Carrie Fisher, best known for her role as Princess Leia in the "Star Wars" films, passed away Tuesday morning at the age of 60. Though her role as Leia is her most memorable, she had such a larger career as a screenwriter, producer and novelist. The Living staff wanted to show you her history through her own words. 

“I am truly a product of Hollywood in-breeding. When two celebrities mate, someone like me is the result.”

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Star Wars icon Carrie Fisher was born to Hollywood sweethearts, Eddie Fisher, and Debbie Reynolds, who is best known for her role in Singin’ in the Rain.

“There is no point at which you can say, 'Well, I'm successful now. I might as well take a nap.'”

Fisher made her film debut in the 1975 comedy Shampoo before staring as Princess Leia in George Lucas’s Star Wars. The success of the film catapulted Fisher to fame. Fisher went on to appear in “The Blues Brothers” “Drop Dead Fred,” “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery,” “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back,” published a few memoirs, wrote several novels and wrote for television. 

“I was street smart, but unfortunately the street was Rodeo Drive.”

From 1977 to 1983, Fisher had an on-and-off relationship with musician Paul Simon. The pair were married from 1983 to 1984 during which time, she appeared in his music video for “Rene and Georgette Magritte with Their Dog after the War.” 

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Actress Carrie Fisher, star of the movie “The Empire Strikes Back,” sequel to the record-breaking “Star Wars” epic, cuddles up to a Stormtrooper in a London park in 1980. Fisher died Tuesday after being hospitalized Friday.

“I'm very sane about how crazy I am.”

Fisher has been open about her bipolar disorder and her struggle with substance abuse, which she detailed in her 2008 memoir, “Wishful Drinking.”

Carrie Fisher, Billie Lourd

Carrie Fisher, left, and daughter Billie Lourd arrive at the world premiere of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" at the TCL Chinese Theatre on Monday, Dec. 14, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

“Going through challenging things can teach you a lot, and they also make you appreciate the times that aren’t so challenging.”

 In 1992, she had her first and only child, Billie Catherine Lourd, with talent agent Bryan Lourd. In the 1980s, she was briefly engaged to actor and comedian Dan Aykroyd.

Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford

Carrie Fisher, from left, Mark Hamill, and Harrison Ford attend Lucasfilm's "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" panel on day 2 of Comic-Con International on Friday, July 10, 2015, in San Diego, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

“I got to be the only girl in an all-boy fantasy, and it’s a great role for women. She’s a very proactive character and gets the job done. So if you’re going to get typecast as something, that might as well be it for me.”

 Fisher reprised her role as Princess Leia in 2015's "Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens."


Author Carrie Fisher autographs her new book "The Best Awful" at a promotional event in London, Friday, Feb. 20, 2004. The former "Star Wars" actress and daughter of actress Debbie Reynolds and singer Eddie Fisher, is best known for her international bestseller "Postcards from the Edge." (AP Photo/John D McHugh)

“Instant gratification takes too long.”

Fisher did unaccredited script work for movies such as “The Wedding Singer,” as a “script doctor.” In 2005, she was awarded the “Women of Vision Award.”

“Resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die.”

When asked what her favorite moment from the original Star Wars trilogy are, she replied that her favorite moments were the arguing scenes between her and Harrison Ford. In Fisher's new book, "The Princess Diarist," Fisher describes her affair with Harrison Ford on the set of Star Wars. 

"I don't think Christmas is necessarily about things. It's about being good to one another, it's about the Christian ethic, it's about kindness."

Fisher passed Tuesday morning, two days after Christmas. She was 60 years old. 

Contact Staff Writer Maxwell Reil at 609-272-7258 or at

I’ve written for multiple publications including Levittown Now, Passyunk Post, Philadelphia Neighborhoods,Temple News and JUMP Magazine. I’ve covered arts, entertainment, business, music, sports and local government. Experienced in videography.

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