Carrie Fisher on That Infamous Gold Bikini, Drug Abuse and Hollywood's Female Double Standard
The late actress, who died Tuesday, wasn't shy when it came to opening up about her past.
Though she collected dozens of film credits during her 40-year career, Carrie Fisher will forever be remembered for her iconic role as Princess Leia from the Star Wars franchise.
The actress and author, who passed away at age 60 on Tuesday morning following a heart attack she suffered last week, brought Leia and her double-buns to life, becoming an international sex symbol nearly overnight, thanks to her trim physique and a certain gold slave bikini.
However, her fame wasn't without its drawbacks. Fisher, whose drug addiction was well-publicized in the '80s, was an open book when it came to her struggle with the partying lifestyle, body dysmorphia and her thoughts on the portrayal of Leia's sexuality.
In memory of the actress, we've rounded up her best quotes about Star Wars and beyond.
On the "appropriateness" of the gold slave bikini:
"There’s so much bullshit about [the controversy]. There was this thing on Fox News about this father not being able to explain to his daughter what the outfit was. What, that my character was forced to put on that outfit against my will, and I took it off as soon as I could kill the guy who picked out the outfit? I had so much fun killing [Jabba]. They asked me if I wanted my stunt double to kill him, but I wanted to. I sawed his neck off with that chain. I really wanted to kill him.” - The Daily Beast
On her on-screen kisses:
“I was quite the space slut. But they look pretty good.” - Star Wars celebration panel
On body dysmorphia:
“I have serious body dysmorphia issues, but I must admit being somewhat proud looking back at the photos.” - The Daily Beast
On weight gain:
"I did lose weight [for Star Wars: The Force Awakens], and I think it's a stupid conversation." Added Fisher sarcastically to Good Morning America's Amy Robach, "But you're so thin! Let's talk about it. How do you keep that going on? Do you exercise every day?” - Good Morning America
"They always do [ask me to lose weight]. They wanted to hire part of me not all of me." - The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
On women in Hollywood (and space):
"Even in space, there's a double standard." - The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
"I’m a female working in show business, where, if you’re famous, you have a career until you’re 45, maybe. Maybe. And that’s about 15 people." - Wall Street Journal
“You know how they say that religion is the opiate of the masses? Well, I took masses of opiates religiously.” - Wishful Drinking
"I never used my fingernail for drugs. I used dollars or tiny spoons like any other respectable former drug addict." - Twitter
On bipolar disorder:
“Having waited my entire life to get an award for something, anything ... I now get awards all the time for being mentally ill. It’s better than being bad at being insane, right? How tragic would it be to be runner-up for Bipolar Woman of the Year?” - Wishful Drinking
On her Star Wars: The Force Awakens costume:
"I call it ‘the gas station attendant look.’ A high-fashion gas station attendant. ‘Will that be regular or … would you like some Force in it?’”- The Daily Beast