In Memoriam: Carrie Fisher

Carrie Frances Fisher, October 21, 1956 – December 27, 2016

On openly discussing her mental illness: “Think of it as an opportunity to be heroic – not ‘I survived living in Mosul during an attack’ heroic, but an emotional survival. An opportunity to be a good example to others who might share our disorder.”

“Please stop debating about whether or not I aged well. Unfortunately it hurts all of my feelings. My body hasn’t aged as well as I have. Blow us.”

On how her father, Eddie Fisher, helped Elizabeth Taylor after her husband’s death: “He first dried her eyes with his handkerchief, then he consoled her with flowers, and he ultimately consoled her with his penis. This made marriage to my mother awkward.”

Regarding the slave Leia costume: “The father who flipped out about it, ‘What am I going to tell my kid about why she’s in that outfit?’ Tell them that a giant slug captured me and forced me to wear that stupid outfit, and then I killed him because I didn’t like it.”

On the legacy of Star Wars: “Movies were meant to stay on the screen, flat and large and colorful, gathering you up into their sweep of story, carrying you rollicking along to the end, then releasing you back into your unchanged life. But this movie misbehaved. It leaked out of the theater, poured off the screen, affected a lot of people so deeply that they required endless talismans and artifacts to stay connected to it.”

“I am Princess Leia, no matter what. If I were trying to get a good table, I wouldn’t say I wrote Postcards. Or, if I’m trying to get someone to take my check and I don’t have ID, I wouldn’t say: “Have you seen Harry Met Sally?” Princess Leia will be on my tombstone.”

On her engagement to Dan Aykroyd: “I almost choked on some kind of vegetable that I shouldn’t have been eating: Brussels sprouts. So 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.'”

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