Carrie Fisher

  • 09 June 2004

Date of birth

21st October, 1956




1st January, 1970



Carrie Fisher (born 21.10.1956)
Carrie Fisher is an American actress best known for her appearance as Princess Leia in the original 'Star Wars' movies.

Childhood: Carrie Fisher was born in Beverly Hills, California. Her parents are singer Eddie Fisher and actress Debbie Reynolds but they divorced when she was two, with Eddie leaving her for Elizabeth Taylor. She attended Beverly Hills High School but dropped out to embark on an acting career with her mother. She later briefly attended London's Central School of Speech and Drama.

Acting career: Carrie Fisher made her film debut with 'Shampoo' in 1975. In 1977, she reached international fame when she starred as Princess Leia in George Lucas's 'Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope'. She also appeared in the 1978 TV movie 'The Star Wars Holiday Special'. In 1978, she appeared in the TV film 'Leave Yesterday Behind'. In the same year she was in a Ringo Starr music video for his cover of 'You're Sixteen'. She was in 'The Blues Brothers' as Jake's vengeful ex-lover and later appeared on Broadway in 'Censored Scenes' in 1980 as well as reprising her role as Princess Leia in 'Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back'. 1983 saw her last appearance as Leia in 'Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi' In 1986, she was in Woody Allen's 'Hannah and her Sisters'. In 1987, she published her first novel, the semi-autobiographical 'Postcards from the Edge', which earned her a Los Angeles Pen Award. She later released a film adaptation starring Meryl Streep. In 1989, she had a supporting role in the romcom 'When Harry Met Sally' and later appeared with Tom Hanks in 'The 'Burbs'. In 1991, she was in 'Drop Dead Fred' and 'Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery' in 1997. In 2000, played someone mistaken for Carrie Fisher in 'Scream 3' and appeared in the movie spoof film 'Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back' the following year as well as co-writing the movie 'These Old Broads'. She has a recurring voice role on the animated sitcom 'Family Guy'. She wrote and first performed in her one-woman play 'Wishful Drinking' in 2006, the title of which she lent to her subsequent autobiography. The audio-book for the book earned her a Grammy nomination in 2009. She has guest-starred in 'Sex and the City', '30 Rock' and 'Entourage'.

Personal life: Carrie Fisher was briefly engaged to Dan Aykroyd between her on/off relationship with Paul Simon who she married in 1983 before divorcing the following year. They even dated again after their marriage had ended. She was in a relationship with Creative Artists Agency principal Bryan Lourd and had one child with him named Billie Catherine Lourd. They split when Lourd came out as homosexual. She was close to singer and former soldier James Blunt and became his therapist. In 2005, Republican Party advisor Greg Stevens died at her home in California after an overdose of OxyContin. She claimed that his ghost haunted the house. She was raised protestant, though her father was Jewish, and describes herself as agnostic. She has struggled with drug addiction and bipolar disorder and had to have electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) to help with her mental state.

Deleted 'Force Awakens' Footage To Be Used In 'Star Wars: Episode IX' To Bring Back Carrie Fisher

By Daniel Falconer in Movies / TV / Theatre on 28 July 2018

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General Organa will be a part of the final Skywalker Saga 'Star Wars' movie after all.

Disney and Lucasfilm this weekend announced their full casting line-up for the final instalment in the Skywalker Saga, 'Star Wars: Episode IX'. One of the biggest surprises for fans was that the late great Carrie Fisher was listed amongst those set to appear, reprising her role of General Organa despite not filming a single scene for the movie.

Image caption The late Carrie Fisher will appear in 'Star Wars: Episode IX' after all

Whilst Disney once said they wouldn't be bringing Fisher back for the final film, it would appear that talks with her estate and in particular, her daughter Billie Lourd led to an agreement that she should be a part of the epic series' conclusion.

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Billie Lourd Pays Magical Tribute To Mom Carrie Fisher

By Stephanie Chase in Movies / TV / Theatre on 28 December 2017

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The ‘Star Wars’ actress passed away on December 27, 2016.

Billie Lourd has paid tribute to her mom Carrie Fisher on the first anniversary of her death in the most magical way possible.

The actress, 25, travelled to Norway to see the Northern Lights, something her mother Carrie had always dreamed of doing with her.

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Mark Hamill Regrets Voicing Criticisms Of 'The Last Jedi'

By Stephanie Chase in Movies / TV / Theatre on 27 December 2017

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Hamill had declared in an interview, “he’s not my Luke Skywalker.”

Mark Hamill has admitted he regrets publicly voicing his criticism of ‘The Last Jedi’ and director Rian Johnson.

During the press tour for the film earlier this month, Hamill gave a few choice quotes about the direction of his character in the new movie, including saying he was “not my Luke Skywalker.”

Image caption Mark Hamill at ‘The Last Jedi’ premiere

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Review


After the thunderous reception for J.J. Abrams' Episode VII: The Force Awakens two years ago, writer-director Rian Johnson had a lot to live up to with Episode VIII. And he delivers more than anyone expected: a lucid, entertaining film that operates on four distinct planes, deepens all of its characters, enriches the mythology and constantly surprises the audience with twists and turns. It's a little overwhelming, a nonstop two and a half hours of action and intensity without any time to catch your breath. But there's also a steady stream of sharp humour to help keep things in perspective.

The story picks up straight away, as the First Order led by Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis) presses its advantage to wipe out the rebellion for good. Snoke is playing his apprentice Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) off against General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson) for maximum effect as they launch an attack. Rebel General Leia (Carrie Fisher) is trying to protect her scrappy army, with pilot Poe (Oscar Isaac) trying against the odds to find a way to get them to safety. He sends rebel hero Finn (John Boyega) and mechanic Rose (Kelly Marie Tran) on a mission to track down a hacker who can give them a chance against the First Order. Meanwhile, Rey (Daisy Ridley) has tracked down Leia's brother, jaded Jedi master Luke (Mark Hamill), who is trying to teach her hard truths about the Force.

Each of these characters finds a surprising connection to others, derailing plans and sending each person on an unexpected journey. The way Johnson orchestrates all of this is remarkable because it's both coherent and compelling. And the actors beautifully inhabit the characters, offering telling glimpses beneath the surface. Driver has the strongest role, grappling with three other main characters to understand his destiny. It's dark and complex, and unnervingly moving. Ridley and Hamill also have powerfully gripping moments, while Isaac gets to make good on his scallywag promise in the previous film. And in her final role, the late Fisher brings a wonderfully knowing, sassy edge to Leia.

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Carrie Fisher Could Win A Grammy For Her Spoken Word Album

By Holly Mosley in Music / Festivals on 04 December 2017

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She's one of a handful of posthumous nominations this year.

Hidden amongst all the main Grammy nominations is a nod to the late 'Star Wars' star Carrie Fisher, who could be looking at her first music award for her spoken word album 'The Princess Diarist'. She's not the only posthumous nomination either, as at least three other late celebraties are named in other categories.

Image caption Carrie Fisher spotted outside Chiltern Firehouse

Gone but never forgotten, Carrie Fisher - who died at the age of 60 from a cardiac arrest last year - released her first memoir the month before her death entitled 'The Princess Diarist', exploring her time playing Princess Leia on the 'Star Wars' series and even detailing her alleged affair with co-star Harrison Ford. It was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Related Work, but is now looking at Best Spoken Word Album at the 2018 Grammys.

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Harrison Ford Breaks Silence On Carrie Fisher Affair

By Ed Biggs in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 14 September 2017

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In a new interview for GQ, Ford was drawn for a few words on the bombshell that Fisher dropped when she disclosed their affair on the set of Star Wars in 1977.

Harrison Ford has briefly broken his silence on the revelations of a romantic affair with Carrie Fisher on the set of Star Wars.

Back in 2016, Fisher dropped a bombshell on Star Wars fans when she revealed in her memoir, The Princess Diarist, that she and Ford had an affair while on the set of the film that started the franchise, A New Hope, in 1977. At the time, Fisher was 19 and Ford was 33, and still married to his first wife Mary Marquardt.

“It was strange. For me,” the 75 year old actor told GQ in an in-depth interview for its cover feature, published this week.

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John Boyega Says Carrie Fisher Gets An "Amazing Send-Off" In 'The Last Jedi'

By Ed Biggs in Movies / TV / Theatre on 02 August 2017

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Boyega told ABC that Princess Leia's final appearance in Star Wars is marked properly in 'The Last Jedi'.

Carrie Fisher’s iconic Princess Leia is to be given an “amazing send-off” in the character’s final Star Wars film The Last Jedi, according to co-star John Boyega.

The young London-born actor, who plays Finn, revealed to American broadcaster ABC in a new interview this week that he shares “many scenes” with Fisher in the upcoming eighth instalment of the Star Wars saga, The Last Jedi, and that the franchise “keeps her alive”.

Fisher died suddenly in December 2016 at the age of 60, and her final big-screen performance will come in The Last Jedi when it is released in cinemas at the end of this year. She had already completed filming her role in the movie at the time of her death, meaning no digital trickery has had to be used, but Leia will have no part in the ninth and final film set for 2019, and Boyega was asked about her final appearances and how the production team had treated it.

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Carrie Fisher Becomes Disney Legend At D23 Expo

By Daniel Falconer in Movies / TV / Theatre on 16 July 2017

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The late actress will go down in history as one of Disney's greats.

The late Carrie Fisher, along with 'Star Wars' co-star Mark Hamill, has been honoured as a Disney Legend in a special ceremony at this year's D23 Expo. Completing work as General Leia in upcoming 'Star Wars' flick, 'The Last Jedi', Fisher's fans still have some on screen action from the incredible talent to look forward to, much of which was teased at the annual event this weekend. You can see footage taken from the Expo below:

Tributes came for Fisher from a variety of big names at the D23 Expo in California, with Disney CEO Robert Iger telling a bustling audience: "Carrie has been an iconic part of the Star Wars franchise as you saw from the very beginning, and she will always hold a very special place in our hearts, and the hearts of fans around the world. We all miss her talent, her wit, and her friendship."

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Westworld And Saturday Night Live Lead The Way At The 2017 Emmys

By John Tindale in Movies / TV / Theatre on 14 July 2017

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The 2017 Emmy's Show What's Hot and What's Not

It was a successful day for Westworld and Saturday Night Live as both received 22 nominations each as they led the way at the 2017 Emmys. The popular NBC late-night sketch and comedy programme achieved more nods than it had ever previously done with the huge figure.

Image caption Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher at the 2015 SAG Awards

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Star Wars actress, Carrie Fisher departs from LAX airport. Los Angeles, California, United States - Friday 7th October 2016

Carrie Fisher, Kenny Baker London Film & Comic Convention held at Earls Court London, England - 01.07.06 Featuring: Carrie Fisher, Kenny Baker Where: London, United Kingdom When: 01 Jul 2006

Carrie Fisher with her daughter Billie Lourd and her dog Gary at the premiere of 'Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie' held at the Odeon Leicester Square. London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 29th June 2016

Carrie Fisher with her daughter Billie Lourd and her dog Gary at the premiere of 'Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie' held at the Odeon Leicester Square. London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 29th June 2016

Una Fox - US Ireland Alliance to Honor Stephen Colbert, Carrie Fisher and Irish Artist Colin Davidson at Pre Academy Awards Event at Bad Robot Santa Monica, Academy Awards - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 19th February 2015