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Things We Learned About Carrie Fisher (Thanks To Fans)

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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 Wrote That She Should Have Had An Affair With Mark Hamill (Instead Of Harrison Ford)

    In 2016, not long before she passed, Carrie Fisher released a memoir, The Princess Diarist, that includes entries from a journal she made while making the first Star Wars film. Among other revelations in the book, she admits to an affair with Harrison Ford. At the time they got together, Fisher was 19, while Ford was in his 30s and married with children.

    Fisher said she became somewhat "obsessed" with the older man, but he wasn't looking for anything serious, which left her with a "familiar feeling of hopelessness." She wrote that because the relationship was so one-sided between her and Ford, she was sorry her affair wasn't with Mark Hamill instead:

    I’m sorry it’s not Mark. It could’ve been. It should’ve been. It might’ve meant something. Maybe not much, but certainly more.

    Hamill and Fisher were attracted to one another, and according to Hamill in an interview with The Guardian, they made out once to get it "out of their system," then "became like real siblings." Hamill explained why their attraction didn't go beyond that makeout session:

    Carrie and I were attracted to one another, but I knew from previous jobs that it would have been a bad idea... [I]f I’d had a relationship with her, it would have been like a full-time activity because she was too much for me in every regard: She was too creative, she was too smart. She was just the best.

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    She Taped Down Her Breasts In 'Star Wars'

    George Lucas may not have wanted Carrie Fisher to wear a bra while filming Star Wars because "there was no underwear in space," but that wasn't his only note regarding her chest. 

    In Brian Jay Jones's biography George Lucas: A Life, he wrote, "Lucas didn't want her looking too aggressively feminine, using gaffer's tape to hold down her breasts." He quoted Fisher in the book as saying, "No breasts bounce in space, no jiggling in the Empire. (Producer) Gary Kurtz had to tell me that. George didn't have the nerve."

    Lucas's opinions on Fisher's sexuality must have taken a U-turn by the third film, based on that gold bikini she wore in Return of the Jedi.

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    Dan Aykroyd Saved Her Life

    Carrie Fisher appeared in The Blues Brothers as "mystery woman," and while she was in Chicago filming the movie, she nearly perished - while choking on a Brussels sprout.

    Dan Aykroyd rushed to her rescue to perform the Heimlich maneuver. Fisher said the actor saved her life.

    At the time of the incident, Fisher and Aykroyd were engaged, and he explained what happened at her memorial service:

    I once saved her life, applying the Heimlich [maneuver] to dislodge a Brussels sprout from her throat. If I'd been with our beloved showboat, I might have been able to save her again.

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    She Played A Joke On Harrison Ford While He Was Filming 'Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom'

    While filming a whipping scene in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Steven Spielberg and the crew decided to have a little fun with the movie's star. Poor-quality footage of the practical joke from Spielberg's private collection was later released online. In the video, while Harrison Ford is chained to a large stone, Barbra Streisand appears and proceeds to whip him while wearing a leather dominatrix outfit.

    As Streisand is doling out punishment, she says, "That's for Hanover Street, the worst movie I ever saw!" (Ford starred in the 1979 film.) She continues whipping him while mentioning Star Wars, and says, "This is for making all of that money!"

    Before she can land another blow, Carrie Fisher throws herself in front of Ford to protect him. He asks, "Who's that?" and she plants a big kiss on him. 

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