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"…she will always be the princess who took command and never backed down. Never was in jeopardy. She was always helping the other guys get out of the messes they created. We'll all love her forever and ever."
―George Lucas[src]

Carrie Frances Fisher (October 21, 1956[1]December 27, 2016[2]) was an American actress, best known for her portrayal of Princess Leia Organa in the Star Wars franchise.


Early life[]

"One actress in particular seemed tailor-made to play a princess. As the daughter of actress Debbie Reynolds and singer Eddie Fisher, Carrie Fisher was the product of Hollywood royalty."
―Ed Singer[src]

Fisher was born Carrie Frances Fisher in Beverly Hills, California on October 21, 1956, the daughter of the singer Eddie Fisher and the actress Mary Frances "Debbie" Reynolds; her paternal grandparents were Jewish immigrants from Russia. Her younger brother is Todd Fisher. Her half-sisters are actresses Joely Fisher and Tricia Leigh Fisher, whose mother is actress Connie Stevens.

Star Wars[]

"We signed away our likeness, so when I look in the mirror, I have to pay George a couple of bucks."
―Carrie Fisher, joking about the success of Star Wars[src]

Fisher (right) and her co-stars relax on the set of Star Wars.

In 1977, Fisher starred as Leia Organa in the original Star Wars film, directed and written by George Lucas, along with Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Peter Cushing, and Alec Guinness. Star Wars was a huge success and made her internationally famous. Fisher again appeared as Princess Leia in the 1978 made-for-TV movie The Star Wars Holiday Special. She appeared again as Princess Leia in The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983).

It was rumored for years that she had an affair with Harrison Ford while filming the original Star Wars film; while Fisher admitted she had a crush on Ford and spent much time with him off camera, she denied having an affair with him. In 2016, however, Fisher admitted in her autobiographical title, The Princess Diarist, that she did, in fact, have an affair with Ford.[3]

Her character of Leia became a merchandising triumph; there were small plastic dolls of her in every toy store across the United States. Fisher often joked that it was actually Princess Leia who became famous, and she just happened to look like her. After her appearance in Return of the Jedi wearing the famous "metal bikini" or "slave" outfit, Fisher was, for a brief time, regarded as a sex symbol. Fisher made a comment once about her experiences off the set of Star Wars films: "I used to go in though airports and have people say; 'Princess Leia!' Like I would then go; 'Yes?' You know, like that's my real name." In an interview on public radio in 2005, Fisher joked about being known overwhelmingly for her role as Princess Leia, and also joked that she was afraid if she ever became senile she might begin to slip back into character.

For The Phantom Menace, she wrote dialogue, uncredited, for the moment when C-3PO and R2-D2 meet for the very first time.[4]

Fisher poses with Mark Hamill in a promotional publicity photo for The Last Jedi shortly before her death

In early March of 2013, Fisher confirmed in an interview with the Palm Beach Illustrated magazine that she would return to reprise her role as Princess Leia in The Force Awakens.[5] In an interview for ABC News in December 2015, she confirmed that it was George Lucas who came directly to ask her to be part of the third trilogy.[6] In July 2016, she wrapped filming on the follow-up, The Last Jedi.[7] An anamatronic creature inspired by Fisher's dog, Gary,[8] and known as Gary[9] or Space Gary on set,[10] appeared in The Last Jedi during the Canto Bight sequence.[11]

References to Star Wars[]

Carrie Fisher hosted the November 18, 1978 episode of Saturday Night Live, in which she came onto the stage outfitted as Princess Leia, complete to her hair being arranged into the hairstyle she had employed throughout most of A New Hope, which some people had noted resembled an Imperial TIE fighter. She opens the show by telling a long "joke" based entirely on Star Wars references. She then appeared in a sketch, again as Leia, in which she sings and dances with a group of 1950s teenagers.

In the film Scream 3 (2000), Fisher's character, Bianca Burnette, is mistaken for Carrie Fisher. Fisher pokes fun at herself with the line, "Yeah, I was up for the part of Princess Leia. But who gets it? The girl who slept with George Lucas!" In the 2009 film Fanboys, Fisher's character references the famous "I love you/I know" line from both The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.


On December 23, 2016, Fisher was reported to be in critical condition after having suffered a massive heart attack on a flight.[12] Fisher had been the victim of an Internet death hoax just days before and was filming a new series in the United Kingdom for Channel 4.[13] But much to public shock and horror, Fisher died as a result of cardiac arrest on December 27, 2016, at the age of 60.[2] Fisher's mother Debbie Reynolds died one day after her passing.[14] Fisher is survived by her brother Todd Fisher and daughter Billie Lourd.[15]

Fisher and her mother had a joint private funeral service followed by burial at Hollywood Hills' Forest Lawn Memorial Park.[16] Fisher's ashes were placed inside a large prozac pill-shaped porcelain urn which was buried next to her mother's casket. Her brother Todd stated the pill had been one of Fisher's favorite possessions.[17]


Year Title Series Contribution(s) Notes
1977 Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope Leia Organa
1978 The Star Wars Holiday Special Leia Organa
1980 Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back Leia Organa
1982 Return of the Ewok Herself, Leia Organa
1983 Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi Leia Organa
1999 Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace Additional dialogue Uncredited[4]
2015 Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens Leia Organa Solo
2016 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Special thanks
2017 Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi Leia Organa Solo
2018 "A Princess on Lothal" Star Wars Rebels Leia Organa
2019 Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker Leia Organa Solo Used archival footage


Year Title Contribution(s)
2016 LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens Leia Organa Solo


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Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 SWYTlogo.png The Mandalorian Season Two Hype, Tales from the Galaxy's Edge Action, and More! on the official Star Wars YouTube channel (backup link)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 StarWars.com Carrie Fisher, Our Princess, Passes Away on StarWars.com (backup link)
  3. Woerner, Meredith: Carrie Fisher's 'Princess Diarist' comes clean about her tryst with Harrison Ford (2016-12-20). mercurynews.com. Mercury News via Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on December 2, 2018.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Cameron, Brian: Roger Christian Remembers Carrie Fisher (2016-12-31). Jedi News. Archived from the original on November 4, 2019.
  5. Pfaff, Jennifer: Q&A with Carrie Fisher (2013-02-19). Palm Beach Illustrated. Archived from the original on February 10, 2017.
  6. YouTube.png Carrie Fisher Interview with Gary on The Force Awakens on the ABC News YouTube channel (backup link)
  7. Romano, Nick: Star Wars: Episode VIII director Rian Johnson announces end of production (2016-07-22). Entertainment Weekly. ew.com. Archived from the original on February 25, 2020.
  8. Roberts, Dustin: Confirmed - Space Gary To Debut In The Last Jedi (2017-12-06). theforce.net. TheForce.net. Archived from the original on January 11, 2018.
  9. TwitterLogo.svg Pablo Hidalgo (@pabl0hidalgo) on Twitter: "Hah. I looked up K010's name, and it's Gatha Elbaphay (& her dog Awgree); which is derived from my goofy placeholder names of Ms Elbowface and Gary. No species name assigned to it." (backup link)
  10. TwitterLogo.svg Paul Warren (@paulRwarren) on Twitter: "Characters designed by Luke Fisher. Daisy Beattie was remote puppeteering the sheffi dog (who we referred to as space gary). Animatronic designer Chris Clake was remote puppeteering the dowager face while I was inside performing the body. Costume by Michael Kaplan." (backup link)
  11. Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi
  12. Kimble, Lindsay: Carrie Fisher Suffers Massive Heart Attack on Flight (2016-12-23). people.com. People. Archived from the original on February 29, 2020.
  13. Jones, Stephen: Carrie Fisher heart attack latest news: Live updates as Star Wars actress 'suffers cardiac arrest on flight' (2016-12-23). mirror.co.uk. Mirror. Archived from the original on September 10, 2019.
  14. Actress Debbie Reynolds has died at age 84, son says. (2016-12-28). wtop.com. WTOP. Archived from the original on December 31, 2016.
  15. Fisher, Kendall: Star Wars' Carrie Fisher Dead at 60 (2016-12-27). eonline.com. E! Online. Archived from the original on September 10, 2019.
  16. Kreps, Daniel: Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds to Be Buried Together (2016-12-31). rollingstone.com. Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on April 18, 2019.
  17. Kreps, Daniel: Carrie Fisher's Ashes Placed in Giant Prozac Pill Urn (2017-01-06). rollingstone.com. Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on April 18, 2019.

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