Carrie Fisher

Actress + Screenwriter + Novelist
Born Oct 21, 1956

Carrie Frances Fisher is an American actress, novelist, screenwriter, and performance artist. She is best known for her portrayal of Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy. She is also known for her bestselling novel Postcards from the Edge and screenplay for a film of the same name, as well as her autobiographical one-woman play, Wishful Drinking, and the non-fiction book she based on it.… Read More

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1956 Birth Born on October 21, 1956.


1973 16 Years Old In 1973, Fisher enrolled at London's Central School of Speech and Drama, which she attended for eighteen months, and in 1978, Fisher was accepted to Sarah Lawrence College, where she planned to study the arts. … Read More


1977 20 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1977, Fisher starred as Princess Leia in George Lucas's science-fiction film Star Wars (later retitled Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope) opposite Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford. … Read More
1978 21 Years Old 1 More Event
In April 1978, she appeared as the love interest in Ringo Starr's 1978 TV special Ringo. … Read More
She appeared on Broadway in Censored Scenes from King Kong in 1980.
1982 25 Years Old She also appeared in the Broadway production of Agnes of God in 1982.
1983 26 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1983, Fisher returned to the role of Princess Leia in Return of the Jedi, and posed in the Princess Leia metal bikini on the cover of the Summer 1983 issue of Rolling Stone to promote the film. … Read More


1987 30 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1987, Fisher published her first novel, Postcards from the Edge. … Read More
1989 32 Years Old In 1989, Fisher played a major supporting role in When Harry Met Sally, and in the same year, she appeared with Tom Hanks as his wife in The 'Burbs.
1990 33 Years Old In 1990, Columbia Pictures released a film version of Postcards from the Edge, adapted for the screen by Fisher and starring Meryl Streep, Shirley MacLaine, and Dennis Quaid.
1991 34 Years Old 1 More Event
Fisher appeared in the fantasy comedy film Drop Dead Fred in 1991, and played a therapist in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997). … Read More


In an interview in 2004, Fisher said that she no longer did much script doctoring, but during the height of her career as a script doctor and rewriter, she worked on Hook (1991), Lethal Weapon 3 and Sister Act (1992), Made in America, Last Action Hero and So I Married an Axe Murderer (1993), My Girl 2, Milk Money, The River Wild and Love Affair (1994), Outbreak (1995), The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996), The Wedding Singer (1998), The Out-of-Towners and Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999), Coyote Ugly and Scream 3 (2000), Kate & Leopold (2001), Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002), and Intolerable Cruelty (2003), which she did a rewrite of back in 1994 (although it's not known if any of her work remained after the Coen Brothers rewrote it years later.) Fisher also worked on Mr. and Mrs. Smith and Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005). … Read More
2006 49 Years Old 1 More Event
In August 2006, Fisher appeared prominently in the audience of the Comedy Central's Roast of William Shatner. … Read More


Her show played at the Berkeley Repertory Theater through April 2008, followed by performances in San Jose, California, in July 2008, Hartford Stage in August 2008 before moving on to the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., in September 2008 and Boston in October 2008.
2009 52 Years Old In December 2009, Fisher's audiobook recording of her best-selling memoir, Wishful Drinking, earned her a nomination for a 2009 Grammy Award in the Best Spoken Word Album category.
2010 53 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2010, HBO aired a feature-length documentary based on a special live performance of Fisher's Wishful Drinking stage production.
In an interview posted March 2013, confirming she would reprise her role as Princess Leia in Episode VII of the series, she claimed Leia was "Elderly. … Read More
On January 21, 2014, in an interview with TV Guide, Carrie Fisher confirmed her involvement and the involvement of the original cast in the upcoming sequels by saying "as for the next Star Wars film, myself, Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill are expected to report to work in March or April. … Read More
Fisher's memoir, The Princess Diarist, is set for release in October 2016. … Read More
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