Carrie Fisher is now a three-time Emmy nominee.
The late actress, who died unexpectedly at 60 in December
2016, earned a posthumous nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy
Series for her role on Catastrophe.
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On Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney’s Amazon comedy about a
couple that gets married after getting pregnant from a one-night stand, Fisher
plays Mia Norris, mother to Rob (Delaney). Over the course of the series, she
made notable (and hilariously biting) appearances on five episodes, including
the season three finale.
Described by Fisher as an “awful mother,” she explained during a Tribeca Tune-In event last April why she was interested in playing Mia: “I did really want to play an awful person. There are not a lot of choices for women past 27. I don’t wait by the phone.”
For Horgan, landing Fisher on the Amazon series was a major
coup. The co-creator and star revealed that “it took [her] three series” to get
the late actress on her latest show.
Last year, during an interview
with ET, Horgan and Delaney discussed where the show could go in future
seasons, including the possibility of setting it in the U.S. “We’re also very
in love with Carrie Fisher, so we always try and think of how we can get her in
it more. Obviously, heading back to Rob’s hometown would give us more time with
her,” Horgan said at the time. “Hopefully, at some point it’ll happen. But like
Rob said, we’re not trying to force it. We’re trying to see what happens in the
script that takes us there or might take us there.”
In an April interview with the Associated
Press, Horgan revealed they had only scraped the surface with Mia. “We
wanted to tell more about that character. We wanted to flesh her out more and
give her a story and a reason for her behavior. And the only reason why we did
that is because Carrie made us want to do that,” she said, adding: “I miss her,
but I’ll miss her in our show, you know, I’ll miss that character and
I’ll miss being able to tell that character’s story.”
Prior to her death after going into cardiac arrest on a
flight from the U.K. to Los Angeles, Fisher
was filming what would become her final appearance on Catastrophe.
But the Amazon series is not her only posthumous performance to be
released in 2017. Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which will see a larger
focus on Fisher’s iconic role as Leia, will hit theaters Dec. 15.
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The recognition for Catastrophe follows
Fisher’s previous Emmy nominations for the HBO special Wishful
Drinking and a guest appearance on 30 Rock.
The 69th Emmy Awards, hosted by Stephen Colbert, will air
live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, Sunday, Sept. 17,
starting at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on CBS.
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