More recently, she appeared in TV shows like Catastrophe and two yet-to-be-released episodes of Family Guy, and of course, reprised the role of Leia for Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the upcoming Star Wars Episode VIII.
Although fans still have onscreen appearances from Fisher to look forward to, it's hard to shake the overwhelming feeling of loss that comes with losing one of Hollywood's favourite heroes.
Fans and friends from the Star Wars world and beyond have taken to social media to share their memories of Fisher and pay their respects to the late actress, and you can see just some of Hollywood's reaction to her death below.
I'm shocked and saddened to hear the news about my dear friend @carrieffisher. Our thoughts are with Carrie, her family and friends.— Harrison Ford (@HarrisonFordLA) December 25, 2016
I thought I had got what I wanted under the tree. I didn't. In spite of so many thoughts and prayers from so many. I am very, very sad.— Anthony Daniels (@ADaniels3PO) December 27, 2016
My heart is heavy but I'm grateful that I got to know her. I'll cherish the memories, conversations and her consistent support. Rest well ❤️ pic.twitter.com/SkPiRgGf03— John Boyega (@JohnBoyega) December 28, 2016
There are no words for this loss. Carrie was the brightest light in every room she entered. I will miss her dearly. pic.twitter.com/GgIeYGeMt9— Peter Mayhew (@TheWookieeRoars) December 27, 2016
I'm deeply saddened at the news of Carrie's passing. She was a dear friend, whom I greatly respected and admired. The force is dark today!— Billy Dee Williams (@realbdw) December 27, 2016
So sad to hear about the tragic passing of @carrieffisher - her work and her unique personality touched millions and will continue to do so— Riz Ahmed (@rizmc) December 28, 2016
"Yesterday was a horrible day. Carrie was a special, wonderful girl. It's too soon."— Paul Simon (@PaulSimonMusic) December 28, 2016
So so so sad. Thank you, Carrie Fisher. What a loss.— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) December 27, 2016
We'll never forget you, Carrie. May the Force be with you always.— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) December 27, 2016
"Our beautiful brilliant funny wise kind and generous Blues Sister -so ironic - Xmas was Carrie's favorite thing next to babies."— Dan Aykroyd (@dan_aykroyd) December 27, 2016
I'm deeply saddened to learn of the death of Carrie Fisher. I will miss our banterings. A wonderful talent & light has been extinguished.— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) December 27, 2016