24 Surprising Facts That Most Carrie Fisher Fans Still Don’t Know

When most people think of Carrie Fisher, they immediately remember her role as the iconic Princess Leia from the Star Wars film franchise. The white dress and buns she donned in those movies have practically become synonymous with her name.

Lesser known is that she had a career that spanned more than 4o years. Not only was she a talented actress, but she was a writer and humorist as well!

It's safe to say that, even though she has since passed on, her body of work continues to influence people around the world every day. See below for 24 interesting facts about Carrie that even diehard fans might not know...

1. Carrie Fisher became an advocate for—and was outspoken about—her struggles with mental health and addiction. She chronicled her bipolar disorder and drug addiction in depth in her memoir, Wishful Drinking.
2. Carrie became engaged to comedian/actor Dan Ackroyd after he saved her while choking on a Brussels sprout. "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."
3. Standing at just 5'1", Carrie had to do many of her scenes in the Star Wars trilogy with Harrison Ford (Han Solo) while standing on top of a box. This was because she was roughly a foot shorter than he was and the framing would have been off otherwise.
4. Surprisingly, the budget for the Stars Wars films was so low that the American cast and crew had to fly to England in economy class. When her mother, actress Debbie Reynolds, called George Lucas to complain, he handed the phone to Carrie who told her, “Mother, I want to fly coach, will you f**k off?!” and then hung up.