You would be hard-pressed to find a more iconic and beloved movie character than Princess Leia in Star Wars.
You would also be hard-pressed to find a more dynamic, hilarious, real, and adored Hollywood treasure than Carrie Fisher — the woman who played Princess Leia.
Carrie, who was part of Hollywood royalty herself as the daughter of Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, found her Star Wars success very early in life. The original film, Star Wars: A New Hope, was released in 1977.
The period was also a time of tremendous change around the country when it came to women’s rights, however, there wasn’t a major shift in women’s roles on film that reflected that. Everything changed when Princess Leia came into the picture.
Leia may have been a princess, but she was unlike anything we had ever seen before.
She wasn’t afraid to talk back to the men around her, and she could handle her own in a fight. Men were fascinated by her, but women could look up to her.
She was the embodiment of the strength and independence women were fighting for. and it was Carrie’s own dynamic energy as a person and actress that brought Leia to life and made her so beloved.
As the face of such a famous movie character, Carrie also had the humility to deal with that level of fame. She wasn’t afraid to embrace having such a big part in the Star Wars universe, while also poking fun at it.
Although Carrie Fisher was known for playing this sassy princess, she was actually one of the most witty, hilarious performers and writers in Hollywood. She always had crowds in an uproar of laughter whenever she would appear live, whether it was an AFI tribute to her film industry colleagues, a talk-show interview, or even her successful one-woman show.
Her wit as a performer could only be matched by her talent as a writer. Her honesty was both hilarious and relatable. She did not shy away from darker topics and never pretended to be something she wasn’t.
Carrie Fisher had guts. In an entertainment industry that thrives on perpetuating some false notion of perfection, she was always real and that made you love her even more.
She is the kind of celebrity that is more than just a famous actress, she is a part of our childhood. It’s very hard to find the perfect words to describe someone that means so much not only to myself, but to the world.
May the fourth, a.k.a. Star Wars Day, is labeled that because of it’s similarity to the famous line “May the force be with you” from the Star Wars series. When the date rolls around every year, people celebrate by saying “May the 4th be with you”.
In celebration of this day, let’s celebrate our Star Wars princess Leia, Carrie Fisher, with some of her most hilarious and inspiring quotes.
1. She wasn’t afraid to point out the obvious.
Aren’t you a little short for a stormtrooper?” — Carrie Fisher (as Princess Leia)
2. Poking fun at Han and Leia’s on-screen romance.
“Hi. I’m Mrs. Han Solo, and I’m an alcoholic.” — Carrie Fisher
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3. She taught us about accepting ourselves.
“I haven’t ever changed who I am. I’ve just gotten more accepting of it. Being happy isn’t getting what you want, it’s wanting what you have.” — Carrie Fisher
4. She inspired us to let go of anger.
“Resentment is like drinking a poison and waiting for the other person to die.” — Carrie Fisher
5. She advised us to use art as a way to heal.
“Take your broken heart, make it into art.” — Carrie Fisher
6. Joking about George Lucas owning her image.
“You have owned my likeness, lo all these years, so that every time I look in the mirror I have to send you a check for a couple of bucks.” — Carrie Fisher
7. She showed us how to get better.
“Sometimes you can only find Heaven by slowly backing away from Hell.” — Carrie Fisher
8. The funniest dating observations.
“As you get older, the pickings get slimmer, but the people don’t.” — Carrie Fisher
9. Perfect comebacks.
Why, you stuck up, half-witted, scruffy-looking, Nerf herder.” — Carrie Fisher (as Princess Leia)
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10. Taking the lead.
“Someone has to save our skins. Into the garbage chute, fly boy.” — Carrie Fisher (as Princess Leia)
11. She didn’t shy away from speaking up on the superficiality of Hollywood.
“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!’” — Carrie Fisher
12. She could be just as sassy as Han Solo.
“You have your moments. not many of them, but you do have them.” — Carrie Fisher (as Princess Leia)
13. No one could throw an insult like Leia.
I’d just as soon kiss a Wookie.” — Carrie Fisher (as Princess Leia)
14. She knew what truly mattered in life.
“If there’s a choice between companionship and anything else — especially career — choose companionship. It’s the only thing that has the potential to last. Choose career and you’ll spend unreasonable amounts of time attempting to look younger than you are and feeling you aren’t succeeding.” — Carrie Fisher
15. She comically called out sexism in Hollywood.
“Even in space there’s a double standard for women.” — Carrie Fisher
16. The best at sarcastic humor.
Wipe that nervous expression off your face, Threepio.” — Carrie Fisher (as General Leia Organa)
17. Standing up against the awful ageism she received upon the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
“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.” — Carrie Fisher
18. Another way of telling Chewbacca to move.
“Will someone get this big walking carpet out of my way?” — Carrie Fisher (as Princess Leia)
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19. She loved to make others laugh even in the worst of circumstances.
“I act like someone in a bomb shelter trying to raise everyone’s spirits.” — Carrie Fisher
20. Roasting George Lucas and airing her grievances.
“You told me I couldn’t wear a bra because there was no underwear in space.” — Carrie Fisher
21. Not afraid to acknowledge her weaknesses.
“Everyone drives somebody crazy. I just have a bigger car.” — Carrie Fisher
22. Keeping it real.
“Instant gratification takes too long.” — Carrie Fisher
23. She always had a great sense of humility.
“I’m thinking of having my DNA fumigated.” — Carrie Fisher
24. We definitely have those moments too.
“The only exercise I get lately is running off at the mouth & jumping to conclusions…..” — Carrie Fisher
25. And with you, Carrie.
(as General Leia Organa) “May the force be with you.” — Carrie Fisher (as Princess Leia)
Jill Zwarensteyn is a writer and Michigan native. When she’s not writing, Jill enjoys Zumba class, travel, and referencing classic Seinfeld episodes.
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