Carrie Fisher

Actress and Author Carrie Fisher
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Profession: Actress and Author

United States of America

Biography: Carrie Fisher was best known for her role as Princess Leia in the original Star Wars film trilogy.

Carrie Frances Fisher was the child of actress Debbie Reynolds and singer Eddie Fisher. Her parents divorced when whe was two years old. She followed her mother's footsteps to the footlights of Broadway as a teenager, and then made her film debut in Shampoo (1975).

Her greatest fame came when she was crowned as Princess Leia in the original Star Wars tilogy (1977-83). Along the way, she appeared in TV special with Ringo Star (1978), and as scorned lover in "The Blues Brothers" (1980).

In 1987, she published "Postcards from the Edge", a semi-autobiographical novel rife with substance abuse and strained maternal issues. She later adapted the book for the screenplay of the film, satrring Meryl Streep and Shirley MacLaine.

She played Sally's friend Marie in "When Harry Met Sally" (1989) and continued working as an uncredited film script doctor. In the 2000s she wrote and performed in a one-woman show called "Wishful Drinking" - another semi-autobiographical tale. It was later adapted as a novel.

Along with some other original cast members, she appeared in two of the Star Wars sequel trilogy (2015-17).

She was briefly married to singer-songwriter Paul Simon between 1983-84.

Born: October 21, 1956
Birthplace: Burbank, California, USA

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Monkey
Star Sign: Libra

Died: December 27, 2016 (aged 60)
Cause of Death: Died four days after suffering a heart attack on a flight from London to Los Angeles

Married Life

  • 1983-08-16 American singer-songwriter Paul Simon (41) weds American actress and writer Carrie Fisher (26); divorce in 1984

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