Carrie Fisher was an American actress, writer, and comedian. Fisher is best known for playing Princess Leia in the Star Wars films, a role for which she was nominated for four Saturn Awards. Her other film credits include Shampoo (1975), The Blues Brothers (1980), Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), The ‘Burbs (1989), When Harry Met Sally… (1989), Soapdish (1991), and The Women (2008). She 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. She was posthumously made a Disney Legend in 2017, and in 2018 she was awarded a posthumous Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album.
Carrie Frances Fisher was born on October 21, 1956, in Burbank, California, to actress Debbie Reynolds and singer Eddie Fisher. Fisher’s paternal grandparents were Russian-Jewish immigrants, while her mother, who was raised a Nazarene, was of Scots-Irish and English descent.
Fisher was two years old when her parents divorced in 1959. Her father’s third marriage, to actress Connie Stevens, resulted in the births of Fisher’s two half-sisters, Joely Fisher and Tricia Leigh Fisher. In 1960, her mother married Harry Karl, owner of a chain of shoe stores. Reynolds and Karl divorced in 1973, when Fisher was 17 years old.
Fisher made her film debut at age 18 as the precociously seductive character Lorna Karpf in the Columbia Pictures comedy Shampoo (1975). Lee Grant and Jack Warden play the role of her parents in the film. Warren Beatty, Julie Christie and Goldie Hawn also star in the film. Since 1977, Fisher starred as Princess Leia in George Lucas’ science-fiction film Star Wars (later retitled Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope) opposite Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford.
In her 2016 autobiography The Princess Diarist, Fisher wrote that she and Harrison Ford had a three-month affair during the filming of Star Wars in 1976. Fisher met musician Paul Simon while filming Star Wars, and the pair dated from 1977 until 1983. Since 1980, she was briefly engaged to Canadian actor and comedian Dan Aykroyd, who proposed to her on the set of their film The Blues Brothers. She said: “We had rings, we got blood tests, the whole shot. But then I got back together with Paul Simon.” Fisher was married to Simon from August 1983 to July 1984. And they dated again for a time after their divorce. During their marriage, she appeared in Simon’s music video. And that was for the song “Rene and Georgette Magritte with Their Dog after the War”. Simon’s song “Hearts and Bones” is about their romance.
After finishing the European leg of her book tour. (Her last TV appearance was on an episode of 8 Out of 10 Cats broadcast 21 December 2016). Fisher was on a commercial flight on December 23, 2016, from London to Los Angeles. And when she suffered a medical emergency around fifteen minutes before the aircraft landed. 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. Fisher was taken by ambulance to the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, where she was placed on a ventilator.
On the morning of December 27, 2016, after being in intensive care for four days. And Fisher died at the age of 60 at the UCLA Medical Center. Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd, confirmed her mother’s death in a statement to the press. Many of her co-stars and directors from Star Wars and other works also shared their thoughts on her death.
- Full Name: Carrie Frances Fisher
- Date of Birth: October 21, 1956
- Birth Place: Burbank, California, United States
- Date of Death: December 27, 2016
- Place of Death: Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, California, United States
- TV shows: Family Guy, Star Wars Holiday Special, Catastrophe, etc.
- Books: Wishful Drinking, The Princess Diarist, etc.
- Cause of death: Cardiac arrest due to sleep apnea and atherosclerosis
- Resting place: Cremated: portion of her ashes entombed at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills, U.S.
- Occupation: Actress, writer, comedian, activist
- Years active: 1973–2016
- Spouse(s): Paul Simon (m since 1983; div. 1984)
- Partner(s): Bryan Lourd (since 1991–1994)
- Children: Billie Lourd
- Parent(s): Eddie Fisher,Debbie Reynolds
- Relatives: Todd Fisher (brother), Joely Fisher (half-sister), Tricia Leigh Fisher (half-sister)
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