Princess Leia in her famous gold bikini. The only underwear George Lucas allowed in space, according to Carrie Fisher. Photo: SuppliedThe best obituaries are written by the subject, according to the late Carrie Fisher.
So may the record be corrected: Fisher, 60, didn’t die of a heart attack on a flight from London to Los Angeles, she “drowned in moonlight, strangled by her bra”.
This alternative in memoriam was originally penned by the actor and writer in her 2008 memoir, Wishful Drinking, where she described an exchange with Star Wars creator George Lucas about the now iconic Princess Leia costume.
“George comes up to me the first day of filming and he takes one look at the dress and says, ‘You can’t wear a bra under that dress.’ So I say, ‘Okay, I’ll bite. Why?’ And he says, ‘Because… there’s no underwear in space.’ I promise you this is true, and he says it with such conviction too! Like he had been to space and looked around and he didn’t see any bras or panties or briefs anywhere.”
The director later allowed gold bikinis in outer space and explained to the star his reasoning behind his ‘no-bras-in-other-galaxies’ rule, which she also describes in the book:
“What happens is you go to space and you become weightless. So far so good, right? But then your body expands??? But your bra doesn’t – so you get strangled by your own bra.”
Fisher later adapted the exchange for her one-woman stand-up show and recounted how she would like her “fantastic obit” to read.
“Now I think that this would make for a fantastic obit – so I tell my younger friends that no matter how I go, I want it reported that I drowned in moonlight, strangled by my own bra.”
Her books were her greatest outlet for her musings and tales from the front line of Hollywood. She published five paperbacks in total and was a New York Times bestselling author.
In her latest and last memoir, The Princess Diarist, Fisher revealed the detail of her “intense” affair with Harrison Ford on the set of Star Wars: A New Hope in 1976.
While on the publicity trail for the new book recently, she shared her thoughts on death with Rolling Stone.
“Do you fear death?” interviewer Andy Greene asked.
“No. I fear dying,” Fisher answered. “Anything with pain associated with it, I don’t like. I’ve been there for a couple of people when they were dying; it didn’t look like fun. But if I was gonna do it, I’d want someone like me around. And I will be there!”
The actress added, “I’m not going to enjoy dying, but there’s not much prep for that.”