71 Facts About Carrie Fisher

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Carrie Fisher's played Princess Leia in the Star Wars films, a role for which she received four Saturn Award nominations.

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Carrie Fisher's reprised the role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)—a posthumous release that was dedicated to her—and appeared in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) through the use of unreleased footage from Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

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Carrie Fisher's was nominated twice for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her performances on the television series 30 Rock and Catastrophe (2017).

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Carrie Fisher wrote several semi-autobiographical novels, including Postcards from the Edge and an autobiographical one-woman play, and its non-fiction book, Wishful Drinking, based on the play.

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Carrie Fisher's wrote the screenplay for the film version of Postcards from the Edge which garnered her a BAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay nomination, and her one-woman stage show of Wishful Drinking received a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Special.

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Carrie Fisher worked on other writers' screenplays as a script doctor, including tightening the scripts for Hook, Sister Act (1992), The Wedding Singer (1998), and many of the films from the Star Wars franchise, among others.

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Carrie Fisher was the daughter of singer Eddie Carrie Fisher and actress Debbie Reynolds.

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Carrie Fisher's earned praise for speaking publicly about her experiences with bipolar disorder and drug addiction.

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Carrie Fisher died of a sudden cardiac arrest on December 27, 2016, at age 60, four days after experiencing a medical emergency during a transatlantic flight from London to Los Angeles.

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Carrie Fisher's was posthumously made a Disney Legend in 2017, and in 2018 she was awarded a posthumous Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album.

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Carrie Frances Fisher was born on October 21, 1956, at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, California, to actress Debbie Reynolds and singer Eddie Fisher.

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Carrie Fisher was two years old when her parents divorced in 1959.

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Carrie Fisher "hid in books" as a child, becoming known in her family as "the bookworm.

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Carrie Fisher's attended Beverly Hills High School until age 16, when she appeared as a debutante and singer in the hit Broadway revival Irene, starring her mother.

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In 1973, Carrie Fisher enrolled at London's Central School of Speech and Drama, which she attended for 18 months.

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Carrie Fisher's was extremely smart; a talented actress, writer and comedienne with a very colorful personality that everyone loved.

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Carrie Fisher made her film debut in 1975 as the precociously seductive character Lorna Karpf in the Columbia Pictures comedy Shampoo, filmed in mid-1974, when she was age 17.

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At this time, Carrie 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.

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Carrie Fisher appeared in the film The Blues Brothers as Jake's vengeful ex-lover; she is listed in the credits as "Mystery Woman".

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Carrie Fisher's appeared on Broadway in Censored Scenes from King Kong in 1980.

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Carrie Fisher's starred as Sister Agnes in the Broadway production of Agnes of God in 1983.

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In 1983, Carrie Fisher returned to the role of Princess Leia in Return of the Jedi, and posed in the character's metal bikini on the cover of the Summer 1983 issue of Rolling Stone to promote the film.

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In 1989, Carrie Fisher played a major supporting role in When Harry Met Sally.

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In 1990, Columbia Pictures released a film version of Postcards from the Edge, adapted for the screen by Carrie Fisher and starring Meryl Streep, Shirley MacLaine, and Dennis Quaid.

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Carrie Fisher appeared in the fantasy comedy film Drop Dead Fred in 1991, and played a therapist in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery.

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Carrie Fisher wrote an episode of the television sitcom Roseanne entitled "Arsenic and Old Mom", in which her mother Debbie Reynolds made a guest appearance.

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Carrie Fisher's co-wrote the TV comedy film These Old Broads, of which she was co-executive producer.

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In 2003 Carrie Fisher played Mother Superior, another nun, in Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle.

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Carrie Fisher's did uncredited polishes on movies in a 15-year stretch from 1991 to 2005.

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Carrie Fisher's was hired by George Lucas to polish scripts for his 1992 TV series The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles and the dialogue for the Star Wars prequel scripts.

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Carrie Fisher voiced Peter Griffin's boss, Angela, on the animated sitcom Family Guy and wrote the introduction for a book of photographs titled Hollywood Moms, which was published in 2001.

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Carrie Fisher published a sequel to Postcards, The Best Awful There Is, in 2004.

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Carrie Fisher wrote and performed in her one-woman play Wishful Drinking at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles from November 2006 to January 2007.

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Carrie Fisher published her autobiographical book, titled Wishful Drinking, based on her successful play in December 2008 and embarked on a media tour.

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In 2009, Carrie Fisher returned to the stage with her play at the Seattle Repertory Theatre.

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In December 2009, Carrie Fisher's audiobook recording of Wishful Drinking earned her a nomination for a 2009 Grammy Award in the Best Spoken Word Album category.

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Carrie Fisher joined Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne on Saturday evenings in 2007 for The Essentials with informative and entertaining conversation on Hollywood's best films.

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On October 25, 2007, Carrie Fisher guest-starred as Rosemary Howard on the second-season episode of 30 Rock called "Rosemary's Baby", for which she received an Emmy Award nomination.

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Carrie Fisher appeared on the seventh season of Entourage in the summer of 2010.

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Carrie Fisher's was among the featured performers at the Comedy Central Roast of Roseanne, which aired in August 2012.

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Carrie Fisher joked that she had no idea why she was asked to roast Roseanne, until "they explained that we were actually good friends, and that apparently we have worked together.

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Fellow roaster Wayne Brady poked fun at Carrie Fisher's career, saying she was the only celebrity "whose action figure is worth more than you are.

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Carrie Fisher's was selected as a member of the main competition jury at the 2013 Venice Film Festival.

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Carrie Fisher's filmed an appearance on the UK comedy panel show QI that was broadcast on December 25, 2014.

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Carrie Fisher starred alongside Sharon Horgan and comedian Rob Delaney in the British comedy series Catastrophe, that was first broadcast on Channel 4 in the UK on January 19, 2015.

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In March 2014, Carrie Fisher stated that she was moving to London for six months because that was where Star Wars Episode VII filming would take place.

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Carrie Fisher was nominated for a 2016 Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal.

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Carrie Fisher had completed filming her role as Leia in Star Wars: The Last Jedi shortly before her death.

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Carrie Fisher appeared posthumously in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker via unreleased footage from The Force Awakens.

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Carrie Fisher's will be featured in the film Wonderwell with Rita Ora, which was filmed in the summer of 2016 in Italy; it has been completed and was scheduled for release in 2022.

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51.

Carrie Fisher met musician Paul Simon while filming Star Wars, and the pair dated from 1977 until 1983.

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Carrie Fisher's said: "We had rings, we got blood tests, the whole shot.

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Carrie Fisher was married to Simon from August 1983 to July 1984 and they dated again for a time after their divorce.

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Carrie Fisher said she felt privileged to appear in Simon's songs.

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Carrie Fisher subsequently had a relationship with Creative Artists Agency principal and talent agent Bryan Lourd.

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Eddie Carrie Fisher stated in his autobiography that his granddaughter's name is Catherine Carrie Fisher Lourd and her nickname is "Billy".

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In interviews, Carrie Fisher described Lourd as her second husband, but a 2004 profile revealed that she and Lourd were never legally married.

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Carrie Fisher had a close relationship with English singer-songwriter James Blunt.

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Carrie Fisher described herself as an "enthusiastic agnostic who would be happy to be shown that there is a God.

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Carrie Fisher was a supporter and advocate for several causes, including women's advocacy, animal rights, and LGBT causes.

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Carrie Fisher's was open about her experiences caring for friends who had AIDS, contributing financially to various AIDS and HIV organizations, including hosting a benefit for amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research.

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Carrie Fisher's served as an honorary board member for the International Bipolar Foundation, and, in 2014, received the Golden Heart Award for her work with The Midnight Mission.

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Carrie Fisher's was a spokesperson for Jenny Craig weight loss television ads that aired in January 2011.

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Carrie Fisher's said her drug use was a form of self-medication; she used pain medication such as Percodan to "dial down" the manic aspect of her bipolar disorder.

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Carrie Fisher's gave nicknames to her bipolar moods: Roy and Pam ("who stands on the shore and sobs").

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Carrie Fisher's 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.

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Carrie Fisher was taken by ambulance to the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, where she was placed on a ventilator.

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Carrie Fisher's was purposefully open in all of her work about the social stigmas surrounding these diseases.

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Carrie Fisher's was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where she died later that afternoon.

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Lightsaber vigils and similar events in Carrie Fisher's honor were held at various Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas theaters and other sites.

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In June 2021, it was announced that Carrie Fisher would receive an official star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2022.

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