It may be hard for many to look at Carrie Fisher and not instantly think of her with her famous hair buns and flowing white garb, but if she had her way, she would have never donned that iconic outfit. Never one to censor herself, Carrie opened up in both her 2008 memoir "Wishful Drinking" and to Matt Lauer on "The Today Show" that she had no idea what she was signing up for when accepting the role of Princess Leia at age 19. Yet the movie became a mega hit, and a mega headache for Carrie. "I would never have done it. All I did when I was really famous was wait for it to end." Despite this, she was adamant that she doesn't resent the role either saying, "People want me to say that I'm sick of playing Leia and that it ruined my life. If my life was that easy to ruin, it deserved to be ruined."
While she may be best known for her work in front of the camera, this space princess was definitely no damsel in distress behind the camera either. In fact, one of her biggest unsung skills was being one of Hollywood's most notable script doctors. Often an uncredited role, Carrie was hired time and time again to diagnose issues in existing scripts and to suggest solutions to make them better. Her resume of scripts she helped improve is more than impressive, including "Hook" (1991), "Sister Act" (1992), "Lethal Weapon 3" (1992) and "The Wedding Singer" (1998). Unfortunately, not every movie can be saved, as her work on all three Star Wars prequels couldn't save it from bad acting. Eventually Carrie moved away from the business, telling Newsweek in 2008 that the process had changed. Nowadays to be considered for the gig, you have to submit your notes and ideas ahead of time, and the studio could use your suggestions and not even hire you. Carrie wasn't into "free work," or what she liked to call "life-wasting events."
In between films for her most famous gig as Princess Leia, the space royalty took a trip back to Earth to star as Jake's vengeful ex-lover in the 1980's film "The Blues Brothers." While on set her co-star, the late and great John Belushi, set her up with her other co-star Dan Aykroyd, whom she affectionately called "Danny." Yet after a mishap involving Brussel sprouts, the two took the relationship up a notch. "I almost choked on some kind of vegetable that I shouldn't have been eating: Brussels sprouts!" Fisher explained. "So he had to give me the Heimlich maneuver. He saved my life, and then he asked me to marry him. And I thought... wow, what if that happens again? I should probably marry him." Making light of the situation, she added, "When I was going to have the kissing scene with John, he went around the set singing 'My Best Friend's Girl.'"
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