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20 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Star Wars Legend Carrie Fisher

After rising to fame in 1977 and winning the role of Princess Leia in the George Lucas hit movie Star Wars, Carrie Fisher is pretty much a household name. Starring in movies galore with mega stars such as Ringo Starr, Warren Beatty, Elizabeth Taylor, Joan Collins and Laurence Olivier. Her illustrious career spanned five decades.As well as her acting credits, Fisher also wrote several semi-autobiographical novels, including ‘Postcards from the Edge’; a one-woman play based on her experiences with and drug addiction, and 'Wishful Drinking'; based on the play. She was renowned for her work on other writers' screenplays as a script doctor, often re-working weak scripts to completely transform them.Carrie Fisher was truly famous and as we mourn her untimely death, how much do you know about the Star Wars Legend? 

1. Her 'Danish Bun' hairstyle is probably one of the most iconic of all time. And yet, Carrie allegedly hated it! She was too scared to say anything in case she got fired!

2. Carrie was a script editor on the film 'Lethal Weapon 3'. Only one of her lines made it through to the final cut: Russo's line to Mel Gibson - "Why don't you go back and beat your street?" 

3. Carrie Fisher admitted that she found it hard to be disdainful to Peter Cushing in his role as Grand Moff Tarkin, as she found him too nice and polite in real life! 

4. She started a course at London's Central School of Speech and Drama, but she had to drop out due to her filming commitments with Star Wars.

5. Carrie's love for her French Bulldog Gary is well known, but did you know he literally went with her everywhere and visited her in hospital before she died. 

6. Carrie suffered from bipolar disorder. Her books and one-woman shows about mental illness, and her fight against drug addiction became a symbol for the fight against mental illness and stigma towards addiction.

7. Fisher beat off stiff competition for the role of Princess Leia. Other actresses auditioning included Glen Close, Meryl Streep and Bond girl Jane Seymour.

8. Just before her untimely death, Fisher released 'The Princess Diarist'  - based on the diaries she kept while filming Star Wars in the 70s and 80s.

9. Carrie always wanted to be an actress and never considered any other career. 

10. Carrie once said: "Acting engenders and harbors qualities that are best left way behind in adolescence. People-pleasing, going on those interviews and jamming your whole personality into getting the job, ingratiating yourself to people you wouldn't spit on if they were on fire."

11. Carrie Fisher is the daughter of screen legend the late Debbie Reynolds, and actor Eddie Fisher. They divorced when Carrie was just two years old. 

12. After Eddie Fisher had left Debbie Reynolds for Elizabeth Taylor, Reynolds admitted that their separation was ultimately for the best. Carrie joked: "He rushed to [Taylor's] side, gradually moving to her front... he consoled her with flowers and, ultimately, he consoled her with his companionship."

13. Fisher had a very short-lived engagement to Dan Ackroyd. He saved her life by giving her the Heimlich Maneuver after she choked on a brussel sprout, and she thought she should marry him. In case she never choked again!  

14. As the original Star Wars film had a very limited budget, the cast and crew flew economy class to England, rather than first class. When Carrie Fisher’s mother, Debbie Reynolds, heard about this she called George Lucas to complain. Lucas gave the phone to Carrie who said: “Mother, I want to fly coach, will you **** off?!” and hung up.

15. For her role as Princess Leia, Fisher was asked to strap down her boobs with tape as part of her costume.  

16. As well as writing and publishing her memoirs, Fisher also became a very successful editor and would re-write movie scripts. She worked on Hook, Sister Act, and The Wedding Singer among others. She was known for her ability to sharpen up the dialogue.

17. Fisher revealed in 'Wishful Drinking', her memoir, that she had once been in a relationship with U.S. Senator, Chris Dodd. In 2007, he told a reporter "It was a long, long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away". 

18. The reason why Han and Leia seem to be so happy when they arrive on Bespin is that Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford had been out partying together the night before shooting the scene, and they were still drunk!

19. Her final appearance as an actress was in the third series of Catastrophe - which also starred her dog, Gary. 

20. Carrie Fisher's memorial service in January 2017 was attended by a whole host of stars from the world of entertainment. From Stephen Fry, Gwyneth Paltrow, Meg Ryan, and Meryl Streep - who sang 'Happy Days Are Here Again' as part of the eulogy, and had everyone joining in. RIP Carrie!