When I think of Carrie Fisher, the first image that comes to mind is a beautiful young woman with buns on either side of her head. Even as a person who has never seen ANY of the Star Wars movies, I know that she was Princess Leia – but that’s about as far as my knowledge of her iconic role in one of the world’s most famous movie goes.
There is, however, another image, another role, that shoots into my mind that I am much more familiar with. The year was 1989 and When Harry Met Sally burst onto our screens like a freight train, giving viewers a look into the complex world of male and female relationships in a way we’d never quite seen before. There was Billy Crystal, who played Harry, Meg Ryan, who played Sally and of course, THAT fake orgasm diner scene.
And then there was Carrie Fisher as Marie. Smart, witty, Marie. The friend on the hunt for love; the kind of friend who carried her Rolodex around in her handbag to help her bestie do just the same. She delivered some killer quotes in her supporting role, quotes that made us laugh and made us nod the nod of understanding, but more than anything, she made us all look for the Marie in our own lives – the dependable friend, the one who tells it like it is.
We all need a friend like Marie, just like the world needed Carrie Fisher; a woman who showed us that success and ‘perfection’ don’t go hand in hand. That we all have our own personal battles, no matter how perfect our lives seem on the outside, but finding the lessons within them is the silver lining worth looking for. And just like Marie’s successful search for love in When Harry Met Sally, Carrie Fisher too found success in her ability to talk honestly and openly about the highest of highs and the lowest of lows in her life, proving to us all that there is strength and beauty to be found in the toughest of battles.
So as she did for most of her adult life, allow Carrie Fisher to make you smile and pop on When Harry Met Sally. Better yet, watch it with your very own Marie.
What is your favourite Carrie Fisher movie?