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Here's why Carrie Fisher was a true Hollywood rebel, and we're all better off for it

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Carrie Fisher attends the European premiere of the film "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" in London on Dec. 16, 2015. (Photo credit: Jonathan Short/Invision/AP.)

On and off the screen, Carrie Fisher was anything but a stereotypical princess, and the world (let alone Hollywood) is better off because of it.


A rebel with myriad causes


The "Star Wars" star, who died Tuesday at age 60, was a rebel with myriad causes, and never afraid to speak her mind about mental-health advocacy, Hollywood's treatment of women, or her own life story.

Her IDGAF attitude and brutal honesty spoke not only to equally frustrated actors but also to Fisher's devout and far-reaching fan base.

Carrie Fisher Interview with Gary on The Force Awakens

As a guest on "Good Morning America" in 2015, Fisher all but shut down the conversation when she was asked about losing weight to reprise her most famous role.

"I did lose weight, and I think it's a stupid conversation," Fisher said.

The Golden Globe-nominated screenwriter ripped peers for a lack of smart women in scripts.

Candid about drug use, mental illness

In that same interview with WebMD, Fisher reflected on mental illness and her previous drug use.

"The first time they said the word bipolar to me was when I was 24," she said. "The diagnosis when I accepted it? I was 29. But I was still loaded [then]; if you're on drugs, you look bipolar anyway."

I am mentally ill. I can say that. I am not ashamed of that. I survived that. I'm still surviving it, but bring it on.
Carrie Fisher

She took a more serious tone, and endeared herself to the greater mental-health community, during an ABC interview in 2000.

Fans, including comedian Sara Benincasa, appreciated the sentiment.

Wishful Drinking: Trailer (HBO Docs)

Fisher made a point to poke fun at herself, as she often did in her acclaimed one-woman theatrical production, "Wishful Drinking." In the HBO version of the stage show bowing in 2008, Fisher noted, "If my life wasn't funny, it would just be true," she said. "And that would be just completely unacceptable."

"Return of the Jedi" Slave Leia Scene

She had a classic reaction to parents protesting toy versions of Leia in her iconic gold bikini. "Tell them that a giant slug captured me and forced me to wear that stupid outfit and then I killed him because I didn't like it," she told The Wall Street Journal. "And then I took it off. Backstage."

She elaborated, as she often did in hilarious fashion, on Twitter.

Graham Norton: Carrie Fisher geeft raad aan Daisy Ridley

Decades after she allegedly had an affair with Harrison Ford while they were filming "Star Wars," Fisher offered suggestions to co-star Daisy Ridley on the "Force Awakens" set. "I said not to go through the crew like wildfire," Fisher told BBC's Graham Norton. "I also told her not to take any advice from me."

She was herself to the end. Days before dying, she stuck up for anyone who had the nerve to age.

Her legacy of refreshing honesty will continue to resonate with fans for decades to come.

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