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My Favorite Mistake

By Setoodeh, Ramin | Newsweek, September 19, 2011 | Go to article overview

My Favorite Mistake


Setoodeh, Ramin, Newsweek


Byline: Carrie Fischer

Carrie Fisher on how George Lucas stole her identity.

Interview by Ramin Setoodeh

When I was 19, I was cast as Princess Leia in Star Wars. The mistake was I signed away my likeness for free. In those days, there was no such thing as a "likeness," which is a funny thing to say coming from the family that I came from. There was no merchandising tied to movies. No one could have known the extent of the franchise. Not that I don't think I'm cute or anything, but when I looked in the mirror, I didn't think I was signing away anything of value. Lately I feel like I'm Minnie Mouse--the identity of Princess Leia so eclipses any other identity that I've ever had.

As I've gone along, people will come to me and say, "We got the licensing from George Lucas to make these socks." So my daughter can walk around on my face. I was shopping at Williams-Sonoma, and they're selling little sticks of Princess Leia that you put in your cupcake. Who wouldn't need those? I paid for it. How much money could I have made from all this stuff? I don't want to know. It's too upsetting. Yet funny. For example, I found out recently that I am a type of marijuana. A friend of my daughter's actually went to one of those medical places, and she told me there was a type of marijuana named Princess Leia.

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