Thursday Quotables: RIP, Carrie Fisher


Welcome to Thursday Quotables! This weekly feature is the place to highlight a great quote, line, or passage discovered during your reading each week.  Whether it’s something funny, startling, gut-wrenching, or just really beautifully written, Thursday Quotables is where my favorite lines of the week will be, and you’re invited to join in!


Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher
(published 2008)

I happened to read Wishful Drinking last week, finishing just a couple of days before the news of Carrie Fisher’s medical crisis. Having just read her new book, The Princess Diarist, I definitely had her on my mind, and I’m one of the millions of fans worldwide just heartbroken by her death. Here’s a lovely bit from Wishful Drinking, which includes her thoughts about her obituary, which I’ve seen repeated multiple places on social media since yesterday.

Anyway, 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.

Now, George came to my show when it was in Berkeley. He came backstage and explained why you can’t wear your brassiere in other galaxies, and I have a sense you will be going to outer space very soon, so here’s why you cannot wear your brassiere, per George. So, 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. Now I think that this would make 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.

With gratitude for Carrie Fisher’s ability to make us laugh, think, and feel. What an amazing woman, gone too soon.

2016, are you done yet? Go away.

Updated to add: Just as I was about to post this, I saw the sad news about Debbie Reynolds. No words.

What lines made you laugh, cry, or gasp this week? Do tell!

If you’d like to participate in Thursday Quotables, it’s really simple:

  • Write a Thursday Quotables post on your blog. Try to pick something from whatever you’re reading now. And please be sure to include a link back to Bookshelf Fantasies in your post (, if you’d be so kind!
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5 thoughts on “Thursday Quotables: RIP, Carrie Fisher

  1. That’s a great line… I recently put the Princess Diarist on hold after reading your review and I was equally saddened by her passing. The fact that her mother passed the very next day tore my heart to shreds. Will have to check this one out someday too. 🙂

  2. I’m not a Star Wars fan but I’ve always liked Carrie Fisher and her humour, it’s just so sad about her and Debbie Reynolds 😦 I plan to read more non-fiction this year, so I might have to take a peek at her books. Thank you for sharing this.

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