Carrie Fisher was born on October 21, 1956, in La, California. Her character as Princess Leia in Star Wars and its sequels made her famous. She fought with alcohol and substance misuse in the 1980s, but in 1987 composed the novel Postcards from the Edge, which she adapted into a film starring Meryl Streep. She went to play supporting parts in movies, write novels and revise Hollywood scripts. Fisher has reprised her Leia character for another Star Wars appearance, 2015’s The Power Awakens.
Performer and writer Carrie Fisher was born on October 21, 1956 in La, California.
In the early to mid-1980s, Fisher weathered issues with booze, drugs and melancholy while appearing in a show of mostly forgettable movies, including Under the Rainbow (1981) and Hollywood Vice Squad (1986).
In 1987, she released her first novel, Postcards from the Edge, an effective semi-autobiographical story of a show business mom and daughter. She afterwards adapted the novel into a screenplay that has been made into a 1990 movie featuring Meryl Streep and Shirley MacLaine directed by Mike Nichols.
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Fisher also turned in some strong supporting characters in movies such as When Harry Met Sally (1989) and Soap Dish (1991), where she took a comic turn as a bawdy cast manager. She later landed her very own interview show with Oxygen Media called Conversations in The Edge With Carrie Fisher.
She’s also mined her own life experiences to create such bestselling novels as Wishful Drinking (2009) and Shockaholic (2012).
Fisher has one child, daughter Billie Catherine, from her relationship with agent Bryan Lourd. She was also briefly married to singer/songwriter Paul Simon in the 1980s.