Carrie Fisher led an open and brave life—which included raising her daughter Billie Lourd without assigning her a gender.
In an interview with Teen Vogue earlier this year, Billie, who stars in Scream Queens, told director Ryan Murphy exactly how open-minded her mother was. Carrie died of a heart attack at 60-years-old while aboard a flight from London to Los Angeles.
Ryan asked: “Your mother, Carrie Fisher, is known for portraying the iconic Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy, and she is also a huge feminist. What advice did she give you when you were starting acting?”
And Billie praised her actress mom for setting an example for her in her career and life.
“She told me to be true, and kind, and confident in yourself. She raised me to not think of men and women as different. She raised me without gender. It’s kind of the reason she named me Billie. It’s not about being a strong woman — it’s about being a strong person. She once told me, ‘I never sat you down with a credo. It was more about leading by example,’” she said.
Carrie’s ex-husband Paul Simon sent love to the actress too, tweeting that she had passed away “too soon.” In the tweet posted Wednesday morning, the singer, 75, called her “a special, wonderful girl.”
The two were married in 1983 and divorced a year later. Carrie went on to have a relationship with talent agent Bryan Lourd, Billie is their daughter.
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