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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 21 October 1956Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA
Birth NameCarrie Frances Fisher
Height 5' 1" (1.55 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Carrie Fisher was born on October 21, 1956 in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA as Carrie Frances Fisher. She is an actress and writer, known for Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983). She was previously married to Paul Simon.

Spouse (1)

Paul Simon (16 August 1983 - 1984) (divorced)

Trade Mark (5)

Princess Leia Organa in the Star Wars films
Often plays smirking, sarcastic characters
Large brown eyes
Deep husky voice
Small petite figure

Trivia (41)

Checked into substance-abuse program, addiction to prescription drugs. [October 1998]
Daughter of Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher.
Father Eddie Fisher left when she was 3 years old to marry Elizabeth Taylor.
Has a daughter Billie Catherine (with Bryan Lourd) born in 1992.
Older half-sister of Joely Fisher and Tricia Leigh Fisher. Older sister of Todd Fisher.
The punk rock group Blink 182 wrote a song called "A New Hope" in which Fisher's character Princess Leia is the lead singer's dream girl.
Made stage debut in the chorus of "Irene" (1975) starring her mother, Debbie Reynolds.
Half-sister-in-law of Christopher Duddy and Byron Thames.
Attended the Central School of Speech and Drama in London.
Has appeared in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001), which also starred Mark Hamill. It was the first time the two had appeared in the same film since Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983). Neither of them knew the other was involved in the project until shortly after filming had been completed.
She did her very first European signing in London, England in a hotel library on August 3, 2003. It was an exclusive one-day signing, tickets limited to 500.
She allegedly disliked the "bagel bun" hairstyle she wore in the original Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), but she didn't say anything about it because she was afraid that director George Lucas would get angry and fire her.
When asked what her favorite moment from the original Star Wars trilogy are, she replied that her favorite moments were the arguing scenes between her and Harrison Ford.
Along with her writing career, she also became a successful rewriter of movie scripts, saving many troubled productions.
Stood on a box for many of her scenes with Harrison Ford in the original Star Wars trilogy, owing to the fact that she was roughly a foot shorter than he and didn't fit into the frame.
Former stepdaughter of Connie Stevens, Harry Karl and Elizabeth Taylor.
Diagnosed with bipolar disorder and spoke on this topic at the American Psychiatric Association's Annual Meeting in May 2004 in New York City to thousands of psychiatrists.
Was listed as a potential nominee on the 2006 Razzie Award nominating ballot. She was suggested in the Worst Supporting Actress category for her performance in the film Undiscovered (2005), however, she failed to receive a nomination.
Weighed 7 lbs 2 ozs at birth.
Mother, Debbie Reynolds, lives next door to her.
Was once engaged to Dan Aykroyd.
Has one daughter, Billie, whose father is the powerful film agent Bryan Lourd. Fisher and Lourd never married. After he left her for a man, Fisher used that experience as the opening premise for her novel "The Best Awful".
Has written several novels including the semi-autobiographical "Postcards from the Edge", filmed in 1990.
Sometimes works as a screenplay "script doctor".
Revealed in her memoir "Wishful Drinking" that she once had a romantic relationship with U.S. Senator Chris Dodd (D-Connecticut). When Dodd was once asked to comment in 2007 (for The Kansas City Star), he told a reporter, "it was a long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away".
Friends with the late Michael Jackson and Meryl Streep. Streep portrayed Fisher in Postcards from the Edge (1990).
In her 2008 memoir "Wishful Drinking", she notes that, like her mother in Singin' in the Rain (1952), she became famous at age 19 for her role in a classic hit alongside two male co-stars. She also mentions that "Star Wars" could also refer to her celebrity parents' infamous divorce.
Turned down the role of Emmeline in The Blue Lagoon (1980), which went to Brooke Shields.
Turned down the role of Sarah Connor in The Terminator (1984), which went to Linda Hamilton.
Turned down the role of Kathryn Murphy in The Accused (1988), which eventually went to Kelly McGillis.
Her personal assistant is Kim Painter.
Was author William Goldman's ideal choice for the character Buttercup in The Princess Bride (1987), a role that went to Robin Wright instead.
Is longtime friends with Miguel Ferrer who encouraged her and helped her prepare for her Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) audition. Both of their mothers (Debbie Reynolds and Rosemary Clooney) were also best known for their performances in hit musicals: Singin' in the Rain (1952) and White Christmas (1954).
Continued to date Paul Simon for 8 years after their divorce, until finally breaking up in 1991.
Movies for which she served as an uncredited "script doctor" include: Hook (1991), Sister Act (1992), The River Wild (1994) and The Wedding Singer (1998). She also "polished" scripts for the television series The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles (1992), which was created by George Lucas, who also directed Fisher as Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy.
Has appeared in Star Wars parody episodes of both Robot Chicken (2005) and Family Guy (1999). She now plays Mon Mothma, one of the few other female characters in the series. In the latter series, Princess Leia (now played by Alex Borstein) says "I don't like her.".
Sister-in-law of Catherine Hickland. Ex-sister-in-law of Donna Jean Freberg and Donavan Freberg.
Her paternal grandparents were Russian Jewish immigrants. Her mother has English, and some Scottish, ancestry.
Did an early rewrite on So I Married an Axe Murderer (1993) while Chevy Chase was attached to star.
Wrote her own scene for her cameo appearance in Scream 3 (2000).
In 1990, Fisher sold the big screen rights to her book "Surrender the Pink" to Warner Bros. for $1 million. Steven Spielberg was producing with Demi Moore attached to star. Fisher wrote the screenplay but the project stalled in development.

Personal Quotes (23)

I was street smart, but unfortunately the street was Rodeo Drive.
I have no ambitions as an actress. I'm going to do a day's work on Scream 3 (2000), but that's all I can handle, a day's work.
On her father's gossipy 1999 autobiography: "I'm going to have my DNA fumigated."
I always wanted to do what my mother did - get all dressed up, shoot people, fall in the mud. I never considered anything else.
You can't find true affection in Hollywood because everyone does the fake affection so well.
Females get hired along procreative lines. After 40, we're kind of cooked.
On merchandising for Star Wars: "I signed my likeness away. Every time I look in the mirror, I have to send Lucas a couple of bucks."
My father (Eddie Fisher) was a short Jewish man. My husband (Paul Simon) was a short Jewish man. Go figure.
Describing working with Harrison Ford on the original Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977): Mark was 24, I was 19 and he [Harrison] was 33. He was like the big man on campus. You looked at him and you said to yourself, 'He's going to be a star.'
Explaining why gaffer's tape was sometimes used under her Princess Leia costume in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977): "As we all know, there is no underwear in space."
Acting engenders and harbours qualities that are best left way behind in adolesence. People-pleasing, going on those interviews and jamming your whole personality into getting the job, ingratiating yourself to people you wouldn't f***ing spit on if they were on fire.
Describing the filming of Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980): "Mark [Hamill] was off on Dagobah while Harrison [Ford] and I were were getting drunk in Cloud City."
I was born into big celebrity. It could only diminish.
Leia is not a real character. She is more of a caricature, and is somewhat one-dimensional. It's not really possible to write out a list of Princess Leia's likes and dislikes. I do know her favorite color, though, it's white. She wears white all the time. But that doesn't help me much.
I've got a lot of photos of me when I was very young at parties with celebrities, but I don't really remember the people or when the photos were taken.
I think of my body as a side effect of my mind.
On success: There is no point at which you can say, "Well, I'm successful now. I might as well take a nap".
On time: Instant gratification takes too long.
On experience: Maturity: A stoic response to endless reality.
[on the cultural significance of her parents] I don't know if they were culturally significant, but they were very popular. My mother and my father were America's sweethearts. They literally received that tag. 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. Anyway, my father was best friends with a man named Michael Todd. Mike Todd was married to Elizabeth Taylor. Mike Todd died in a plane crash, and my father consoled Elizabeth Taylor with his penis.
[When asked if the character Princess Leia was the dark side of the force in your professional career] Oh, no. It was fun! I was young. People want it to be a problem for me. No. Those are great movies. Why shouldn't I be proud of being in that? The dark side? You ever see "Hollywood Vice Squad" or "The Star Wars Holiday Special"? How about "Under the Rainbow"? Was Star Wars the dark side? There's so much competition for that one.
[About what her father, Eddie Fisher, did to help Elizabeth Taylor after her husband Michael Todd's death] He rushed to her side, gradually moving to her front... He consoled her with flowers and, ultimately, he consoled her with his penis.
[on the sale of Lucasfilm to Disney] I'm now a Disney Princess!

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