Fisher in 2013
|Born||Carrie Frances Fisher
October 21, 1956
Burbank, California, U.S.
|Died||December 27, 2016
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||Cardiac arrest|
|Resting place||Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills, U.S.|
|Occupation||Actress, writer, humorist|
(m. 1983; div. 1984)
|Partner(s)||Bryan Lourd (1991â€“1994)|
Todd Fisher (brother)
There's a line I have that our family was designed more for public than for private. But there are definitely some things that are only mine. I am someone who dreams at night, and you don't know what I'm dreaming.
Two of the saddest words in the English language are, 'What party?' And L.A. is the 'What party?' capital of the world.
People see me and they squeal like tropical birds or seals stranded on the beach.
I don't want to be thought of as a survivor because you have to continue getting involved in difficult situations to show off that particular gift, and I'm not interested in doing that anymore.
I have a chemical imbalance that, in its most extreme state, will lead me to a mental hospital.
I don't think Christmas is necessarily about things. It's about being good to one another, it's about the Christian ethic, it's about kindness.
Kevin Smith is a very challenging conversationalist and Jay has many great stories.
No, as it turns out, I really like being congratulated on my weight loss. I like it so much, it's tragic.
You knew how humiliating that is as an experience for celebrities to be less of a celebrity. There's no class to adjust to being less famous, and you don't think you have to worry about it. But you do.
I found out when I did the Oprah Winfrey show that there was a cookie jar of me. So she gave it to me. I had no idea prior to that that it even existed.
I have a mess in my head sometimes, and there's something very satisfying about putting it into words. Certainly it's not something that you're in charge of, necessarily, but writing about it, putting it into your words, can be a very powerful experience.
My mother's career was over at 40 but she was still trying to be everyone's buddy, always smiling for the cameras.
I am truly a product of Hollywood in-breeding. When two celebrities mate, someone like me is the result.
I'm fine, but I'm bipolar. I'm on seven medications, and I take medication three times a day. This constantly puts me in touch with the illness I have. I'm never quite allowed to be free of that for a day. It's like being a diabetic.
Everything is negotiable. Whether or not the negotiation is easy is another thing.
Females get hired along procreative lines. After 40, we're kind of cooked.
I always wrote. I wrote from when I was 12. That was therapeutic for me in those days. I wrote things to get them out of feeling them, and onto paper. So writing in a way saved me, kept me company. I did the traditional thing with falling in love with words, reading books and underlining lines I liked and words I didn't know.
I've seen pictures of myself with makeup on, and I look like those women who look like they're wearing makeup so they can look young, and I don't think that's good. They have all these products now called – wait, what's it called, it's my favorite – youth suppressant, or age go away; they don't work.
Along with aging comes life experience, so in every way that is consistent with even being human, Leia has changed.
He's a very strange guy, my father. I can't get mad at him because he's so adorable.
I spent a year in a 12-step program, really committed, because I could not believe what had happened – that I might have killed myself.
People are still asking me if I knew Star Wars was going to be that big of a hit. Yes, we all knew. The only one who didn't know was George.
Mothers are great. They outlast everything. But when they're bad, they're the worst thing that can happen.
So when I was 24, someone suggested to me that I was bipolar, and I thought that was ridiculous. I just thought he was trying to get out of treating me. But he was also responding to the chaotic nature of my life.
You can't find true affection in Hollywood because everyone does the fake affection so well.
I did the traditional thing with falling in love with words, reading books and underlining lines I liked and words I didn't know. It was something I always did.
I knew what show business was, which was why I didn't want in on that action. I saw what happens! You get it, and then you lose it.
I went to a doctor and told him I felt normal on acid, that I was a light bulb in a world of moths. That is what the manic state is like.
I am a spy in the house of me. I report back from the front lines of the battle that is me. I am somewhat nonplused by the event that is my life.
We treat beauty like an accomplishment, and that is insane. Everyone in L.A. says, 'Oh, you look good,' and you listen for them to say you've lost weight. It's never 'How are you?' or 'You seem happy!'
One of the great things to pretend is that you're not only alright, you're in great shape. Now to have that come true – I've actually gone on stage depressed and that's worked its magic on me, 'cause if I can convince you that I'm alright, then maybe I can convince me.
I have two moods. One is Roy, rollicking Roy, the wild ride of a mood. And Pam, sediment Pam, who stands on the shore and sobs… Sometimes the tide is in, sometimes it's out.
Resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die.
My father was a joyous, joyous spirit, he really was. He was a hedonist, that was just – he enjoyed life, thrust up to the elbows with it. He was a terrible father. I don't know that he was parented that well.
I always kept a diary – not a diary like, 'Dear Diary, we got up at 5 A.M., and I wore the weird hair again and that white dress! Hi-yeee!' I'd just write.
There is no point at which you can say, 'Well, I'm successful now. I might as well take a nap.'
Acting engenders and harbours qualities that are best left way behind in adolescence.
I have been Princess Leia exclusively. It's been a part of my life for 40 years.
I am mentally ill. I can say that. I am not ashamed of that. I survived that, I'm still surviving it, but bring it on. Better me than you.
Certainly there are people who like me, but then there are those who don't know me who gossip about me. You can't believe the things I've heard.
I really love the internet. They say chat-rooms are the trailer park of the internet but I find it amazing.
I have a harder time eating properly than I do exercising. It's easier for me to add an activity than to deny myself something. And when I do lose the weight, I don't like that it makes me feel good about myself. It's not who I am.
There were days I could barely struggle into a size 46 or 48, months of larges and XXLs, and endless rounds of leggings with the elastic at the waist stretched to its limit and beyond – topped with the fashion equivalent of a tea cozy. And always black, because I was in mourning for my slimmer self.
Now I say I'm a diarist with an explanation I'll get back to you on. Someday I may try and write in memoir form.
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.
If anything, my mother taught me how to sur-thrive. That's my word for it.
I watched my parents' fame diminish – as I was getting more conscious, their celebrity was going back down the mountain.
My parents had this incredibly vital relationship with an audience, like muscle with blood. This was the main competition I had for my parents' attention: an audience.
What I always wanna tell young people now: Pay attention. This isn't gonna happen again. Rather than try to understand it as it's going along, have it go along for a while and then understand it.
I have been in 'Star Wars' since I was 20. And they're not just doing some goofy sequel, like, to service the hunger of it. It actually has been thought out and it has integrity and they took it seriously, which they didn't have to do, you know? It's hard to do, given the appetite and the angles from which everybody's coming at it.
You can't find any true closeness in Hollywood, because everybody does the fake closeness so well.
I was born on October 21, 1956 in Burbank, California. My father, Eddie Fisher, was a famous singer. My mother, Debbie Reynolds, was a movie star. Her best-known role was in 'Singin' In The Rain.'
It really annoys me that I'm vain, but unfortunately, I haven't been able to discard that tendency.
I enjoy taking jobs that make fun of me – or me as Princess Leia, or me as the writer, or whatever, as some idea.
In the Fifties, my parents were known as 'America's sweethearts'. Their pictures graced the covers of all the newspapers. They were the Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston of their day.