Carrie Fisher had an illustrious career spanning four decades as an actor and writer, and was a symbol of strength for mental illness. She inspired multiple generations of children and adults, and will be sorely missed both in the industry and around the world.
Below are the most amazing facts about the legendary actress and writer.
“Aren’t you a little short for a stormtrooper?"Giphy
She allegedly disliked the "bagel bun" hairstyle she wore in the original Star Wars but she didn't say anything about it because she was afraid that director George Lucas would get angry and fire her.
“Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi, you’re my only hope.”Giphy
Most people don't know that Carrie Fisher had a short lived engagement to Dan Aykroyd after he saved her life when she choked on a Brussel sprout. Fisher described it as: "He had to give me the Heimlich maneuver. He saved my life, and then he asked me to marry him. And I thought... wow, what if that happens again? I should probably marry him."
“Would it help if I got out and pushed?”Giphy
For her role as Princess Leia, she was forced to strap down her boobs. Her breasts were taped down with gaffer tape, as her costume did not permit any lingerie to be worn underneath. She joked later, "As we all know, there is no underwear in space."
“I hope you know what you’re doing.”Giphy
She stood on a box for many of her scenes with Harrison Ford in the original Star Wars trilogy, owing to the fact that she was roughly a foot shorter than he and didn't fit into the frame.
“You have your moments. Not many of them, but you do have them.”Giphy
Due to the limited budget of the original Star Wars film, the American cast members and crew flew economy class to England, rather than first class. When Carrie Fishers mother, film star Debbie Reynolds, heard about this she called George Lucas to complain. Lucas handed the phone to Carrie who simply said: "Mother, I want to fly coach, will you **** off?!" and hung up.
“I hope you know what you’re doing.”Giphy
When asked what her favorite moment from the original Star Wars trilogy are, she replied that her favorite moments were the arguing scenes between her and Harrison Ford.
“We have powerful friends. You’re going to regret this."Giphy
In her 2008 memoir Wishful Drinking, she notes that, like her mother in Singin' in the Rain, she became famous at age 19 for her role in a classic hit alongside two male co-stars. She also mentions that Star Wars could also refer to her celebrity parents' infamous divorce.
“You’re a jittery little thing, aren’t you?”Giphy
She admitted that she found it difficult to act across from Peter Cushing in Star Wars for two reasons: She struggled with the dialogue, and Cushing was so nice and polite to her on set between takes, she found it very difficult to show the disdain her character, Princess Leia, has for Cushing's character, Grand Moff Tarkin.
Suffering from bipolar disorder and after going through drug addiction, Fisher's books and one-woman shows became a strong symbol for the fight against mental illness and addiction.
Believe it or not.Giphy
She is the daughter of Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, famous singers/actors. Eddie Fisher divorced Reynolds when Fisher was two years old to be with Elizabeth Taylor. Reynolds said it was ultimately for the best and was grateful to Eddie Fisher for giving them their two wonderful kids. Carrie Fisher joked about it: "He rushed to her side, gradually moving to her front... He consoled her with flowers and, ultimately, he consoled her with his companionship."
Carrie's French bulldog Gary accompanied her everywhere, even onto TV talk show sets whenever she was a guest.
Art imitating life.Giphy
Has one daughter, Billie Lourd, whose father is the powerful film agent, Bryan Lourd. Fisher and Lourd never married. After Lourd left her for a man, Fisher used that experience as the opening premise for her novel, The Best Awful.
Blast from the past.Giphy
Revealed in her memoir Wishful Drinking that she once had a romantic relationship with U.S. Senator Chris Dodd (D-Connecticut). When Dodd was once asked to comment in 2007, he told a reporter, "it was a long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away."
"Joyful, joyful Lord, we adore thee..."Giphy
Along with her writing career, she also became a successful rewriter of movie scripts, saving many troubled productions. She worked on several high profile scripts, including the Star Wars prequels, Hook, Sister Act, The River Wild, and The Wedding Singer. She was known for her ability to polish up dialogue.
The punk rock group Blink-182 wrote a song called "A New Hope" in which Fisher's character Princess Leia is the lead singer's dream girl.
So close, yet so far.Giphy
She appeared in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001), which also starred Mark Hamill. It was the first time the two had appeared in the same film since Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi. Neither of them knew the other was involved in the project until shortly after filming had been completed.
“I was born into big celebrity. It could only diminish.”Giphy
She spent her earliest years reading classic literature, and writing poetry. She attended Beverly Hills High School until, at the age of 15, she appeared as a debutante and singer in the hit Broadway revival Irene in 1973, which starred her mother.
Fisher described filming Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back as: "Mark Hamill was off on Dagobah while Harrison Ford and I were were getting drunk in Cloud City."
One for the reading list.Giphy
Fisher's memoir, The Princess Diarist, was released in November 2016. The book is based on diaries she kept while filming the original Star Wars trilogy in the late 70s and early 80s.
Quite the competition.Giphy
She beat some big names to land the role of Princess Leia. More than two dozen actresses auditioned for the role. These included Sissy Spacek, Farrah Fawcett, Glenn Close, Jessica Lange, Meryl Streep, Sigourney Weaver, Cybill Shepherd, Jane Seymour, Anjelica Huston, Kim Basinger, Kathleen Turner and Geena Davis.
“If anything, my mother taught me how to sur-thrive. That's my word for it.”Giphy
She attended the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, but didn't continue her education due to filming Star Wars.
She did her very first European signing in London, England in a hotel library on August 3, 2003. It was an exclusive one-day signing, tickets limited to 500.
You go, girl.
She said her choice as an actress was never in doubt: "I always wanted to do what my mother did - get all dressed up, shoot people, fall in the mud. I never considered anything else."
She once described acting this way: "Acting engenders and harbors qualities that are best left way behind in adolesence. People-pleasing, going on those interviews and jamming your whole personality into getting the job, ingratiating yourself to people you wouldn't spit on if they were on fire."
And when Disney bought out LucasFilm, she said: "I'm now a Disney Princess!"