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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 21 October 1956Burbank, California, USA
Date of Death 27 December 2016Los Angeles, California, USA  (heart attack)
Birth NameCarrie Frances Fisher
Height 5' 1" (1.55 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Carrie Frances Fisher was born on October 21, 1956 in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, to singers/actors Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds. She was an actress and writer, and is known for Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) (aka 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). Fisher is also known for her book, "Postcards From The Edge", and Fisher wrote the screenplay for the movie from her novel. Carrie Fisher and talent agent Bryan Lourd have a daughter, Billie Lourd (Billie Catherine Lourd), born on July 17, 1992.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Jen Kilmer

Spouse (1)

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

Trade Mark (6)

Princess Leia Organa in the Star Wars films
Often played smirking, sarcastic characters
Large brown eyes
Deep husky voice
Small petite figure
Her sharp sarcastic sense of humor

Trivia (52)

In 1998, she checked into a substance-abuse program for addiction to prescription drugs.
Daughter of Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds.
Her father, Eddie Fisher, left her mother, Debbie Reynolds, when Carrie was two years old in order to marry Elizabeth Taylor.
Mother, with Bryan Lourd, of daughter Billie Lourd (Billie Catherine Lourd), born on July 17, 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 her Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) character Princess Leia is the lead singer's dream girl.
She made her stage debut in 1975 in the chorus of the musical Irene, which starred her mother, Debbie Reynolds.
Half-sister-in-law of Christopher Duddy and Byron Thames.
Attended the Central School of Speech and Drama in London.
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. They would later reunite again in Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015).
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, and tickets limited to 500.
She has confirmed in her autobiography that she disliked the "bagel bun" hairstyle she wore in the original Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977). However, prior to filming, the studio had requested that she lose some weight first, which she hadn't. Out of fear of being fired for it, she was eager to comply with everything that director George Lucas suggested, which included the hairstyle.
When asked to choose her favorite moment from the original Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) trilogy, she explained that her favorite moments were the arguing scenes between her and Harrison Ford.
She had to stand on a box for many of her scenes with Harrison Ford in the original Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) trilogy because she was roughly a foot shorter than him and did not fit into the frame.
Former stepdaughter of Connie Stevens, Harry Karl and Elizabeth Taylor.
She was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and spoke on this topic to thousands of psychiatrists assembled for the American Psychiatric Association's Annual Meeting in May 2004 in New York City.
She was listed as a potential nominee on the 2006 Razzie Award nominating ballot in the category of 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.
Her mother, Debbie Reynolds, lived next door to her for most of her life.
She was once engaged to Dan Aykroyd.
She has one daughter, Billie Lourd, whose father is the film agent, Bryan Lourd. Fisher and Lourd never married. After he left her for a man, she used the experience as the opening premise for her novel, The Best Awful.
She wrote several novels, including the semi-autobiographical Postcards from the Edge, a thinly veiled study of the relationship between Fisher and her mother, Debbie Reynolds. It later became the film Postcards from the Edge (1990), which starred Meryl Streep and Shirley MacLaine in the Fisher and Reynolds roles respectively.
She revealed in her memoir Wishful Drinking that she once had a romantic relationship with U.S. Senator Chris Dodd (D-Connecticut). When Dodd was asked for a comment by a reporter from The Kansas City Star in 2007, he explained that "it was a long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.".
She was good friends with Michael Jackson and Meryl Streep. Streep portrayed Fisher in Postcards from the Edge (1990).
In her 2008 memoir Wishful Drinking, she noted 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 mentioned that the title of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) could also refer to her celebrity parents' infamous divorce.
Her personal assistant was Kim Painter.
She was author William Goldman's first choice for the character Buttercup in The Princess Bride (1987), a role which went to Robin Wright instead.
She was longtime friends with Miguel Ferrer, who encouraged her and helped her prepare for her Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) audition. Their mothers - Debbie Reynolds and Rosemary Clooney respectively - were both best known for their performances in hit 1950s musicals: Singin' in the Rain (1952) and White Christmas (1954).
She continued to date Paul Simon for 8 years after their divorce, until finally breaking up in 1991.
She appeared in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) parody episodes of both Family Guy (1999) and Robot Chicken (2005). She played 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, and ex-sister-in-law of Donna Jean Freberg and Donavan Freberg.
Her paternal grandparents were Russian Jewish immigrants. Her mother had English, some Scottish, Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), and German, and distant French, ancestry.
She wrote her own scene for her cameo appearance in Scream 3 (2000).
In 1990, she 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.
In 1994, she did a rewrite of the script of Intolerable Cruelty (2003), shortly after the original script sold. The Coen Brothers rewrote the script years later and none of Fisher's work remained in the finished film.
She accomplished a 35-pound weight loss in her preparation for Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015).
She admitted that she found it difficult to act opposite Peter Cushing in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) for two reasons: she thought the dialog was awful, and Cushing was so nice and polite to her on set between takes that she found it very difficult to show the disdain her character, Princess Leia, felt towards Cushing's character, Grand Moff Tarkin.
Her French bulldog Gary accompanied her everywhere, even onto TV talk show sets whenever she was a guest.
She auditioned for the lead role in Carrie (1976), while Sissy Spacek auditioned for Princess Leia in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), as George Lucas and Brian De Palma were holding joint auditions. They ultimately swapped roles. Contrary to popular belief, Fisher did not turn down Spacek's role because of the nudity involved.
She was originally cast as Miss Scarlett in Clue (1985), but had to check into rehab a week before filming began.
Her final acting project was the third season of Catastrophe (2015). She was the only cast member allowed to improvise and her own real life dog Gary portrays her dog on the show. She passed away a week after finishing work on the show.
She co-starred with her daughter, Billie Lourd, in Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) and Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017). Lourd auditioned without Fisher's awareness.
She died only one day before her mother Debbie Reynolds.
She was well known for her sense of humor and quick wit. One of her father Eddie Fisher's first hits in the 1950s was a song entitled "Oh! My Pa-Pa". Her father, of course, had a scandalous affair with Elizabeth Taylor and ultimately left her mother, Debbie Reynolds to marry Taylor. When Fisher and Reynolds were making a joint television appearance, Fisher quipped that her mother could sing, too, and should have written and sang a song entitled, "Oh! My Faux Pas".
She suffered an ectopic pregnancy whilst married to Paul Simon in May 1984.
She turned down the role of Emmeline Lestrange in The Blue Lagoon (1980) which went to Brooke Shields, the role of Sarah Connor in The Terminator (1984) which went to Linda Hamilton, and the role of Kathryn Murphy in The Accused (1988) which went to Kelly McGillis.
As well as working as a script doctor for films, she also polished scripts for George Lucas' television series The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles (1992). Lucas had directed Fisher as Princess Leia in the original Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) trilogy. There exists a Stars Wars script purported to be hers, which shows extensive pen and ink changes to the dialog, perhaps marking the beginning of the script doctor part of her career. Lucas later hired her to polish the scripts of the original trilogy's prequels Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999), Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002), and Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005).
She was considered for several roles which ultimately went to other actresses, including the role of Regan in The Exorcist (1973) which went to Linda Blair, the role of Iris in Taxi Driver (1976) which went to Jodie Foster, the role of Violet in Pretty Baby (1978) which went to Brooke Shields, the role of Rizzo in Grease (1978) which went to Stockard Channing, the role of Lois Lane in Superman (1978) which went to Margot Kidder, the role of Linda Barrett in Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) which went to Phoebe Cates, the role of Elvira Hancock in Scarface (1983) which went to Michelle Pfeiffer, the role of Deborah Gelly in Once Upon a Time in America (1984) which went to Elizabeth McGovern, the role of Maerose Prizzi in Prizzi's Honor (1985) which went to Anjelica Huston, the role of Charlie in Top Gun (1986) which went to Kelly McGillis, the role of Alex Forrest in Fatal Attraction (1987) which went to Glenn Close, the role of Katharine Parker in Working Girl (1988) which went to Sigourney Weaver, the role of Vicki Vale in Batman (1989) which went to Kim Basinger, the role of Vivian Ward in Pretty Woman (1990) which went to Julia Roberts, the role of Kate McCallister in Home Alone (1990) which went to Catherine O'Hara, the role of Thelma Dickinson in Thelma & Louise (1991) which went to Geena Davis, the role of Catherine Tramell in Basic Instinct (1992) which went to Sharon Stone, and the role of Annie in Speed (1994) which went to Sandra Bullock.
She died the same year as her Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) co-star Kenny Baker.
The character her daughter, Billie Lourd, plays in Scream Queens (2015) is always seen wearing a pair of ear muffs, a tribute to Fisher's iconic hairstyle in her role as Princess Leia in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) and its sequels.
In addition to her credited screenplay adaptation of her novel Postcards from the Edge and a credit on one episode of the sitcom "Roseanne," Fisher was for several years a highly sought-after, highly paid, uncredited Hollywood script doctor. Fisher did uncredited rewrites on such screenplays as Hook, Sister Act, The Last Action Hero, The Wedding Singer, Scream 3 (in which she also had a small role as Bianca), and the 1999-2005 Star Wars prequels.
Was best friends with Richard Dreyfuss.

Personal Quotes (33)

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 (1986) or The Star Wars Holiday Special (1978)? How about Under the Rainbow (1981)? 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!
Even in space, there's a double standard. [On why Princess Leia never got her own light saber]
I'm not as cooperative as you might want a woman to be ... Every man, I think, or at least the ones I end up finding, there's no such thing as a consort. All men are kings. That was my little discovery in the process ... I really thought men's fantasy is to have an intellectual geisha. So what I did was I learned to cook and I took a massage course. But that's not all of it. You have to also agree. [On her relationship with Paul Simon]
I got to be the only girl in an all boy fantasy, and it's a great role for women. She's a very proactive character and gets the job done. So if you're going to get typecast as something, that might as well be it for me. [On her role as Princess Leia]
The father who flipped out about it [Lei's metal bikini in Return of the Jedi], 'What am I going to tell my kid about why she's in that outfit?' Tell them that a giant slug captured me and forced me to wear that stupid outfit, and then I killed him because I didn't like it. And then I took it off. Backstage.
"Resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die." Wishful Drinking, 2008
George comes up to me the first day of filming and he takes one look at the dress and says, "You can't wear a bra under that dress." So, I say, "Okay, I'll bite. Why?" And he says, "Because. . . there's no underwear in space." What happens is you go to space and you become weightless. So far so good, right? But then your body expands??? But your bra doesn't--so you get strangled by your own bra. Now I think that this would make for a fantastic obit--so I tell my younger friends that no matter how I go, I want it reported that I drowned in moonlight, strangled by my own bra.
They always do [ask me to lose weight]. They want to hire part of me, not all of me. They want to hire about three-fourths, so I have to get rid of the fourth somehow. The fourth can't be with me. I made a joke!"
[on being the daughter of a Jewish father and Protestant mother] I always felt the Jewish part more. In fact, growing up I felt like a Jew among WASPs.
I think I am Princess Leia; Princess Leia is me. It's like a Möbius strip tease.
If my life wasn't funny it would just be true, and that is unacceptable.

Salary (1)

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) $1,500,000

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