On 27 December, 2016 Central was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our beloved alumna, Honorary Fellow and Vice President Carrie Fisher. The following day, on 28 December, 2016, the School was again saddened by news of the passing of Debbie Reynolds.
Carrie Fisher attended Central as a part of the Stage 1977 cohort but left the school early, after 18 months, in order to take up her now iconic role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars franchise. She would later describe her time at Central as being amongst the best years of her life, and she remained in contact with the School as an involved member of the alumni community as well as in the role of Vice President.
In 2011, Central awarded Carrie with an Honorary Fellowship in recognition of her significant impact on the performing arts industry – not only as an actor, but as an accomplished writer, script doctor and humourist. The School was delighted to welcome her at the 2011 Graduation Ceremony at the Royal Festival Hall during which she was presented for the Fellowship award by her mother, Debbie Reynolds.
The sudden loss of these two incredible women has been deeply felt by the entire Central community, and our thoughts are with their family at this difficult time.