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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Remembering Carrie Fisher 1956 - 2016

"I want it reported that I drowned in moonlight, strangled by my own bra"
                                                               - Carrie Fisher, Wishful Drinking
Actress Carrie Fisher, who died Tuesday at age 60, was best known for her role as Princess Leia in five Star Wars films - Star Wars (1977), The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Return of the Jedi (1983), Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) and Star Wars: Episode VIII (which will be released in 2017). Her other film credits include Shampoo (1975), The Blues Brothers (1980), Under the Rainbow (1981), Garbo Talks (1984), The Man with One Red Shoe (1985), Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), The 'Burbs (1989), Loverboy (1989), When Harry Met Sally… (1989), Sibling Rivalry (1990), Drop Dead Fred (1991), Soapdish (1991) and Scream 3 (2000).

She made her Broadway debut as a debutante in the 1973 revival of the musical, Irene, which starred her mother, Debbie Reynolds. Other Broadway credits include Censored Scenes From King Kong (1980), Agnes of God (1983) and her 2009 one-woman show, Wishful Drinking (which she also turned into a book and an HBO documentary).

Fisher was also a successful author of novels - Postcards from the Edge (1987), Surrender the Pink (1990), Delusions of Grandma (1993), The Best Awful There Is (2004), autobiographical books - Shockaholic (2011), The Princess Diarist (2016), and screenplays - Postcards from the Edge (1990), These Old Broads (2001).

Fisher was married to singer Paul Simon from 1983 to 1984, and she was in a relationship with talent agent Bryan Lourd from 1991 to 1994. She is survived by her daughter, actress Billie Lourd (Scream Queens), her mother, her brother Todd Fisher, her half-sisters Joely Fisher and Tricia Leigh Fisher, and her beloved dog Gary. Below I've selected some videos to celebrate her life and career.

She made her feature film debut opposite Warren Beatty in Shampoo (1975).

On July 20, 1977, she was a guest on The Mike Douglas Show with her Star Wars co-stars Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill.

She was the host of Saturday Night Live on November 18, 1978.

She played "Mystery Woman" in The Blue Brothers (1980)

She appeared on the ABC sitcom, Laverne & Shirley, on November 9, 1982.

She appeared in the 1986 Woody Allen film, Hannah and Her Sisters.

She was a guest on Late Night with David Letterman on May 30, 1983, and August 27, 1987.

She was a guest on Late Night with David Letterman on December 13, 1988.

She was a guest on Late Night with David Letterman on September 6, 1990.

She was interviewed by CNN's Larry King on September 12, 1990.

She was a guest on The Arsenio Hall Show on September 21, 1990.

She played "Betsy Faye Sharon" in Soapdish (1991).

She was a guest on Late Show with David Letterman on April 4, 1994.

She was interviewed by Charlie Rose on April 5, 1994.

She played herself in a 1995 episode of the ABC sitcom, Ellen, starring her half-sister Joely Fisher.

She made a cameo appearance in Scream 3 (2000).

She was a guest on Late Show with David Letterman on November 24, 2009.

She and her mother, Debbie Reynolds, were interviewed on The Oprah Winfrey Show on February 15, 2011.

She was interviewed on Good Morning America on December 4, 2015.

She was a guest on Ellen on December 14, 2015.

She was a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on November 21, 2016.

She and her mother are featured in the new documentary, Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, which will debut on HBO on January 7.


dmappin said...

My heart is breaking. Carrie was a heroine among heroes. In science fiction, Leia was one of the strongest female characters ever created. Her talents as a writer, actress and script doctor is pretty unparalleled.


if that was not enough, the events of today leading into her mother, Debbie Reynold's death is just too much to fathom. Cruel, cruel 2016... can you be gone any sooner? Pretty please?

My condolences to their loved ones.

Marc Harshbarger said...

I'm looking forward to saying goodbye to 2016 as well. It has been a very cruel and depressing year (except for the Cubs).