The one Carrie Fisher moment Dayton will never forget

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Debbie Reynolds is Carrie Fisher's mother.

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The world is mourning the loss of beloved “Star Wars” actress Carrie Fisher.

Daytonians may fondly remember Fisher’s appearance on a Dayton stage five years ago.

Fisher presented her one-woman play “Wishful Drinking,” a revealing look at her fractured childhood, rocky relationships and bouts with mental illness and drug addiction, at the Schuster Center back in 2012.

During her show’s more than a week-long run in Dayton, Fisher made headlines after she scolded an audience member for talking on the phone during her performance at the Schuster Performing Arts Center.

Below is an excerpt from Amelia Robinson’s Seen and Overheard blog that appeared in the Dayton Daily News after that show:

A man learned the hard way that you don't take a cell phone call when Princess Leia is performing.

Carrie Fisher, who portrayed Princess Leia in the "Star Wars" movies, had her one-woman performance of "Wishful Drinking" interrupted twice (you read right, twice) Saturday at the Victoria Theatre by a cell phone user.

A man near the front row apparently couldn't resist the urge to answer two calls.

Fisher laughed it off when the man answered the phone in the show's first act, asking if his wife was in labor or something, Diane Schoeffler-Warren, a spokeswoman for the Victoria Association, said.

She was not in a laughing mood when he answered it again in the second act, Warren said.

The man left the theater with Fisher and her sharp tongue on his heels.

"She told him how rude he was," Warren said. "She handled it with humor, but at the same time, she called him out."

Local Author John Scalzi memorializes her in a short, yet very sweet, blog post on his personal site:

Obviously she will be remembered for Star Wars — she played one of its most iconic characters, who was a general, a senator and a princess. But as much as I liked her in that role, she came most alive for me when I learned that she was a writer, and a good one, and not only a good one, but an extraordinarily witty one, one who was called in to save movie scripts and who could write novels and memoirs with characters and turns of phrase that inspired me at least to want to be that witty too.

One thing is certain -- whether for her roles on film or off, Carrie Fisher was a beloved member of Hollywood, and in galaxies both near and far, far away ... she will be missed.

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Actors Harrison Ford (from left), Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and more than 6,000 fans enjoyed a surprise “Star Wars” Fan Concert performed by the San Diego Symphony, featuring the classic “Star Wars” music of composer John Williams, at the Embarcadero Marina Park South in 2015. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)
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Actors Harrison Ford (from left), Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and more than 6,000 fans enjoyed a surprise “Star Wars” Fan Concert performed by the San Diego Symphony, featuring the classic “Star Wars” music of composer John Williams, at the Embarcadero Marina Park South in 2015. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

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