Life and Death, Just before Christmas 2016, beloved actress Carrie Fisher suffered a heart attack while flying from London to the United States. She died a few days later at the hospital. Friends, family and fans alike continue to mourn her death.
Carrie Fisher 1956 – 2016
Fisher’s early life
Born to renowned screen star Debbie Reynolds and entertainer Eddie Fisher, Carrie Fisher was all but destined for stardom. Her first big gig came in 1975, when she starred in Shampoo with Warren Beatty. But it was her performance in 1977’s Star Wars, where she played the role of Princess Leia, that made her a star.
The actress was just 19 when she filmed the original Star Wars, and soon the opportunities were pouring in. She not only landed roles for the subsequent Star Wars films, but also other well-known titles, including The Blues Brothers and When Harry Met Sally.
From good times to wild times
In 1983, Fisher married musician Paul Simon. Though their relationship would continue on-and-off for years to come, the two divorced the following year, after what was described in People magazine as “swinging stages of depression, the actress’s drug use and an array of personal insecurities.”
In 1987, Carrie decided to address her issues head-on in a semi-autobiographical novel titled Postcards From The Edge. She detailed her substance abuse, which began at the ripe age of just 13, when she smoked marijuana. She also drank heavily and by the time she was in her 20s, she’d begun using cocaine and LSD. Later in her life, in subsequent interviews, Fisher also referenced problems with prescription painkillers.
A candid, brave and honest approach
When it comes to metal health and substance abuse, the two are often so deeply intertwined that they ravage their host in tandem. What’s more, they each carry a heavy burden of stigma that – while slowly being normalized – to this day, still demands they be taboo subjects.
Addiction and mental illness are often shrouded in shame and secrecy. When Hollywood stars or athletes are afflicted, the common response to retreat from the spotlight and quietly get well.
But Carrie Fisher was not into common response, nor did she want to live in shame or secrecy. So she talked about it. She acknowledged her struggles. She admitted how hard it was. But she never hid.
As a tribute to her honesty and raw attitude, here are some of our favorite Carrie Fisher quotes on addiction and mental health:
“At times, being bipolar can be an all-consuming challenge, requiring a lot of stamina and even more courage, so if you’re living with this illness and functioning at all, it’s something to be proud of, not ashamed of.”
“I don’t want to be caught … ashamed of anything. And because generally someone who has bipolar doesn’t have just bipolar, they have bipolar, and they have a life and a job and a kid and a hat and parents, so its not your overriding identity, it’s just something that you have, but not the only thing – even if it’s quite a big thing.”
While Carrie Fisher is no longer alive in the physical sense, her spirit and candid attitude will surely inspire generations to come.
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