Carrie Fisher wanted her obituary to say she ‘drowned in moonlight, strangled by her own bra’
As obituaries for actress, screenwriter and producer Carrie Fisher pop up all over the place, it might be nice to consider what she, herself, wanted them to say. As it turns out, she spelled out her obituary wishes clearly in her one-woman show “Wishful Drinking,” which she later adapted into a book.
In a passage that nicely summarized the absurd demands placed on science fiction heroines in the name of “realism,” Fisher recalled George Lucas’ straight-faced assertion that she could not wear a bra under her costume, Leia’s signature white dress, because “there’s no underwear in space.”
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.
She elaborated on his reasoning:
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.
I guess he made an exception for that infamous gold bikini, which, appearing to be constructed from some sort of metal, could pose an even bigger health hazard than a regular bra.
Regardless, it inspired Fisher to make an excellent request:
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.
Ask and you shall receive:
Here lies Carrie Fisher, actress, screenwriter, producer and all-around badass. She drowned in moonlight, strangled by her own bra.
It does have a nice ring to it.
[h/t Vanity Fair | Photo: Getty]