The world lost arguably it’s favorite Princess when Carrie Fisher passed away on December 27th. While Fisher was outstanding in her role as Princess Leia, there was definitely more to the actress than just her wicked space adventures. Below we’ve covered 8 things that Carrie Fisher would rather not have been a part of her life. And with good reason, whether it’s her awful contract with Star Wars that included not getting merchandising rights, her strained relationship with co-stars (including Ford) and a tyrannical director, or her real thoughts on the gold bikini! Then there are also the struggles Fisher had outside of acting, including being incredibly open about her past drug addictions and failed relationships (with fellow celebrities Paul Simon and Dan Aykroyd).
But don’t worry, we’re definitely not able to hate on Fisher for long! Which is why we’re also going to infuse some positivity into the world by covering 9 of the most positive things she’s done. This includes some of her most impressive work in front of the camera (including covering her upcoming roles and her favorite Star Wars moment), but perhaps more importantly, all the positivity she brought to the world outside of acting.
As we mourn the loss of Fisher, we hope you can take the time to remember and admire not only for what she did to your own life but the impact she had on the world. Included are also rare photos of Fisher through the years and direct quotes from Fisher or those close to her in every entry to help complete the picture on who she was.
17. To Forget – Her Love Of Powder On Hoth!
Now this one is a bit of a tricky situation, but something tells us you’ll forgive us if it falls more in the middle. Fisher was incredibly open about her drug addiction in the past, and in an interview said “I didn’t go through a difficult time! I said I did blow a couple of times. That’s not a difficult time!”
But as the interview continued, she said something that at the very least, Disney DEFINITELY regrets her saying.
“Oh god, that will be fun for Disney! It’s a billion years ago, and if I could tell you the truth, you would laugh so hard. And… I can’t. But it was location. Location means everything is permitted. I went without being needed to Norway [on Empire]—that’s how much fun I was having. I was upset that I didn’t get to go to Tunisia for the first one. But I had a good time on the movies.”
16. To Remember – Killing Jabba Was Her Favorite Thing
When you have a role as big as Princess Leia, you can only pray that Fisher loved her role. You can rest assured that she has come out on several occasions and said that she loved playing the character. But do you know what her favorite scene was?
“I’ve totally embraced it. I like Princess Leia. I like how she was feisty. I like how she killed Jabba the Hutt. That’s my favorite thing she did,” she said to Rolling Stone.
15. To Forget – The Verbal Abuse She Received During Filming
Carrie Fisher is praised for her ability to help bring to life a female character that is far more than just eye contact. She was strong, inspiring and sassy all rolled into one, but that spirit got dampened dramatically, at least when the cameras were not rolling for Carrie Fisher during Return of the Jedi.
The movie saw the series’ 3rd director with Richard Marquand, and while he got along with some of the actors, as you’re about to read Fisher was definitely not one of them.
“I hated him. He fell all over Harrison, but he would yell at me constantly. He yelled at me one day, and I burst into tears, and it felt great because it fucked up the makeup. I thought, ‘Oh, I f-cked up your shot? Now you see who really f-cked up.’ It took an hour for them to do my makeup again.”
14. To Remember – She’s Still Got 3 Projects Left
One way to help remember some of your favorite actors is naturally to go through some of their older movies. For Fisher, however, you may be happy to hear that she still has 3 upcoming projects that utilize her talents.
Most prominently the upcoming Star Wars Episode VIII, you know, as if you needed a reason to go see it. Fisher also appeared in 20 episodes of Family Guy, voicing Peter’s boss Angela. MacFarlane took to social media to express his grief saying,
“Carrie Fisher was smart, funny, talented, surprising, and always a hell of a fun time to be around.”
You may be ecstatic to hear that MacFarlane has also announced that there are still 2 yet to be aired episodes of Fisher. We are sure even if you cannot stand the show, you’ll definitely be thinking of tuning in when the episodes air (date still undetermined).
13. To Forget – She Was Not Close To Harrison Ford
When Carrie Fisher told the world about her 3-month affair that she had with Harrison Ford, of course, people were interested. She described the situation in an interview saying, “[People] had been speculating about it, though it was not something we ever discussed. It was just this elephant in the room. And to this day I feel nervous around him.”
Fisher also admitted that she was barely communicating with Ford, and at the time of the news being released (in her book The Princess Diaries), were talking so infrequently that she didn’t even know his thoughts on it.
Fisher gave her own insight on how she thought Ford interpreted it saying, “Yeah. I told him I found the diaries, which I had not seen since I’d written them and that I was gonna publish them. He just said, ‘Lawyer.’ I told him he could take out anything he didn’t like. I sent it to him, but he never commented. I guess he didn’t loathe anything. I know the whole thing embarrasses him. That’s what it’s for, to embarrass all of us again.”
12. To Remember – Her Screenwriting Ability
While Carrie Fisher may have made a mark as an actress, by no means does that mean we can ignore her incredible ability as a screenwriter. For over 15 years Fisher was lending a hand as a screen doctor, working on several iconic films including The Wedding Singer, Lethal Weapon 3, Hook, Outbreak and even the Star Wars prequels (sorry about that!).
Outside of her biographies, Fisher also released the books Surrender the Pink and Delusions of Grandma.
It should be no surprise that Fisher loves writing, as she once said if she wasn’t an actress,
“I would have been a writer, though. I didn’t really mean to be an actress. But if your second movie is Star Wars, you’re done. You’re gonna be pursuing that because otherwise it’ll pursue you.”
11. To Forget – Her 10-Year Relationship With Paul Simon
Carrie Fisher spent a large part of her life in an on-again, off-again relationship with musician Paul Simon that even culminated in a one-year marriage. Yet the relationship was far from happy and both Fisher and Simon fell deeper into drug use.
When describing how the relationship was, Fisher said “I’m not good at relationships. I’m not cooperative enough. I couldn’t give him the peace that he needed. We both had very interesting fights. It’s all a shame because he and I were very good together in the ways that we were good. But like I said, I don’t supply someone with a really peaceful home.”
Fisher said she no longer speaks to him but does still listen to the old music that he wrote when she was his muse “No, I don’t talk to him now. That was difficult for us. I miss him, but I have the best of him in his music. ”
10. To Remember – Her Stance On Weight Issues In Hollywood
Carrie Fisher was absolutely gorgeous when she played Princess Leia, but you can imagine there was a great deal of pressure for her to reprise her original looks when she was re-cast in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
In fact, Fisher came out and said in an interview with Good Housekeeping UK that she was required to lose 40 pounds.
“They don’t want to hire all of me— only about three-quarters! Nothing changes, it’s an appearance-driven thing. I’m in a business where the only thing that matters is weight and appearance. That is so messed up. They might as well say get younger because that’s how easy it is… My problem is they talk to me like an actress but I hear them like a writer,”
9. To Forget – The Bikini Was One Of Her Worst Experiences
I know you must think that the bikini that helped occupy your fantasies growing up would have been so comfortable. But the reality is that for Fisher, it was one of the worst experiences of the entire series.
She explained the story in detail in a past interview with Washington Post,
“This was no bikini. It was metal. It didn’t go where you went. After the shots, the prop man would have to check me. He’d say, ‘Okay tits are fine. Let’s go.’ So I started checking for any bounce or slip after takes. Then it was, ‘Cut. Hey, how they doin’, hooters in place? Tits all right?’ I was embarrassed at first with a hundred guys going crazy over my revealed self. Dignity was out of the question.”
Fisher later said, “I told George [Lucas], ‘You have the rights to my face… You do not have the rights to my lagoon of mystery.'”
8. To Remember – Her Emmy Winning Performance
Above we got to talk about some of her other movies that you are going to binge watch but make sure you also chalk out 20 minutes to check out her appearance in 30 Rock.
Fisher was nominated after appearing in the episode “Rosemary’s Baby”. Creator and star of 30 Rock Tina Fey took to social media following Fisher’s passing to say this:
“Carrie Fisher meant a lot to me. Like many women my age, Princess Leia occupies about sixty percent of my brain at any given time. But Carrie’s honest writing and her razor-sharp wit were an even greater gift. I feel so lucky that I got to meet her. I’m very sad she is gone.”
7. To Forget – Her Engagement To Dan Aykroyd
While Dan Aykroyd may always be able to claim that he can bust ghosts like the best of them, one thing he cannot say is that he was able to bring home the ultimate science fiction idol in Fisher. The two had a brief relationship in 1980 that even turned to an engagement. Aykroyd elected to propose on the set of their movie The Blues Brothers, so you can imagine that must have made watching the movie a little bit awkward.
“We had rings, we got blood tests, the whole shot. But then I got back together with Paul Simon,” said Fisher.
6. To Remember – Her Role As A Spokesperson For Bipolar Disorder
Carrie Fisher is always going to be remembered for the iconic gold bikini, but you’d be doing yourself an incredible disservice to be a fan of Fisher and not know of the incredible inspiration she was to the community suffering from bipolar disorder.
Fisher shared with the world her struggles with her diagnosis in a past interview, “I was told that I was bipolar when I was 24 but was unable to accept that diagnosis until I was 28 when I overdosed and finally got sober. Only then was I able to see nothing else could explain away my behavior.”
Many of the members in the bipolar community took to social media following Fisher’s death, including one person saying, “Carrie Fisher did more to combat mental health stigma by being open about her struggles with bipolar and addiction than did most politicians.”
5. To Forget – She Had No Merchandising Rights (Yikes!)
Carrie Fisher earned in the low seven figures when she reprised her role as Princess Leia, but you can bet that she still made some huge mistakes when she was a naive 19-year-old.
When talking to Newsweek, Fisher explained where she went wrong:
“The mistake was I signed away my likeness for free. In those days, there was no such thing as a “likeness,” which is a funny thing to say coming from the family that I came from.” She continued to say, “There was no merchandising tied to movies. No one could have known the extent of the franchise. Not that I don’t think I’m cute or anything, but when I looked in the mirror, I didn’t think I was signing away anything of value.”
Use that as a reminder because you just never know what is right around the corner.
4. To Remember – Her Impact On The Cast
I can absolutely sit here and talk for an extended period of time about how Carrie Fisher impacted my life. But the words that may really move you, will be the words of those who knew her the best.
George Lucas said, “Carrie and I have been friends most of our adult lives. She was extremely smart; a talented actress, writer and comedienne with a very colorful personality that everyone loved.”
Harrison Ford, “one-of-a-kind” who lived her life “bravely”, adding: “My thoughts are with her daughter Billie, her mother Debbie, her brother Todd and her many friends. We will all miss her.”
Mark Hamill also expressed his thoughts saying,
“It’s never easy to lose such a vital, irreplaceable member of the family, but this is downright heartbreaking. Carrie was one-of-a-kind who belonged to us all— whether she liked it or not. She was OUR Princess, damn it, & the actress who played her blurred into one gorgeous, fiercely independent & ferociously funny, take-charge woman who took our collective breath away,” he continued to say,”Determined & tough, but with a vulnerability that made you root for her & want her to succeed & be happy.”
Earlier in the day, he had tweeted out “no words #Devastated.” but clearly he found his voice, as he also expressed:
“She played such a crucial role in my professional & personal life, & both would have been far emptier without her,” Hamill added on Facebook. “I am grateful for the laughter, the wisdom, the kindness & even the bratty, self-indulgent crap my beloved space-twin gave me through the years. Thanks Carrie. I love you, mh.”
3. To Forget – “Don’t Get Loaded Your Whole Life”
As you learn about the life of Carrie Fisher, you won’t get far without reading about her partying lifestyle. And while she has said that doing drugs was partially why she never became suicidal (though she was depressed), she did also say,
“Don’t get loaded your whole f–king life. And I did get loaded my whole f–king life. You have to learn, and unfortunately, it takes a lot of lessons for some of us to get it right,” when asked what she would say to the 19-year-old version of her.
2. To Remember – Her Best Non-Star Wars Binge Watches
We’re definitely going to make sure we take some time in this list to highlight some of the cast’s reaction to her passing, but we’d be foolish to not also look at the other outstanding work Fisher did.
Looking just at the big screen, Fisher actually made her first big break not in space, but in the movie Shampoo.
She also made appearances in The Blues Brothers, The Burbs (with Tom Hanks), When Harry Met Sally, and even Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery.
Her most acclaimed may be the Emmy nomination she earned for her guest spot on the show 30 Rock. Perhaps that’s why she returned to the television screen for the series Catastrophe in which she appeared in 4 episodes.
1. To Remember – Her Relationship With Her Family
Carrie Fisher was an incredibly talented woman, but so was her family. Fisher’s mother Debbie Reynolds was an accomplished actress, but more important than either of their fame was the relationship they had with one another.
“Thank you to everyone who has embraced the gifts and talents of my beloved and amazing daughter. I am grateful for your thoughts and prayers that are now guiding her to her next stop. Love Carries Mother,” was the official statement following the passing of Fisher.
Fisher was quick to praise her mother in countless past interviews, but perhaps most importantly helped raise attention to the Thalians; which was a group that Reynolds co-founded and has helped raise over $30 million towards mental health.
Reynolds sadly passed away the following day after suffering a stroke while planning Fisher’s funeral. Fisher also had a fantastic relationship with her daughter Billie Lourd who is also an accomplished actress (currently on Scream Queens).
Lourd’s publicist issued the following statement after Fisher’s passing, you can only imagine her heart is all the heavier after losing her grandma. “She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly. Our entire family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers.”
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