Carrie Fisher was best known for playing Princess Leia in the Star Wars
films, but she was so much more than that: a proud mother
and daughter, prolific writer of both books and film, mental health advocate, and, frankly, the best damn human mom to Gary the Dog.
Even as she struggled with bipolar disease, alcoholism, substance abuse and weight issues, Fisher was always bitingly clever and full of irreverent gallows humor.
Her trademark sense of wit was all too clear in her 2008 autobiography, Wishful Drinking
, as she had actually written her own obituary nearly a decade ago. Fisher died on Tuesday
after going into cardiac arrest
while flying from London to Los Angeles on Dec. 23. She was 60.
While discussing the white dress she wore throughout the first Star Wars film, Fisher recalled, "George [Lucas] comes up to me the first day of filming and he takes one look at the dress and says, 'You can't wear a bra under that dress... because there is no underwear in space.'"
"I promise you this is true, and he says it with such conviction too!" she continued. "Like he had been to space and looked around and he didn't see any bras or panties or briefs anywhere."
According to Fisher, Lucas' logic was: "So, what happens if you go to space and you become weightless. So far so good, right? But then your body expands??? But your bra doesn't -- so you get strangled by your own bra."
While that may have been crazy, Fisher at least liked the turn of phrase. (She revealed in the book that she ended up wearing gaffer's tape for support, so we can't be sure that she cared for the outcome nearly as much.)
"Now I think that this would make for a fantastic obit -- so I tell my younger friends that no matter how I go, I want it reported that I drowned in moonlight, strangled by my own bra," she wrote.
Per Fisher's wishes: The beloved actress drowned in moonlight, strangled by her own bra.