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Carrie Fisher
Fisher in September 2013
Fisher in 2013
Born
Carrie Frances Fisher

(1956-10-21)October 21, 1956
Died December 27, 2016(2016-12-27) (aged 60)
Resting place Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills, U.S.
Occupation Actress, writer, humorist
Years active 1969–2016
Spouse(s)
Paul Simon
(m. 1983; div. 1984)
Partner(s) Bryan Lourd (1991–1994)
Children Billie Lourd
Parent(s)
Relatives

Carrie Frances Fisher (October 21, 1956 – December 27, 2016) was an American actress, writer and humorist who was best known for playing Princess Leia in the Star Wars film series. Her other film roles included Shampoo (1975), The Blues Brothers (1980), Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), The 'Burbs (1989), and When Harry Met Sally... (1989).

Fisher wrote several semi-autobiographical novels, including Postcards from the Edge and the screenplay for the film of the book, as well as an autobiographical one-woman play, and its non-fiction book, Wishful Drinking, based on the play. She worked on other writers' screenplays as a script doctor. In later years, she earned praise for speaking publicly about her experiences with bipolar disorder and drug addiction.

Fisher was the daughter of singer Eddie Fisher and actress Debbie Reynolds. Her mother and she appear in Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, a documentary about their relationship. It premiered at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. 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. One of her final films, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, was released on December 15, 2017 and is dedicated to her. Fisher will appear in Star Wars: Episode IX through the use of unreleased footage from The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi.

Early life

Carrie Frances Fisher was born on October 21, 1956, in Burbank, California, to actors and singers Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds.

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 "hid in books" as a child, becoming known in her family as "the bookworm". She spent her earliest years reading classic literature, and writing poetry. She attended Beverly Hills High School until age 15, when she appeared as a debutante and singer in the hit Broadway revival Irene (1973), starring her mother. Her time on Broadway interfered with her education, resulting in Fisher's dropping out of high school. In 1973, Fisher enrolled at London's Central School of Speech and Drama, which she attended for 18 months. Following her time there, Fisher applied to and was accepted at Sarah Lawrence College, where she planned to study the arts. She later left without graduating.

Death

After finishing the European leg of her book tour, Fisher was on a December 23, 2016 commercial flight from London to Los Angeles 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.

Following four days in intensive care at UCLA Medical Center, Fisher died 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. Many of her costars and directors from Star Wars and other works also shared their thoughts on her death.

On January 9, 2017, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued a death certificate that stated "cardiac arrest/deferred" as the cause of death. More tests were expected. In a June 16, 2017 news release, the Los Angeles County coroner's office said that the exact cause of death could not be determined, but sleep apnea was among the contributing factors.

The day after Fisher's death, her mother Debbie Reynolds suffered a stroke at the home of son Todd, where the family was planning Fisher's burial arrangements. She was taken to hospital, where she died later that afternoon. According to Todd Fisher, Reynolds had said, "I really want to be with Carrie" immediately prior to suffering the stroke. On January 5, 2017, a joint private memorial was held for Fisher and Reynolds. A portion of Fisher's ashes were laid to rest beside Reynolds in a crypt at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Hollywood Hills. The remainder of her ashes are held in a giant, novelty pill.

In the video game Star Wars: The Old Republic, thousands of fans paid tribute to Fisher by gathering at House Organa on the planet Alderaan where Fisher's character in Star Wars resided. Lightsaber vigils and similar events in Fisher's honor were held at various Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas theaters and other sites. On January 6, 2017, the lights on Broadway in Manhattan were darkened for one minute in honor of Fisher and her mother. Fisher and Reynolds were also both featured in the 89th Academy Awards In Memoriam segment. On March 25, 2017, a public memorial for mother and daughter was held at the Hall of Liberty theater in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The event was streamed live on Reynolds' website. On April 14, a special tribute to Fisher was held by Mark Hamill during the Star Wars Celebration in Orlando.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes Refs
1975 Shampoo Lorna Karpf
1977 Star Wars Princess Leia Organa
1980 The Empire Strikes Back Princess Leia Organa
Blues Brothers, TheThe Blues Brothers Mystery Woman
1981 Under the Rainbow Annie Clark
1983 Return of the Jedi Princess Leia Organa
1984 Garbo Talks Lisa Rolfe
1985 Man with One Red Shoe, TheThe Man with One Red Shoe Paula
1986 Hannah and Her Sisters April
Hollywood Vice Squad Betty Melton
1987 Amazon Women on the Moon Mary Brown Segment: "Reckless Youth"
Time Guardian, TheThe Time Guardian Petra
1988 Appointment with Death Nadine Boynton
1989 The 'Burbs Carol Peterson
Loverboy Monica Delancy
She's Back Beatrice
When Harry Met Sally... Marie
1990 Sweet Revenge Linda
Sibling Rivalry Iris Turner-Hunter
1991 Drop Dead Fred Janie
Soapdish Betsy Faye Sharon
Hook Woman kissing on bridge Uncredited
1992 This Is My Life Claudia Curtis
1997 Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery Therapist Uncredited
1998 The Emperor's New Clothes: An All-Star Illustrated Retelling of the Classic Fairy Tale The Imperial Lady-in-Waiting #1 Voice
2000 Scream 3 Bianca
Lisa Picard Is Famous Herself
2001 Heartbreakers Ms. Surpin
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back Nun
2002 Midsummer Night's Rave, AA Midsummer Night's Rave Mia's Mom
2003 Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle Mother Superior
Wonderland Sally Hansen
2004 Stateside Mrs. Dubois
2005 Undiscovered Carrie
2007 Suffering Man's Charity Reporter Cameo role
Cougar Club Glady Goodbey
2008 Women, TheThe Women Bailey Smith
2009 White Lightnin' Cilla
Fanboys Doctor
Sorority Row Mrs. Crenshaw
2010 Wishful Drinking Herself Documentary
2014 Maps to the Stars Herself
2015 Star Wars: The Force Awakens General Leia Organa
2016 Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds Herself Documentary
Rogue One Princess Leia Organa Archival audio and likeness
2017 Star Wars: The Last Jedi General Leia Organa Post-production; Posthumous release
Wonderwell Hazel Post-production; Posthumous release

Television

Year Title Role Notes Refs
1969 Debbie Reynolds and the Sound of Children Girl Scout Television film
1977 Come Back, Little Sheba Marie Television film
1978 Ringo Marquine Television film
1978 Leave Yesterday Behind Marnie Clarkson Television film
1978 Saturday Night Live Herself (host) Episode: "Carrie Fisher/The Blues Brothers"
1978 Star Wars Holiday Special Princess Leia Organa Television special
1982 Laverne & Shirley Cathy Episode: "The Playboy Show"
1984 Faerie Tale Theatre Thumbelina Episode: "Thumbelina"
1984 Frankenstein Elizabeth Television film
1985 From Here to Maternity Veronica Television short
1985 George Burns Comedy Week Mitzi Episode: "The Couch"; pilot for the series Leo & Liz in Beverly Hills
1985 Happily Ever After Alice Conway (voice) Television film
1986 Liberty Emma Lazarus Television film
1986 Sunday Drive Franny Jessup Television film
1987 Amazing Stories Laurie McNamara Episode: "Gershwin's Trunk"
1989 Two Daddies Alice Conway (voice) Television film
1989 Trying Times Enid Episode: "Hunger Chic"
1993 The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles N/A Co-wrote episode: "Paris, October 1916"
1995 Present Tense, Past Perfect Television short
1995 Frasier Phyllis (voice) Episode: "She's the Boss"
1995 Ellen Herself Episode: "The Movie Show"
1997 Gun Nancy Episode: "The Hole"
1997 Roseanne N/A Wrote episode: "Arsenic and Old Mom"
1998 Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist Roz Katz (voice) Episode: "Thanksgiving"
2000 Sex and the City Herself Episode: "Sex and Another City"
2001 These Old Broads Hooker Television film; also writer and co-executive producer
2002 Nero Wolfe Mystery, AA Nero Wolfe Mystery Ellen Tenzer Episode: "Motherhunt"
2003 Good Morning, Miami Judy Silver Episode: "A Kiss Before Lying"
2004 Jack & Bobby Madison Skutcher Episode: "The First Lady"
2005 Smallville Pauline Kahn Episode: "Thirst"
2005 Romancing the Bride Edwina Television film
2005–2017 Family Guy Angela (voice) 23 episodes
2007 Odd Job Jack Dr. Finch Episode: "The Beauty Beast"
2007 Weeds Celia's attorney Episode: "The Brick Dance"
2007 On the Lot Herself Judge
2007 Side Order of Life Dr. Gilbert Episode: "Funeral for a Phone"
2007 30 Rock Rosemary Howard Episode: "Rosemary's Baby"
Nomination—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series (2008)
2008 Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II Princess Leia Organa / Additional voices Television special
2008 Bring Back ... Star Wars Herself Television documentary
2009 Celebrity Ghost Stories Herself
2010 Wright vs. Wrong Joan Harrington Television film
2010 Entourage Anna Fowler Episode: "Tequila and Coke"
2012 Comedy Central Roast of Roseanne Herself (roaster) Comedy special
2012 It's Christmas, Carol! Eve Television film
2014 The Big Bang Theory Herself Episode: "The Convention Conundrum"
2014 Legit Angela McKinnon Episode: "Licked"
2014–2016 Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce Cat 2 episodes
2015–2017 Catastrophe Mia Norris 5 episodes
Pending—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series (2017)
2016 8 Out of 10 Cats Herself Episode 20x07

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