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Carrie Fisher
Princess Leia in Star Wars
Author, Postcards from the Edge

Carrie Frances Fisher (born October 21, 1956) is an American actress, novelist, screenwriter, and performance artist. Carrie Fisher is best known for Carrie Fisher's portrayal of Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy and for voicing Angela in Family Guy. Carrie Fisher is also known for Carrie Fisher's bestselling novel Postcards from the Edge and screenplay for a film of the same name, and Carrie Fisher's autobiographical one-woman play, Wishful Drinking.

 CARRIE FISHER'S FAMOUS DATING INTERVIEW

Carrie Fisher was born in Beverly Hills, California, the daughter of singer Eddie Carrie Fisher and actress Debbie Reynolds. Carrie Fisher's father was Jewish, the son of immigrants from Russia, and Carrie Fisher's mother was Protestant, of Scotch-Irish and English ancestry.[1][2][3][4] Carrie Fisher's younger brother is producer and actor Todd Carrie Fisher, and Carrie Fisher's half-sisters are actresses Joely Carrie Fisher and Tricia Leigh Carrie Fisher, whose mother is the singer and actress Connie Stevens.

When Carrie Fisher was two, Carrie Fisher's parents divorced after Carrie Fisher's father left Reynolds for Carrie Fisher's best friend, actress Elizabeth Taylor, the widow of Carrie Fisher's father's best friend Mike Todd. The following year, Carrie Fisher's mother married shoe store chain owner Harry Karl, who secretly spent Carrie Fisher's life savings. Carrie Fisher's family assumed that Carrie would go into show business, and Carrie Fisher began appearing with Carrie Fisher's mother in Las Vegas, Nevada at the age of 12. Carrie Fisher attended Beverly Hills High School, but Carrie Fisher left to join Carrie Fisher's mother on the road. Carrie Fisher appeared as a debutante and singer in the hit Broadway revival Irene (1973), starring Carrie Fisher's mother.

Career

1970s

In 1973, Carrie Fisher enrolled at London's Central School of Speech and Drama, which Carrie Fisher attended for 18 months. Carrie Fisher made Carrie Fisher's film debut in the Columbia comedy Shampoo (1975) starring Warren Beatty, Julie Christie and Goldie Hawn, with Lee Grant and Jack Warden. In 1977, Carrie 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, a part Carrie Fisher sarcastically claims to have obtained by sleeping "with some nerd."[5] At the time Carrie Fisher thought the script for Star Wars was fantastic but didn't expect that many people would agree with Carrie Fisher's and although Carrie Fisher's fellow actors weren't close they bonded after the commercial success of the film.[6] The huge success of Star Wars made Carrie Fisher's internationally famous and the character of Princess Leia became a merchandising triumph; there were small plastic action figures of the Princess in toy stores across the United States. Carrie Fisher appeared as Princess Leia in the 1978 made-for-TV film, The Star Wars Holiday Special.

In May 1978, Carrie Fisher appeared alongside John Ritter 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, 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.
Carrie Fisher appeared in the music video for Ringo Starr's cover of "You're Sixteen" as the love interest in 1978 on his TV special of that year.[7][8]

1980s

Carrie Fisher later appeared in The Blues Brothers film as Joliet Jake's vengeful ex-lover, listed in the credits as "Mystery Woman". Carrie Fisher appeared on Broadway in Censored Scenes from King Kong in 1980. That year, Carrie Fisher appeared again as Princess Leia in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. Carrie Fisher made Carrie Fisher's third and final appearance as Leia in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, for which Carrie Fisher became a sex symbol due to Carrie Fisher's appearance wearing a golden metal bikini (the slave girl outfit which almost immediately rose to pop culture icon status). Carrie 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. Carrie Fisher also was a replacement in the Broadway production of Agnes of God (1982). Carrie Fisher appeared in the Woody Allen film Hannah and Carrie Fisher's Sisters in 1986.

In 1987, Carrie Fisher published her first novel, Postcards from the Edge. The book was semi-autobiographical in the sense that Carrie Fisher fictionalized and satirized real life events such as Carrie Fisher's drug addiction of the late 1970s.[9] It became a bestseller, and Carrie Fisher received the Los Angeles Pen Award for Best First Novel. Also during 1987, Carrie Fisher was in the Australian film The Time Guardian. In 1989, Carrie Fisher played a major supporting role in When Harry Met Sally, and in the same year, Carrie Fisher appeared opposite Tom Hanks as his wife in The 'Burbs.

1990s

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. Carrie Fisher appeared in the fantasy comedy film Drop Dead Fred in 1991, and played a therapist in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997). During the 1990s, Carrie Fisher also published the novels Surrender the Pink (1991) and Delusions of Grandma (1993).
[edit]2000s

In the film Scream 3 (2000), Carrie Fisher played an actress mistaken for Carrie Fisher. Director's commentary on the Scream 3 DVD suggests that the sequence was in fact penned by Carrie Fisher herself.
In 2001, Carrie Fisher played a nun in the Kevin Smith comedy Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. The title spoofs The Empire Strikes Back and the film, which includes Mark Hamill, satirizes many Hollywood movies, including the Star Wars series.
Carrie Fisher also co-wrote the TV comedy film These Old Broads (2001), of which Carrie Fisher was also co-executive producer. It starred Carrie Fisher's mother, Debbie Reynolds, as well as Elizabeth Taylor, Joan Collins and Shirley MacLaine. In this, Taylor's character, an agent, explains to Reynolds' character, an actress, that Carrie Fisher was in an alcoholic blackout when Carrie Fisher married the actress's husband, "Freddy".

Besides acting and writing original works, Carrie Fisher was one of the top script doctors in Hollywood, working on the screenplays of other writers.[10][11] Carrie Fisher has done uncredited polishes on movies starting with The Wedding Singer and Sister Act,[10] and was hired by the creator of Star Wars, George Lucas, to polish scripts for his 1992 TV series The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles.[10] Carrie Fisher's expertise in this area was why Carrie Fisher was chosen as one of the interviewers for the screenwriting documentary Dreams on Spec in 2007. However, during an interview in 2004 Carrie Fisher said that Carrie Fisher no longer does much script doctoring.[11]

Carrie 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 Carrie Fisher wrote the introduction. Carrie Fisher published a sequel to Postcards, The Best Awful There Is in 2004. In August 2006, Carrie Fisher appeared prominently in the audience of the Comedy Central's Roast of William Shatner. In 2007, Carrie Fisher was a full-time judge on FOX's filmmaking-competition reality television series On the Lot.

Carrie Fisher wrote and performed in Carrie Fisher's one-woman play Wishful Drinking at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles from November 7, 2006, to January 14, 2007.[12] Carrie Fisher's show played at the Berkeley Repertory Theater through April 2008,[13] followed by performances in San Jose, California in July 2008, Hartford Stage in August 2008[14] before moving on to the Arena Stage in Washington, DC in September 2008[15] and Boston[16] in October 2008. Carrie Fisher published Carrie Fisher's autobiographical book, called Wishful Drinking based on Carrie Fisher's successful play in December 2008 and embarked on a media tour. On April 2, 2009, Carrie Fisher returned to the stage with Carrie Fisher's play at the Seattle Repertory Theatre with performances through May 9, 2009.[17] 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.[18][19] In December 2009, Fisher's bestselling memoir Wishful Drinking earned Carrie Fisher's a nomination for a 2009 Grammy Award in the Best Spoken Word Album category.[20]

Carrie Fisher joined Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne on Saturday evenings for The Essentials with informative and entertaining conversation on Hollywood's best films. Carrie Fisher guest-starred in the episode titled "Sex and Another City" from season 3 of Sex and the City with Sarah Jessica Parker. This episode also featured Vince Vaughn, Hugh Hefner and Sam Seder in guest roles. 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 Carrie Fisher received an Emmy Award[21] nomination. Carrie Fisher's last line in the show was a spoof from Star Wars: "Help me Liz Lemon, You're my only hope!". On April 28, 2008, Carrie Fisher was a guest on Deal or No Deal. In 2008, Carrie Fisher also had a cameo as a doctor in the Star Wars related comedy Fanboys.
In 2010, HBO aired a feature-length documentary based on a special live performance of Fisher's Wishful Drinking stage production.[22] Carrie Fisher also appeared on the seventh season of Entourage in the summer of 2010.[22]

Personal life

Carrie Fisher was briefly engaged to the actor and comedian Dan Aykroyd, who proposed on the set of their film The Blues Brothers in 1980. Carrie Fisher has stated: "We had rings, we got blood tests, the whole shot. But then I got back together with Paul Simon."[23]

Carrie Fisher dated musician Paul Simon from 1977 until 1983, then was married to him from August 1983 to July 1984, and they dated again for a time after their divorce. During their marriage, Carrie Fisher appeared in Simon's music video for the song "Rene and Georgette Magritte with Their Dog after the War".

Subsequently, Carrie Fisher had a relationship with Creative Artists Agency principal and casting agent Bryan Lourd. They had one child together, Billie Catherine Lourd (born July 17, 1992). The couple's relationship ended when Lourd left to be in a homosexual relationship. Though Carrie Fisher has described Lourd as Carrie Fisher's second husband in interviews, according to a 2004 profile of the actress and writer, Carrie Fisher and Lourd were never legally married.[24]
Carrie 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. Vanity Fair's George Wayne wanted Carrie Fisher to explain if their relationship was sexual. Carrie Fisher dismissed the suggestion: "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’s therapist. So it would have been unethical to sleep with my patient."[25]

On February 26, 2005, R. Gregory "Greg" Stevens, a lobbyist and advisor for the Republican Party, was found dead in Fisher's California home due to an overdose of OxyContin compounded by obstructive sleep apnea.[26] In an interview, Carrie Fisher claimed that Stevens' ghost haunted Carrie Fisher's mansion. Carrie Fisher was unsettled by this: "I was a nut for a year," Carrie Fisher explained, "and in that year I took drugs again."[27]

Carrie Fisher has described herself as an "enthusiastic agnostic who would be happy to be shown that there is a God."[28] Carrie Fisher was raised Protestant,[2] but often attends Jewish services, the faith of Carrie Fisher's father, with Orthodox friends.[29] Carrie Fisher was a spokesperson for Jenny Craig, Inc. Television ads airing in late January 2011.[30]

Bipolar disorder and drug problems

Carrie Fisher has publicly discussed Carrie Fisher's problems with drugs, Carrie Fisher's struggle with bipolar disorder, and Carrie Fisher's overcoming an addiction to prescription medication, most notably on ABC's 20/20 and The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive with Stephen Fry for the BBC. Carrie Fisher discussed Carrie Fisher's 2008 memoir Wishful Drinking and various topics in it with Matt Lauer on NBC's Today on December 10, 2008 and also revealed that Carrie Fisher wishes Carrie Fisher had turned down the role of Princess Leia.[31] This interview was followed by a similar appearance on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on December 12, 2008, where Carrie Fisher discussed Carrie Fisher's electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) treatments.[32] Carrie Fisher has said that Carrie Fisher receives ECT every six weeks to "blow apart the cement" in Carrie Fisher's brain.[33]
While in Sydney, Australia, Carrie Fisher revealed in another interview that Carrie Fisher had a cocaine addiction during filming of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, and also survived an overdose. "Slowly, I realized I was doing a bit more drugs than other people and losing my choice in the matter" Carrie Fisher said in an interview.[34][35]

Filmography

Film, television and video games

1975 Shampoo Lorna Carp
1977 Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope Princess Leia
1977 Come Back, Little Sheba Marie Videotaped TV drama
1978 Ringo Marquine TV movie
1978 Leave Yesterday Behind Marnie Clarkson TV movie
1978 The Star Wars Holiday Special Princess Leia TV movie
1980 Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back Princess Leia
1980 The Blues Brothers Mystery Woman
1981 Under the Rainbow Annie Clark
1982 Laverne & Shirley Cathy TV series, episode: "The Playboy Show"
1983 Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi Princess Leia
1984 Faerie Tale Theatre Thumbelina TV series, episode: "Thumbelina"
1984 Garbo Talks Lisa Rolfe
1984 Frankenstein Elizabeth TV movie
1985 From Here to Maternity Veronica TV short
1985 The Man with One Red Shoe Paula
1985 George Burns Comedy Week TV series, episode: "The Couch"
1985 Happily Ever After Alice Conway Voice only, TV movie
1986 Hannah and Carrie Fisher's Sisters April
1986 Hollywood Vice Squad Betty Melton
1986 Liberty Emma Lazarus TV movie
1986 Sunday Drive Franny Jessup TV movie
1987 Amazing Stories Laurie McNamara TV series, episode: "Gershwin's Trunk"
1987 Paul Reiser Out on a Whim TV movie
1987 Amazon Women on the Moon Mary Brown segment "Reckless Youth"
1987 The Time Guardian Petra
1988 Appointment with Death Nadine Boynton
1989 The 'burbs Carol Peterson
1989 Loverboy Monica Delancy
1989 Two Daddies Alice Conway Voice only, TV movie
1989 She's Back Beatrice
1989 When Harry Met Sally... Marie
1989 Trying Times Enid TV series, episode: "Hunger Chic"
1990 Sweet Revenge Linda
1990 Sibling Rivalry Iris Turner-Hunter
1991 Drop Dead Fred Janie
1991 Soapdish Betsy Faye Sharon
1991 Hook Woman kissing on bridge Uncredited role
1992 This Is My Life Claudia Curtis
1994 Super Star Wars: Return of the Jedi Princess Leia Video game
1995 Present Tense, Past Perfect TV short
1995 Frasier Phyllis TV series, episode "Phyllis", voice only
1997 Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery Therapist Uncredited role
1997 Gun Nancy TV series, episode: "The Hole"
1998 Dr, Katz, Professional Therapist Roz Katz TV series, episode: "Thanksgiving"
1999 Return of the Ewok short subject, filmed in 1983
2000 Scream 3 Bianca
2001 These Old Broads Hooker TV movie
2001 Heartbreakers Ms. Surpin
2001 Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back Nun
2002 A Midsummer Night's Rave
2002 A Nero Wolfe Mystery Ellen Tenzer TV series, two-part episode: "Motherhunt"
2003 Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle Mother Superior
2003 Wonderland Sally Hansen
2003 Good Morning, Miami Judy Silver TV series, episode: "A Kiss Before Lying"
2003 Sex and the City Herself TV series, episode: "Sex and Another City"
2004 Stateside Mrs. Dubois
2004 Jack & Bobby Madison Skutcher TV series, episode: "The First Lady"
2005 Undiscovered Carrie
2005 Smallville Pauline Kahn TV series, episode: "Thirst"
2005 Romancing the Bride Edwina TV movie
2005–present Family Guy Angela TV series, episodes: "Jungle Love",
"The Courtship of Stewie's Father",
"Hell Comes to Quahog",
"Whistle While Your Wife Works",
"It Takes a Village Idiot, and I Married One",
"Tales of a Third Grade Nothing",
"Peter-assment",
"Baby, You Knock Me Out",
"Road to the North Pole",
"Friends of Peter G.",
"It's a Trap!"
2007 Suffering Man's Charity Reporter
2007 Cougar Club Glady Goodbey
2007 Odd Job Jack Dr. Finch TV series, episode: "The Beauty Beast"
2007 Weeds Celia's attorney TV series, episode: "The Brick Dance"
2007 Side Order of Life Dr. Gilbert TV series, episode:" Funeral for a Phone"
2007 30 Rock Rosemary Howard TV series, episode: "Rosemary's Baby"
2008 The Women Bailey Smith
2009 Fanboys Cameo appearance
2008 Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II Princess Leia, Mon Mothma, Krayt Dragon's Mother TV movie, voice only
2008 Bring Back... Star Wars Herself One-off TV episode
2009 White Lightnin' Cilla
2009 Sorority Row Mrs. Crenshaw
2010 Wright vs. Wrong Joan Harrington TV movie
2010 Entourage Anna Fowler TV series, episode "Tequila and Coke"
2010 Family Guy Mon Mothma TV series, episode: "It's a Trap", voice only
2010 A Quiet Word With ... Herself Australian TV conversation series, season 1, episode 2[36]
2011 The Talk Herself TV series, November 15
2012 Dishonored Loudspeaker
2012 Comedy Central Roast Herself The Roast of Roseanne Barr
[edit]Bibliography

Novels

Postcards from the Edge, 1987, ISBN 0-7434-6651-9
Surrender the Pink, 1990, ISBN 0-671-66640-1
Delusions of Grandma, 1993, ISBN 0-684-85803-7
Hollywood Moms, 2001, (introduction)
The Best Awful There Is, 2004, ISBN 0-7434-7857-6
Non-fiction
Wishful Drinking, 2008, ISBN 1-4391-0225-2
Shockaholic, 2011, ISBN 978-0-7432-6482-2

Screenplays

Postcards from the Edge, 1990
These Old Broads, 2001
E-Girl (2007)
doctored screenplays for Hook (1991), Sister Act (1992) and The Wedding Singer (1998)[37]
Plays
Wishful Drinking, 2006
Wishful Drinking,[38] 2008
A Spy in the House of Me, 2008

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