Carrie Fish was born on October 21, 1956 as Carrie Frances Fisher, in
Beverly Hills, California, to actress Debbie Reynolds and heartthrob
singer Eddie Fisher. At age two, Carrie's parents divorced, her father
ultimately becoming one of Elizabeth Taylor's many husbands. Carrie
grew up wanting to be an actress and when she was only 12, she was
already appearing along with her mother in Las Vegas. Her first break
was as a dancer in the Broadway revival of "Irene" (1973) in which her
mother starred. After attending London's Central School of Speech and
Drama, she got a role in the 1975 screwball comedy "Shampoo" that
starred Warren Beatty, Goldie Hawn, and Julie Christie. Two years later
she got the role of a lifetime when she was cast as Princess Leia Organa
in the Lucas space opera, Star Wars, along with youthful Mark Hamill,
Harrison, and English super actors, Alec Guiness and Peter Cushing. The
movie made everyone internationally famous, and Carrie herself became
the object of a merchandising bonanza as her face appeared on everything
from plastic dolls to lunch boxes.
Carrie appeared in sequels to the first Star Wars movie, each time
adopting an image that became more appealing to her countless male fans.
She also appeared in the cult classic, "The Blues Brothers" with Dan
Akyroyd and John Belushi. She has since appeared on Broadway, as well
as extending her talents to screenwriting and novel writing. Her novel,
"Postcards from the Edge," was semi-autobiographical, and included
references to a brief period as a drug addict. The 1987 novel became a
nationwide bestseller and was awarded a Los Angeles Pen Award for Best
Carrie was briefly married to musical genius Paul Simon and for a while
was engaged to Dan Aykroyd. She has since written numerous novels and
has appeared in a varieties of films including the campy "Scream 3"
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