Carrie Fisher has died.
I immediately started crying.¬† Carrie was beyond just an amazing actress – to me, she was a true warrior princess.
Best known as Princess Leia Organa from¬†Star Wars, Carrie was born a princess in real life. The daughter of Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, Carrie spent her entire life in the spotlight – both on screen and off.¬† But her life was tumultuous – it started¬†with her parents’ divorce at the age of 2, and continued¬†nearly her entire life.
Carrie made her film debut in¬†Shampoo¬†(1975), but her true fame came in 1977 when she brought Leia to life.¬† Leia was how I first met Carrie, introduced at a young age to the laser-gun-wielding, butt-kicking, sassy princess who captured the hearts of her male co-stars and the world.¬† She was only 19, but Leia – and Carrie behind her – was a bold new vision of what a princess could really be.
Carrie’s later roles as an actress and author continued the brash, sassy, and confident personality that I fell in love with in¬†Star Wars.¬† Leia was more than a princess – she was a warrior.¬† She wasn’t afraid to speak her mind and stand up to her peers, or even the menacing Darth Vader.¬† She didn’t let anyone boss her around, and she fought for the principles and causes that she believed in.¬† Yet she could also play the gracious princess, using beauty, charm, and grace to hold the hearts of millions.
And that bikini scene? ¬†Leia owned it.¬†¬†As sexist as the costume was, and as idealized as her sexuality became, Carrie owned that bikini.¬† She proved that a woman could be sexy and strong at the same time – showcasing a side to women that I had rarely seen before.¬† Leia was able to use any circumstance thrown at her and overcome it, even using her own chains of bondage to kill her captor and obtain her freedom.
I will forever remember Carrie as the first true warrior princess I knew: a woman who, on screen and off, proved that women were so much more than the world ever gave them credit for.¬† She owned every role, stood up for those with mental illness, and never lost her brash humor and honesty in dealing with the world. I’ll miss you, Carrie.¬† Thank you…for everything.¬† Rest in peace.
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