Happy May the Fourth! Star Wars wouldn’t be what it is today without this badass woman. Everyone knows Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia, an outstanding heroine constantly saving her male companions from dire situations. But Fisher was so much more than Leia, she was also a feminist and mental health spokesperson, overtly calling out the gender inequalities she saw in Hollywood and opening up about her own struggles with bipolar disorder and addiction. The raw honesty in her memoirs raised awareness about mental health. Her memoirs break down her struggles in a masterfully humorous way, reminding us all that laughter is sometimes necessary to make it through the tears.
Only 19 when she started her adventure as Leia, Fisher took pride in the strength of the character she played and set the stage for the modern heroines in the newest Star Wars releases, Jyn and Rey. Fisher and Leia shared their courage and outspoken attitude, never backing down when things got hard. Fisher will be forever missed and remembered. May the fourth be with you.
Fun Fact: Carrie Fisher only put up with wearing the gold bikini because she was able to kill Jabba the Hutt at the end and redeem Princess Leia but she still advised Daisy Ridley, the actress who plays Rey, to push back if they ever asked her to wear such a costume.
Quote: ”I finally quit apologizing for it… For being something different. For being strong. Strength is a style. But this happens in acting a lot. If you pretend something over and over, sometimes it comes true.”
You can see all of her memoirs here—they are worth the read.