Star Wars' Princess
Carrie Fisher captured the public's attention after being cast as Princess Leia in Star Wars (1977), Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980), and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983). Fisher also showed a talent in writing by publishing her first novel, Postcards From the Edge, in 1987. The novel became a huge bestseller and she was awarded the Los Angeles Pen Award.
Off screen, Fisher was reported to have had special relationships with several men. She was rumored to have dated Star Wars costar Harrison Ford. At first they both denied the rumor, but finally Fisher admitted the relationship in an interview. Fisher was once married to musician Paul Simon. After her divorced in 1984, Fisher was romantically linked to agent Bryan Lourd and had a daughter from the relationship. Commenting on her relationship with Bryan Lourd, she said, "He left me for another man. I think it's even more difficult losing a man to another man. How can I trust anyone again?"
Childhood and Family:
Daughter of Hollywood movie stars Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, Carrie Frances Fisher was born on October 21, 1956, in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California. When she was young, her father left the family to marry actress Elizabeth Taylor. Her mother married shoe store chain owner Harry Karl a year later.
At the age of 15, Fisher left Beverly Hills High School to pursue an acting career. She later attended the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, England.
Fisher married, then later divorced (August 16, 1983) musician Paul Simon. It is said her husband left her because she had problems with drugs, alcohol and depression.
Fisher lives in Los Angeles with her only daughter, Billie Catherine Fisher Lourd (born July 17, 1992, father Bryan).
Postcards From the Edge
Trying to follow in her mother's footsteps, young Carrie Fisher started her acting career by performing on a Las Vegas nightclub stage at the age of 12. Three years later, she left high school to concentrate on her show business career. At the age of 16, Fisher appeared in the Broadway show Irene (starring her mother Debbie Reynolds) as a dancer.
After disappearing from the stage to study drama, Fisher was seen on screen portraying sexy young Lorna in Shampoo (1975). In 1977, Fisher experienced a breakthrough by the release of Star Wars (1977), in which she played the role of fearless young Princess Leia Organa. The following year, Fisher won a Saturn Award for Best Actress for her energetic performance in the film. Subsequently, Fisher appeared on such TV productions as Come Back, Little Sheba (1977), Ringo (1978), Leave Yesterday Behind (1978), and The Star Wars Holiday Special (1978).
In the early '80s, Fisher reprised the role of Princess Leia in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983). She also had a small role in the Broadway production of Agnes of God as well as in the films Garbo Talks (1984), The Man with One Red Shoe (1985), Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), The Time Guardian (1987) and Amazon Women on the Moon (1987). After recovering from drug and alcohol addiction, Fisher wrote about her experience in her first novel, Postcards From the Edge (1987). By the end of the decade, Fisher's acting career rose again with the role of Marie, Meg Ryan's best friend, in When Harry Met Sally (1989).
At the beginning of 1990, Fisher continued to act in such films as Sweet Revenge (1990), Sibling Rivalry (1990), Drop Dead Fred (1991), and Soapdish (1991). She also released her novel, Surrender the Pink, in 1991 and Delusions of Grandma in 1993. She had a cameo appearance in This Is My Life (1992) and Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997). Additionally, Fisher wrote a column for Live magazine titled Travels With Billie until 1998.
Entering the new millennium, Foster portrayed the role of Bianca Burnette in Scream 3 (2000). The following year, she wrote for the TV movie These Old Broads (2001) and the novel Hollywood Moms (2001).
She also appeared as herself in the documentary Lisa Picard Is Famous (2001) and Heartbreakers (2001, as Ms. Surpin) before playing in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001), along with Star Wars costar Mark Hamill. That same year, Fisher was the host for Man Talk With Carrie Fisher show and then Conversations From the Edge with Carrie Fisher. Subsequently, Foster played in such film productions as A Midsummer Night's Rave (2002, as Mia's Mom), Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003, played Mother Superior), and appeared in Wonderland (2003), a film based on the life of legendary star John Holmes. She was then cast as Mrs. Dubois in the drama Stateside (2004). That same year, Fisher also published her novel The Best Awful There Is.
In 2005, Fisher will play the role of Carrie in Meiert Avis's Undiscovered (2005).