3:58 PM PT — Carrie’s brother, Todd, just told AP she’s in stable condition. 2:46 PM PT — We’re told when the plane landed paramedics worked on Carrie for 15 minutes with CPR before they were able to get a pulse. She’s currently at UCLA…
Carrie Fisher is fighting for her life, and her support system has arrived on 2 and 4 legs. Carrie’s daughter, Billie Lourd, and beloved French bulldog, Gary, arrived at UCLA Medical Center shortly after the actress was rushed there. …
Carrie Fisher was unresponsive as paramedics raced to the gate 74 … according to emergency dispatch calls to LAX. TMZ obtained the audio, and you can hear LAFD responding to a reported cardiac arrest. Air traffic control coordinated to make sure…
Christmas brings families together — even famous families!
“Bring your family to work,” he captioned the adorable photo, taken at the twins’ music media company, MDDN. Only the appearance of Nicole and Joel’s children, Harlow, 8, and Sparrow, 7, could have upped the cuteness quotient.
The Madden brothers took holiday cheer to the next level recently when they faced off with Christmas queen Busy Philipps to make the best festive wrapping paper out of a plain brown piece of paper.
In the video, part of a holiday DIY series hosted by Michaels craft stores, the brothers have 30 minutes to make merry magic from scratch.
“We have a rough strategy. It’s not going to really materialize for a minute here,” says Joel of the design.
In the end, they decided to go with a classic evergreen theme — topped off by a big red, glitter-covered anarchy symbol in place of the star. Untraditional, but very rock and roll.
Before James Curiazza’s brother lost his battle with Leukemia in 1967, the family held one last Christmas for 4-year-old Dean.
“Dean loved the Christmas lights as well as the joy that the Christmas season brought with it,” Curiazza tells PEOPLE. “We had a special Christmas just for him prior to his death. I don’t remember the exact date of our early Christmas, but my parents knew he wouldn’t make it through the holiday that year.”
In the decades following Dean’s Dec. 5 death, Curiazza has worked to keep his brother’s memory alive through the holiday celebrations he so loved. Since 2011, Curiazza has turned his Gibsonville, North Carolina, home into a over-the-top musical, Christmas lights display in honor of Dean, all while raising thousands to donate to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Larger-than-life versions of Santa Claus, Rudolph and Frosty the Snowman adorn Curiazza’s house, and perform to classic Christmas tunes seven days a week, throughout the holiday season.
“The current display is down to a science. We haven’t changed it too much since we’ve started mainly due to lack of time and funding. We’re only talking a couple of days to set up, calibrate the programming, and do any repair work,” Curiazza, who works in engineering and operations for the Duke University Medical Center, tells PEOPLE.
The initial build of the display caricatures took around 40 hours, each, he says. “My wife Tracy was my chief designer. My three children – Francesca, Gianna and Santino (Sonny) – were our lighting elves. They had the tedious job of securing thousands of feet of rope lighting to these metal frames. The programming of the animation took approximately two hours per each minute of music.”
Visitors stream by “non-stop” some days, Curiazza says, while others can seem quiet.
“This year was exceptionally hard for us to pull it together,” he admits. “We weren’t sure as to the extent that we were going to go to make it happen, but we did – largely because of the amount of people stopping us and asking, ‘When will it be ready,’ because they visit so frequently.”
The hard work has paid off: “In the past five years, we’ve submitted upwards of $10,000 to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. We do not and have not kept any contributions. All operating and maintenance costs come out of pocket. I guess that’s our contribution as well.”
“When we first decided to make this a charity based event – mainly because so many people asked how much to watch it and for what cause – the LLS was my first resource,” Curiazza explains. “We knew we were going to honor Dean with this show and the LLS was the first organization that came to mind. After my first phone call to the local chapter, we were taken in by how attentive and sincerely appreciative the organization was. We felt like family.”
He adds, “The beauty of the LLS is the way they are not only there for the research and development side of it, but a major portion of their cause is for helping the families and patients cope with what they are going through. Something that wasn’t readily available back in Dean’s day.”
Meredith Johnson, operations manager for LLS’ North Carolina chapter, tells PEOPLE in a statement, “We are so thankful for the passion Jimmy puts in to his annual holiday lights display supporting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in North Carolina. His lights are much more meaningful than spreading holiday cheer. “
LLS is currently investing more than $3.3 million in research projects locally in North Carolina and distributed $1.1 million in co-pay financial assistance to patients in the state, last year, Johnson said.
Curiazza knows that the lights would mean so much to Dean. “He would absolutely love them,” Curiazza says. “I know it and I feel it.”
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To donate to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society through Curiazza’s fundraising page, click here. Those in the Gibsonville area can visit Bent Tree Court through Jan. 8 between 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET on weeknights, and until 10:00 p.m. ET on weekends. On Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve the lights will give “extended concerts.”
The Star Wars actress, 60, was aboard an 11-hour flight from London to Los Angeles on Friday when she went into cardiac arrest. After the plane landed just after noon in California, Fisher was spotted being rushed to the hospital. The Los Angeles Times reports that Fisher is in critical condition but her brother Todd tells reporters that she is currently “stable.”
Before the incident, Fisher had spoken openly about losing weight for her appearance in Star Wars: The Force Awakens last year. The actress said she was pressured to lose 35 lbs. for the part, but worked off the weight the right way.
“I did it the same way everybody has to – don’t eat and exercise more! There is no other way to do it,” she told Good Housekeeping U.K.
But those 35 lbs. were nothing compared to the self-imposed weight loss Fisher underwent when she became a spokesperson for Jenny Craig in January 2011. The actress, who weighed around 105 lbs. when she starred in the Star Wars trilogy in the late ’70s and early ’80s, said her weight crept up over the years and grew out of control while doing her one woman play, Wishful Drinking.
Carrie Fisher weighed 105 lbs. when she filmed Return of the Jedi in 1983.Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images
When she first started the program, the 5′ 1″ actress was 180 lbs. at her heaviest.
“I’m fat,” Fisher told PEOPLE. “All the clothes in my closet belong to another chick. They have to make a new alphabet for my bra size.” But with diet and exercise, Fisher had already lost 30 lbs after a few months. “I feel much better,” she told PEOPLE. “My blood pressure is down. And I can stand on the scale at the doctor’s office.”
At the time, she also opened up about the bad habits that led to her weight gain. “I went on the road with the show and I did not exercise for three years and I just ate horribly,” she said. “My ritual was drinking regular soda and having pounds of peanut butter protein bars.”
After a year of hard work dieting and exercising, the actress had lost 50 lbs. “I want to get into the metal bikini and just walk around the house like an idiot,” the actress told the Today show at the time. “Answer the doorbell: ‘What is it? This old thing?’ I’ll come out with a line of metal bikinis for women over 40. If you want dignity, you wear metal bikinis over 40.”
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Fisher continued to share her thoughts on weight and appearance in Hollywood while promoting Star Wars: The Force Awakens, telling PEOPLE, “When I do lose the weight, I don’t like that it makes me feel good about myself. It’s not who I am.”
Growing up with her famous parents, singer Eddie Fisher and actress Debbie Reynolds, 83, Fisher said she never felt like she was as attractive as her mom. “I looked at my mother and said, ‘Wow, she is gorgeous and I don’t look like her, therefore I’m not pretty,’ ” she explained. “‘And my father doesn’t visit – I mustn’t be pretty because he likes pretty women.’ ”
Fisher relayed her experience to new Star Wars actress Daisy Ridley and advised her to avoid getting forced into a “sex symbol” role – like Fisher in 1983’s Return of the Jedi, when she wore the iconic gold bikini.
“You should fight for your outfit,” she warned Ridley. “Don’t be a slave like I was.”
The Star Wars star, 60, was aboard an 11-hour flight from London to Los Angeles on Friday when she went into cardiac arrest. After the plane landed just after noon in California, Fisher was rushed to a Los Angeles hospital.
Gary, a French bulldog, was spotted outside the hospital earlier today by TMZ, and the website reports that witnesses saw the pooch with Fisher on the flight at the time of her heart attack. Her daughter, Billie Lourd, was also spotted at the hospital. Lourd is Fisher’s only child, from her relationship with talent agent Bryan Lourd.
Carrie Fisher and Gary attend Tribeca Tune In: Catastrophe at SVA Theatre 2 on April 19, 2016Robin Marchant/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival
Gary attends the European Premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens on December 16, 2015Dave Benett/WireImage
While Gary and Fisher have been buds for about four years, the French bulldog became something of a celebrity himself during the actress’s press tour for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
The brindle-colored canine was a frequent red carpet guest of Fisher’s, and became a hit on social media. He even has his own Twitter page with over 10,000 followers and was the first to review Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Tom Hiddleston (L) meets Gary at the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner on April 30, 2016Larry Busacca/Getty Images
Carrie Fisher and Gary sign copies of her new book The Princess Diarist in Los Angeles on November 28, 2016Araya Diaz/WireImage
Carrie and Gary on Good Morning America December 3, 2015Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images
But besides red carpet escort, Gary’s most important role is the way he helps Fisher every day. The Star Wars icon adopted Gary as a service pet to help her handle her bipolar disorder. Fisher, who has been open about her diagnosis and mental health, said the bulldog provides vital emotional support and stability in her life.
“Gary is mental also. My mother says Gary is a hooligan. Gary is like my heart,” Fisher told The Herald Tribune in 2015. “Gary is very devoted to me and that calms me down. He’s anxious when he’s away from me.”