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latest, and she was back. she of the latest, and she was back. she was there, on the red carpet, the centre of attention. and i think she loved every minute of it. we are going to leave it there for now, but thank you so much. speaking to us, as we remember carrie fisher, who has passed away at the age of 60. caroline frost is joining caroline frost isjoining me now on the phone, the entertainment editor at the huffington post. thank you for joining at the huffington post. thank you forjoining us. we are hearing so many tributes to carrie fisher. how is she being remembered? there are two schools of thought, of course the dedicated star wars fan base which is worldwide and tireless and has been devoted now for four decades and will show no signs of abating with the tragic news today. i'm sure more people will make sure
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they go to see the star wars original trilogy, summoning tributes will be coming in. fans will be wanting to make their feelings felt. so there are those people in the world and then all the other people who love her as being one of the few remaining old hollywood stars, with her parents debbie reynolds of course and the star wars role was not the most defining thing about which is extraordinary when you considerjust how defining that was. what would she have been proud of, because everyone immediately thinks about star wars but she was involved in so much more. she was the first to laugh at the sheer power of what she really tookjust to laugh at the sheer power of what she really took just as another to laugh at the sheer power of what she really tookjust as anotherjob
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in the mid—i9 70s. george lucas turned up with this bizarre project and itjust turned up with this bizarre project and it just ran turned up with this bizarre project and itjust ran and ran but she played so many other things. things like when harry met sally, in a prime supporting role. and of course her own script, her books and memorise that then became postcards from the edge, in one case, that hit film. telling the story of her life with her mother debbie reynolds, the good and the bad. but rice sense of humour with which she was able to look at her own life and observe that gilded cage of hollywood in which she grew up. some tributes coming in by twitter, with the goldberg saying, she was funnier and smarter than anyone had the right to be. so many words about her wit and
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ultimately how humour. do you think it was her ability to talk about her problems in life that endeared her to herfriends? problems in life that endeared her to her friends? i think it was a huge part of it. if you look at history, from the moment she was born she was under that hollywood spotlight. she was the daughter of eddie fisher and debbie reynolds, the golden couple at the time, the girland boy the golden couple at the time, the girl and boy next door and she was the golden offspring. then she weathered this extraordinary love triangle of the age when eddie fisher abandoned debbie reynolds for elizabeth taylor. it is the stuff of fairy tales and little carrie fisher in the middle of all that. she weathered that storm and she also had her own problems, she was diagnosed with bipolar on top of the admission that she went down a rocky road of drugs and alcohol addiction
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as so many stars did. but what she did and that was unique, she was able to get back from this almost cliched story of hollywood, like the golden child for whom almost she had so many things and then just wanted a bit of normality, but she was able to riley observe that from within the bubble and that was what really endeared her to so many people. giving them a little look behind the pmp ropes but also making clear that all that glistens is not gold. she almost shared thejoke all that glistens is not gold. she almost shared the joke with her fans in that sense. just talking about her recent publication the princess diaries, she said she had forgotten having written them. she says she wrote when she was upset. and she was so insecure and it is very raw and she did not expect anyone
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including herself as opposed later on to read it. have you read the book? i have, and as she set herself, such a young girl. some of it is slightly cringeworthy in the most enduring sense, they are the ramblings of a confused young girl. thrust into this enormous production with george lucas at the helm and going to work with storm troopers watching but as she herself revealed recently, she fell for her co—star in the older, married harrison ford. what was sweet about the diaries, it is this older lady almost laughing at herself for having these emotions. yetjust kind of saying in the middle of that enormous epic blockbuster that has become iconic, she was just blockbuster that has become iconic, she wasjust a blockbuster that has become iconic, she was just a young girl falling in love like every other girl. and when she mentioned her substance abuse,
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she mentioned her substance abuse, she was honest and said that she never could take alcohol, she always said she was allergic to it. and thatis said she was allergic to it. and that is the definition of alcoholism. there was the alcohol, she admitted to taking lsd as well. she lived the life, if you think of her romances, as well as harrison ford, she was married to paul simon, one of the most talented world renowned musicians of the era, engaged to dan ackroyd, these were not people who at home watching tv. she was right there in the thick of it. just partied like the rest of them. and paid the price certainly with health later on. one of the things that she did as well, she said herself that she has got to write everything down because this quite harsh treatment she was having to have. she was worried she would forget things and of course these stories of her life growing up in hollywood and the star wars aspect,
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not something anyone would want to forget. what do you think carrie fisher would like to have been remembered for. obviously she knew the legacy of star wars was never going to escape her but i think in addition to that she would have carried that likely and would like to be remembered for her writing and right observation of the hollywood bubble. caroline frost, thank you very much for your time. just to remind you if you are joining us, the news that carrie fisher the actress best known as the star wars star has passed away. this is following a heart attack sometime ago. she was 60. the statement came reading it is with deep sadness that
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we confirm that carrie fisher passed away at 8:55am this morning. that is local time in los angeles. that is how the statement read. she was loved by the world and will be missed profoundly. the entire family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers. remember christmas day her debbie reynolds had tweeted that she was stable, she was in hospital and she thanked her fans and all supporters for their kind words and thoughts. plenty more on the sad news that the actress carrie fisher has died at the age of 60. time to cross to the bbc sports centre now. hello and welcome to sportsday — i'm reshmin chowdhury. liverpool look to close the gap on chelsea in the premier league as they take on stoke at anfield. brighton go top of the championship
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with a 3—0 win over qpr. and it's a second win in two days for trainer colin tizzard as native river wins the welsh grand national. good evening and welcome to sportsday. we start in anfield.
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stoke took a surprise lead at anfield whenjonathan walters — born on merseyside — nodded thomas pieters crossed past simon minolet in the liverpool goal. that sparked the reds into action and roberto fermino thought he'd equalised only to find peter crouch‘s outstretched leg in the way. the goal did come through adam lallana — capitalising on glenjohnson‘s error to fire home from an acute angle. and fermino had his goal just before half time, allowed space to turn in the box before striking an inch perfect effort to putjurgen klopp‘s side 2—1 up at half time. liverpool then extended their lead on the hour mark with 65 minutes gone, leading 3—1 at the minute. so as liverpool hope to close the gap on chelsea tonight, tottenham will be looking to keep in touch with the top four when they travel to southampton tomorrow. spurs are fifth — and it's a champions league spot, rather than the title, in their sights at the moment. the title is not the main
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expectation from tottenham. i think in the premier league it is very competitive. other clubs have a bigger advance. they used to play for the title for a while but we are nearly there, the gap is reducing every year. and the most important thing in this period is that we are still in the table and especially in the top four spot. but as i used to say it is too early to know at this period of the year what is going to happen and you just need to carry on. we know the christmas period with boxing day, it is a period where you can lose points. so it is important to stay focused and be ready for the battle we're going to
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have. there will be no fa investigation into watford mascot harry the hornet after his alleged mocking dive in front of crystal palace's wilfried zaha on boxing day. palace manager sam allardyce had suggested the mascot‘s behaviour should be "looked at" by the fa and the premier league. the incident happened after the final whistle and zaha had to be restrained by staff. harry the hornet is free to carry on his official club duties. brighton capitalised on newcastle's slip yesterday to go two points clear at the top of the championship with a 3—0 win over queens park rangers. there was a win too for derby, who beat birmingham. joe lynskey rounds up the action. brightens christmas cheer came giftwrapped from the north—east, newcastle boss mike boxing day slip—up meant the seagulls have a path to the summit and taking fight the premier league is becoming a bit less surreal. they brought form and confidence into the blizzard of qpr, unbeaten in 17 league matches so things just tend to come. sam
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baldock, his strike turned out to be unstoppable and while brighton have the momentum, rangers are not having such luck, they conceded a penalty from this lunge, uplift glenn murray would not pass up on. that could have rushed decision making has seen qpr slide towards trouble and they will now miss their captain for three games. sent off for a professional foul. the defenders, their absence left the door open for anthony walker to write —— to round off the brighton scoring, a goal that he dedicated to his late father. and now brighton has a clear path to promotion. derby county started the season sluggishly but often lament in the new year is what determines promotion. under steve mccla ren determines promotion. under steve mcclaren that is exactly what they have. but chasing an eighth win in nine matches against birmingham city, chances were at a premium. all it took to separate the sides was one second—half tangle, richard keogh said to the floor, co. and
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with such a chance to sink the best to turn to but a former aston villa man. darren bent, converting to send derby to within a point of the play—offs and the fixtures coming thick and fast this christmas, no better time to have momentum. aberdeen have won the first of the two games in the scottish premiership today. they beat hamilton academical 2—1, with adam rooney's goal midway through the second half proving decisive. this evening, 4th placed hearts host kilmarnock. in rugby's premiership, harlequins survived a frantic finish to beat gloucester 28—24 in front of over 77,000 fans at twickenham. a cagey game came alive in the last half hour as quins centre joe marchant scored his second try of the game to put his side 28—10 ahead. gloucester struck back soon after with this try from james hook before motu matu'u's close—range effort set up a tense finale but quins held on to move into the top six. in the pro 12, ospreys have beaten scarlets 19—9 in a scrappy welsh derby at the liberty stadium.
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it was a battle of the boot in the first half as scarlets led 9—6 at the break, before this penalty try put the hosts ahead. scarlets penalised for pulling down the maul. the visitors had three men sent to the sin bin in total — wales fly—half dan biggar punishing them with 14 points overall, including this late penalty as ospreys move up to second in the table. lancashire have released director of cricket and head coach ashley giles from his contract and he's rejoined warwickshire. giles — who steered lancashire to promotion to division one of the county championship and the t20 blast title during his time at old trafford — takes up the role of sport director with his home county in the new year. no test cricket for england this christmas but international names have again been playing in australia's big bash t20 tournament. ian bell could only manage 21 runs for perth scorchers as they set

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