Carrie Fisher was, of course an actress and Hollywood royalty, but primarily, she was a writer. Her novel, Postcards from the Edge, the basis for the movie of the same name, detailed her drug use and her relationship with her famous mother, Debbie Reynolds. She was on tour with her most recent book, The Princess Diarist, when she had a heart attack and later died at age 60.
Her book Wishful Drinking, started as a one-woman show, and was later filmed for HBO by World of Wonder founders directors Fenton Bailey & Randy Barbato. In it, Fisher digs into her relationship with the Star Wars franchise, which both made her a household name and as she jokingly wrote,
“ruined her life.“
One anecdote about shooting the first film involves Princess Leia’s signature white outfit and some world-creating by George Lucas.
“George 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.‘
So, I say, ‘Okay, I’ll bite. Why?‘
And he says, ‘Because. . . there’s no underwear in space.‘
Right! Of course! There are, however, gold bikinis in space; everyone knows that.”
In the recent HBO documentary, Bright Lights Starring Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher, you can hear Carrie telling a “well-supported” convention attendee dressed as Leia,
“Next time, no bra!“
Lucas did eventually tell Fisher his reasoning for why space is underwear-free, which led her to explaining about how she would eventually like to go,
“What happens is 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.
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.“
You can see Wishful Drinking & Bright Lights now on HBO.
(via Vanity Fair)