was a role model for Kemp when she
first saw the original movie.
"She's spunky," Kemp said.
At least one fan in the Chicago suburb of Skokie expressed optimism
for Fisher by attributing Leia-like abilities to the actress.
"She's a warrior and will pull through," said Alexa Mullally, 38. "I
grew up watching Star Wars and adored Princess Leia."
At another screening in Evanston, Gary Mendel, 50, summed up the
feelings of many fans who saw a long list of beloved celebrities die
"I'm hoping 2016 took enough of our idols and will let her recover,"
(Reporting by Daniel Trotta in New York and Bob Chiarito in Chicago;
Editing by Sandra Maler and Mary Milliken)
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