Inside Carrie Fisher's Life: The actress was honored with a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame!
Celebrities have fans, and Carrie Fisher has devotees. The actress, best known for playing the ever-iconic Princess Leia in the Star Wars franchise, passed away six years ago in 2016. Carrie's long overdue induction into the coveted Walk of Fame comes after fans' years of effort and campaign.
Debbie Reynolds and her ex-husband, Eddie Fisher, gave birth to Carrie Frances Fisher on December 21, 1956. Moreover, Fisher was born in Burbank, California, to the actress and her ex-partner. Tragedy came twice for the Fishers when Debbie passed away a day after Carrie's death. Carrie debuted with the Broadway revival Irene in her teens and landed her breakout role early.
Carrie Fisher was a big-time reader in her early life!
Carrie Fisher's early life as a Hollywood scion was a whirlwind affair. While her career in showbiz was decided and inevitable, Fisher also picked writing as a profession. For many years in her childhood, reading made Carrie feel safe.
Fisher grew up in a turbulent home- her parents divorced when she was three. Moreover, her mother went on to marry two more times. After which, Carrie said she found solace in reading.
A young Fisher was referred to as a "bookworm" by her family, and not in an admiring way. Fisher initially wanted to impress her father when she took an interest in books. Carrie started writing as an adolescent and ventured into the film industry as a 16-year-old.
Rise to Stardom as a Teen: Carrie Fisher!
Carrie Fisher entranced the industry alongside stars like Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, and Goldie Hawn. The late actress's first movie was the 1975 comedy flick Shampoo.
Two years later Shampoo, she nabbed her signature role of Princess Leia in the epic space opera Star Wars. Although Fisher went on to have an excellent career, fans still remember Carrie for her part in George Lucas's masterpiece.
Alongside her early and booming career as an actress, Fisher also navigated a high-profile love life, with her romantic involvement with co-star Harrison Ford, musician Paul Simon, and comedian Dan Aykroyd, with whom she even got briefly engaged as a 24-year-old.
Remembering Carrie Fisher's Career!
Fans best associated her with the iconic role in the space-faring movie. But Carrie Fisher had more feats under her belt. So, many agree Fisher remains a memorable actress.
After breaking through the film industry in 1978, Carrie starred in the blockbuster film The Blues Brothers in 1980. The same year, Fisher reprised her role as Leia in The Empire Strikes Back.
Fisher reached distinctive celebrity status after the success of Star Wars. The actress graced the covers of many magazines, including a few Rolling Stones covers.
Carrie navigated crucial turns in her career in the 80s as she starred in the Broadway production of Agnes of God. Fisher reprised her role as Leia yet again in Return of the Jedi. The Star Wars actress also published her first novel.
Fisher's Postcards From the Edge was published in 1987 and later adapted into a motion picture by Carrie herself. The actress went on to release many more books, including Surrender the Pink and The Best Awful There Is.
Fisher would also star in a trove of hits like Scream 3, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, and many shows. But nothing came close to her influence as the metal bikini-clad Princess Leia.
Fisher's Problem and Battle with Blow!
During her peak career, Carrie Fisher also opened up about the adverse effect of fame on her. The Star Wars actress had become heavily dependent on cocaine and coincidingly suffered from grave mental illness.
Fisher was diagnosed with bipolar disorder as a child. And even as an adult, Carrie continued to battle the invisible illness as she stepped into adulthood.
Not only did she openly talk about her battle with drugs and mental health, but Carrie also proudly advocated for women's advocacy, animal rights, and LGBT causes.
Inside Carrie Fisher's Personal Life!
Fisher's life away from the screen wasn't all that different; it contained as much drama, mixture, and ups and downs. Fisher's earliest romantic experience was with her Star Wars co-star Harrison Ford. Although the duo sparked affair rumors during the onset of their relationship, the truth unfolded decades later.
In her final memoir, The Princess Diarist, the late actress expressed guilt over her prolonged liaison with Ford, who was married to Mary Marquardt. The Star Wars actress revealed that it was Ford who initiated the affair and it was only physical. Carrie describes their relationship as a "three-month one-night stand."
Despite their long-dissolved affair, Carrie said that she will always have a special place for Ford. A 19-year-old Fisher allegedly wanted more from her affair with the 33-year-old Harrison, but her wish was never fulfilled. The actress had a turbulent 12-year-long relationship with musician Paul Simmon, the only man she got married to.
Fisher was posthumously honored with the coveted Walk of Fame star!
The duo dated, separated, got hitched, divorced, and dated again during their relationship. During one of her splits from Simon, Carrie got engaged to comedian Dan Aykroyd, before rekindling with Simon and marrying him in 1983- only to file for divorce a year later.
Following her final split from Simon, Carrie dated talent agent Bryan Lourd for a few years, and the duo welcomed actress Billie Lourd, Carrie's only child, in 1992. Billie, 30, married to Austen Rydell with two kids, accepted her mother's Walk of Fame star on May 4th, 2023.
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