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6 Reasons Why Carrie Fisher Was Awesome, And Not Just To 'Star Wars' Fans

There's more to her than being Princess Leia!
PHOTO: Twitter/carrieffisher

Very recently, the whole world celebrated Star Wars Day. Phrases like "May the Fourth be with you," a play on the popular movie line "May the Force be with you," or "Revenge of the Fifth" instead of "Revenge of the Sith," were seen on everyone's social feeds. Fans all over the world put on Stormtrooper helmets or wielded lightsabers to show off their love for the space opera.

This year's Star Wars Day was a little solemn, as fans also took time to remember a very important person who left the galaxy too soon: actress Carrie Fisher, who passed away in December. Even local fans held a Carrie Fisher tribute this past weekend.

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Carrie is best known for her portrayal of Princess Leia in the original Star Wars movies from the '70s and '80s. But most people don't realize there’s a whole lot more to her! Here are just a few reasons why Cosmo girls might want to turn to General Leia (yep, she was a general!) for some inspiration.

1. She wrote a lot of stuff.

IMDB lists about 88 acting credits for Carrie Fisher. That includes voice acting on shows like Family Guy and guest roles on 30 Rock and Entourage. But she was also a writer! Her first novel, Postcards from the Edge, was published in 1987, and she also wrote the screenplay for the movie adaptation (1990). She wrote quite a few memoirs too: Wishful Drinking (2008), Shockaholic (2011), and The Princess Diarist (2016). 

2. She's a 'script doctor' for Hollywood movies!

Carrie was what is known as a script doctor, or someone called in to help fix or improve a movie script. Among the first scripts she doctored were the Star Wars movies. She had to rewrite her own dialogue because, as she told George Lucas, "You can type this sh*t but you can’t say it."

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Carrie's notes on the script of The Empire Strikes Back:

She went on to work on the scripts of movies like Hook (1991), The Wedding Singer (1998), and even Mr. and Mrs. Smith (2005)!

3. She was a cool, open-minded mom.

Carrie had a daughter, Billie Lourd, who appeared with her in Episode VII: The Force Awakens in 2015. In an interview in December 2016, Billie said of Carrie, "She told me to be true, and kind, and confident in yourself. She raised me to not think of men and women as different. She raised me without gender. It's kind of the reason she named me Billie. It's not about being a strong woman—it's about being a strong person. She once told me, 'I never sat you down with a credo. It was more about leading by example.'"

Carrie tweeted a lot of pictures of her daughter, Billie:

Carrie was also mom to her dog Gary, who went everywhere with her!

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Gary with The Force Awakens stars Oscar Isaacs and Daisy Ridley:

4. She was pretty cool about getting old.

When Episode VII: The Force Awakens was released, a lot of people commented that Carrie had not aged well. Talk about age-shaming! Fortunately, Carrie had a sense of humor about all the criticism.

5. She was kind of Hollywood royalty.

Carrie was the daughter of award-winning actress Debbie Reynolds and crooner Eddie Fisher. Debbie was best known for her role in the classic film Singin' in the Rain. Eddie had quite a few hit songs, and was often called Frank Sinatra's rival!

Carrie and her mom:

6. She struggled with addiction and mental illness, and was pretty open about it.

Carrie talked about her drug addiction and rehabilitation openly, especially in her books, and quite often on Twitter!

Carrie on her drug addiction:

While a lot of celebrities face similar problems, few have done so with as much feisty wit and hilarious honesty as Carrie.

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Princess, general, senatorCarrie Fisher was all these and more, and that makes her a pretty amazing woman we can look up to!

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