She was extremely smart; a talented actress, writer and comedienne with a very colorful personality that everyone loved. In Star Wars she was our great and powerful princess—feisty, wise and full of hope in a role that was more difficult than most people might think.
Fisher made her film debut at age 18 as the precociously seductive character Lorna Karpf in the
Columbia Pictures comedy
Lee Grant and
Jack Warden play the role of her parents in the film.
Julie Christie and
Goldie Hawn also star in the film.
 In 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
 At the time, she believed the script for Star Wars was fantastic, but did not expect many people to agree with her. Though her fellow actors were not close at the time, they bonded after the commercial success of the film.
In April 1978, Fisher appeared as the love interest in
Ringo Starr's 1978 TV special
 The next month, she starred alongside
John Ritter (who had also appeared in Ringo) in the
ABC-TV film Leave Yesterday Behind.
 At this time, 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.
 That November, she played Princess Leia in the 1978 TV production
Star Wars Holiday Special, and sang in the last scene.
Fisher appeared in the film
The Blues Brothers as
Jake's vengeful ex-lover; she is listed in the credits as "Mystery Woman".
 While Fisher was in Chicago filming the movie, she choked on a
Dan Aykroyd performed the
Heimlich maneuver and "saved my life".
 She appeared on Broadway in Censored Scenes from King Kong in 1980. The same year, she reprised her role as Princess Leia in
The Empire Strikes Back, and appeared with her Star Wars co-stars on the cover of the July 12, 1980 issue of
Rolling Stone to promote the film.
 She also starred as Sister Agnes in the Broadway production of
Agnes of God in 1982.
In 1983, Fisher returned to the role of Princess Leia in
Return of the Jedi, and posed in the character's
metal bikini on the cover of the Summer 1983 issue of Rolling Stone to promote the film.
 The costume later achieved a following of its own.
 In 1986 she starred along with
Barbara Hershey and
Mia Farrow in
Hannah and Her Sisters.
In 1987, Fisher published her first novel,
Postcards from the Edge. The book was semi-autobiographical in the sense that she fictionalized and
satirized real-life events such as her drug addiction of the late 1970s and her relationship with her mother. It became a bestseller, and she received the Los Angeles Pen Award for Best First Novel. Also during 1987, she was in the Australian film
The Time Guardian. In 1989 Fisher played a major supporting role in
When Harry Met Sally..., and in the same year she appeared with
Tom Hanks as his character's wife in
Columbia Pictures released a film version of
Postcards from the Edge, adapted for the screen by Fisher and starring
Shirley MacLaine and
 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, Fisher also published the novels
Surrender the Pink (1990) and
Delusions of Grandma (1993). Fisher wrote an episode of the television sitcom
Roseanne entitled "
Arsenic and Old Mom", in which her mother
Debbie Reynolds made a guest appearance.
 Fisher also did uncredited script work for movies such as
Lethal Weapon 3 (where she wrote some of
Rene Russo's dialogue),
Outbreak (also starring Russo),
The Wedding Singer
Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot.
In the 2000 film
Scream 3, Fisher played a former actress,
 and in 2001 she played a
nun in the
Kevin Smith comedy
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. She also co-wrote the TV comedy film
These Old Broads (2001), of which she was also co-executive producer. It starred her mother Debbie Reynolds, as well as
Joan Collins and
In addition to acting and writing original works, Fisher was one of the top
script doctors in Hollywood, working on the screenplays of other writers.
 She did uncredited polishes on movies in a 15-year stretch from 1991 to 2005. She was hired by George Lucas to polish scripts for his 1992 TV series
The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles and the dialogue for the
Star Wars prequel scripts.
 Her expertise in this area was the reason she was chosen as one of the interviewers for the screenwriting documentary
Dreams on Spec in 2007. In an interview in 2004, Fisher said she no longer did much script doctoring.
Women in Film & Video – DC recognized Fisher with the
Women of Vision Award.
Fisher also voiced
Peter Griffin's boss, Angela, on the animated sitcom
 and wrote the introduction for a book of photographs titled
Hollywood Moms, which was published in 2001.
 Fisher published a sequel to Postcards,
The Best Awful There Is, in 2004.
Fisher wrote and performed in her one-woman play
Wishful Drinking at the
Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles from November 2006 to January 2007.
 Her show then played throughout 2008 at the
Berkeley Repertory Theater,
San Jose, the Hartford Stage,
 and Boston.
 Fisher published her autobiographical book, also titled Wishful Drinking, based on her successful play in December 2008 and embarked on a media tour. In 2009, Fisher returned to the stage with her play at the
Seattle Repertory Theatre.
 Wishful Drinking then opened on Broadway in New York at
Studio 54 and played an extended run from October 2009 until January 2010.
 In December 2009, Fisher's audiobook recording of Wishful Drinking earned her a nomination for a 2009
Grammy Award in the
Best Spoken Word Album category.
Turner Classic Movies host
Robert Osborne on Saturday evenings in 2007 for The Essentials with informative and entertaining conversation on Hollywood's best films. She guest-starred in the episode titled "Sex and Another City" from season 3 of
Sex and the City with
Sarah Jessica Parker. On October 25, 2007, Fisher guest-starred as Rosemary Howard on the second-season episode of
30 Rock called "
Rosemary's Baby", for which she received an
Emmy Award nomination.
 On April 28, 2008, she was a guest on
Deal or No Deal.
 In 2008, she also had a cameo as a doctor in the Star Wars-related comedy
In 2010, HBO aired a feature-length documentary based on a special live performance of Fisher's Wishful Drinking stage production.
 At the time of her death, Fisher had been preparing a sequel to the one-woman play.
Fisher speaking at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con International
Fisher appeared on the seventh season of
Entourage in the summer of 2010.
 She was among the featured performers at the
Comedy Central Roast of
Roseanne, which aired in August 2012. In her monologue, Fisher poked fun at her own mental illness,
 and her fellow roasters' reliance on weight and menopause jokes.
 Fisher joked that she had no idea why she was asked to roast Roseanne, until "they explained that we were actually good friends, and that apparently we have worked together."
Jane Lynch joked that Fisher was there to add perspective to Roseanne's struggles with weight and drugs. Fellow roaster
Wayne Brady poked fun at Fisher's career, saying she was the only celebrity "whose action figure is worth more than you are."
She was selected as a member of the main competition jury at the
2013 Venice Film Festival.
 She filmed an appearance on the UK comedy panel show
QI that was broadcast on December 25, 2014.
 Fisher starred alongside
Sharon Horgan and comedian
Rob Delaney in the British comedy series
Catastrophe, that was first broadcast on
Channel 4 in the UK on January 19, 2015.
 Her last appearance on Catastrophe, which aired in the UK on April 4, 2017, left many viewers in tears
 and earned her a posthumous
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series nomination.
In a March 2013 interview following the announcement that a
new trilogy of films would be produced, Fisher confirmed that she would reprise her role as Princess Leia in
Episode VII of the Star Wars series. Fisher claimed that Leia was "Elderly. She's in an intergalactic old folks' home [laughs]. I just think she would be just like she was before, only slower and less inclined to be up for the big battle."
 After other media outlets reported this on March 6, 2013, her representative said the same day that Fisher was joking and that nothing was announced.
In a January 2014 interview, Fisher confirmed her involvement and the involvement of the original cast in the upcoming sequels by saying "as for the next Star Wars film, myself,
Harrison Ford and
Mark Hamill are expected to report to work in March or April. I'd like to wear my old cinnamon buns hairstyle again but with white hair. I think that would be funny."
In March 2014, Fisher stated that she was moving to London for six months because that was where Star Wars Episode VII filming would take place.
 On April 29, 2014, the cast for the new sequel was officially announced, and Fisher, along with Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill,
Anthony Daniels, and
Kenny Baker, were all cast in their original roles for the film. Star Wars Episode VII, subtitled The Force Awakens, was released worldwide on December 18, 2015. Fisher was nominated for a
2016 Saturn Award for
Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal.
Rogue One (2016), which predates the original trilogy, a young version of Leia and the character
Grand Moff Tarkin appear, both through
 Fisher had completed filming her role as Leia in
Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) shortly before her death.
Variety reported following her death that Fisher was slated to appear in
Episode IX and that now
Disney, and others involved with the film will need to find a way to address her death and what will become of her character.
Fisher's memoir, The Princess Diarist, was released in November 2016. The book is based on diaries she kept while filming the original
Star Wars trilogy in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
 Her audiobook recording of the memoir earned her the 2018
Grammy Award for
Best Spoken Word Album, awarded 13 months after her death.
Fisher and her mother appear in
Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds,
 a 2016 documentary about their close relationship featuring interviews, photographs and home movies. The documentary premiered at the
2016 Cannes Film Festival and broadcast on January 7, 2017.
She will be featured in the film Wonderwell with
Rita Ora, which was filmed in the summer of 2016 in Italy.