May the force always be with you, Carrie Fisher.
Carrie Fisher, the iconic actress who played Princess Leia in the Star Wars franchise, went into cardiac arrest on a United Airlines flight from London to Los Angeles, ultimately passing away four days later. The medical examiner’s report showed “sleep apnea and other undetermined factors” contributed to her death. There were also signs of “multiple drug intake” but the coroner said its significance on Fisher’s death was not determined. Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd, stated that her mother “battled drug addiction and mental illness her entire life” and that she “ultimately died of it.”
Since her passing, people have been sharing their favorite Carrie Fisher quotes and swapping crazy memories in her honor – and there’s a lot. Fisher was witty, outspoken, a mental health advocate and a champion of women’s rights and gender equality. It’s hard to narrow down the actresses’ best moments, but here are a few that Star Wars fans (or simply Carrie Fisher fans) could probably appreciate…
1. What so many people loved about Fisher was how much she resembled Princess Leia both on and off screen. Filming the first movie when she was only 19, Fisher already embodied the characteristics that made Princess Leia such a beloved and significant character, especially to women. She wasn’t afraid to speak her mind, especially when it came to double-standards between men and women.
2. Fisher was incredibly open about her struggle with mental illness. “I am mentally ill. I can say that,” confirmed Fisher. “I am not ashamed of that. I survived that, I’m still surviving it, but bring it on.” Fisher, who spoke publicly about her struggles with bipolar disorder, showed by example that mental illness should not be hidden or shameful, but a struggle many face and should feel comfortable talking about.
3. Many were in awe when one woman shared a story of how Fisher sought revenge on her behalf against a producer who sexually assaulted her. Hollywood, now ridden with sexual assault allegations, is trying to become a more comfortable space for women to talk and deal with sexual assault. Fisher, however, was taking matters into her own hands long before the #MeToo movement. Screenwriter Heather Robinson became friends with Fisher through A.O.L. message boards in the late 1990s. Robinson told a local radio station in Tucson how Fisher reacted after learning about Robinson’s terrible experience with an Oscar-winning producer in 2000. About two weeks later, Fisher had sent her a message letting her know she’d taken care of it.
4. John Boyega transformed into a star overnight with The Force Awakens and has shared in an interview that he picked up on a valuable lesson working alongside Princess Leia. “One thing I find from her is that she didn’t really live her life for other people, in the sense of other people’s opinions,” said Boyega. “Now I don’t care. I really don’t. It’s the best way to live, and Carrie Fisher is one of the people in my life that has influenced that.”
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