In real life: When she first started out, under the influence and under contract, fans believed Carrie Fisher to be a lot Princess Leia. We’ve come to learn she’s an outspoken and fierce woman who is funny as hell, not exactly far afield from Princess Leia but with added grit and realness. Fisher’s books, including memoir Wishful Drinking, and body of work are proof.
In film and TV roles: As Princess Leia, Fisher is a sci-fi icon. The actor has a complex relationship with her Star Wars character and was rightfully prickly about being asked to drop 40 pounds to play General Leia in The Force Awakens. After all of this time, diehard fans appreciate that Leia and Fisher have melded to some extent.
Notable quote: “There is no point at which you can say, ‘Well, I’m successful now. I might as well take a nap.’”