As if 2016 hadn’t done enough, it has taken one of our most beloved champions. Fisher wasn’t only treasured as Leia, but also as a spokesperson and writer. Her honesty, warmth and humour regarding addiction and mental health was an inspiration to others.
Here at 10 of her most memorable quotes.
If my life wasn’t funny it would just be true and that is unacceptable.
— Carrie Fisher (@carrieffisher) February 17, 2011
“I am mentally ill. I can say that. I am not ashamed of that. I survived that, I’m still surviving it, but bring it on. Better me than you.” — on mental health
“I act like someone in a bomb shelter trying to raise everyone’s spirits.” — The Princess Diarist
“There is no point at which you can say, ‘Well, I’m successful now. I might as well take a nap.” — on fame.
“What worries me is, what if this guy is really the one for me and I just haven’t had enough therapy yet for me to be comfortable with having found him.” — Postcards From The Edge
“I signed my likeness away. Every time I look in the mirror, I have to send Lucas a couple of bucks.” — on merchandising for Star Wars.
“I’m actually in the Abnormal Psychology textbook. Obviously my family is so proud. Keep in mind though, I’m a PEZ dispenser and I’m in the abnormal Psychology textbook. Who says you can’t have it all?” — Wishful Drinking
“I don’t hate hardly ever, and when I love, I love for miles and miles. A love so big it should either be outlawed or it should have a capital and its own currency.” — Shockaholic
“They want to hire part of me, not all of me. They want to hire three fourths, so I have to get rid of the fourth somehow. The fourth can’t be with me. I made a joke.” — on being asked to lose weight for The Force Awakens.
“I tell my younger friends that no matter how I go, I want it reported that I drowned in moonlight, strangled by my own bra.” — on being told by George Lucas that there is no underwear in space.