Carrie Fisher

Carrie Fisher
Fisher in 2013
Fisher in 2013
Born Carrie Frances Fisher
(1956-10-21)October 21, 1956
Burbank, California, U.S.
Died December 27, 2016(2016-12-27) (aged 60)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death Cardiac arrest
Resting place Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills, U.S. [1]
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

Carrie Frances Fisher (October 21, 1956 – December 27, 2016) was an American actress, writer and humorist. She first became 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). [2]

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. [3] In later years, she earned praise for speaking publicly about her experiences with bipolar disorder and drug addiction. [4]

Fisher was the daughter of the singer Eddie Fisher and actress Debbie Reynolds. Fisher and her mother appear in Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, a 2016 documentary about their relationship. It premiered at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. Fisher died of 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.

Early life

Carrie Frances Fisher [5] was born on October 21, 1956, in Burbank, California, [6] to actors and singers Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds. [7] Fisher's paternal grandparents were Jewish Russian immigrants, while her mother, who was raised a Nazarene, was of Scots-Irish and English descent. [8] [9] [10] [11]

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. [12]

Fisher "hid in books" as a child, becoming known in her family as " the bookworm". [13] 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. [14] Her time on Broadway interfered with her education, resulting in Fisher's dropping out of high school. [15] In 1973, Fisher enrolled at London's Central School of Speech and Drama, which she attended for 18 months. [13] [16] 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. [17] [18] [19]