What was Carrie Fisher like? Along with other Star Wars characters, Princess Leia has become one of the most recognizable film characters in the world. As inspiring a figure as she is, she was portrayed by a woman who was every bit as strong and resilient as the space princess. On the similarities between herself and her famous alter ego, Fisher said, "I liked being Princess Leia. Or Princess Leia’s being me. Over time I thought that we’d melded into one. I don’t think you could think of Leia without my lurking in that thought somewhere."
When asked about what it was like to work with Carrie Fisher, most of her colleagues spoke of her tremendous spirit and her unparalleled sense of humor. In a touching post about his co-star and close friend, Mark Hamill described the actress as a "gorgeous, fiercely independent and ferociously funny, take-charge woman who took our collective breath away." A quick glance at some of the footage of Carrie Fisher on the Star Wars set shows these traits in action. Despite her small stature and only being 19 when she began filming A New Hope, she dominated each of her scenes, commanding a great deal of respect during a time in cinema when women weren’t given many opportunities to take on the role of a strong, independent leader.
Read these hilarious and heartwarming behind the scenes stories about Carrie Fisher during her time as the beloved Princess and General Leia Organa.