Carrie Fisher
Actress, screenwriter, novelist
Carrie Fisher
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.
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"I Love You, China": My Chinese Adventure
Huffington Post - 11 days
Over the Christmas holidays I was privileged to perform with the Philadelphia Festival Orchestra on its first tour abroad and my first time playing with them. It was the best orchestra I ever performed with as well as one of the greatest French horn sections I have ever experienced. I have worked with our conductor, Jed Gaylin, before as a member of the Bay Atlantic Symphony. He was his usual energetic and precise self and provided us with inspiring leadership not just musically but spiritually as we endured a grueling schedule with ten concerts in twelve days with long travel on planes, trains, and buses. Every concert was excellent, even those at the end of the tour when half the orchestra members were suffering from flus and sore throats. We experienced many enthusiastic sold out crowds that wanted two or three encores each time. There were also many children in the audiences that displayed exemplary behavior (not sure we would have experienced that here in the USA.) ...
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In Defense Of Letting Yourself Go
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By Dayna Evans For someone who’s never had a baby, I know a hell of a lot about “baby weight.” After Jessica Simpson gave birth to her first child in 2012, she was criticized publicly for how much weight she’d gained during pregnancy; the news cycle speculated so obsessively over Simpson’s body and potential “bounce back” that it inspired a Jezebel story cataloging 109 of the worst headlines. “Despite battle to lose 70 pounds, Jessica Simpson binges on birthday brownies,” wrote the Examiner; “Jessica Simpson is Working Her Way Back to Her Daisy Dukes,” wrote OK! How ghastly! Ack! The lady had put on too many pounds after, lord have mercy, bringing a real human life into the world. And after she admitted that her body was “not bouncing back like a supermodel,” Simpson, then 31, worked extra hard to get herself back into fighting form. Drew Barrymore admitted to the same disgrace recently: putting on 20 pounds when she’d been going through a divorce. “I had sort of let myself go,” s ...
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Carrie Fisher celebrated in color
Reuters.com - 18 days
A new comic book outlines the life and career of the late Star Wars actress. Alicia Powell reports.
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Here's How You Can Attend Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds' Public Memorial Service
Huffington Post - 28 days
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WATCH: Carrie Fisher Wanted Harrison Ford to Sing During Her Oscars Tribute
ABC News - about 1 month
Carrie Fisher had some very specific thoughts about how she wanted to be remembered at the Academy Awards, revealed in a recently-unearthed April 2010 interview with the hosts of the Rebel Force Radio.
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'Moonlight,' Viola Davis, Carrie Fisher win honors from gay critics
LATimes - about 1 month
The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Assn. announced Thursday winners of its annual Dorian Film Awards. “Moonlight,” Barry Jenkins’ Oscar-nominated tale about a young black boy in Miami growing up and grappling with his sexuality, led the pack with five awards. Also recognized were Damien...
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'Moonlight,' Viola Davis, Carrie Fisher win honors from gay critics
LATimes - about 1 month
The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Assn. announced Thursday winners of its annual Dorian Film Awards. “Moonlight,” Barry Jenkins’ Oscar-nominated tale about a young black boy in Miami growing up and grappling with his sexuality, led the pack with five awards. Also recognized were Damien...
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Jane Fonda And Richard Perry Split After 8 Years Together
Huffington Post - about 1 month
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'Star Wars' Won't Digitally Resurrect Carrie Fisher In Future Films
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'Star Wars' makers vow not to digitally recreate Carrie Fisher
Reuters.com - about 1 month
LOS ANGELES, Jan 13 (Reuters) - The studio behind the "Star Wars" movie franchise said on Friday is has no plans to digitally recreate film performances of the late actress Carrie Fisher, best known for her role as Princess Leia, in upcoming installments of the blockbuster series.
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How To Attend Watch Us Run: An Inauguration Day Event In Washington, D.C.
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There’s no time like the present to get inspired, to get involved, and to elevate diverse voices. That’s why HuffPost and Bustle, in partnership with Bold, are turning Inauguration Day into a non-partisan platform for action. Our event is called Watch Us Run, and will take place in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 20 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You’re all invited. What Is “Watch Us Run?” Watch Us Run is a non-partisan event hosted by HuffPost and Bustle, in partnership with Bold, that joins some of the most influential figures in politics, media, the arts, and activism for a day of sharing, learning, a little bit of eating and drinking, and a lot of organizing for change. Who Will Be There? Confirmed panelists include actor and UNFPA Global Goodwill Ambassador Ashley Judd, Oscar Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore, actor Amber Tamblyn, former Independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin, “The Daily Show” co-creator Lizz Winstead, comedian Phoebe Robinson, Women’s March c ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Carrie Fisher
    FIFTIES
  • 2016
    Age 59
    In 2016, Harvard College awarded Fisher with their Annual Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award in Cultural Humanism, noting that "her forthright activism and outspokenness about addiction, mental illness, and agnosticism have advanced public discourse on these issues with creativity and empathy."
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    Fisher was nominated for a 2016 Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal.
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    Fisher's memoir, The Princess Diarist, is set for release in October 2016.
    More Details Hide Details The book is based on diaries she kept while filming the original Star Wars trilogy in the late 70s and early 80s.
  • 2014
    Age 57
    In 2014, she told The Telegraph that she was no longer receiving the treatment.
    More Details Hide Details Fisher revealed in another interview that she took cocaine during the filming of The Empire Strikes Back. "Slowly, I realized I was doing a bit more drugs than other people and losing my choice in the matter," she noted. In 1985, after months of sobriety, she accidentally overdosed on a combination of prescription medication and sleeping pills. She was rushed to the hospital, creating the turn of events that led to much of the material in her novel and screenplay, Postcards from the Edge. Asked why she didn't take on the role of her story's protagonist, named Suzanne, in the film version, Fisher remarked, "I've already played Suzanne."
    On April 29, 2014, the cast for Star Wars Episode VII was officially announced, and Fisher, along with original trilogy castmates Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels, and Kenny Baker, were all cast in their original roles for the film.
    More Details Hide Details New castmates include Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, and Max von Sydow. Star Wars Episode VII, subtitled The Force Awakens, was released worldwide on December 18, 2015.
    In March 2014, Fisher stated that she was moving to London for six months because that was where filming would take place.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details I'd like to wear my old cinnamon buns hairstyle again but with white hair. I think that would be funny."
  • 2013
    Age 56
    In August 2013, she was selected as a member of the main competition jury at the 2013 Venice Film Festival.
    More Details Hide Details In June 2014, she filmed an appearance on the UK comedy panel show QI. It was broadcast on December 25, 2014. In 2015 she starred alongside Sharon Horgan and American comedian Rob Delaney in Catastrophe, a six-part comedy series for the British Channel 4 that aired in the UK from 19 January 2015.
    After other media outlets reported this on March 6, 2013, her representative said the same day Fisher was joking and nothing has been announced.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details She’s in an intergalactic old folks’ home laughs. I just think she would be just like she was before, only slower and less inclined to be up for the big battle."
  • 2010
    Age 53
    Fisher also appeared on the seventh season of Entourage in the summer of 2010.
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    In 2010, HBO aired a feature-length documentary based on a special live performance of Fisher's Wishful Drinking stage production.
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  • 2009
    Age 52
    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.
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  • 2008
    Age 51
    In 2008, she also had a cameo as a doctor in the Star Wars-related comedy Fanboys.
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    Her last line in the show was a spoof from Star Wars: "Help me Liz Lemon, You're my only hope!" On April 28, 2008, she was a guest on Deal or No Deal.
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    Fisher published her autobiographical book, also titled Wishful Drinking, based on her successful play in December 2008 and embarked on a media tour.
    More Details Hide Details On April 2, 2009, Fisher returned to the stage with her play at the Seattle Repertory Theatre with performances through May 9, 2009. On October 4, 2009, Wishful Drinking then opened on Broadway in New York at Studio 54 and played an extended run until January 17, 2010.
    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.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2006
    Age 49
    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.
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    In August 2006, Fisher appeared prominently in the audience of the Comedy Central's Roast of William Shatner.
    More Details Hide Details In 2007, she was a full-time judge on FOX's filmmaking-competition reality television series On the Lot.
  • 2004
    Age 47
    Though Fisher has described Lourd as her second husband in interviews, according to a 2004 profile of the actress and writer, she and Lourd were never legally married.
    More Details Hide Details Fisher also had a close relationship with James Blunt. While working on his album Back to Bedlam in 2003, Blunt spent much of his time at Fisher's residence. When Vanity Fair's George Wayne asked Fisher if their relationship was sexual, she replied: "Absolutely not, but I did become his therapist. He was a soldier. This boy has seen awful stuff. Every time James hears fireworks or anything like that, his heart beats faster, and he gets 'fight or flight.' You know, he comes from a long line of soldiers dating back to the 10th century. He would tell me these horrible stories. He was a captain, a reconnaissance soldier. I became James’ therapist. So it would have been unethical to sleep with my patient." On February 26, 2005, R. Gregory "Greg" Stevens, a lobbyist, was found dead in Fisher's California home. The final autopsy report lists the cause of death as "cocaine and oxycodone use" but adds chronic, and apparently previously undiagnosed, heart disease as contributing factors. Media coverage of an initial autopsy report used the word "overdose," but that wording is not in the final report. In an interview, Fisher claimed that Stevens's ghost haunted her mansion, which unsettled her: "I was a nut for a year", she explained, "and in that year I took drugs again."
    Fisher published a sequel to Postcards, The Best Awful There Is, in 2004.
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    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).
    More Details Hide Details In 2005, Women in Film & Video - DC recognized Fisher with the Women of Vision Award. Fisher also voices Peter Griffin's boss, Angela, on the animated sitcom Family Guy and appeared in a book of photographs titled Hollywood Moms (2001) for which she wrote the introduction.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1991
    Age 34
    Besides acting and writing original works, Fisher was one of the top script doctors in Hollywood, working on the screenplays of other writers. She did uncredited polishes on movies in a 15-year stretch from 1991 to 2005, and was hired by the creator of Star Wars, George Lucas, to polish scripts for his 1992 TV series The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, as well as the dialogue for the Star Wars prequel scripts.
    More Details Hide Details Her expertise in this area was the reason she was chosen as one of the interviewers for the screenwriting documentary Dreams on Spec in 2007.
    Fisher appeared in the fantasy comedy film Drop Dead Fred in 1991, and played a therapist in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997).
    More Details Hide Details During the 1990s, Fisher also published the novels Surrender the Pink (1990) and Delusions of Grandma (1993). Fisher also did uncredited script work for movies such as Lethal Weapon 3 (where she wrote some of Rene Russo's dialogue), Outbreak and The Wedding Singer. In the film Scream 3 (2000), Fisher played an actress mistaken for Carrie Fisher. In 2001, Fisher played a nun in the Kevin Smith comedy Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. She also co-wrote the TV comedy film These Old Broads (2001), of which she was also co-executive producer. It starred her mother, Debbie Reynolds, as well as Elizabeth Taylor, Joan Collins, and Shirley MacLaine. In this, Taylor's character, an agent, explains to Reynolds's character, an actress, that she was in an alcoholic blackout when she married the actress's husband, "Freddy".
  • 1990
    Age 33
    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.
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  • 1989
    Age 32
    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.
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  • 1987
    Age 30
    Also during 1987, she was in the Australian film The Time Guardian.
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    In 1987, Fisher published her first novel, Postcards from the Edge.
    More Details Hide Details The book was semi-autobiographical in the sense that she fictionalized and satirized real-life events such as her drug addiction of the late 1970s and her relationship with her mother. It became a bestseller, and she received the Los Angeles Pen Award for Best First Novel.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1986
    Age 29
    Fisher is one of the few actors or actresses to star in films with both John and James Belushi, later appearing with the latter in the film The Man with One Red Shoe. She appeared in the Woody Allen film Hannah and her Sisters in 1986.
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  • 1983
    Age 26
    Fisher was married to Simon from August 1983 to July 1984, and they dated again for a time after their divorce.
    More Details Hide Details During their marriage, she appeared in Simon's music video for the song "Rene and Georgette Magritte with Their Dog after the War". Simon's song "Hearts and Bones" is about their relationship. Subsequently, she had a relationship with Creative Artists Agency principal and talent agent Bryan Lourd. They had one child together, Billie Catherine Lourd (born July 17, 1992). Eddie Fisher states in his autobiography (Been There Done That) his granddaughter's name is Catherine Fisher Lourd and her nickname is "Billy". The couple's relationship ended when Lourd left to be in a relationship with a man.
    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.
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  • 1982
    Age 25
    She also appeared in the Broadway production of Agnes of God in 1982.
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  • 1980
    Age 23
    In 1980 she was briefly engaged to Canadian actor and comedian Dan Aykroyd, who proposed on the set of their film The Blues Brothers.
    More Details Hide Details She said: "We had rings, we got blood tests, the whole shot. But then I got back together with Paul Simon."
    That year, she reprised her role as Princess Leia in The Empire Strikes Back, and appeared as herself with her Star Wars costars on the cover of the July 12, 1980 issue of Rolling Stone to promote the film.
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    She appeared on Broadway in Censored Scenes from King Kong in 1980.
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  • 1978
    Age 21
    That November, she appeared as Princess Leia in the 1978 TV production Star Wars Holiday Special, and sang in the last scene.
    More Details Hide Details Fisher later appeared in The Blues Brothers film as Jake's vengeful ex-lover; she is listed in the credits as "Mystery Woman". While in Chicago filming the movie, her life was saved by Dan Aykroyd when she was choking on a Brussels sprout and he performed the Heimlich maneuver on her.
    In April 1978, she appeared as the love interest in Ringo Starr's 1978 TV special Ringo.
    More Details Hide Details The next month, she appeared alongside John Ritter (who had also appeared in Ringo) in the ABC-TV film Leave Yesterday Behind, as a horse trainer who helps Ritter's character after an accident leaves him a paraplegic. At this time, Fisher appeared with Laurence Olivier and Joanne Woodward in the anthology series Laurence Olivier Presents in a television version of the William Inge play Come Back, Little Sheba.
  • 1977
    Age 20
    Fisher dated musician Paul Simon from 1977 until 1983.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details At the time, she believed the script for Star Wars was fantastic, but did not expect many people to agree with her, and though her fellow actors were not close at the time, they bonded after the commercial success of the film. The huge success of Star Wars made her internationally famous.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1973
    Age 16
    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.
    More Details Hide Details However, she left before graduating due to conflicts with the filming of Star Wars. Fisher made her film debut in the Columbia comedy Shampoo (1975) starring Warren Beatty, Julie Christie and Goldie Hawn, with Lee Grant and Jack Warden as her character's parents.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1956
    Born
    Born on October 21, 1956.
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