"I basically consider myself street smart... unfortunately that street is Rodeo Drive."
– She’s not afraid to poke fun at herself on Twitter
"I weighed about 105 pounds at the time [during the first Star Wars film]. But I carried about 50 of those pounds in my face. So you know what a good idea would be? Give me a hairstyle that further widens my already wide face!"
– On her iconic Princess Leia hairstyle
"My comfort wasn’t the most important thing – my getting through to the other side of difficult feelings was. However long it might seem to take and however unfair it might seem, it was my job to do it."
– On facing mental illness
Carrie regularly dispensed advice to fans in a column on Guardian, where she revealed her strength, wisdom and insight. Read her entire response here.
"Please stop debating about whether or not [I’ve] aged well -- unfortunately it hurts all three of my feelings. My body hasn’t aged as well as I have.”
– On the critics who made negative comments about her appearance inThe Force Awakens (2015)
"The best part is money, traveling and the people you meet. The worst part is, again, money, travel and the people you meet."
– On being a celebrity
“Stay afraid, but do it anyway. What’s important is the action. You don’t have to wait to be confident. Just do it and eventually the confidence will follow.”
– On having the drive to pursue one’s dreams, even when faced with mental illness
"Resentment is like drinking a poison and waiting for the other person to die."
– On the futility of bearing a grudge
"There is no point at which you can say, 'Well, I’m successful now. I might as well take a nap.'"
– On the importance of hard work in spite of success, from her 2008 memoir, Wishful Drinking
"I don’t hate hardly ever, and when I love, I love for miles and miles. A love so big it should either be outlawed or it should have a capital and its own currency."
– On love. She is pictured above with her daughter, Billie Lourd, who was at her side when she passed on.
“No motive is pure. No one is good or bad - but a hearty mix of both. And sometimes life actually gives to you by taking away.”
– A poignant statement, fromWishful Drinking
"I fear dying. Anything with pain associated with it, I don't like. I've been there for a couple of people when they were dying; it didn't look like fun. But if I was gonna do it, I'd want someone like me around. And I will be there!"
– On the topic of dying, from an interview with Rolling Stones. The interviewer asked if she fears death, to which this was her reply.
“I haven’t ever changed who I am. I’ve just gotten more accepting of it. Being happy isn’t getting what you want, it’s wanting what you have”
– On contentment
“If there's a choice between companionship and anything else—especially career—choose companionship. It's the only thing that has the potential to last.”
– On prioritising relationships over career.
In the photo above, she’s pictured with her onscreen brother, Mark Hamill, who plays Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars saga. They remained close over the years, and Mark posted a touching tribute on social media in light of her passing:
"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."
– She penned her own orbituary in Wishful Drinking, in an amusing anecdote where Star Wars creator George Lucas told her that bras were impractical in space.
You’ll be missed, Carrie. Rest in Peace.
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Text: Elizabeth Liew