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Name: Carrie Fisher  
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Date of Birth: 21st October 1956
Place of Birth: Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA
Profession: Actress
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Carrie Fisher (born October 21, 1956) is an American actress, screenwriter and novelist.

She was born Carrie Frances Fisher in Beverly Hills, California, the daughter of Jewish-American singer Eddie Fisher and English-American actress Debbie Reynolds. Her younger brother is Todd Fisher. Her half-sisters are actresses Joely Fisher and Tricia Leigh Fisher, whose mother is actress Connie Stevens.

When she was two years old, her parents divorced and her father married actress Elizabeth Taylor. The following year, her mother married shoe store chain owner Harry Karl.

Fisher grew up wanting to follow in the footsteps of her famous parents. She began appearing with her mother in Las Vegas at age 12. She attended Beverly Hills High School, but left to become an actress. She appeared as a debutante and dancer in the hit Broadway revival Irene (1973) starring her mother.

Soon after, she enrolled at London's Central School of Speech and Drama, where she attended 18 months. Her first movie appearance was in the Columbia Pictures comedy Shampoo (1975) starring Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, and Goldie Hawn, with Lee Grant, and Jack Warden.

In 1977, Fisher starred as Princess Leia Organa in George Lucas's sci-fi classic Star Wars opposite Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford, with Peter Cushing, and Alec Guinness.

Star Wars

Star Wars was a huge success and made her internationally famous in her own right. Princess Leia became a merchandising triumph; there were small plastic dolls of her in every toy store nationwide. Fisher has often joked that it was actually Princess Leia who became famous, and she just happened to look like her.

During that time, the late 1970s, Fisher became addicted to various drugs. The problem became so severe that she was nearly fired from The Blues Brothers (1980) for being unable to sober up long enough to film a proper scene. She then cleaned up and joined N.A. and A.A.

She appeared on Broadway in Censored Scenes From King Kong (1980), playing Iris. She was also a replacement in the Broadway play Agnes of God (1982).

Fisher's novel, Postcards from the Edge, which was semi-autobiographical in the sense that she fictionalized events obviously from her real life, such as her drug addiction of the late 1970s, was published in 1987. It became a sensational bestseller and she won the Los Angeles Pen Award for Best First Novel.

In 1990, Columbia released a movie version of Postcards from the Edge, which was adapted for the screen by Fisher and starred Meryl Streep, Shirley MacLaine, and Dennis Quaid.

Fisher has had one husband, musician Paul Simon (married 1983-divorce 1984). She is the mother of Billie Catherine Lourd (born July 17, 1992), whose father is CAA principal and agent, Bryan Lourd. The couple's relationship ended when Lourd left her for a man.

Her other novels include Surrender the Pink (1991), Delusions of Grandma (1993), Hollywood Moms (2001), and The Best Awful There Is (2004).

As Princess Leia in The Empire Strikes Back

In 2001, she co-wrote the TV comedy movie These Old Broads, of which she was also co-executive producer, starring 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 a drunken blackout when she married the actress's husband, "Freddy."

In an interview on public radio in 2005, Fisher expressed some regret about being known overwhelmingly for her role as Princess Leia, and joked that she was afraid if she ever became senile she might begin to slip back into character.

Fisher has publicly discussed her problems with drugs, her battles with bipolar disorder, and overcoming an addiction to prescription antidepressants, most notably on ABC TV's 20/20.

On February 26, 2005, 42-year-old Republican Party media adviser R. Gregory Stevens was found dead in a guest room at Fisher's home. She stated that he was a longtime friend and often stayed with her. An autopsy revealed he died from an overdose of cocaine and OxyContin.

Besides acting and writing, Carrie Fisher also works as a "script doctor" on the screenplays of other writers.


  • Shampoo (1975) ... Lorna
  • Star Wars IV: A New Hope (1977) ... Princess Leia Organa
  • The Star Wars Holiday Special (1978) ... Princess Leia Organa
  • Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) ... Princess Leia Organa
  • The Blues Brothers (1980) ... Mystery Woman
  • Under the Rainbow (1981) ... Annie Clark
  • Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi (1983) ... Princess Leia Organa
  • Garbo Talks (1984) ... Lisa Rolfe
  • The Man with One Red Shoe (1985) ... Paula
  • Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) ... April
  • Hollywood Vice Squad (1986) ... Betty Melton
  • Amazon Women on the Moon (1987) (Reckless Youth segment) ... Mary Brown
  • The Time Guardian (1987) ... Petra
  • Appointment with Death (1988) ... Nadine Boynton
  • The 'burbs (1989) ... Carol Peterson
  • Loverboy (1989) ... Monica Delancy
  • When Harry Met Sally... (1989) ... Marie
  • She's Back (1989) ... Beatrice
  • Sweet Revenge (1990) ... Linda
  • Sibling Rivalry (1990) ... Iris Turner-Hunter
  • Drop Dead Fred (1991) ... Janie
  • Soapdish (1991) ... Betsy Faye Sharon
  • Hook (1991) ... Woman kissing on bridge (uncredited)
  • This Is My Life (1992) ... Claudia Curtis
  • Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997) ... Therapist (uncredited)
  • Scream 3 (2000) ... Bianca Burnette
  • Heartbreakers (2001) ... Ms. Surpin
  • Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001) ... Nun
  • A Midsummer Night's Rave (2002) ... Mia's Mom
  • Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003) ... Mother Superior
  • Wonderland (2003) ... Sally Hansen
  • Stateside (2004) ... Mrs. Dubois
  • Undiscovered (2005) ... Carrie


  • The Aristocrats (2005) ... herself


The Best Awful (2004)

Delusions of Grandma (1993)

Surrender the Pink (1990)

Postcards from the Edge (1987)

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