American Icons: Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds
Fisher also dealt with her demons openly and courageously. A HuffPost article from last year lauded the actress for her public acknowledgment of these struggles such as where she proudly proclaimed, “I am mentally ill. I can say that. I am not ashamed of that. I survived that, I’m still surviving it, but bring it on.”
Last year, Fisher reprised her role as Princess Leia, more than three decades after she appeared in “Return of the Jedi.” Confronted with the cruel new world of the Internet and social media where people body-shamed Fisher for not looking the same as she did back in 1983 when Episode VI was released, she fought back with a strength that rivaled that of Princess Leia. She strived to be just the opposite of that negativity. Just last month, she told Rolling Stone that her rules of life were simple:
“Be kind. Don’t hurt other people. It’s all the sort of Christian ethics I thought was bullshit when I was a kid. No, it turns out it’s not bullshit. Tell the truth, be kind, all that corny stuff.”
Both on-screen and off, Fisher and Reynolds had beauty that went far beyond the superficial...they were both a force to be reckoned with and a beacon of strength for women everywhere.
Words of an Icon:
“You have to keep practicing, if you're really going to be good. ~Debbie Reynolds
Stay afraid, but do it anyway. What’s important is the action. You don’t have to wait to be confident. Just do it and eventually the confidence will follow.” ~ Carrie Fisher