5 Lesser-Known Facts About Carrie Fisher

Carrie Fisher was a woman of many talents. More than just an actress, she was a brilliant writer, advocate and parent.

With the devastating news of Carrie Fisher's passing, we're taking a look back at some of the lesser known facts and achievements of a remarkable woman.

While many know her as the actress that brought Princess Leia to life in the Star Wars films, her mental health advocacy, fierce feminism and great writing are a few other things to be counted in her impressive legacy.

Here are some interesting things you may not know about the late and great Carrie Fisher:

1. She raised her daughter without gender

In an interview with Teen Vogue last year, Carrie's daughter and Scream Queens actress, Billie Lourd, revealed her mother's unique take on gender.

"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," Billie explained. "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."

2. She wrote a whole lot of scripts

Carrie worked as a script doctor, meaning she secretly re-wrote and edited a number of scripts - eventually leading to the films we see today. Among those were The Wedding Singer, My Girl 2, Sister Act and Hook.

 

3. She was a powerful mental health advocate

Carrie spoke publicly about her struggle with mental illness, particularly her bipolar disorder. At first she struggled with a drug addiction, but later used her diagnosis to help others and reduce the stigma of mental illness.

In her book, Wishful Drinking, she wrote: "In my opinion, living with manic depression takes a tremendous amount of balls. At times, being bipolar can be an all-consuming challenge, requiring a lot of stamina and even more courage, so if you’re living with this illness and functioning at all, it’s something to be proud of, not ashamed of. They should issue medals along with the steady stream of medication.”

Her mental illness and drug addictions also lead to one of her greatest pieces of writing, her 1987 autobiography, Postcards from the Edge, which was later turned into a film starring Meryl Streep.

4. She will appear in the upcoming Star Wars film

Carrie Fisher's days on the big screen are not quite over yet, with her final performance set to premiere posthumously. Carrie returned to screens in 2015 as Princess Leia in Star Wars: Episode VII, The Force Awakens. However, fans will be pleased to know that she is also set to be in the following installment, Star Wars: Episode VIII. Sources confirmed to Variety that Carrie had wrapped filming her scenes and the movie is now in post-production and scheduled for release in 2017.

5. She was close friends with James Blunt

Carrie was not short of famous friends or admirers. However, her friendship with James Blunt - the British singer of 'You're Beautiful' and 'Goodbye My Lover' - may surprise a few people. While recording the album that made him famous, James reportedly spent a lot of time at Carrie's house, with her later confirming she became a sort of "therapist" for him. When asked if their relationship was sexual, she said: "Absolutely not, but I did become his therapist. He was a soldier. This boy has seen awful stuff."

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Posted by Ian389Report
"Less known facts", NOT "lesser known facts".