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Carrie Frances Fisher (1956 – 2016) was an American actress, writer, producer, and humorist. She was the daughter of singer Eddie Fisher and actress Debbie Reynolds. Fisher was best 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).
Fisher was also known for her autobiographical novels, including the best-selling Postcards from the Edge, as well as her one-woman play Wishful Drinking. She sometimes served as a script doctor, working on other writers’ screenplays. In later years, she earned praise for speaking publicly about her experiences with bipolar disorder and drug addiction.
Above, you can watch a young Carrie Fisher–only 19 years old–audition for the part that made her famous. The poise and confidence she displays are impressive in such a young woman, but she later confessed to being very intimidated by all the men she worked with in the film.
And below is a humorous 2014 clip from Wishful Drinking, Fisher’s one-woman show in which she talks about Star Wars, George Lucas, her alcoholism, and growing up with two Hollywood celebrities.
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Carrie Fisher (1956 – 2016)