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Carrie Fisher’s most powerful quotes on feminism, beauty, and mental health

After suffering a heart attack before Christmas, iconic actor, director, and writer Carrie Fisher sadly passed away on Tuesday 27 December; she was just 60 years old.

Perhaps best known for her role as Princess (later General) Leia Organa in the Star Wars franchise, Fisher is survived by her mother, Debbie Reynolds, and her 24-year-old daughter, Billie Lourd. They released a statement confirming the news of her death to the press, which read: “She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly. Our entire family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers.”

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Since then, fans and celebrities alike have flooded social media with tributes to the late Fisher.

Her fellow Star Wars actor Mark Hamill called the news “downright heartbreaking,” adding that his on-screen sister “was one-of-a-kind who belonged to us all - whether she liked it or not”.

“I am grateful for the laughter, the wisdom, the kindness, and even the bratty, self-indulgent crap my beloved space-twin gave me throughout the years,” added the Luke Skywalker actor. “Thanks Carrie, I love you.”

Director George Lucas, meanwhile, said: “She was our great and powerful princess. She will be missed by all.”

And Harrison Ford, who enjoyed a romance with Fisher both on and off-screen, released a heartfelt statement about the loss of his beloved co-star and friend.

“Carrie was one-of-a-kind... brilliant, original. Funny and emotionally fearless,” he said. “She lived her life, bravely... my thoughts are with her daughter, Billie, her mother, Debbie, her brother, Todd, and her many friends. We will all miss her.”

Anna Kendrick tweeted: “No. No. F**k this s**t. Carrie Fisher is a f**king legend and this is bulls**t.”

“Carrie Fisher was a brilliant writer, actor, and friend,” wrote Ellen DeGeneres. “She was so much fun. I can't believe she's gone.

And Tina Fey, who worked alongside Fisher on the TV show 30 Rock, also paid homage to the late star in an emotionally-charged statement.

“Carrie Fisher meant a lot to me,” Fey said. “Like many women my age, Princess Leia occupies about sixty percent of my brain at any given time. But Carrie’s honest writing and her razor-sharp wit were an even greater gift.

“I feel so lucky that I got to meet her. I’m very sad that she’s gone.”

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As is made very clear in each and every single tribute to Fisher, the talented star was a Hollywood treasure - and so much more than her Leia Organa persona.
Fisher was also a director, a script doctor, a best-selling author, and a wonderfully witty feminist, who was never afraid to call out the relentless double standards she faced in the movie industry.

From ageism to mental health, hope to self-love, her advice has proven invaluable over the years - and Fisher deserves our endless praise for being such an inspiration throughout her life. 

So, to celebrate her undeniable role as a champion for women everywhere, we’ve decided to look back at Fisher’s most powerful, badass, and downright hilarious quotes. 



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