The first real profile of Carrie Fisher I can find (May 1973) is more inspiring than the bikini. For crying out loud, she dropped out of high school because she was more interested in “eating or something.” That’s the coolest thing I’ve ever heard.
Just a few of the great quotes:
I did correspondence courses while we were five months on the road. But I wanted to spend free time doing something I really wanted, like eating or something. Otherwise, you forfeit your personality. So I’m very behind in school and trying to care.
School just isn’t applicable to things I’m going to do at this point. If I change my mind about going into show business, I can always go back to school. Certainly my interests now don’t lie in algebra. I absolutely don’t believe there are things in life you must do.
I think you work all your life, so I want to learn what I want to learn, to go to acting and dancing class and singing class and start taking piano, so when I’m older, I won’t have anything to regret.
That lack of formal education messed her up so much she had a book of poems published two years later.
Here are some more rare photos of her from 1973.
So yeah, that Irene play was a pretty big deal. Richard Nixon was a big fan, so big he invited Carrie and her mom to church.
(My thoughts on the horrible news are here.)