Carrie Fisher (Actress) as Princess Leia - Star Wars
 
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Updated: 3/6/2009

Name: Carrie Fisher

Born: October 21, 1956, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California

Claim To Fame: She is most famous for her portrayal of Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy.

Family Life: Fisher was married to musician Paul Simon, and stayed in a relationship with him for several years afterwards. Following their divorce, she was briefly engaged to actor and comedian Dan Aykroyd, but then she went to Simon. Once she left Simon for good, she dated Creative Artists Agency principal and casting agent Bryan Lourd. They had one child together, Billie Catherine, in 1992. Their relationship ended when Lourd left her for a man.

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Info: By the age of 12, Fisher was already appearing with her mother in Las Vegas. She left high school to join her mother on the road, and appeared as a debutante and singer in the Broadway revival Irene starring her mother. Her film debut came in the 1975 comedy Shampoo, and two years later she had the biggest role of her career - that of Princess Leia Organa in George Lucas' sci-fi film Star Wars opposite Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford.

She had a cameo role in The Blues Brothers movie, and appeared on Broadway in Censored Scenes From King Kong in 1980. That year, she appeared again as Princess Leia in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. She made her third and final appearance as Leia in the series in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. Her image as the slave girl in the golden metal bikini gave Fisher sex symbol status for a short period.

In her 1987 novel, Postcards from the Edge, Fisher fictionalized and satirized real life events such as her drug addiction of the late 1970s. It became a bestseller, and she received the Los Angeles Pen Award for Best First Novel. In 1989 Fisher played a major supporting role in When Harry Met Sally, and in the same year she played opposite Tom Hanks as his wife in The Burbs.

During the 1990s, Fisher appeared in the movie Drop Dead Fred, played a therapist in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, and also published the novels Surrender the Pink and Delusions of Grandma. In 1990, Columbia Pictures released the film version of Postcards from the Edge, adapted for the screen by Fisher and starring Meryl Streep, Shirley MacLaine, and Dennis Quaid.

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Trivia: Checked into substance-abuse program in 1998 for an addiction to prescription drugs.

Daughter of Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher.

Father Eddie Fisher left when she was 3 years old to marry Elizabeth Taylor.

Half-sister of Joely Fisher and Tricia Leigh Fisher.

Brother is 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.

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 starred together 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.

Did her first European signing in London, England in a hotel libary in August 2003.

Says her favorite moments from the Star Wars triology are the arguing scenes between her and Harrison Ford.

Along with her writing career, she also became a successful re-writer of movie scripts.

Is a long-time friend of Miguel Ferrer. He helped her prepare for her Star Wars (1977) audition.

Stood on a box for many of her scenes with Harrison Ford in the Star Wars trilogy because she was nearly a foot shorter than him.

Diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder and spoke on this topic at the American Psychiatric Association's Annual Meeting in May 2004 in NYC to thousands of psychiatrists.

Mother, Debbie Reynolds, lives with her.

Was once engaged to Dan Aykroyd.

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 Christopher 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 Meryl Streep. Streep portrayed Fisher in Postcards from the Edge (1990).

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Where Are They Now: Thanks to her expertise as a script doctor, Fisher was chosen as one of the interviewers for the screenwriting documentary Dreams on Spec in 2007. You might also have recognized her as the voice of Peter Griffin's boss on the animated sitcom Family Guy.

Fisher wrote and performed in her one-woman play Wishful Drinking at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles from November 7, 2006, to January 14, 2007. She has since performed the show on various stages around the country.

Fisher recently joined Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne on Saturday evenings for The Essentials with informative and entertaining conversation on Hollywood's best films. She also made a guest appearance on a recent episode of Deal or No Deal.

Write To Carrie Fisher:
Carrie Fisher
1700 Coldwater Canyon
Beverly Hills, California, 90210

Official Website: carriefisher.com/





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