It’s a sad day for all of us when Carrie Fisher, iconic actress who portrayed Princess Leia in the ‘Star Wars’ series and hero to all the  nerds, died following a massive heart attack. She was 60 years young.

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General Princess Leia Organa showed us Star Wars fans that you do not have to be a big, burly, gun-wielding Rambo to become a hero. We learn from that a hero can be a woman who is resilient, strong, smart, witty and compassionate. She could wield a blaster, held political office and lead the Resistance with total ease. While Princess Leia is all of this, she could not have been the geek role model and pop culture icon without the spark, sass and strength of Carrie Fisher herself.

Carrie Fisher is a fighter as much as Princess Leia herself, battling her personal demons such as mental illness and drug addiction throughout her entire life. She spoke openly about her bipolar disorder, about her history of addiction, and her ongoing struggles with her own body image.

Like Princess Leia, she used her power to do good for others and became a mental health advocate. An accomplished actress and writer, Carrie got her start rewriting dialogue on Star Wars movies and she later became Hollywood’s Script Doctor Extraordinaire and a successful author.

Of course, Carrie Fisher is a complete stranger to me. I never had never met her in person before.  I don’t think I have ever cried before at the news of a celebrity death but Fisher’s passing got to me. In fact, I’m tearing up again just writing this now. She was special. As a young girl, I looked up to Princess Leia for how she held her ground just like the boys. When her ragtag recuse team was surrounded by the Imperial Forces and out of ideas, she took charge and improvise by blasting a hole in a nearby grate to create their escape route.

Then I grew up and started to appreciate the real Carrie Fisher for her sardonic wit and unflinching honesty. She became an incredible icon for how she went through hell and back and came out on the other side. Fisher was known to be warm and wonderful to her fans. She knows how to make people laugh and makes light of her own mistakes. She may not be leading a rebel force and fighting a fascist regime in real life but she is no less inspiring for how she advocates against sexism, ageism and mental illness stigma and shows us how we can own our mistakes and live lives as our authentic selves.

Rest in peace Carrie Fisher, for the force is now with you and you are one with the force. Thank you for showing us what is it like to be a badass and rebel, both on the screen and off. May you find your forever home among the stars in a galaxy far far away.

The Star Wars Line Of Dialogue Carrie Fisher Absolutely Hated and Inspired Her Writing Career

Even the most die-hard fans have to admit that the George Lucas’s ability to properly craft a script leaves much to be desired. In a recent Q & A session at the Tribeca Film Festival, Carrie Fisher admitted that her least favorite line of dialogue in the entire Star Wars saga occurs in A New Hope,  in the iconic when she’s begging Obi-Wan Kenobi for help.

“I have placed information vital to the survival of the Rebellion into the memory systems of this R2 unit.”

Still, we were glad that she pulled off the chunky line that sounded like it came from the phone operator at the intergalactic helpdesk. Saying them in a British accent is how the spunky princess showed off her displeasure. Fisher hated saying the line so much that it actually inspired to become a writer herself and started rewriting some of her dialogue in Star Wars, shaping the role of the rough around the edges princess whom we all love.

Carrie Speaks French Like A Boss

Here Harrison Ford looked on, smoking a cigarette as a poised articulate Carrie Fisher engaged earnestly in a French interview about “Star Wars”, talking about why Stars Wars is special and how there weren’t many strong women in films

Even In Space There’s A Double Standard For Women

Carrie Fisher visited The Late Show to discuss her new memoir, The Princess Diarist, featuring the diary entries that she wrote while filming Star Wars–and, yes, unless you were recently exiled to Dagobah with no wifi, everybody and their mother know about those diary entries that confirm the longstanding rumor that she and Harrison were an item.

In the second half of interview, she brought up the topic of double standards for women in the Star Wars universe. Before filming A New Hope, she had to attend the fat farm to lose baby weight “where they harvest fat”. Now as General Leia, she had to lose weight all over again and wryly remarked that they were only keen to hire three-quarters of her – “So I have to get rid of the fourth somehow.”

And then there was how Leia was expected to be the woman behind Luke and comfort him after the death of his mentor Obi-Wan Kenobi. No one bothers to consoles poor Leia whose home planet was freaking obliterated. Even as Carrie Fisher points out, Leia lost everything in that explosion. Including her wardrobe and record collection!

To Stephen Colbert’s age-old question about why doesn’t Princess Leia get to carry a lightsaber, Fisher quips. “Even in space, there is a double standard.”

Carrie Fisher Wants Princess Leia To Have A Purple Lightsaber

In this follow-up video, Fisher explains that if Leia had a lightsaber, it would be purple, just like Mace Windu’s.

Carrie Fisher Shuts Down A Good Morning America Interviewer

There’s so much Carrie Fisher could talk about for A Force Awakens. For the first time in 30 years, the original cast including Fisher is coming back to the Star Wars saga. Yet all the interviewer can think of is to ask boring questions about her weight loss for the movie. So Carrie Fisher IMMEDIATELY shuts it down and owns the retort with her usual sass.

Whenever I start to talk, Harrison gets nervous

So much of what Fisher said back then has now taken on brand new meaning in light of her recent relevations– “I became completely infatuated with him – it was like a high school crush.” Still, her tribute to Harrison Ford held up to time and she is at her funniest here.

Pop Culture’s Biggest Stars Make Their True Confessions

Carrie Fisher shows her interview mantle as she takes on the Queen of Pop in this 1991 Rolling Stone interview. In true rock and roll style, two iconic women came together talk about men, marriage and mothers and share stories about god, sex, AIDS, death, drugs and spankings.

Carrie Fisher’s Oprah Winfrey Interview With Mum Debbie Reynolds Was Essential Watching

Fisher was never afraid to speak up, whether it was about making fun of her legacy as Princess Leia or her personal struggles with mental illness and drug addiction. But this 2011 appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show – conducted to coincide with the HBO documentary of Fisher’s Wishful Drinking – with her mother Debbie Reynolds was particularly poignant.

The sobering and often hilarious interview lasts for over 40 minutes and sees the duo perform a touching medley together. Among other things, the duo discusses Reynolds’ ill-fated relationship with Fisher’s father and the Fisher’s mental health problems.

Carrie Fisher Roasts George Lucas And It is A Riot

The fearless Fisher skewered George Lucas and hang him out to dry, much to the delight of the audience as the Star Wars creator was presented with the AFI Life Achievement Award in 2009.

“I bet (“Queen Armadillo”) even got to wear a bra, even though you told me I couldn’t because there was no underwear in space!” she roared. BUUURRRRRRNNNNNNNNN!!!!!!!!!!!!

Since we are on the topic of roasting, here’s a bonus video of how Fisher warned us why we should never mess with the great Meryl Streep and shared an extraordinary talent of hers that we never knew.