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Carrie Fisher
Carrie Fisher
Biographical information
Born

October 21, 1956

Nationality

American

Career
Occupation

Actress

Star Wars work
"One actress in particular seemed tailor-made to play a princess. As the daughter of actress Debbie Reynolds and singer Eddie Fisher, Carrie Fisher was the product of Hollywood royalty."
―Robert Clotworthy[src]

Carrie Fisher (born October 21, 1956) is an actress who is best known for playing Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy and in the Holiday Special.

BiographyEdit

Early lifeEdit

Carrie Frances Fisher was born in Beverly Hills, California, the daughter of singer Eddie Fisher and actress Debbie Reynolds; her paternal grandparents were Jewish immigrants from Russia. Her younger brother is Todd Fisher. Her half-sisters are actresses Joely Fisher and Tricia Leigh Fisher, whose mother is actress Connie Stevens.

When she was two years old her parents divorced and her father married actress Elizabeth Taylor. The following year her mother married shoe store chain owner Harry Karl. Fisher grew up wanting to follow in the footsteps of her famous parents. She began appearing with her mother in Las Vegas at age 12. She attended Beverly Hills High School but left to become an actress. She appeared as a debutante and dancer in the hit Broadway revival Irene (1973) starring her mother.

CareerEdit

"We signed away our likeness, so when I look in the mirror, I have to pay George a couple of bucks."
―Carrie Fisher, joking about the success of Star Wars[src]

Soon after, she enrolled at London's Central School of Speech and Drama, where she attended 18 months. Her first movie appearance was in the Columbia comedy Shampoo (1975) starring Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, and Goldie Hawn, with Lee Grant, and Jack Warden.

In 1977, Fisher starred as Princess Leia Organa in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, written and directed by George Lucas, along with Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Peter Cushing, and Alec Guinness.

Star Wars was a huge success and made her internationally famous in her own right. Princess Leia became a merchandising triumph; there were small plastic dolls of her in every toy store across the United States. Fisher has often joked that it was actually Princess Leia who became famous, and she just happened to look like her. After her appearance in Return of the Jedi wearing the famous "metal bikini" or "Slave" outfit, Fisher was, for a brief time, regarded as a sex symbol.

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Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

During this time, in the late 1970s, Fisher became addicted to various drugs. She appeared as Princess Leia in the 1978 made-for-TV movie, The Star Wars Holiday Special, and her drug use was quite evident from her on-screen performance. The problem became so severe that she was nearly fired from The Blues Brothers (1980) for being unable to sober up long enough to film a proper scene. She then cleaned up and joined N.A. and A.A.

She appeared on Broadway as Iris in Censored Scenes from King Kong (1980). She appeared again as Princess Leia in Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back (1980), and made her third and final appearance in Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi (1983). She was also a replacement in the Broadway play Agnes of God (1982).

Fisher's novel, Postcards from the Edge, which was semi-autobiographical in the sense that she fictionalized events obviously from her real life, such as her drug addiction of the late 1970s, was published in 1987. It became a sensational bestseller and she received the Los Angeles Pen Award for Best First Novel.

In 1990, Columbia released a movie version of Postcards from the Edge, adapted for the screen by Fisher and starring Meryl Streep, Shirley MacLaine, and Dennis Quaid.

Behind the scenesEdit

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Fisher and her co-stars relax on the set of Star Wars.

Carrie Fisher played Princess Leia Organa in A New Hope (1977), The Star Wars Holiday Special (1978), The Empire Strikes Back (1980), and Return of the Jedi (1983). She later reprised her role for Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II, in which she also provided the voice for Mon Mothma. She also voiced Mothma via her character "Angela" on Family Guy: It's A Trap!.

Fisher hosted the November 18, 1978 episode of Saturday Night Live, in which she appeared in her Princess Leia costume. She opens the show by telling a long "joke" based entirely on Star Wars references. She then appeared in a sketch, again as Leia, in which she sings and dances with a group of 1950s teenagers. The episode contained the first polished performance by Dan Akroyd and John Belushi as their popular Blues Brothers characters, Joliet Jake (Belushi) and Elwood (Aykroyd). Fisher later appeared in The Blues Brothers movie as Joliet Jake's vengeful ex-lover, listed in the credits as "Mystery Woman." She is one of the few actors to star in movies with both John and Jim Belushi, later appearing with Jim in the film The Man with One Red Shoe.

Besides acting, Fisher is also a novelist and a frequent script doctor on the screenplays of other writers; Her novels include Surrender the Pink (1991), Delusions of Grandma (1993), and The Best Awful There Is (2004). She also did a book of photographs titled Hollywood Moms (2001); Fisher wrote the 1993 episode of Lucas' TV series The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles entitled "Paris, October 1916". She co-wrote the TV comedy movie These Old Broads (2001), of which she was also co-executive producer. It starred her mother, Debbie Reynolds, as well as Elizabeth Taylor, Joan Collins, and Shirley MacLaine. In this, Taylor's character, an agent, explains to Reynolds's character, an actress that she was in a drunken blackout when she married the actress's husband, "Freddy."

Fisher made a comment once about her experiences off the set of Star Wars films: "I used to go in though airports and have people say; 'Princess Leia!' Like I would then go; 'Yes?' You know, like that's my real name." When The Phantom Menace was released, Fisher commented on her eagerness to see the movie, saying "I will be thrilled to see the new movie. I've read it and I can't wait to see, because I know that he (Lucas) does better than what's on the page... if that's possible."

In the film Scream 3 (2000), Fisher's character, Bianca Burnette, is mistaken for Carrie Fisher. Fisher pokes fun at herself with the line, "Yeah, I was up for the part of Princess Leia. But who gets it? The girl who slept with George Lucas!" Fisher appeared in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001), which also featured Mark Hamill in a role. In the 2009 film Fanboys, Fisher's character references the famous "I love you/I know" line from The Empire Strikes Back.

In early March 2013, Fisher confirmed in an interview with the Palm Beach Illustrated magazine that she would return to reprise her role as Princess Leia in Star Wars Episode VII.[1]

Personal lifeEdit

Carrie Fisher had one husband: musician Paul Simon (married 1983-divorce 1984, during which time occurred a miscarriage of their child.) She also dated CAA principal and agent Bryan Lourd. She is the mother of Billie Catherine Lourd (born July 17, 1992), whose father is Bryan Lourd. The couple's relationship ended when Lourd left to be in a homosexual relationship. For a brief time she was engaged to Dan Aykroyd. It has been rumored for years that she had an affair with Harrison Ford while filming the original Star Wars film; while Fisher admitted she had a crush on Ford and spent much time with him off camera, she denies having had an affair with him.

In an interview on public radio in 2005, Fisher joked about being known overwhelmingly for her role as Princess Leia, and also joked that she was afraid if she ever became senile she might begin to slip back into character.

Fisher has publicly discussed her problems with drugs, her battles with bipolar disorder, and overcoming an addiction to prescription antidepressants, most notably on ABC TV's 20/20.

On February 26, 2005, 42-year-old Republican Party media adviser R. Gregory Stevens was found dead in a guest room at Fisher's home. She stated that he was a longtime friend and often stayed with her. An autopsy revealed he died from an overdose of cocaine and OxyContin.

Fisher broke her 12 year run of non-dating by living with three-time Emmy award winning news pilot/reporter Bob Tur. The couple broke up in late 2005. In late 2007, she was reportedly seen with British novelist Salman Rushdie, sparking rumors of a romantic relationship.

FilmographyEdit

  • Shampoo (1975) ... Lorna
  • Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977) ... Princess Leia Organa
  • Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) ... Princess Leia Organa
  • The Blues Brothers (1980) ... Mystery Woman
  • Under the Rainbow (1981) ... Annie Clark
  • Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983) ... Princess Leia Organa
  • Garbo Talks (1984) ... Lisa Rolfe
  • The Man with One Red Shoe (1985) ... Paula
  • Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) ... April
  • Hollywood Vice Squad (1986) ... Betty Melton
  • Amazon Women on the Moon (1987) (Reckless Youth segment) ... Mary Brown
  • The Time Guardian (1987) ... Petra
  • Appointment with Death (1988) ... Nadine Boynton
  • The 'burbs (1989) ... Carol Peterson
  • Loverboy (1989) ... Monica Delancy
  • When Harry Met Sally... (1989) ... Marie
  • She's Back (1989) ... Beatrice
  • Sweet Revenge (1990) ... Linda
  • Sibling Rivalry (1990) ... Iris Turner-Hunter
  • Drop Dead Fred (1991) ... Janie
  • Soapdish (1991) ... Betsy Faye Sharon
  • Hook (1991) ... Woman kissing on bridge (uncredited)
  • This Is My Life (1992) ... Claudia Curtis
  • Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997) ... Therapist (uncredited)
  • Scream 3 (2000) ... Bianca Burnette
  • Heartbreakers (2001) ... Ms. Surpin
  • Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001) ... Nun
  • A Midsummer Night's Rave (2002) ... Mia's Mom
  • Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003) ... Mother Superior
  • Wonderland (2003) ... Sally Hansen
  • Stateside (2004) ... Mrs. Dubois
  • Undiscovered (2005) ... Carrie
  • The Aristocrats (2005) ... herself
  • Fanboys (2009) ... cameo as "The Doctor"

TV WorkEdit

BibliographyEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Q&A with Carrie Fisher (Accessed March 6, 2013)

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