Carrie Fisher 1956 – 2016

After the end of the original Star Wars trilogy, Fisher made appearances in The Man with One Red Shoe, The Time Guardian, and Hannah and her Sisters. After a prominent role in When Harry Met Sally in 1987, Fisher starred alongside Tom Hanks in The ‘Burbs. During this time, her relationship with Paul Simon ended, though they continued to date for several years after their 1984 divorce.

In 1987, Fisher published her first novel, Postcards from the Edge. Winning her the Los Angeles Pen Award for Best First Novel, Postcards from the Edge was a satirized and fictional account of Fisher’s life, mostly focused on her drug addiction and relationship with her mother.

After The Return of the Jedi
Postcards from the Edge was adapted by Fisher for Columbia Pictures, who released a film starring Meryl Streep in 1990. During the 90s, Fisher published two more novels, Surrender the Pink, and Delusions of Grandma. Both books were semi-autobiographical. Surrender the Pink is seemingly about her relationship with Paul Simon, while Delusions of Grandma follows her relationship with Bryan Lourd, and subsequent pregnancy. Carrie Fisher gave birth to Billie Catherine Lourd on Jul 17, 1992, though Bryan left Fisher shortly afterward.

Through the 1990s and 2000s, Fisher had many small roles in a variety of works, many as some nod to her work with Star Wars. In addition to these public roles, she was also one of the most prolific script doctors of the era. Between 1990 and 2005, Carrie Fisher helped polish at least two dozen films, including the Star Wars prequel films.

In 2004, Fisher published a sequel to Postcards from the Edge, The Best Awful There Is. The next year she began work on her one-woman play, Wishful Drinking, which debuted in November, 2006. In December 2008, Fisher published an autobiography, also titled Wishful Drinking, and went on a media tour. The audiobook recording of Wishful Drinking was nominated for a 2009 Grammy, and the play was featured in a documentary based on a special performance.

 

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After the success of Wishful Drinking, Fisher was very public with discussions about her problems with mental illness and addiction. She divulged that she had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and was using electroconvulsive therapy as treatment. A follow-up memoir, Shockaholic, was released in 2011, where she gave candid accounts of the effects of her therapy.

Carrie Fisher in 2016 – Recent Work & News
The first hints about Fisher returning to Star Wars came almost a year before the official announcement. In March of 2013, Carrie Fisher joked that she would return to the role of Princess Leia, though the claims of a Leia in a retirement home were quickly negated by her public representative.

In an interview in January 2014, Fisher announced her involvement with the next Star Wars film, returning the series with Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford. From March until the following October, Fisher lived in London for the filming of The Force Awakens.

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On December 18 2015, Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens debuted. As the latest release in one of the highest grossing film series, the media buzz around the film was intense. Immediately, a lot of the discussion about Fisher’s involvement in the film focused around her appearance.

In Shockaholics, Carrie wrote “What I didn’t realise, back when I was this twenty-five-year-old pinup for geeks in that iconic metal bikini, was that I had signed an invisible contract to stay looking the exact same way for the next thirty to forty years.”

Since the release, Carrie Fisher has turned almost every promotion opportunity to highlight and criticize ageism and beauty standards in Hollywood. Speaking openly, she has caused a social media stir about her reprisal of the role. Most recently, Fisher used her Twitter to criticize the entire discussion, highlighting her discomfort with having her appearance treated as a separate thing from herself as a person.

Fisher, along with Hamill and Ford, were confirmed to be returning to the Star Wars saga for at least one more film, Episode VIII, set to be released in 2017.

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Words taken from the article by Morgan Sennhauser – Jan 24, 2016 – Gazette Review

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