Carrie Fisher (1956-2016) Tribute List

Actress and author Carrie Fisher died on December 27 at the age of 60 of a heart attack. Best known for her role as Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy, Fisher was also an accomplished author, writing novels and memoirs about her struggles with substance abuse and mental illness, and her life growing up as the daughter of Hollywood icons Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher. Here are 11 vocabulary words from the witty and insightful quotes of Carrie Fisher.
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  1. nonplussed
    filled with bewilderment
    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 nonplussed by the event that is my life.
  2. resentment
    a feeling of deep and bitter anger and ill-will
    Resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die.
  3. luminous
    softly bright or radiant
    I shot through my twenties like a luminous thread through a dark needle, blazing toward my destination: Nowhere.
    - Postcards from the Edge
  4. nuance
    a subtle difference in meaning or opinion or attitude
    I rarely cry. I save my feelings up inside me like I have something more specific in mind for them. I am waiting for the exact perfect situationand then BOOM! I'll explode in a light show of feeling and emotion - a pinata stuffed with tender nuances and pent-up passions.
    - Postcards from the Edge
  5. stoic
    seeming unaffected by pleasure or pain; impassive
    From here on out, there's just reality. I think that's what maturity is: a stoic response to endless reality. But then, what do I know?
    - Postcards from the Edge
  6. epiphany
    a divine manifestation
    That's the way it works in movies. Something happens that has an impact on someone's life, and based on that impact, his life shifts course. Well, that's not how it happens in life. Something has an impact on you, and then your life stays the same, and you think, 'Well, what about the impact?' You have epiphanies all the time. They just don't have any effect.
    - Postcards from the Edge
    Here, an epiphany is a realization, which might seem divinely inspired but doesn't have to be.
  7. glib
    marked by lack of intellectual depth
    Mom brought me some peanut butter cookies and a biography of Judy Garland. She told me she thought my problem was that I was too impatient, my fuse was too short, that I was only interested in instant gratification. I said, “Instant gratification takes too long.” The glib martyr.
    - Postcards from the Edge
  8. martyr
    one who suffers for the sake of principle
    Mom brought me some peanut butter cookies and a biography of Judy Garland. She told me she thought my problem was that I was too impatient, my fuse was too short, that I was only interested in instant gratification. I said, “Instant gratification takes too long.” The glib martyr.
    - Postcards from the Edge
  9. tranquil
    not agitated
    She wanted so to be tranquil, to be someone who took walks in the late-afternoon sun, listening to the birds and crickets and feeling the whole world breathe. Instead, she lived in her head like a madwoman locked in a tower, hearing the wind howling through her hair and waiting for someone to come and rescue her from feeling things so deeply that her bones burned.
    - Postcards from the Edge
  10. reprisal
    a retaliatory action against an enemy in wartime
    Madonna has no equal at getting attention. She often seems to behave like someone who has been under severe restraint and can now say and do whatever she likes without fear of reprisal.
  11. scruffy
    shabby and untidy
    Why, you stuck-up, half-witted, scruffy-looking nerf herder!
    - Star Wars

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