Fisher also held her own as the only woman on a set full of men, where she was routinely referred to as 'The Girl.'
She appeared in several memorable supporting roles over the decades, though often relegated to playing the friend to the leading ladies of films like When Harry Met Sally… and Hannah and Her Sisters. Her less well-known but more influential Hollywood legacy was as a script consultant, with Entertainment Weekly proclaiming her one of the most "sought-after [script] doctors in town." In the 1990s she was called upon to punch up the screenplays of Sister Act, Hook, Lethal Weapon 3, and Outbreak. She was uncredited for all. Though she made a profitable career, she left script doctoring behind for reasons all-too familiar to freelance writers: The changing nature of the business saw more and more of her preliminary work on scripts going unpaid. As she explained to Newsweek in 2008, "Now in order to get a rewrite job, you have to submit your notes for your ideas on how to fix the script. So they can get all the notes from all the different writers, keep the notes and not hire you. That's free work and that's what I always call life-wasting events." We should all be so forthright when recognizing our own worth.
Fisher has never shied away from talking about the realities of living with depression and bipolar disorder, even at a time when the disease is still widely misunderstood. She was often accompanied on red carpets and press events by her service animal (and something of a social media star), a floppy-tongued French bulldog named Gary, whose constant companionship helped her manage her symptoms. "I am not ashamed of that," she said, speaking out about her mental illness in a 2008 interview with Diane Sawyer, "I survived that, I'm still surviving it, but bring it on. Better me than you."