Just when you thought there couldn't be more celebrity deaths in 2016, news broke that Carrie Fisher (60) died yesterday (December 27) after suffering a heart attack December 23. The loss of the actress best known as Princess Leia is devastating for Star Wars geeks and movie fans in general, but Fisher's legacy on film and in print will live on. Over the years, Fisher has left us with dozens of insightful, hilarious and scathing quotes about life, success and fame.
Here are 10 to celebrate her life and get you motivated for 2017.
1. Sur-thrival of the Fittest
“If anything, my mother [singer Debbie Reynolds] taught me how to sur-thrive. That's my word for it,” Fisher told The New York Times in 2010. "Doing the impossible is possible. It’s just not fun. She broke her ankle one night during a performance and went back onstage and sang Tammy with her foot in a bucket of ice. She should be put on...Mount Rushmore. Right after Teddy Roosevelt, but have his eyes looking down at her cleavage."
2. Embracing Fear
“Stay afraid, but do it anyway," Fisher wrote in her 2008 autobiography Wishful Drinking. "What’s important is the action. You don’t have to wait to be confident. Just do it and eventually the confidence will follow.”
3. Disregarding Youth and Beauty
As a former heartthrob for Star Wars geeks, Fisher has taken a lot of flack over the years for losing the looks that made her famous. In 2015, she struck back at people who worship youth and beauty.
[Gary, incidentally, is her dog.]
Youth&BeautyR/NOT ACCOMPLISHMENTS,theyre theTEMPORARY happy/BiProducts/of Time&/or DNA/Dont Hold yourBreath4either/ifUmust holdAir/takeGarys— Carrie Fisher (@carrieffisher) December 30, 2015
4. Don't Fault Yourself for Aging
Fisher has also called out critics for harping on her for getting older.
Please stop debating about whetherOR not👁aged well.unfortunately it hurts all3 of my feelings.My BODY hasnt aged as well as I have.Blow us👌🏼— Carrie Fisher (@carrieffisher) December 29, 2015
5. Challenging Perceptions
Fisher cemented her image as a sci-fi sex symbol by wearing the infamous gold bikini in Return of the Jedi (1983). But she interprets Princess Leia's brief stint as Jabba the Hut's slave differently - almost like a precursor to Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill movies.
"[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,” Fisher told The Wall Street Journal in 2015.
6. Finding True Love
“I've got to stop getting obsessed with human beings and fall in love with a chair," a 19-year-old Fisher wrote in her diary. "Chairs have everything human beings have to offer, and less, which is obviously what I need. Less emotional feedback, less warmth, less approval, less patience, and less response. The less the merrier. Chairs it is. I must furnish my heart with feelings for furniture.”
7. Letting Go of Grudges
“Resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die," Fisher wrote in Wishful Drinking (2008).
8. Life Is a Patchwork of Gray Areas
“No motive is pure. No one is good or bad-but a hearty mix of both. And sometimes life actually gives to you by taking away,” Fisher wrote in Wishful Drinking.
9. Leaving a Legacy
"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," Fisher wrote in Wishful Drinking.
10. Celebrating the Little Things
“You're not really famous until you’re a Pez dispenser,” Fisher said in the 2004 documentary Empire of Dreams.
Banner image: Carrie Fisher at the Geffen Playhouse, March 22, 2014. (Joe Seer/Shutterstock)