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Carrie Fisher: The Star Wars actress in her own words.

Carrie Fisher, who has died aged 60, spoke candidly about her life in the spotlight in her revealing memoirs and touring one-woman show.

The Star Wars actress was also active on Twitter, and her posts regularly featured her service dog, a French bulldog called Gary, who has his own Instagram account.

Take a look at some of her most memorable quotes.

On growing up in Hollywood

“I always wanted to do what [my mother] did — get all dressed up, shoot people, fall in the mud.”

Fisher, talking to the Daily Express in 2015

“I’m a product of Hollywood inbreeding. When two celebrities mate, something like me is the result.”

Fisher in her show, Wishful Drinking

“As a child, I thought that Father Knows Best was real and that my life was fake. When I think about it now, I may not have been far wrong.”

Fisher in her 2008 memoir, Wishful Drinking

“Life is a cruel, horrible joke and I am the punch line.”

Fisher in 1987 novel Postcards from the Edge

On Star Wars

“I am Princess Leia, no matter what. If I were trying to get a good table, I wouldn’t say I wrote Postcards [From the Edge, her best-selling first novel]. Or, if I’m trying to get someone to take my check and I don’t have ID, I wouldn’t say: ‘Have you seen Harry Met Sally?’ Princess Leia will be on my tombstone.”

Fisher, talking to Web MD about her struggle getting past Star Wars

“I’m an alcoholic. I’m an alcoholic because George Lucas ruined my life. I mean that in the nicest possible way. Fifty-seven years ago, I did his little Star Wars film, a cult film that then went on to redefine what they laughingly refer to as ‘the face of cinema’. And now, sixty-five years later, people are still asking me if I knew it was going to be that big of a hit. Yes, I knew. We all knew. The only one who didn’t know was George. We kept it from him, because we wanted to see what his face looked like when it changed expression. George is a sadist. But, like any abused child wearing a metal bikini chained to a giant slug about to die, I keep coming back for more.”

Fisher, delivering a take-down of Star Wars creator George Lucas when he received his American Film Institute life achievement award

On mental illness

“Having waited my entire life to get an award for something, anything … I now get awards all the time for being mentally ill. It’s better than being bad at being insane, right? How tragic would it be to be runner-up for Bipolar Woman of the Year?”

Fisher in her memoir, Wishful Drinking

“I used to think I was a drug addict, pure and simple — just someone who could not stop taking drugs wilfully. But it turns out that I am severely manic depressive.”

Fisher, talking to the Daily Express in 2015

“My shrink said ‘if you worked in a supermarket they would’ve institutionalised you at 20’. But because I come from Hollywood there’s so much that’s considered okay. You’re just allowed to do anything and you’re supposed to be unusual and so much is tolerated that probably shouldn’t be.”

Fisher, in an interview with New York Magazine in 2009

On her service dog Gary

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