Tuesday, December 27, 2016

"Sometimes Life Actually Gives to You By Taking Away" --Carrie Fisher


I haven't been so affected by the death of a celebrity since John Lennon's.

Many people will remember Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia, but for me it was her writing, wit, and honesty that always fascinated and inspired me. I've read everything she's written and was fortunate to see her one-woman show, "Wishful Drinking," on stage in 2012. I had hoped to see her on tour for her latest book.

"If my life wasn't funny," she once wrote, "it would just be true, and that is unacceptable."

Thank you, Carrie, for being wise and brilliantly funny, but always true to yourself.

Any favorite Carrie quotes to share? What celebrity losses have hit you hardest? How ready are you to put 2016 behind us?


  1. Celebrity losses... I can think of 3 big ones:

    Princess Diana: for no tangible reason. I was surprised at being so devastated. Maybe it was her unearthly beauty, maybe it was the boys she left behind, maybe it was that she was hounded to her death by a pack of jackals.

    Stevie Ray Vaughan: hit me where I lived. Was the main reason I adopted The Blues as a passion.

    Robin Williams: an early comic inspiration. Was hard to believe that we now have to live in a world without him in it.

    I'm sorry for your celebrity loss. (Make sure you read The Bloggess today, in case you haven't yet.)

  2. I think the circumstances of Princess Diana's death, for a couple of the exact reasons you cite, made that one so tragic. While Robin Williams' death originally hit me hard, his wife's disclosure that he was suffering from Parkinson's Disease, made me at least feel he chose to go on his own terms, before that disease robbed him of everything.

    That post by Jenny Lawson--The Bloggess--was so, so wonderful! It provided yet another side to Carrie that many of us didn't know. And I totally related to her saying she'd hoped to one day tell Carrie how much she meant to her. I was once just a few feet away from Carrie on a sidewalk and chose not to approach her, because she seemed tired and rushed and I didn't want to bother her. I hoped to get another opportunity on her book tour this year...

    1. Oh, and here's the link to that post, for those who may not have read it. More proof how amazing she was: