60 (passed away Dec. 27th, 2016)
Oct. 21st, 1956
Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA
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Carrie Frances Fisher (born October 21, 1956 ~ December 27, 2016) was an American actress, novelist, screenwriter, and performance artist. She was best known for her portrayal of Princess Leia Organa in the original Star Wars trilogy. She was 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 and the non-fiction book Wishful Drinking she based it on.
Born in Beverly Hills, California, the daughter of singer Eddie Fisher and actress 'Debbie Reynolds'. Her father was Jewish, the son of immigrants from Russia, and her mother was raised a Nazarene, and is of Scots-Irish and English ancestry. Her younger brother is producer and actor Todd Fisher, and her half-sisters are actresses Joely Fisher and Tricia Leigh Fisher, whose mother is the singer and actress Connie Stevens.
When Fisher was two, her parents divorced after her father left Reynolds for her best friend, actress 'Elizabeth Taylor', the widow of her father's best friend Mike Todd. The following year, her mother married shoe store chain owner Harry Karl, who secretly spent Reynolds's life savings. She attended Beverly Hills High School, but she left to join her mother on the road. She appeared as a debutante and singer in the hit Broadway revival Irene (1973), which starred her mother.
In a January 2014 interview, 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. I'd like to wear my old cinnamon buns hairstyle again but with white hair. I think that would be funny".
In March, Fisher stated that she was moving to London for six months because that was where the filming would take place. On April 29, 2014, the cast for Star Wars Episode VII was officially announced, and Fisher, along with 'Harrison Ford', 'Mark Hamill', 'Peter Mayhew', 'Anthony Daniels', and 'Kenny Baker', were all cast in their original roles for the film. Star Wars Episode VII, subtitled The Force Awakens, was released worldwide on December 18, 2015. Fisher was nominated for a 2016 Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal.
In Rogue One (2016), which predates the original trilogy, a young version of Leia and the character Grand Moff Tarkin appear, both through computer animation. Fisher had completed filming her role as Leia in Star Wars: Episode VIII (2017) shortly before her death. Variety reported following her death that Fisher was slated to appear in Episode IX and that now Lucasfilm, Disney and others involved with the film will need to find a way to address her death and what will become of her character. At the time of her death, Fisher had been preparing a sequel to her one-woman play Wishful Drinking.
After Fisher concluded the European leg of her book tour, she took a December 23, 2016, United Airlines flight from London when she experienced a medical emergency fifteen minutes before the plane landed at Los Angeles International Airport. A passenger seated near Fisher reported that she had stopped breathing; another passenger performed CPR on Fisher until paramedics arrived at the scene. Emergency services in Los Angeles were contacted when the flight crew reported a passenger in distress prior to landing. After Fisher was taken by ambulance to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, she was placed on a ventilator.
Following four days in intensive care at UCLA Medical Center, Fisher died there on (December 27, 2016), at 8:55 a.m. (PST); she was 60 years old. Fisher's daughter, 'Billie Lourd', confirmed her mother's death in a statement to the press. News of Fisher's death spread quickly online where fans from around the world responded with tributes and condolences. Many of her costars and directors from Star Wars and other works also shared their thoughts on Fisher's death.
Her mother, 'Debbie Reynolds', died the following day after being rushed to the hospital from her son's Beverly Hills home, where they were meeting to plan Fisher's funeral. Todd Fisher said his mother had suffered a stroke, and that Reynolds said, "I want to be with Carrie" shortly before her death. Fisher said a private funeral and burial would be held jointly for his sister and their mother at Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills). A public memorial is being considered.
- Sometimes works as a screenplay "script doctor".
- Attended The Central School of Speech and Drama in London.
- (October 1998) Checked into substance-abuse program, addiction to prescription drugs.
- In her 2008 memoir, "Wishful Drinking," she notes that, like her mother in _Singin' in the Rain (1952)_ (qv), she became famous at age 19 for her role in a classic hit alongside two male co-stars. She also mentions that "Star Wars" could also refer to her celebrity parents' infamous divorce.
- Diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder and spoke on this topic at the American Psychiatric Association's Annual Meeting in May 2004 in NYC to thousands of psychiatrists.
- Appeared in _Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001)_ (qv), which also starred 'Mark Hamill (I)' (qv). It was the first time the two had appeared in the same film since _Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)_ (qv). Neither of them knew the other was involved in the project until shortly after filming had been completed.
- Turned down the role of Emmeline in _The Blue Lagoon (1980)_ (qv). 'Brooke Shields' (qv) won the part.
- Has a daughter Billie Catherine (with 'Bryan Lourd' (qv)) born in 1992.