Carrie Frances Fisher
Carrie was born on October 21, 1956.
Carrie Fisher died at the age of 60 on December 27, 2016, in Los Angeles, California, U.S., 4 days after suffering a major heart attack on a flight from London to Los Angeles.
Burbank, California, U.S.
Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Till the age of 15, Carrie studied at Beverly Hills High School until her Broadway debut in 1973 along with her mother. Her work on Broadway caused a hindrance to her education and hence, she decided to drop out of high school.
She attended London’s Central School of Speech and Drama for 18 months starting from 1973 where she applied and got accepted at Sarah Lawrence College with a major in arts. She eventually left the course midway without completing her graduation to film Star Wars.
Actress, Writer, and Humorist
- Father – Eddie Fisher (Singer and Actor)
- Mother – Mary Frances Reynolds (also known as Debbie Reynolds) (Actress, Singer, Businesswoman, Film historian, Humanitarian)
- Siblings – Todd Fisher (Younger Brother) (Actor and Producer)
- Others – Joely Fisher (Younger Half-Sister) (Actress and Singer), Tricia Leigh Fisher (Younger Half-Sister) (Actress and Singer), Harry Karl (Step-Father), Joseph D. Tisch/Fisher (Paternal Grandfather), Raymond Francis Reynolds (Maternal Grandfather)
Celebrity Talent International managed Carrie Fisher.
5 ft 1 in or 155 cm
59 kg or 130 lbs
Boyfriend / Spouse
Carrie Fisher has dated –
- Harrison Ford (1976) – Actor Harrison Ford’s affair with Carrie was kept well under wraps till her book was released. Fisher published her memoir about making the Star Wars movies, in which she revealed that she had an intense and rather tragic affair with Ford when she was 19 and riddled with insecurities, and he was 33 and married. The affair lasted for only 3 months.
- Dan Aykroyd (1979-1981) – The actor met Carrie when he was a part of Saturday Night Live. Dan saved Carrie when she was choking on a piece of food. The two were engaged, and Dan gifted her a sapphire ring. They stayed together for a brief period in 1980. Carrie decided to call off the relationship and soon started dating Paul Simon.
- Paul Simon (1978-1984) – Actor Paul Simon met Carrie in the year 1978. They were smitten with each other and even moved in together at a Central Park apartment. The two decided to tie the knot in 1983. Unfortunately, Carrie’s substance abuse was one of the reasons to cause a rift between the two and they decided to end their marriage in 1984. Carrie went on to reveal that the two had, in fact, been together for about a decade in an on again and off again relationship. She even helped in raising Paul’s son from his first marriage. His song Hearts and Bones, released in 1983, was about their relationship.
- Chris Dodd (1985-1986) – When Carrie was shooting for a mini-series in Baltimore, she was set up for a blind date with the junior senator Chris Dodd. They dated for nearly a year before calling it off, a year later in 1986.
- Bryan Lourd (1990-1993) – Entertainment agent Bryan Lourd began dating Carrie in 1990. The couple welcomed their daughter Billie Lourd in 1992. Carrie always referred to Bryan as her husband, however, the two were never legally married. Bryan came out of the closet and confessed to being gay. The two ended their relationship in 1993.
- Mark Metcalf – Actor Mark Metcalf is said to have hooked up with Carrie in the past.
- Mark Hamill (1977) – Carrie had a brief fling with her co-star Mark Hamill during the filming of Star Wars.
Race / Ethnicity
Carrie had Russian Jewish, Swedish, Scots-Irish, Scottish, German, English and distant French ancestry.
Her trademark husky voice
Carrie had endorsed the following brands –
- Syfy Channel (1995)
- Orange (2003)
- Jenny Craig weight-loss program (2011)
Carrie was brought up with Protestant values but was also present for Jewish ceremonies and services since her father was Jewish. She called herself enthusiastic agnostic.
Best Known For
- Playing the iconic role of Princess Leia (later General Leia) in the science fiction film series Star Wars. She was nominated for 3 Saturn Awards for the role.
- Writing the bestselling novel Postcards from the Edge, and screenplay for the film of the same name.
- Her iconic bun hairstyle and her gold bikini in Star Wars.
Carrie made her theatrical film debut in the dramatic comedy Shampoo in 1975 as Lorna.
First TV Show
Carrie appeared as a guest on the famous talk show The Mike Douglas Show in 1977.
Jenny Craig aided in Carrie’s weight loss. For her appearance in the movie “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, Carrie required losing 35 lbs. She eventually managed to lose 50 lbs with the help of diet and exercise.
Carrie revealed that her weight gain was due to bad eating habits and the absence of exercise for nearly 3 years. She did cardio which consisted of walking on the treadmill and the elliptical for about half an hour.
Carrie Fisher Favorite Things
Her favorite things are unknown.
Carrie Fisher Facts
- She disliked her iconic bun hairstyle in Star Wars. For the fear of being fired, she neglected to ever mention that to director George Lucas.
- Carrie always loved books as a child and was also addressed as the bookworm in her family.
- She had a half-British and half-American accent which she disliked.
- The argument scene between her and Harrison Ford was her favorite moment from Star Wars.
- While reading the script before she auditioned for her role in Star Wars, she wished to play the character of Han Solo.
- She confessed to being suffering from drug addiction during the making of the movie Star Wars. Her father was also addicted to drugs.
- She didn’t manage to fit herself into the frame while shooting with Harrison Ford. Hence, she was made to stand on a box for numerous scenes owing to her small height.
- Carrie underwent therapy at the age of 15 to combat her bipolar disorder issues.
- She was not fond of French cuisine.
- Meryl Streep had played Carrie in the movie adaption of her novel Postcards from the Edge in 1990.
- She had a French Bulldog named Gary who has made various public appearances with Carrie. He has even appeared in a scene in the movie Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
- Her ashes were kept in an urn shaped like a Prozac pill.
- She shared a house with her mother, Debbie Reynolds.
- She kept a Christmas tree in her living room all year along.
- Carrie had a habit of keeping the fire logs burning continuously.
- She tried adopting another child. However, it got rejected during the home verification.
- Her friend Heather Robinson was once harassed by an executive at Sony. To teach him a lesson, she sent him a cow’s tongue.
- Her parents separated when she was just 2 and her father Eddie Fisher had an infamous affair with Elizabeth Taylor, who was Debbie Reynolds’s best friend.
- She was offered the role of Sarah Connor in The Terminator. However, she turned down the role.
- Carrie fondly called her mom ‘Tsu-mommy.’
- She was initially apprehensive about Star Wars and thought it would flop at the box office.
- When Star Wars was initially filmed, the budget was relatively low. Hence, the star cast was required to fly economy to England, which her mother got upset over.
- Before the filming of Star Wars, the director wanted her to lose weight. Hence, she had to diet and shed weight before the shooting of the film could commence.
- She had her first kiss with a gay man.
- She was a philanthropist and supported various charitable organizations and causes such as women rights, LGBT rights, AIDS awareness amongst others.
- In 2021, she posthumously received a start on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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