Carrie Fisher wasn’t just a beloved actress and mental health advocate — she was also really, really funny.
Fisher tragically passed away overnight at the age of 60 after suffering a massive heart attack last week.
While most of her fans will remember her for her legendary role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars films, it’s also important to remember that she was a wonderful, witty writer in her own right.
Two sides of Fisher — the iconic princess, and the acerbic author — collided in 2005, when she hilariously roasted George Lucas at an AFI Lifetime Achievement Award ceremony honouring the Star Wars creator.
“George is a sadist,” Fisher joked. “But like any abused child wearing a metal bikini, chained to a giant slug about to die, I keep coming back for more.”
Fisher also joked about how Lucas owned the rights to her likeness: “Every time I look in the mirror,” she said, “I have to send you a check for a couple of bucks.”
Of course, Fisher genuinely admired Lucas, and finished her roast by praising the director as “an extraordinary talent” who “deserves every award I now spend the latter half of my Leia-laden life helping to hurl your way. And in conclusion, your honour, I hope I slept with you to get the job, because if not, who the hell was that guy?!”
This morning, in much less celebratory circumstances, it was Lucas’ turn to pay tribute to his princess.
“Carrie and I have been friends most of our adult lives. She was extremely smart; a talented actress, writer and comedienne with a very colourful personality that everyone loved,” Lucas said in a statement.
“In Star Wars she was our great and powerful princess — feisty, wise and full of hope in a role that was more difficult than most people might think. My heart and prayers are with [Fisher’s daughter] Billie [Lourd], [Fisher’s mother] Debbie [Reynolds] and all Carrie’s family, friends and fans.
“She will be missed by all.”