After a tense few days with several conflicting reports about her condition, it was revealed that Carrie Fisher had died this morning at age 60. While it would be easy to bury our sadness at this news in a pile of "damn you 2016" memes, it would be a disservice to Fisher's incredible legacy and singularly remarkable life. It's only more tragic that this happened after a new generation had discovered Fisher after a lifetime of being dragged through the Hollywood ringer, she emerged in the modern era as a hilarious and candid voice that sincerely did not give a fuck.

 

1. While the original production of Star Wars was mired in fear, compromise, and doubt from studio heads and production members, Carrie always maintained she knew it would change Hollywood forever.

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2. She also understood just how revolutionary Princess Leia was for onscreen female adventure roles 

  

 

 

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3. She responded to the modern controversy over the Slave Leia outfit in the best way possible 

"I think that's stupid. The father who flipped out about it, 'What am I going to tell my kid about why she's in that outfit?' Tell them that 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."

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4. But Carrie was so much more than a kick-ass space princess. For a long time, she was a respected script doctor (writer who punches up screenplays).

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A 1992 Entertainment Weekly article called Fisher "one of the most sought after doctors in town." She lent her writing skills to movies like Hook, Sister Act and The Wedding Singer. The reason you haven't heard about this is because script doctors are rarely credited for their work.


 

5. She also wrote 4 books, 3 movies and 2 plays of her own. Throughout her work, she was open about her struggles with biopolar disorder.

 

 

 

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6. She was a pro on twitter

 

 

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7. Carrie Fisher came from a famous family: her father is singer Eddie Fisher and her mother is actress Debbie Reynolds. You might know her as the female lead in "Singin' in the Rain."


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8. Her daughter, Billie Lourds, is also an actress, and she had a small part in The Force Awakens.

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9. Billie's funny like her mom. This family has freakishly good genes!

 

 

 

 

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10. This is how Carrie Fisher handled interviews.

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11. She even made her dog, Gary, into a full-fledged celebrity

  

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12. No matter what the occasion, Carrie Fisher brought pure uncensored sass. Like when she roasted George Lucas when he won the AFI Lifetime Achievement Award

 

13. Or when she did hilarious cameos over the years.

 

 

 

 

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14. And when she expressed gratitude to Star Wars fans.

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15. She was troubled, witty, caring, bold, and an iconic beauty.  And it's a shame that she died drowned in moonlight, strangled by her own bra.