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Also Known As: Carrie Frances Fisher Died:
Born: October 21, 1956 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Beverly Hills, California, USA Profession: actor, screenwriter, author, script doctor, dancer, singer

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A child of Hollywood, Carrie Fisher grew up in the shadow of scandal as the daughter of Eddie Fisher, who left her mother Debbie Reynolds for best friend Elizabeth Taylor. No stranger to scandal herself later in life, Fisher was best known as Princess Leia in "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope" (1977), one of the biggest box office hits of all time. With a Danish pastry hairdo and white robes, Fisher's Leia endeared herself to generations of obsessive fans who flocked to the sequels "Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back" (1980) and "Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi" (1983). She tried to escape the role with memorable turns in "The Blues Brother" (1980) and "When Harry Met Sally" (1989), but was unable to break free. Meanwhile, Fisher secretly struggled with drug and alcohol addiction, as well as bipolar disorder, which she first revealed with the semi-autobiographical novel Postcards from the Edge (1987), which was adapted into a 1990 film starring Meryl Streep. Equally discordant were her romantic affairs, which included a brief dalliance with Dan Aykroyd and a longtime relationship with singer Paul Simon, whom she married in 1983. In 2006, the self-deprecating Fisher took to the...

A child of Hollywood, Carrie Fisher grew up in the shadow of scandal as the daughter of Eddie Fisher, who left her mother Debbie Reynolds for best friend Elizabeth Taylor. No stranger to scandal herself later in life, Fisher was best known as Princess Leia in "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope" (1977), one of the biggest box office hits of all time. With a Danish pastry hairdo and white robes, Fisher's Leia endeared herself to generations of obsessive fans who flocked to the sequels "Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back" (1980) and "Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi" (1983). She tried to escape the role with memorable turns in "The Blues Brother" (1980) and "When Harry Met Sally" (1989), but was unable to break free. Meanwhile, Fisher secretly struggled with drug and alcohol addiction, as well as bipolar disorder, which she first revealed with the semi-autobiographical novel Postcards from the Edge (1987), which was adapted into a 1990 film starring Meryl Streep. Equally discordant were her romantic affairs, which included a brief dalliance with Dan Aykroyd and a longtime relationship with singer Paul Simon, whom she married in 1983. In 2006, the self-deprecating Fisher took to the stage to poke fun at her addictions in the one-woman show, "Wishful Drinking." Though she continued to act, Fisher earned critical acclaim and industry respect for her work as an author and sought-after script doctor, all while embracing the image of Leia she once tried to avoid.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Sorority Row (2009)
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 White Lightnin' (2009)
5.
 Fanboys (2009)
6.
 The Women (2008)
7.
 Cougar Club (2007)
8.
 Ghost Writer (2007)
9.
 Undiscovered (2005) Cast
10.
 Stateside (2004) Mrs Dubois
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Milestones close milestones

1968:
First appeared onstage in her mother's Las Vegas, NV act at age 12
1973:
Made Broadway debut as chorus girl in a revival of "Irene"; starred her mother, Debbie Reynolds
1975:
Film acting debut in "Shampoo"
1977:
First leading film role as Princess Leia in "Star Wars"
1977:
Appeared in TV version of "Come Back, Little Sheba" (NBC)
1980:
Reprised role of Princess Leia in "The Empire Strikes Back"
1980:
Appeared on Broadway in "Censored Scenes From King Kong"
1982:
Assumed title role in the Broadway production of "Agnes of God"
1983:
Again played the role of Leia in "The Return of the Jedi"
1986:
Appeared in the Woody Allen film "Hannah and her Sisters"
1987:
Published first novel, <i>Postcards From the Edge</i>
1989:
Played a major supporting role in "When Harry Met Sally"
1989:
Played Tom Hanks' wife in the dark comedy "The Burbs"
1990:
Screenwriting debut, adapted her novel for the screen, "Postcards From the Edge"
1991:
Published the novel <i>Surrender the Pink</i>
1993:
Published the semi-autobiographical, <i>Delusions of Grandma</i>
1996:
Contributed column to <i>Live</i> magazine entitled "Travels With Billie"
1997:
Appeared as a therapist in "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery"
2000:
Played an actress mistaken for Carrie Fisher in "Scream 3"
2001:
Wrote the teleplay for the ABC movie, "These Old Broads" starring her mother Debbie Reynolds
2001:
Played a nun in "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back"
2003:
Appeared as Mother Superior in "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle"
2005:
Cast in "Undiscovered," a film which follows a group of aspiring entertainers trying to establish careers
2006:
Performed in a one-woman autobiographical show, "Wishful Drinking," at the Geffen Playhouse; also includes songs in the monologue
2007:
Appeared in several episodes of Showtime's suburban pot comedy "Weeds," as Celia's (Elizabeth Perkins) divorce lawyer
2007:
Garnered an Emmy nomination for her guest starring role on NBC's "30 Rock"
2009:
Will bring her one-woman show "Wishful Drinking" to Broadway (September)
2009:
Earned Grammy nomination for Best Spoken Word for album <i>Wishful Drinking</i>
2013:
Made franchise return in "Star Wars: Episode VII," confirmed by George Lucas
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Education

Beverly Hills High School: Beverly Hills , California -
Central School of Speech and Drama: London , England - 1975

Notes

Won PHOTOPLAY Magazine's Newcomer of the Year award in 1975 for "Shampoo"

Fisher has suffered with manic depression for most of her life. The condition was first diagnosed when she was a teenager.

In November 1998, Fisher entered a substance abuse clinic reportedly over problems resulting from prescription drugs for dental surgery. Fisher had previously been treated for an addiction to cocaine and for alcoholism.

"When I was younger, I thought my mother was perfect. She was beautiful. She was funny. She was loving and kind...She could only fall from the pedestal I put her on...Having a daughter of my own made me realize what my mother had been up against while raising me."---Carrie Fisher on her mother Debbie Reynolds Biography Spring 2004

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Albert Brooks. Actor, director. Had on-again, off-again relatioship for many years.
husband:
Paul Simon. Musician, singer. Married on August 16, 1983 for less than a year after a five-year relationship.
companion:
Bryan Lourd. Agent. Works for CAA; originally from Louisiana; no longer together; father of Fisher's daughter.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Eddie Fisher. Singer, actor. Born in 1928; married to Debbie Reynolds from 1955 to 1959.
mother:
Debbie Reynolds. Actor. Born in 1932; married to Eddie Fisher from 1955 to 1959.
brother:
Todd Fisher. TV commercial director, producer. Born on February 24, 1958; produced first feature film, "Twogether" (1992).
half-sister:
Joely Fisher. Actor, singer. Mother, Connie Stevens.
half-sister:
Tricia Leigh Fisher. Actor, singer. Mother, Connie Stevens.
daughter:
Billie Catherine Fisher Lourd. Born on July 17, 1992; father, Bryan Lourd.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Postcards From the Edge" Simon & Schuster
"Surrender the Pink" Simon & Schuster
"Delusions of Grandma" Simon & Schuster

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