Goodbye Carrie Fisher, My Favorite Disney Princess
I never fully understood how people could be so grief stricken when a celebrity dies, we never really knew them as a person. Yet, I was brought to tears when I heard of Carrie Fisher’s passing. It really hit me in my heart guts. I came to see why people could be so sad when a celebrity dies. Princess Leia was not a Disney princess for long, but she instantly took first place when she became one. Leia will be a character I WANT my daughter to look up to, we need more strong female roles with equally strong females playing them.
She will always be known as Princess (General) Leia Organa of Alderaan to most of us. Carrie Fisher was a strong female character on and off screen. The world can weep the loss of our Princess/General and one amazing woman. I think as a actress she gave me that person to look up to, I always wanted to BE Princess Leia… or Chewbacca. I grew up being a tomboy and I disliked damsels in distress, why be in distress when I can do it myself? Off screen she
gave GIVES me so much hope.
Growing up my life was not all gumdrops and candy land. As a child I had the misfortune of being surrounded by mental illness and addiction. Of course in my family we just brushed it under the rug and pretended it was not happening. So hearing Carrie Fisher speak out about her struggles with mental illness and addiction, it gave me hope. I never became addicted to anything, but I knew that it was particularly easy seeing my family history. When I was an adult, I realized I also struggle with mental illness. So to see her be so blunt about it all, it was the hope I needed.
Carrie Fisher struggled with addiction in the ’70s and ’80s and then in ’84 she overdosed and they had to pump her stomach. She went into a 30 day rehab and found she also was bipolar. She came back from all of that. Carrie took something dark and turned it into something that she became brutally honest about in a pretty hilarious way, to help others. She gave me the strength to not be ashamed about my mental illness and to embrace all things in my life with humor and class.
I think one thing to remember is, Carrie Fisher was not just Leia or an advocate. Carrie Acted in other movies, TV shows and cartoons. She was an incredibly amazing actress. The best part about it, was as a kid I would see Leia and only Leia. I knew that the person who played her was Carrie Fisher, but all I saw was Leia. In her other roles that I have seen her in, I only saw the characters. She was able to completely embody the character she was playing, her brilliance at her craft does not go unnoticed.
Carrie Fisher will continue to be someone my girls and I will look up to, and she will be incredibly missed.