PALM BEACH — In addition to her role of Star Wars‘ Princess Leia, Palm Beach will remember Carrie Fisher for the class she showed when her health forced her out of a sold-out charity function.
Fisher died today in Los Angeles when she failed to regain consciousness three days after suffering a heart attack. She was 60.
But as the world mourns, Palm Beach society stalwarts say even when Fisher was ailing, she refused to let them down.
In March 2013, Fisher had been booked as guest of honor of the highly-popular Old Bags Luncheon, a charity luncheon at Donald Trump‘s Mar-a-Lago that benefited West Palm Beach’s Center for Family Services.
Thing is, bi-polar Fisher suffered a manic episode days earlier on a Fort Lauderdale cruise ship and was forced to return to Los Angeles for treatment.
It became painfully obvious Fisher wouldn’t be able to attend the wingding.
“She was really sorry she couldn’t make it,” said Patty Myura, a former Old Bags chairwoman. She hired Fisher after watching an HBO special of her one-woman show, Wishful Drinking. “Carrie was the sweetest thing about it. We kept telling her not to worry about it, that we’d find someone else.
“Then she told us to let her handle it.
“Within hours, she got her mother (Singing In The Rain star Debbie Reynolds) to agree to come to Palm Beach for the event. People are still talking about Debbie’s appearance. She was very funny.”
In the end, the event raised more than $400,000 for the mental health provider to the poor.
Funeral arrangements for Fisher have not been released.