Despite the mental illness she never tried to hide, she was a force to be reckoned with. Here, to mark her first birthday since she died in December at the age of 60—just one day before the death of her mother, Debbie Reynolds—are 25 examples of the candor, wit and surprising wisdom of Carrie Fisher.
On Her Famous Parents
"I am truly a product of Hollywood in-breeding. When two celebrities mate, someone like me is the result."
On Her Early Prospects
"I was born into big celebrity. It could only diminish."
"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."
"Instant gratification takes too long."
On Princess Leia
"I like Princess Leia. I like how she handles things. I like how she treats people. She tells the truth. ... I've sort of melded with her over time."
On Harrison Ford
"I'd do him at 73."
One More Thing About the Princess
"Leia follows me like a vague smell."
On the Men in Her Life
"Someone has to stand still for you to love them. My choices are always on the run."
On Having Good Intentions
"My heart's in the right place. I know, 'cause I hid it there."
On Going to Extremes
"Anything you can do in excess for the wrong reasons is exciting to me."
On Paul Simon
"We had a good time together when we did. We had a similar sense of humor, and our fights were sometimes hilarious. We had a great fight about why it's better to be a man than a woman that I put in my book 'Surrender the Pink.'"
"I don't hate, hardly ever, and when I love, I love for miles and miles. A love so big it should either be outlawed or it should have a capital and its own currency."
On Her Illness
"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."
"Everyone drives somebody crazy. I just have a bigger car."
On Her Dad, Eddie Fisher
"I'm thinking of having my DNA fumigated."
On Her Mood Swings
"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."
On "When Harry Met Sally" Director Nora Ephron
"When she'd speak with you, you'd lean in like it was a fire, to warm yourself by the fire of her personality."
On Her Greatest Aspiration
"I am hoping to get the centerfold in Psychology Today."
"If my life wasn't funny it would just be true, and that is unacceptable."
"I feel I'm very sane about how crazy I am."
On Achieving Recognition
"I'm a PEZ dispenser [as Princess Leia] and I'm in the abnormal psychology textbook. Who says you can't have it all?"
On Friendship, Hollywood-Style
"You can't find any true closeness in Hollywood, because everybody does the fake closeness so well."
"From here on out, there's just reality. I think that's what maturity is: a stoic response to endless reality. But then, what do I know?"
On the Stage
"I like performing. I like partnering with an audience."
On Finding Your Way
"Sometimes you can only find Heaven by slowly backing away from Hell."
On the Demands of Hollywood
"They always [ask me to lose weight]. They want to hire part of me, not all of me. They want to hire about three-fourths, so I have to get rid of the fourth somehow. The fourth can't be with me."
On Her Daily Regimen
"The only exercise I get lately is running off at the mouth and jumping to conclusions."
"Being happy isn't getting what you want. It's wanting what you have."
On Who She'll Always Be
"I am Princess Leia, no matter what. If I were trying to get a good table, I wouldn't say I wrote 'Postcards [From the Edge].' Or, if I'm trying to get someone to take my check and I don't have ID, I wouldn't say: "Have you seen '[When] Harry Met Sally...'? Princess Leia will be on my tombstone."
On the Enduring Message of a Certain Movie
"You get to choose what monsters you want to slay. I'm sorry to say this again, but let's face it: The Force is with you."
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