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wear their 1940s attire. >> "world tonight, we say goodbye to a hollywood force. carrie fisher dead at 60. the actress immortalized as princess leia in "star wars," unable to recover after going into cardiac arrest aboard an airplane. tonight, the tributes pouring in. plus, what she revealed in a rare interview right here with david on "world news." also tonight, mall mayhem in america. security stepped up after scenes like this. out of control teens in illinois. brawling in connecticut. was social media to blame? security scare. a trump tower evacuation. what triggered this scene tonight? new year's nor'easter? a winter weather alert out west. heavy snow and high winds. and all eyes on a storm system threatening new year's eve plans
in the east. and the superfan surprise. we'll take you to the private concert taylor swift gave to one of her biggest fans -- a 96-year-old world war ii veteran. good evening. i'm tom llamas, in for david tonight. and we begin with the passing of a hollywood legend and an american original. carrie fisher, whose role as princess leia in "star wars," vaulted her to pop culture immortality, died today in los angeles with her family her by side. she was 60 years old. fisher, who publicly and at times humorously battled personal demons, went into cardiac arrest on a flight to los angeles friday. the tributes pouring in as we come on the air. her "star wars" co-star, mark hamill, who played luke skywalker tweeting, "no words. #devastated." that sentiment tonight echoed across the entertainment galaxy. abc's matt gutman begins our coverage in hollywood tonight.
>> reporter: tonight, the world is mourning carrie fisher, who won so many battles as princess leia, but lost the final one in a los angeles hospital this morning. a family spokesman issuing a statement saying that fisher "passed away at 8:55 this morning. she was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly." the statement released on behalf of her daughter, billie lourd. lourd was a late in life child, who'd recently posted these portraits on instagram. fisher, who was 60, had recently wrapped filming the latest "star wars" installment, and was returning from promoting her new memoir in london, when she collapsed on the flight home to los angeles. she reportedly stopped breathing 15 minutes before landing. fisher in cardiac arrest, passengers trying desperately to resuscitate her. >> we have an unresponsive passenger. >> reporter: luke skywalker's spirited sister leaves behind brother todd fisher, daughter lourd, and her mother, the hollywood great, debbie reynolds. >> got it from eddie.
>> eddie's side. >> reporter: here, dancing together 15 years ago. reynolds thanking fisher's legions of fans "for your thoughts and prayers that are now guiding her to her next stop." >> well, we're a very tight family, as small as we are. and my mother is very strong right now. and we're all together now at this point. >> reporter: tonight, fisher being celebrated for imparting onto the fictional leia her real-life feistiness. >> you came in that thing? you're braver than i thought. >> nice, come on. >> reporter: lucasfilms noting "her groundbreaking role as princess leia served as an inspiration of power and confidence for young girls everywhere." and her lover in the series, and she said, on the set, harrison ford, remembering her as "funny and emotionally fearless. she lived her life, bravely." the two exchanging this poignant scene. >> i've always hated watching you leave. >> that's why i did it, so you'd miss me. >> reporter: bob iger, chairman
of disney, abc news' parent company, remembering fisher like so many as one of a kind. >> and matt gutman joins us live. matt, the outpouring of reaction tonight from hollywood has been endless and extraordinary. >> reporter: that's right, tom. the outpouring has been enormous. perhaps it's because she died so young. maybe because it was so sudden. her work seemed to span generations and genres. and so many people telling us that they took it personally, as if they lost a friend today. but perhaps steven spielberg putting it best, saying, "carrie didn't need the force. she was a force of nature, of loyalty and of friendship." tom? >> so well put. matt gutman, thank you. and while princess leia may have been the launch point, carrie fisher's career stretches far beyond "star wars." abc's david wright with more on her life and legacy. >> this is our most desperate hour. help me, obi wan kenobi. you're my only hope. >> reporter: a long time ago, in
a galaxy far away, it was the cry for help that beamed carrie fisher to her place among the stars. >> i love you. >> i know. >> reporter: fresh-faced and full of the force, she stole han solo's heart in her breakout role in "star wars." she was unbelievably young, as she told amy robach. >> i've been princess leia for 40 years, and i've never gotten out again. >> reporter: even before she was princess leia, carrie fisher was already hollywood royalty. the daughter of america's sweetheart, debbie reynolds. >> that's the girl whose voice you heard and loved tonight. >> reporter: her father was eddie fisher, who famously ended up dumping debbie reynolds to marry her best friend, elizabeth taylor. not an easy family to grow up in. >> what the hell are you doing? >> somebody has to save our skins. >> reporter: fisher was the only female lead in the original "star wars" trilogy. an action hero, and a love interest. >> who are you?
>> someone who loves you. >> reporter: she went on to play dozens of roles over the next 30 years, including parts in "when harry met sally" and "the blues brothers." in her personal life, she struggled. her love life, tumultuous. her family life, strained. her battle with drugs, off and on. all of it chronicled in her book "postcards from the edge," inspired by her own life story and made into a movie starring meryl streep. >> i don't really understand how i almost died. >> reporter: fisher returned to the spotlight in 2015 with her amazon prime show, "catastrophe," plus revamping her most famous role. >> find luke and bring him home. >> leia. >> reporter: now general leia, leading the rebellion in the "star wars" reboot, "the force awakens." her real-life daughter, billie lourd, even making an appearance by her side. and in her final scene as the iconic princess leia, her
sign-off, all the more poignant now. >> may the force be with you. >> reporter: carrie fisher was 60 years old. david wright, abc news, new york. >> our thanks to david wright. and later in the broadcast, what carrie fisher revealed to david muir in a memorable interview. but we turn now to other news, and security on alert after a night of mayhem at shopping malls across the country. the chaos caught on camera. incidents in at least nine states, and in some cases, arrests. in others, evacuations, and authorities asking whether social media helped fuel the panic. here's abc's clayton sandell. >> reporter: across the country, holiday cheer turned into holiday chaos. at this mall in aurora, illinois, crowds surround police trying to break up a massive fight. >> i see kids hitting each other, kids trampling each other, so, it was just madness. >> reporter: in a connecticut mall, fists were flying. and in new jersey, people who thought they heard gunshots
jammed hallways trying to escape. in aurora, colorado, more than 50 officers responded to break up a fight involving as many as 500 people that started in a food court. police say they don't know if all the incidents are related, but believe some crowds may have been egged on by social media posts promoting fights at the malls. >> it's unfortunate that social media was used for that purpose. >> reporter: police have advice, if caught in an unruly crowd. >> always be aware of your surroundings. we also encourage people, too, if they find themselves in that situation, look for the nearest exit. get yourself out of that situation. >> reporter: and tom, tonight, police tell us they are still looking into those social media posts. in the meantime, malls around the country, including this one here in colorado, are stepping up security and police patrols. tom? >> clayton sandell for us tonight. clayton, thank you. next, another scare late today, this one inside trump tower. take a look at this video. new york city police telling people to evacuate the lobby, after reports of a suspicious backpack.
it turns out it was a false alarm. the bag contained only children's toys. now, the president-elect, 1,200 miles away, but not off twitter, where he again took aim at president obama. abc's mary bruce at the white house tonight. >> reporter: tonight, donald trump still on vacation, but not taking a break from twitter, tweeting, "president obama campaigned hard and personally in the very important swing states and lost. the voters wanted to make america great again." trump's digging in after president obama suggested he could have won. >> i think i could have mobilized a majority of the american people. >> reporter: trump's also taking credit for the economy, even before he takes the oath of office, boasting, "the world was gloomy before i won. there was no hope. now the market is up nearly 10% and christmas spending is over a trillion dollars!" but lots of factors contribute to economic growth. employment has been steadily growing under the obama administration. and after futures plunged on election night, the dow is up, but some experts caution that rally could be short-lived.
since winning, he's blasted out more than 200 tweets. a far cry from this promise. >> i'm going to do very restrained, if i use it at all, i'm going to do very restrained. >> reporter: his incoming press secretary suggests the tweets are here to stay. >> his use of social media in particular is going to be something that's never been seen before. he has this direct pipeline to the american people. >> reporter: trump's also blasting the u.n. for its recent vote to condemn israeli settlements, calling it "just a club for people to get together." republican lawmakers are backing him up. >> we should seriously consider withholding all funds from the united nations until this anti-israel resolution is rescinded entirely. >> mary bruce joins us live from the white house. and mary, tonight, outgoing senate minority leader harry reid weighing in on the future of the democratic party? >> reporter: tom, the outgoing senate democratic leader warns that democrats have a bit of a problem when it comes to the age of their party's bench. reid reportedly saying that the democratic field of candidates looks like an old folks home.
tom? >> mary, thank you. let's turn to weather now, and the nor'easter threat that could disrupt new year's eve plans. the plains states still digging out, that blizzard pushing high winds into new england, where an uprooted tree crushed this home in massachusetts. and tonight, it's winter weather alerts in the west. snowplows out in force. and here in the east, all eyes on that powerful storm system that could end 2016 with a bang. let's bring in rob marciano, who is tracking it all. rob, how serious this is system? >> reporter: well, it's the same storm that's hitting the northwest now. it's going to be in the northeast by thursday. so, it's a fast mover. already winds reported at 60 miles an hour and heavy mountain snow. one to three feet of it here in the next 24 to 36 hours. going to ride a powerful jet stream. by thursday morning, it morphs into a coastal low. and that is key. the bigger cities along the i-95 corridor, maybe a wintry mix, but inland, we could see a foot of snow thursday into friday, some uncertainty with the track and timing, so, another update coming tomorrow. >> all right, we'll keep an eye on the storm. rob, thank you. let's head to hawaii now. and history, 75 years in the
making. the first visit by a sitting japanese prime minister with an american president at the "uss arizona" memorial at pearl harbor. abc's stephanie ramos is in hawaii tonight. >> reporter: today at pearl harbor, a gesture of remembrance and reconciliation, 75 years in the making. japanese prime minister shinzo abe alongside president obama, honoring the american lives lost here. >> you think of the more than 2,400 american patriots, fathers and husbands, wives and daughters, manning heaven's rails for all eternity. >> reporter: the japanese leader offering not an apology but recognition of the american sacrifice. >> i offer my sincere and everlasting condolences to the souls of those who lost their lives here. >> reporter: hundreds of japanese war planes swarmed the skies above that sunny morning in 1941, in an attack that plunged the u.s. into world war
ii. >> a date which will live in infamy. >> reporter: alfred rodrigues was a young sailor when the alarms sounded that day. one in a handful of survivors. he says he doesn't need an apology from japan. >> i'm glad that he's coming to, you know, show that we're all peaceful now. >> reporter: obama made the first trip by a u.s. president to hiroshima last spring, where he met with survivors of the u.s. atomic bombing. and today, at pearl harbor, the president honoring the american survivors of the attack. tom, it's clear both nations are moving past the painful memories of the war. president obama saying here today that the american alliance with japan has never been stronger. tom? >> our thanks to stephanie ramos, making her "world news" debut tonight. and there's still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this tuesday. what we're learning tonight about another larger than life 2016 loss. george michael. his struggles and secret acts of kindness. and the dramatic crime caught on camera.
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>> reporter: what do you think? >> the parts where i'm in it are distressing. but everything else is really great. >> reporter: but when they hear that the parts with leia in them are distressing -- >> i got older and no one told me. and then, they put me on a screen really, really big and they put me in high-def. >> reporter: was there any hesitation at all? >> no. >> reporter: none at all to coming back? >> no hesitation. female, work in hollywood, over 40 -- not happen. so, why would i say no? >> reporter: she was just 19 in the first "star wars." >> i had a very round face and they asked me to lose, at that point, ten pounds, because they thought it was all in my face. >> reporter: so, at 19 years old, when they tell you that you have to lose weight for a film? >> you want to hide. when you get on the set, you think they're going to say, oh, you didn't lose it. bring in jodie foster. >> reporter: which didn't happen.
>> no, but i kept -- i seriously was, you know, nervous. >> reporter: at one point, you had said, "i'd rather play han solo." >> yes, that's true. >> reporter: do you still feel that way? >> that's the best character. i mean, i'm glad that the female can yell at the men. you came in that thing? you came in that thing? you're braver than i thought. >> reporter: from "star wars" to "empire strikes back" and one of the most famous scenes of all. >> i love you. >> i know. >> reporter: the famous moment where you say, "i love you." >> i know. >> reporter: that's what he says. >> i know. >> reporter: would he say that today? >> yeah, he would. >> reporter: not wiser? still a wise guy? >> he is still a wise guy. but we've all been through a lot and we're trying to, like, get it together. >> reporter: you have said, princess leia got famous, i just happened to look like her. >> yes. now we look like each other. >> reporter: you do? >> yeah, she looks like carrie fisher and i look like princess leia. >> reporter: carrie is leia, leia is carrie? >> i still am princess leia.
it didn't go away when they say cut. i'm her. she is me. >> reporter: what do you say to all the little girls out there who were inspired by princess leia? >> she can do anything. she can do what she can do and do what she can't. >> and tonight, our thoughts and prayers with fisher's family. there will be much more on a special "20/20" on the passing of carrie fisher and the death of george michael at 10:00 p.m. eastern. thank you so much for watching. i'm tom llamas. i'll see you right back here tomorrow night. have a great evening. good night.
>>. michael finney helps her get her life, money, and dignity back in a 7 on your side investigation. >> they've got a hole in the driveway and an overturned cement truck in the backyard. people who live here are seeing it tonight for the first time. i'm kristin zee. >> i'm dan ashley. good news is that no one was hurt but it's created a huge mess. >> the truck was parked on rower
crescent avenue in sausalito. >> some progress has been made. there are two tow trucks on the scene. you can see there is one attached to the front of the truck and another on the cement portion of the truck now. this afternoon, the truck here. the ground gave way and the truck flipped. now, the owners tell me snot been a good year. the owners are home in santa barbara.