Creator / Carrie Fisher

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"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".
Carrie Fisher talking in her memoir The Princess Diarist about A New Hope.

Carrie Frances Fisher (October 21, 1956 – December 27, 2016) was an American actress and writer, most famous for starring as Princess Leia Organa in the original Star Wars trilogy. Besides Star Wars, she also starred in Shampoo, The Blues Brothers, Amazon Women on the Moon, When Harry Met Sally..., and Drop Dead Fred.

Of course, she was Hollywood royalty well before Star Wars was made, being the daughter of the late singer Eddie Fisher and the late actress Debbie Reynolds, whose late '50s divorce was one of Hollywood's most infamous scandals of the time, as her father had an affair with Elizabeth Taylor. Carrie herself was briefly married to Paul Simon.

In her later career, she was primarily focused on her work as a writer, having penned such books as Postcards from the Edge (which was made into a 1990 film starring Meryl Streep and Shirley Maclaine), Delusions of Grandma, and Surrender the Pink. She also wrote and performed Wishful Drinking, a one-woman play about her life. Rounding it all off, Fisher was one of the most in-demand script doctors during the 1990s, being hired to punch up such films as Hook, Sister Act, and all the Star Wars prequels.

Oh, and she owned the only official copy of The Star Wars Holiday Special, which George Lucas gave to her in exchange for doing the audio commentary for Episode IV. She mostly used the video to evict house guests.

She died on December 27, 2016 at the age of 60, after going into cardiac arrest during a transatlantic flight four days earlier. In her book, Wishful Drinking, Fisher wrote about her eventual obituary: "I want it reported that I drowned in moonlight, strangled by my own bra." Sure enough, several obituaries and retrospectives featured the line. She was cremated and her ashes were placed in a giant novelty Prozac pill she'd bought a few years earlier.

Her mother passed away the day after she did, her last words being "I want to be with Carrie."


Tropes associated with Carrie Fisher's works:

  • Actor Allusion: invoked In her appearance on 30 Rock, her character is a washed-up writer who cries, "Help me, Liz Lemon, you're my only hope!"
  • Black Comedy: When it came to her novels, Fisher was renowned for being able to see the funny side of even the most horrible stuff that happened during her struggles with addiction and bipolar disorder. In fact, it's what made several people struggling with similar issues look up to her—that she was willing to laugh at herself no matter how bad things got.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: She discusses this in her final title, the 2016 The Princess Diarist, in relation to signing autographs and otherwise providing a celebrity encounter for fans at comic conventions, a practice she refers to as "lap dancing." For the fan, the experience is something they'll quite possibly remember for the rest of their life. For her, it's Tuesday, or another day on the job working to make some extra money to support herself.
  • ...But I Play One on TV: invoked On December 23, 2016, in the wake of Fisher going into cardiac arrest and being rushed into intensive care, dozens of media outlets posted the story carrying a headline that read as if it's "Princess Leia," not the actress who portrayed her, who had had the medical emergency.
  • Casting Couch: She joked in her books that this is how she got the role in Star Wars: "I slept with some nerd. I hope it was George." She even mentions a similar joke for her cameo in Scream 3.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Holy hell yes. No one was safe from this woman's snark. Not even George Lucas. Especially not George Lucas.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: How she wanted her obituary to read. "I want it reported that I drowned in moonlight, strangled by my own bra." Her own defiant middle finger to both Hollywood sexism and death itself.
  • The "Fun" in "Funeral": Not the funeral itself, which was a private and subdued affair, but again, her ashes are in a giant Prozac pill. And for good measure, her brother Todd carried it during their mother's funeral.
  • I Am Not Spock: invoked Played with and zigzagged with Star Wars.
    • It's hard to tell if she was proud or embarrassed or both to have been in it. Her cover of Wishful Drinking has a woman resembling her with Leia buns with her head down and much of the stage show covered her love-hate relationship with it. She has stated that she wished she had turned down the role, though it's unclear if she regretted being in it or simply regretted agreeing to it.
    • At some point, she decided to embrace it: she took up the mantle of General Leia in The Force Awakens and is set to appear in Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, albeit posthumously. (Mark Hamill claims she immediately jumped at the opportunity — "I'm in!" — at a meeting between them and Lucas). She was quite active on the press circuit for TFA as well, often travelling with her dog, who quickly developed his own fandom.
      Carrie Fisher: George Lucas ruined my life and I mean this in the nicest way possible.
  • Ms. Fanservice: In Return of the Jedi, which is where the "Leia Slave Bikini" first appeared.
  • Parody Assistance: She provided vocals for some characters in Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II, including Leia.
  • Pun-Based Title: The above mentioned books Wishful Drinking and Delusions of Grandma.
  • Self-Deprecation: She uses it a lot in her books and interviews, regarding her drug abuse and her acting in Star Wars.
    Carrie Fisher: You know how they say that religion is the opiate of the masses? Well, I took masses of opiates religiously.
  • Write What You Know: invoked Fisher made a good part of her writing career from this, writing what critics called a series of "Fictionalized Autobiographies". Postcards from the Edge concerns her battle with drug addiction, Surrender the Pink dramatizes her first marriage to Paul Simon, Delusions of Grandma recounts her experience with motherhood and relationship with her movie star mother, The Best Awful There Is is roughly based on her relationship with her partner Bryan Lourd (father of her daughter Billie), and her final memoir, The Princess Diarist was an expansion of the diaries she kept while filming A New Hope, including the revelation of a months-long affair with Harrison Ford. It all came full circle in her film These Old Broads, two of whose main characters are partly based on Debbie Reynolds and Elizabeth Taylor, and they were played by Reynolds and Taylor themselves (they even share a joke at the expense of their mutual ex-husband, Eddie Fisher).

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