14 Quotes From Carrie Fisher, the Wisecracking Princess We Always Wanted to Be

Liz Alterman | Dec 28, 2016 Celebrities
14 Quotes From Carrie Fisher, the Wisecracking Princess We Always Wanted to Be
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As the world mourns the untimely passing of Carrie Fisher, we remember the woman who immortalized Princess Leia for her wit, wisdom, and ability to overcome addiction and mental health issues to emerge as the wisecracking Dorothy Parker of her generation.  

Though she was known for those famous brown buns and her ability to thwart Darth Vader, Fisher emerged as a literary force to be reckoned with. She took her brutally honest and hilarious memoir Wishful Drinking all the way to Broadway, and her Postcards From the Edge became a film that chronicled her real-life battle with addiction.

The actress and author who battled bipolar disorder was refreshingly candid about her struggles. And her grit and sense of humor prove she was so much more than a princess; she was a queen. Take a look at these quotes that embody the spirit of a woman who was truly out of this world. 

  • On Being a Celebrity Offspring

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    The first daughter of Hollywood golden couple Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, Carrie turned her parents marriage, divorce, and re-marriages into comedic gold in her 2008 memoir Wishful Drinking.

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  • On the Need for Immediacy

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    When you're able to rule the galaxy and keep evil at bay, you probably expect everything to happen on your timeframe. Considering the outpouring of grief Fisher's costars have expressed, she must have been a pleasure to work with. But we love her self-deprecating self-awareness (and we can relate to this sentiment reported by the Los Angeles Times and included in her 1987 semi-autobiographical novel Postcards From the Edge).

  • On Being a Woman of Mystery

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    This multitalented lady (who tweeted this gem last May) was married to Paul Simon briefly and had a lengthy relationship with Brian Lourd, with whom she shared a daughter, Billie. Just before her death, she revealed that she'd had an affair with Star Wars costar Harrison Ford during the original movie's filming in 1976. And who can forget her hilarious performance as Meg Ryan's pal who struggled to find her better half in When Harry Met Sally?

  • On Dieting

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    Not everyone can rock a gold bikini the way Fisher did in her Princess Leia days. The actress and writer often spoke candidly about her weight, as she did in this witty line from Postcards From the Edge. Much later on, the star said she was forced to drop 35 pounds to appear in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Fisher told People she achieved it through proper diet and exercise. 

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  • On Having Bipolar Disorder

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    A mental health advocate, Fisher was open about her bipolar diagnosis and her subsequent drug addiction as she attempted to cope with the condition. Her public acknowledgement of living with mental health issues (and writing about it in Wishful Drinking) was an inspiration to her fans who faced the same challenges. 

  • On Her Own Passing


    The always-hilarious Fisher wrote this gem in her 2008 memoir Wishful Drinking. This statement has been widely quoted since news of her death (after suffering from a massive heart attack just days before) surfaced.

  • On Dating Past Middle Age

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    From her engagement to Dan Aykroyd to her marriage to Paul Simon, Fisher was an open book about her relationships -- and the reality of dating, as evidenced by this quote from her 2011 book Shockaholic. In her 2016 autobiography, The Princess Diarist, Fisher revealed her three-month affair with Harrison Ford. She later said she regretted sharing the on-set romance

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  • On Shopping & Spending

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    How could Fisher, the scion of Hollywood icons, shop anywhere but Rodeo Drive? Those interested in watching Fisher and her mom Debbie Reynolds shop 'til they drop can check out the HBO documentary Bright Lights, which examines their mother-daughter relationship.

  • On Leaving an Impression

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    Wow, just wow. What a way with words! (These were taken from her 2016 autobiography, The Princess Diarist.) Don't worry, Carrie -- you'd be amazed at how you exceeded even your own lofty aspirations. The galaxy will not be the same without you.

  • On Welcoming Her Daughter

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    Now this is a birth announcement! In her memoir Wishful Drinking, Fisher included the short and incredibly witty way she shared the news of her daughter Billie Lourd's birth in 1992. After Fisher's death, Lourd released this statement to confirm her mom's passing: "She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly."

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  • On Speaking Her Mind

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    The 60-year-old was known for telling it as she saw it -- and telling it on Twitter. Nothing wrong with that. In fact, it just adds to why we loved her.

  • On the Subject of Aging

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    Fisher slammed body-shamers on Twitter one year ago with this powerful message. The actress was very outspoken about the pressure to appear perfect and ageless in Hollywood. 

  • On Her Epitaph

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    Of course, Princess Leia Organa of Alderaan is how Fisher will most likely be remembered, and it sounds like she'd made peace with that. But true fans know she was so much more than that.

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  • On Success

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    Though someone who achieved the level of success that Fisher did at such a young age easily could've rested, the star worked tirelessly -- and seemingly lived by this mantra. Whether it be as a mother, devoted daughter, actress, writer, or advocate for those struggling with addiction or mental health issues, Fisher was a tour de force who will be greatly missed. 

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