Remembering Carrie Fisher & George Michael

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We lost two amazing entertainers over the holiday break - Carrie Fisher, best known as Princess Leia in the Star Wars franchise, and George Michael, an ‘80s and ‘90s pop music icon. As we remember how these two enriched our shared popular culture, I personally think of Fisher as a strong woman who lent a sense of humor and grace to her battles with addiction and mental illness. And she wasn’t just a quick-witted actress and celebrity - she was also a hilarious writer, authoring both memoirs and fiction. Pictured above are Fisher and her beloved service dog, Gary.

George Michael was more than a pop star. Since his death, he has been revealed to have been incredibly - and anonymously - generous with his money. He volunteered at homeless shelters, donated thousands to children’s and AIDS charities, gave money to a student so she could eliminate her debt, and gave £15k to a woman who needed IVF treatment. I grew up listening to Wham! and George’s solo work, which gave us Gen Xers an upbeat soundtrack to our lives. May they both rest in peace.

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