WHAT CARRIE FISHER MEANS TO ME

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  1. Carrie Fisher went from the #1 space princess of our hearts to the #1 general. She was brash and honest and spoke openly about the sexism she faced in Hollywood and her struggles with addiction. She also broke mental health barriers by discussing her bipolar disorder publicly. I can't believe she's gone. My heart feels like Alderaan.
  2. I wanted to be Princess Leia when I was a kid. I've been a diehard Star Wars fan for most of my life. When I grew up and struggled with my mental health, Carrie Fisher was one of the voices who spoke out for the mental health community.
    She is truly one of a kind, and I'm using my Christmas money to buy her books.
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  3. The Star Wars movies were my most-watched movies as a kid. Seeing a bad ass female character who doesn't need to be saved, and doesn't take any shit from those "moon jockeys" meant a lot to me. I wanted to be her. Carrie was just like Leia: didn't take anyone's shit. She's been calling Hollywood on their sexism for years, and I love her for it.
    I already had plans to watch Empire today, and after hearing the news, it's even more important that I watch it today. I've been sad over celebrity deaths before, but this one hit me hard.
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  4. She was the first celebrity I was ever aware of who shared a name with me. I remember reading the screen credits when I went to see The Empire Strikes Back with my parents and feeling so proud to be a Carrie. I later read Postcards... and Surrender the Pink as a teenager and loved them. So talented.
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  5. Watching Star Wars as a kid was one of the great joys of my life. I loved the original trilogy. And when she returned for The Force Awakens, I fell in love again. Feeling like someone who's been there for me my whole life is gone.
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  6. I always loved her as Princess Leia, but what really stuck with me was watching her in When Harry Met Sally, and then finding out she was a script doctor for so many of my favorite movies as a kid (Sister Act, Hook, and The Wedding Singer were standouts).
    She was one of the first examples I looked to for women getting paid to make scripts funnier. I loved her on screen but her writing and her backstory is inspiring in a way I hadn't experienced before.
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  7. My dad introduce me to Star Wars, he always wanted me to have great role models, an I found one in Princes Leia; she wasn't the one that needed to be rescued all the time, she was a badass! She did things for herself! And when I grew up I saw all the amazing things Carrie did! How she was a badass in real life! I was so amazed by her!
    My thoughts and prayers are with her family 💔
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  8. Carrie was an imperfect female celebrity who lived with bipolar disorder and talked about it in sardonic, smart, and hilarious ways that from early on in my diagnosis made me feel more okay with myself. She was a role model.
    I'm not really ready/able yet to talk about it fully.
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