If you’re reading this, you likely know by now Carrie Fisher did not win her battle against the severe heart attack she suffered on that plane earlier this week. Unfortunately there are several different kinds of cardiac episodes ranging in severity, and the odds of surviving that kind of episode she had lie around 8 to 20 percent depending on how soon medical care can be administered. However, this is Fisher we’re talking about and she hung on longer than victims usually do.
The daughter of actress Debbie Reynolds, Fisher was catapulted into stardom herself at just 19 years old when she was cast as Princess Leia in the Star Wars trilogy. She started acting as early as 15 in the Broadway show Irene and first appeared in the movies back in 1975, opposite Warren Beatty in Shampoo.
More recently she voiced Peter’s boss on Family Guy and played a role in the Amazon original series Catastrophe, but her biggest presence as of late was as GENERAL Leia in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which released last year. We will see her in the role one last time: Fisher completed filming her scenes for Episode 8 months ago.
In recent years, however, Fisher had taken up more of her time writing than acting. Her novelizations go all the way back to Postcards From The Edge (1987), and culminate in her trilogy of autobiographies: Wishful Drinking (2008), Shockaholic (2011), and The Princess Diarist (2016). It was in that most recent book that she told the following tale:
Remember the white dress I wore all through that film? George came up to me the first day of filming, took one look at the dress and said: “You can’t wear a bra under that dress.”
“OK, I’ll bite,” I said. “Why?” And he said: “Because…there’s no underwear in space.”
He said it with such conviction. Like he had been to space and looked around and he didn’t see any bras or panties anywhere.
He explained. “You go into space and you become weightless. Then your body expands but your bra doesn’t, so you get strangled by your own underwear.”
I think this would make for a fantastic obituary. 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.”
Carrie Fisher was 60 years old. She drowned in moonlight, strangled by her own bra.