If anything, my mother taught me how to sur-thrive. That's my word for it.

Drugs made me feel more normal.

I found out when I did the Oprah Winfrey show that there was a cookie jar of me. So she gave it to me. I had no idea prior to that that it even existed.

What I wrote all the time when I was a kid - I don't want to call it 'poetry,' because it wasn't poetry. I was not that kind of a writer. I was a rhymer. I was a fan of Dorothy Parker's, so maybe I wrote poetry to that extent, but my main focus was the humor of it, and word construction, and the slant. Your words, it's a very powerful experience.

There were days I could barely struggle into a size 46 or 48, months of larges and XXLs, and endless rounds of leggings with the elastic at the waist stretched to its limit and beyond - topped with the fashion equivalent of a tea cozy. And always black, because I was in mourning for my slimmer self.

My mother's career was over at 40 but she was still trying to be everyone's buddy, always smiling for the cameras.

That's why 'Star Wars' is appealing. You watch someone fight the perilous monster.

He's a very strange guy, my father. I can't get mad at him because he's so adorable.

There is no point at which you can say, 'Well, I'm successful now. I might as well take a nap.'

I was street smart, but unfortunately the street was Rodeo Drive.

I'll never be known for my work with boundaries.

She has been more than a mother than me - not much, but definitely more... She's been an unsolicited stylist, interior decorator and marriage counselor... Admittedly, I found it difficult to share my mother with her adoring fans, who treated her like she was part of their family.

Anything you can do in excess for the wrong reasons is exciting to me.

Even my parents sort of went along with the assumption that they were a good couple, but they probably weren't a very good couple.

I've seen pictures of myself with makeup on, and I look like those women who look like they're wearing makeup so they can look young, and I don't think that's good. They have all these products now called - wait, what's it called, it's my favorite - youth suppressant, or age go away; they don't work.

I started out doing my mother's nightclub act, and I had stage fright.

Movies are dreams! And they work on you subliminally.

I knew what show business was, which was why I didn't want in on that action. I saw what happens! You get it, and then you lose it.

The manic end of is a lot of fun.

It really annoys me that I'm vain, but unfortunately, I haven't been able to discard that tendency.

My father was a joyous, joyous spirit, he really was. He was a hedonist, that was just - he enjoyed life, thrust up to the elbows with it. He was a terrible father. I don't know that he was parented that well.

People see me and they squeal like tropical birds or seals stranded on the beach.

I spent a year in a 12-step program, really committed, because I could not believe what had happened - that I might have killed myself.

So when I was 24, someone suggested to me that I was bipolar, and I thought that was ridiculous. I just thought he was trying to get out of treating me. But he was also responding to the chaotic nature of my life.

I have been Princess Leia exclusively. It's been a part of my life for 40 years.

I was born into big celebrity. It could only diminish.

You get to choose what monsters you want to slay. I'm sorry to say this again, but let's face it - the Force is with you.

Going to AA helped me to see that there were other people who had problems that had found a way to talk about them and find relief and humor through that.

I'm in a business where the only thing that matters is weight and appearance. That is so messed up. They might as well say 'Get younger,' because that's how easy it is.

One of the great things to pretend is that you're not only alright, you're in great shape. Now to have that come true - I've actually gone on stage depressed and that's worked its magic on me, 'cause if I can convince you that I'm alright, then maybe I can convince me.

People are still asking me if I knew Star Wars was going to be that big of a hit. Yes, we all knew. The only one who didn't know was George.

I don't think Christmas is necessarily about things. It's about being good to one another, it's about the Christian ethic, it's about kindness.

The world of manic depression is a world of bad judgment calls.

Acting engenders and harbours qualities that are best left way behind in adolescence.

People want me to say that I'm sick of playing Leia and that it ruined my life. If my life was that easy to ruin, it deserved to be ruined.

I have two moods. One is Roy, rollicking Roy, the wild ride of a mood. And Pam, sediment Pam, who stands on the shore and sobs... Sometimes the tide is in, sometimes it's out.

I have a chemical imbalance that, in its most extreme state, will lead me to a mental hospital.

I'm fine, but I'm bipolar. I'm on seven medications, and I take medication three times a day. This constantly puts me in touch with the illness I have. I'm never quite allowed to be free of that for a day. It's like being a diabetic.

Now I say I'm a diarist with an explanation I'll get back to you on. Someday I may try and write in memoir form.

I enjoy taking jobs that make fun of me - or me as Princess Leia, or me as the writer, or whatever, as some idea.

I am a spy in the house of me. I report back from the front lines of the battle that is me. I am somewhat nonplused by the event that is my life.

It's the most amazing thing to be able to forgive.

Mothers are great. They outlast everything. But when they're bad, they're the worst thing that can happen.

I overheard people saying, 'She thinks she's so great because she's Debbie Reynolds' daughter!' And I didn't like it; it made me different from other people, and I wanted to be the same.

I've been there for a couple of people when they were dying; it didn't look like fun. But if I was gonna do it, I'd want someone like me around. And I will be there!

You can't find any true closeness in Hollywood, because everybody does the fake closeness so well.

Females get hired along procreative lines. After 40, we're kind of cooked.

You can't find true affection in Hollywood because everyone does the fake affection so well.

I don't want to be a victim.