When the iconic character Carrie Fisher died last year at age 82, many of us were left wondering how she will be remembered.
The first person to be named to her throne, Princess Elizabeth II, will be crowned in June.
Now, we know.
Carrie Fisher was a prolific author and a prolific public speaker.
Her life is one of the most well-known in the world.
But what many people don’t know is that she also was a skilled musician and dancer.
In fact, she once played a concert at the Toronto Civic Auditorium with a flute and a flamenco ensemble.
Her work as a performer was celebrated at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival and the 2010 Toronto International Jazz Festival.
And in 2010, Fisher released her memoir, Carrie Fisher: A Biography, which she said was written in a “very happy and creative way.”
But her life wasn’t all that happy.
She was a drug addict.
She suffered from severe depression, and had suicidal thoughts.
And after her death, she left behind her first husband and two children.
Now we know her music and her life was filled with a lot of drugs and a lot that was pretty awful.
So we asked the best living experts to weigh in on the life and music of Carrie Fisher.
Dan Cogan, founder and chief executive officer of Cogan Associates 2.
Dave Buehner, president of the University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra 3.
Peter Guralnik, a musicologist and composer who has written several books on Carrie Fisher 4.
Robyn Sugg, director of the Canadian Music Archive, and director of music programs at Simon Fraser University 5.
Elizabeth St John-Byrne, a retired Canadian military general who was a top aide to Prime Minister Stephen Harper 6.
James P. O’Brien, the co-founder of the Royal Canadian Legion and a former military doctor 7.
Paul Pomerantz, a historian and historian of Canadian history and culture at the University, and author of The Carrie Fisher Story: A Life of a Legend, from Queen to Princess (Viking Press, 2017) 8.
Christopher Lee, a former member of the House of Commons and now a professor of international politics at the London School of Economics 9.
Robert F. Smith, an associate professor of political science at the College of William and Mary 10.
Peter Koo, a Canadian novelist and critic of Canadian politics 11.
John Skelton, author of “Sucker for Dollars: How Corporations, Wall Street and the 1% Make Their Money” 12.
Peter Fennelly, an award-winning novelist and screenwriter who has worked on The Hobbit and Sherlock Holmes novels 13.
Mark McLean, author and former journalist for CBC News, the CBC News website and CBC News Network 14.
Michael Sperber, a journalist who covered the Toronto Maple Leafs for The Toronto Star 15.
Stephen Largent, the chief of staff to Prime Minster Justin Trudeau 16.
Mark Ritchie, an economist who has taught at Columbia University and at Stanford University 17.
Mark Pritchard, an artist and artist whose work is featured in the Museum of Contemporary Art in New York 18.
Peter B. MacKay, the former prime minister of Canada, who was also a long-time executive at Morgan Stanley 19.
Stephen O. Vaughan, the author of the book, “The Queen’s Story” 20.
Richard Kornblut, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has won numerous awards for his work in Canada and the United States 21.
Peter W. Ochs, professor emeritus of philosophy at the Royal Ontario Institute of Technology and author, most recently, of The Prince of Persia: The Secret History of a Prince of the Desert (University of Chicago Press, 2016) 22.
Tom Kocher, a professor emerita of history at the City University of New York and author most recently of The Secret Life of Capitalism: The World’s First Superpower (Wiley, 2016).
Stephen Moore, the executive editor of Vanity Fair, author, and the author most recent of The Rise and Fall of the Great Gatsby (Aldine de Gruyter, 2016.)