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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.
Jenny Seagrove, Carrie Fisher , Gary - Actress Carrie Fisher who plays Princess Lea in the Star Wars movies joins activists to protest against the Chinese Yulin Dog Meat Festival. Protesters gathered at the Chinese Embassy in London and an attempt was made to hand in an a 11 million signature petition but the Embassy did not answer the door. at Chinese Embassy, Portland Place - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 7th June 2016
Carrie Fisher - 2016 EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) afterparty held at the Grosvenor House. at British Academy Film Awards, Grosvenor House - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 14th February 2016
It was a predictably out of this world opening weekend for ‘The Force Awakens’, but the film has just missed out on breaking the world record.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens has just missed out on setting the world record for a box-office opening by $7.9 million, according to early estimates. Although the film smashed records around the globe it’s $517m worldwide box office gross puts it second to Jurassic World’s $524.9m record, achieved earlier this year.
Harrison Ford returns as Han Solo in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
The Force Awakens suffered a disadvantage as studio Disney had failed to score a timely release for the film in China. Back in June, Jurassic World arrived on US and Chinese screens over the same weekend, bringing up it’s opening weekend gross.
Appealing both to a new generation of viewers and fans of the series since the beginning, this 30-years-later sequel to 1983's Return of the Jedi is a thrilling adventure. Filmmaker J.J. Abrams has managed to capture the tone of the original trilogy while telling a story about young, vibrant new characters whose connection to the overall saga deepens intriguingly as events unfurl.
Over the past three decades, the Empire has regrouped, forming the First Order to crush the Old Republic for good. And the plucky Rebellion hasn't offered much resistance since leader Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) disappeared. The Empire's top henchman Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) is searching for him just as diligently as the rebel leader General Leia (Carrie Fisher). But the real action is happening out of their grasp, as disaffected storm trooper Finn (John Boyega) teams up with rebel pilot Poe (Oscar Isaac) and then feisty scavenger Rey (Daisy Ridley) and expressive droid BB-8. Along the way, Han Solo and Chewbacca (Harrison Ford and Peter Mayhew) find themselves back in the fray. And everyone is startled when there's a strong stirring in the force.
Abrams beautifully recreates the scruffy, clanky mechanical atmosphere of the original trilogy, infusing scenes with witty banter and John William's soaring score to throw us right back into that familiar galaxy. This includes the saga's main themes: the temptation of power, how true heroism is often accidental, and the tension between parents and children. Combine this with a plot that propels itself with a series of unexpected adventures and battles, all centred on the characters, and the film taps strongly into the teen in all of us.
Continue reading: Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens Review
Carrie Fisher talks about some of the joys of returning to a film franchise such as Star Wars. Having her daughter on set playing a small role was one of many little things that made it special. In the years between last being seen in Star Wars and her new role as a General, Carrie explains that Leia was a constant in her life - she feels like she's her custodian so she always "tries to keep her fit and ready for action!"
Continue reading: Carrie Fisher - Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens Interview
It’s been nearly 40 years since Fisher first played Leia in the 'Star Wars' franchise.
With the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens just weeks away, Carrie Fisher, aka Princess Leia, is getting reflective on her character’s history and how much things have changed since she first appeared on screen in 1977. But while Fisher might not agree with Leia ‘slave’ action figures being banned, she does admit that at times her character was too much of a damsel in distress in the original trilogy.
Carrie Fisher in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
“I would have liked that lightsaber moment, very much yes. But there was no precedent (at the time),” Fisher told the New York Daily News when asked about Leia’s lack of heroic moment in the original films.
Fisher plays Princess Leia once again in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens', but she told Good Housekeeping that her role was dependent on her losing weight.
Carrie Fisher, who came to international fame when she played Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy, says that she was pressured into losing over 35 lbs in order to reprise her role in The Force Awakens.
The 59 year old star criticised the producers behind the new movie, which comes out in just over a fortnight, but said that very little has changed since she first started out in the industry 38 years ago.
“They don't want to hire all of me – only about three-quarters!” she told UK magazine Good Housekeeping. “Nothing changes, it's an appearance-driven thing. I'm in a business where the only thing that matters is weight and appearance. That is so messed up. They might as well say get younger, because that's how easy it is.”
After the victory of the Rebel Alliance over the Galactic Empire and subsequent demolition of The Death Star, you'd imaging life in a certain galaxy would be a little more subdued, but as we soon learn, life for Princess Leia, Luke and Hans wasn't exactly easy following their small yet essential victory.
30 years on and to most citizens - humanoid and alien - the stories of evil Lord Darth Vader and the Jedi Masters are just a legend, a story they tell their children that starts with the well-known overture: 'A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away'. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the seventh film in the Star Wars series and is an additional story to the original Star Wars outline.
The film follows a set of new characters as they join the battle and fight the evil forces once again threatening to destroy their galaxy. The Force Awakens was directed by Jj Abrams and sees a number of cast favourites return to the story including Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher.
Fisher warned the newcomer about the dangers of losing control of her image.
The female lead of the original Star Wars movies has given some sage advice to the star of the new ones, as Carrie Fisher interviewed newcomer Daisy Ridley. The Princess Leia actress, now 59, has warned 23 year old Ridley not to let herself be dressed in any gold bikinis for the movies!
In an exchange for Interview Magazine’s November edition, Fisher asked the newbie if she was prepared to be the object of the sexual fantasies of millions of Star Wars fans around the world when The Force Awakens opens in cinemas in December.
Daisy Ridley, star of 'The Force Awakens'
While the new trailer has given away little secrets, fans are freaking out in anticipation for ‘The Force Awakens’.
On Monday evening the new trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens hit and the internet nearly broke, thanks to the reactions of excited fans. The new clip is our third look at the upcoming film, but this trailer is by far the most interesting for fans, even if it gives little away.
Han Solo and Chewbacca in Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Newcomer Daisy Ridley is heavily featured as Rey, a scavenger who is thought to be the daughter of Han Solo and Princess Leia. The actress herself was just as emotional as the franchises’ legion of fans on Monday, while watching the trailer from her bed.
It's been thirty years since the Rebel Alliance; led by the noble Luke Skywalker, the intrepid Princess Leia and the lionhearted Han Solo; finally defeated Emperor Palpatine of the Galactic Empire, alongside his redeemed assistant Darth Vader. The second Death Star was reduced to rubble, and the galaxy was free from a tyrannous evil once more. If only that were true. For there can never be good without evil, and sure enough another Dark Lord, Supreme Leader Snoke, has arisen to take the Emperor's place, with even more brutal plans for the civilians across the stars. But this time there are also new heroes, better equipped to deal with the ever looming terror thanks to an example set by the now ageing former Han, Luke and Leia. They are now preparing to help a vindicated former stormtrooper named Finn, an independent scavenger called Rey, and Poe Dameron who is a Resistance X-Wing pilot.
Continue: Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer
It’s movie and music memorabilia gold galore this week with Princess Leia’s golden bikini sold at auction and Elvis’ gold-leaf piano up for sale.
Ever wanted to own Princess Leia’s bikini or Elvis’ piano? Well, now you can. That is if you happen to have tens of thousands of dollars going spare as both items have been or are up for auction this week.
Date of birth
21st October, 1956
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