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Things We Learned About Carrie Fisher (Thanks To Fans)

Updated June 16, 2021 7.3k votes 1.3k voters 281.6k views15 items

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Carrie Fisher had a huge following of devoted fans, whether they loved her for playing Princess Leia or were more interested in her writing or comedy. Sadly, she passed in 2016, but her legacy remains, thanks to her movies, interviews, and the books and screenplays she wrote over the years.

Fisher definitely led an interesting life, which she wrote about intimately and often spoke of whenever she was near a microphone. Still, it's hard to know everything about a person, even if they are as forthcoming with the details of their life as Fisher was. Her fans definitely paid attention, and over the years, they've uncovered interesting tidbits of information about a woman who was a princess to some, a general to others, and an incredibly funny and talented woman to everyone.

This list includes some of the more interesting details of Carrie Fisher's life her fans have dug up over the years.

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    She Didn't Meet James Earl Jones Until 2014

    Carrie Fisher and James Earl Jones have worked on five films together, but the two never met on set while working on Star Wars. On the one hand, that makes sense, because Jones's work was done in a sound booth while Fisher's was done on set, but it's still surprising. After all, they had been technically working together since 1977, but their actual meeting didn't come until 2014.

    When they finally did meet, it was when the two appeared in the same episode of The Big Bang Theory. The series' showrunner, Steven Molaro, said at San Diego Comic-Con that, despite the fact the two actors had never met, when Fisher saw Jones, she ran up to him with her arms raised out and called out, "Dad!"

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    She Was A Prominent Script Doctor

    Carrie Fisher wrote eight books, two plays, and two screenplays, but she was also a prominent script doctor, which is pretty much what it sounds like. A script doctor joins a project to rewrite and polish an existing script by adding structure, fixing the pacing, fleshing out characters, and repairing other elements.

    Fisher was often called on to help with a script, and because the role of a script doctor is uncredited as a writer, most people never knew. She worked on Sister Act, Last Action Hero, Anastasia, Hook, Lethal Weapon 3, The Wedding Singer, and all three of the Star Wars prequel films. She was lauded as "one of the most sought-after doctors in town" by Entertainment Weekly.

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    Her Preferred Obituary Stemmed From George Lucas's Dislike Of Bras In 'Star Wars'

    Carrie Fisher once toured the country doing a one-woman show based on her memoir Wishful Drinking in which she talked about not wearing a bra under her white dress in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. George Lucas attended a performance in San Francisco and afterward told Fisher why he didn't want her to wear a bra in the film. Fisher shared the details later at a Television Critics Association press tour:

    [Lucas has] seen the show a couple times, and he actually came over and explained, because [I told the story] of him saying that there was no underwear in space. He explained that in space, you get weightless, and so your flesh expands. What? But your bra doesn't, so you get strangled by your bra. That's why I couldn't wear a bra in the first Star Wars. George actually came backstage when I did the show in San Francisco and told me that.

    She took what he said and added it into her show, saying, "Now I think that this would make 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."

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    She Once Sent A Cow Tongue To A Producer

    Plenty of people eat cow tongue as deli meat, but when Carrie Fisher sent one to a producer, it wasn't meant for lunch - it was a message. According to her friend Heather Ross, after Ross told Fisher she was violated by a predatory film producer, Fisher decided to send him a cow tongue.

    Ross said she placed the tongue in a Tiffany box and personally delivered it to the man when she knew he would be in his office. According to Ross, Fisher explained what she did in an online message:

    I just saw [blank] at Sony Studios. I knew he would probably be there, so I went to his office and personally delivered a Tiffany box wrapped with a white bow... It was a cow tongue from Jerry's Famous Deli in Westwood with a note that said, "If you ever touch my darling Heather or any other woman again, the next delivery will be something of yours in a much smaller box!"

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