Carrie Frances Fisher (born October 21, 1956 in Beverly Hills, California,) is an American actress, novelist, screenwriter, and lecturer. She is most famous for her portrayal of Princess Leia Organa in the original Star Wars trilogy, her bestselling novel Postcards from the Edge, for which she wrote the screenplay to the film of the same name, and her autobiography Wishful Drinking.
The daughter of singer Eddie Fisher and actress Debbie Reynolds. She was raised Protestant, though her paternal grandparents were Russian Jewish immigrants. Her younger brother is Todd Fisher and her half-sisters are actresses Joely Fisher and Tricia Leigh Fisher. It was assumed from an early age that Carrie would go into the family show business, and she began appearing with her mother in Las Vegas, Nevada at the age of 12. She attended Beverly Hills High School, but she left to join her mother on the road. She appeared as a debutante and singer in the hit Broadway revival “Irene”, starring her mother.
She made her film debut in the Columbia comedy Shampoo starring Warren Beatty, Julie Christie and Goldie Hawn. It was in 1977, that Fisher starred as Princess Leia Organa in George Lucas’ science fiction film Star Wars (later retitled Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope) opposite Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford.
The huge success of Star Wars made her internationally famous. The character of Princess Leia became a merchandising triumph; there were small plastic action figures of the Princess in toy stores across the United States. She appeared as Princess Leia in the 1978 made-for-TV film, The Star Wars Holiday Special. She continued on to appear in The Empire Strikes Back and The Return of the Jedi in 1980 and 1983 respectively
In November 1978, Fisher was the guest host for Saturday Night Live with musical guests The Blues Brothers and special guest Don Novello as Father Guido Sarducci. She later appeared in The Blues Brothers film in a cameo role as Joliet Jake’s vengeful ex-lover, listed in the credits as “Mystery Woman”.
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. It became a bestseller, and she received the Los Angeles Pen Award for Best First Novel. It later became a successful film.
In recent years Fisher has appeared in a number of smaller roles and cameos Including Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Robot Chicken and Fanboys. Fisher also voices Peter Griffin’s boss Angela on the animated sitcom Family Guy and appeared in a book of photographs titled Hollywood Moms (2001) for which she wrote the introduction.
Fisher published a sequel to Postcards, The Best Awful There Is in 2004. In August 2006, Fisher appeared prominently in the audience of the Comedy Central’s Roast of William Shatner.
Carrie looks forward to meeting all her fans at both the Sydney and Perth expos in 2013. There are signing* and photo* sessions throughout each Saturday (10.30am to 5.30pm) and Sunday (11am to 5pm) excluding breaks and there’s a general admission Q&A each Sunday.
* Autograph ($80 each) and photograph ($80 each) fees apply.
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