Actress Carrie Fisher passed away on Tuesday, December 27, 2016, following a heart attack on a plane ride from London to Los Angeles last Friday. Best known for her iconic role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars franchise, the actress, writer and producer was known for her mental health advocacy and her vocal support of feminism. Here are some of our favourite #inspiring quotes from this beautiful #feminist.
1. “Please stop debating about whether or not I aged well. Unfortunately it hurts all three of my feelings. My body hasn’t aged as well as I have. Blow us.” And: “Youth and beauty are not accomplishments.”
2. “Stay afraid, but do it anyway. What’s important is the action. You don’t have to wait to be confident. Just do it and eventually the confidence will follow.” – Carrie Fisher on overcoming mental illness
3. “Movies are dreams! And they work on you subliminally. You can play Leia as capable, independent, sensible, a soldier, a fighter, a woman in control – control being, of course, a lesser word than master. But you can portray a woman who’s a master and get through all the female prejudice if you have her travel in time, if you add a magical quality, if you’re dealing in fairy-tale terms.”
4. “I got to be the only girl in an all boy fantasy, and it’s a great role for women. She’s a very proactive character and gets the job done. So if you’re going to get typecast as something, that might as well be it for me.” – on playing Princess Leia in Star Wars
5. “It’s hard to date once you’re a big Star Wars star, because you don’t want to give people the ability to say, I had sex with Princess Leia’.”
6. “I’m not as cooperative as you might want a woman to be … Every man, I think, or at least the ones I end up finding, there’s no such thing as a consort. All men are kings. That was my little discovery in the process … I really thought men’s fantasy is to have an intellectual geisha. So what I did was I learned to cook and I took a massage course. But that’s not all of it. You have to also agree.” – On her relationship with American musician Paul Simon
7. “There is no point at which you can say, ‘Well, I’m successful now. I might as well take a nap.”
8. “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 (Star Wars) 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.”
9. “Think of it as an opportunity to be heroic – not ‘I survived living in Mosul during an attack’ heroic, but an emotional survival. An opportunity to be a good example to others who might share our disorder.” – About her mental illness
10. “I got to be the only girl in an all boy fantasy, and it’s a great role for women. She’s a very proactive character and gets the job done. So if you’re going to get typecast as something, that might as well be it for me.”
11. “Blow my big bovine tiny dancer cock.” – Her response when someone compared her body to British singer Elton John
12. “Fisher: Listen! I am not a sex symbol, so that’s an opinion of someone. I don’t share that.
Ridley: I don’t think that’s the right—
Fisher: Word for it? Well, you should fight for your outfit. Don’t be a slave like I was.
Ridley: All right, I’ll fight.
Fisher: You keep fighting against that slave outfit.” – A conversation with Star Wars actress Daisy Ridley
13. “Even in space, there’s a double standard.” – On why she never got a lightsaber in the Star Wars films
14. “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 when she was asked to lose weight for Episode 7 of Star Wars
15. “Oh! This’ll impress you – 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?”
16. “The father who flipped out about it, ‘What am I going to tell my kid about why she’s in that outfit?’ Tell them that a giant slug captured me and forced me to wear that stupid outfit, and then I killed him because I didn’t like it. And then I took it off. Backstage.” – On when a father was concerned about her iconic gold slave bikini from the Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
17. “Remember that white dress I wore throughout the film? George [Lucas] comes up to me the first day of filming, and he takes one look at the dress and says, ‘You can’t wear a bra under that dress.’ ‘OK, I’ll bite,’ I said, ‘Why?’ And he said, ‘Because…there’s no underwear in space.’ He said it with such conviction too! Like he had been to space and looked around and he didn’t see any bras or panties or briefs anywhere. He said, “You go into space and become weightless. Then your body expands but your bra doesn’t, so you get strangled by your own underwear. Now think that this would make for a fantastic obituary — 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.” – A conversation with Star Wars creator George Lucas
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