Carrie Frances Fisher (D.O.B- October 21, 1956) is a well-known American actress and author. She gained widespread popularity for her character of Princess Leia in the original “” trilogy (1977-1983) and the latest installment “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (2015). She penned the semi-autobiographical novel “Postcards from the Edge” and her autobiography “Wishful Drinking”. She has starred in numerous movies in her career spanning more than forty years and delivered many hits. Fisher was born to singer Eddie Fisher and actress Debbie Reynolds in Beverly Hills, California. Actor and film producer Todd Fisher is her younger brother, and her half-sisters are actresses
and Tricia Leigh Fisher. She had a troubled childhood, with her parents getting divorced when she was just two years old. Her father married her mother’s best friend
and the following year her mother married Harry Karl, a footwear chain owner. Her debut performance was as a singer in the successful Broadway show “Irene”, which also featured her mother as one of the actors. The performances affected her education, and she was unable to finish her high school. She is an alumnus of Central School of Speech and Drama in London where she studied for a span of eighteen months. Her debut on the silver screen was with the comic movie “Shampoo” in 1975. In 1977, she was cast in the iconic role of Princess Leia in the
directed sci-fi movie Star Wars. Though she was skeptical about the acceptance of the film by the audiences, it was a huge success worldwide and made her internationally famous overnight. Following this, she appeared in a string of television productions. She later starred in “The Blue Brothers” film and then returned to Broadway with the play “Censored Scenes from King Kong”. In 1980, she returned for the second installment of the Star Wars series and also the Broadway production “Agnes of God” two years later. The following year saw her reprise her role in the third Star Wars movie. The “metal bikini look” that she posed for the movie achieved a cult following over time.
She has acted for stalwarts like in the movie “Hannah and her Sisters” and also the select few who have shared screen space with both John and
. Her first novel named “Postcards from the Edge”, was published in 1987. It depicted her substance addiction problem and her relationship with her mother. The accounts were fictionalized, and satire was used to present the situations. It went on to become a bestseller with her being awarded the Los Angeles Pen Award for Best First Novel. The novel was later made into a commercial movie starring in the year 1990. She kept working in movies in the meantime and also published two more novels, namely, “Surrender the Pink” and “Delusions of Grandma”. She also did some uncredited work on movies like Lethal Weapon 3, Outbreak and the Wedding Singer. She moved to comedy later, acting in movies like “Scream 3” and “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back”. She is also the co-writer of TV comedy movie “These Old Broads”, which she also co-produced. Apart from acting and creating original scripts, she was one of the famous script consultants in Hollywood and has polished and reworked scripts for more than 15 years of her career. In 2005 she was awarded the Women of Vision Award for her works. She has lent her voice for Angela on the show Family Guy, an animated sitcom. Following the publishing of the sequel to her first novel she moved to TV, mainly doing comedy and reality shows. She wrote and starred in the one-woman play Wishful Drinking, and it was a huge success throughout America. She also published her autobiography with the same name. The audiobook recording of her novel earned her a nomination for the Grammy’s in the category of Best Spoken Word Album.
She made guest appearances on shows like “Sex and the City”, “
” and “30 Rock”, the last one landing her an Emmy Award nomination. She was a part of the jury at the 2013 Venice Film Festival. Later she returned for the seventh episode of Star Wars, reprising her role from the previous installments, starring as an elderly. She has dated musician Paul Simon and was also supposed to marry
after they were engaged, but later married Paul Simon in 1983. They got divorced in 1984, but dated for some time after that as well. Later she was in a relationship with Bryan Lourd. They had one child together, Billie Catherine Lourd. Their relationship ended when Lourd declared his homosexuality. They were never married legally, in contrast to what has been claimed by Fisher in interviews. She was also supposedly a close acquaintance of
, but she has denied any sexual intimacy between them. Fisher has had to deal with drug addiction and bipolar disorder – a mental condition that creates periods of depression and periods of elevated mood. She has revealed that she receives electroconvulsive therapy treatments and that she used cocaine while filming the movie Empire Strikes Back. She has had a difficult time overcoming her addictions. Fisher is an agnostic. She often attends Jewish services following her father’s faith. Fisher’s has been a successful career with its share of ups and downs, with her being strong all throughout.