Carrie Fisher was born into a family of fame. Her father was Eddie Fisher, one of the most popular artists during the first half of the 1950s. He had sold millions of records and hosted his own TV show. Carries mother, Debbie Reynolds, wasn't a stranger to fame either, having starred in several Hollywood movies as well as being a singer and businesswoman. In the 1970s, Carrie got started on her own path to fame, and her life would never be the same after she took on the role of Princess Leia in Star Wars.
After finishing her book tour in Europe, Fisher suffered a medical emergency on the plane back to Los Angeles. She passed away at the age of 60, but she will always have a special place in the hearts of her fans.
20 At A Gala With Mark Hamill
This pic is from 2014, when Carrie Fisher and fellow Star Wars legend Mark Hamill attended the Midnight Mission's 100 year anniversary Golden Heart Gala. The Midnight Mission, located in Los Angeles' skid row, provides basic subsistence to those who need it, help with drug and alcohol recovery, "safe sleep" programs, educational training, a mobile kitchen, and family housing with an emphasis on developing self-sufficiency.
19 Craig Ferguson's Late Late Show
The audience knew they were in for a treat every time Fisher visited Craig Ferguson on his Late Late Show. The pair managed to bring out the best in each other through their honesty, inappropriateness, and sense of humor. After receiving the news of Carrie passing away, Ferguson wrote on Twitter: "She was the kindest coolest smartest and most encouraging person I ever met in Hollywood. I adored her. Goodbye Carrie."
18 The Roast Of George Lucas
Back in 2005, The American Film Institute awarded George Lucas with their highest honor - the Lifetime Achievement Award. This pic shows Fisher with the Star Wars creator, although we're not sure if it's taken before or after she roasted him. She was known to have kind of a love-hate relationship with Lucas, and during the roast, Fisher displayed her famous sharp wit.
17 Filming In Norway
When filming The Empire Strikes Back, the freezing location of Finse in Norway was chosen to portray the planet Hoth. Just to give you an idea of what it was like filming there; the temperature fell as low as minus 26, which caused the cameras to seize and the film became brittle. Shortly after Hamill and Fisher arrived, there were multiple snowstorms and avalanches, isolating them in the mountains.
16 Visiting London With Her Dog
The Star Wars Celebration is a fan gathering to celebrate the Star Wars franchise. This picture is from the 2016 Celebration at the ExCel center in London, England, which Carrie Fisher decided to bring her dog along to. This was also the last time original trilogy stars Kenny Baker and Carrie Fisher would attend the Star Wars Celebration.
15 Holding Hands With Paul Simon
This picture was taken in 1977, the year Fisher met musician Paul Simon, one half of Simon & Garfunkel. They met while Fisher was filming Star Wars, and dated from 1977 to 1983 when they got married - it only lasted one year. While they were married, Fisher appeared in the music video for Simon's song "Rene and Georgette Magritte with Their Dog after the War."
14 The Force Awakens
Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford in 2015’s Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, where Fisher reprised her role as Princess Leia. When the movie was first announced, Fisher made a statement that Leia was elderly and in an intergalactic old folks' home. She also said it would be funny if she got to wear the old cinnamon buns hairstyle again, but with white hair.
13 The Big Bang Theory
Fisher appeared on the popular sitcom, The Big Bang Theory, in an episode where James Earl Jones and Sheldon ring her doorbell and run off. Fisher opens the door while holding a baseball bat, yelling; "It's not funny anymore, James!" before going back inside, hearing James laughing. Interestingly, Fisher and Jones had never met before, even though he did the voice of Darth Vader.
12 The Original
Here we see Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia in Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, a movie that would become more popular than anyone could possibly imagine at the time. Carrie said she believed the script for Star Wars was fantastic, but she didn't expect many people to agree with her. We're glad she was proven wrong.
11 Wishful Drinking
Fisher wrote and performed in her one-woman play Wishful Drinking. The show debuted at The Geffen Playhouse before having a successful Broadway run followed by touring in other cities. The play would later inspire her autobiographical book with the same title, and the audiobook recording earned her a nomination for a 2009 Grammy Award in the Best Spoken Word Album category.
10 Appearing With Mom
In this photo from 2007, we see Carrie Fisher appearing with her mother, Debbie Reynolds. Debbie was an actress, singer, and businesswoman, with a career that spanned almost 70 years. Debbie passed away the day after her daughter, December 28, 2016, after suffering a stroke at 84 years old. Her son, Todd Fisher, later said his mother had stated "I want to be with Carrie" shortly before she died.
Carrie Fisher, here pictured in April 1994, wrote several novels and non-fiction books, including the one in this image; Delusions of Grandma. In her books, Fisher has talked about her addictions, bi-polar disorder, and life in general. She didn't just write books, though, Fisher was one of the top script doctors in Hollywood, and did uncredited polishes on movies and TV shows between 1991 and 2005.
8 Star Wars Promotion
Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford in the Denver Post lunchroom promoting the first Star Wars movie before anyone knew how popular the franchise would become. Steve Larson, the guy who took the photo, said; “Looking back at it, I think the photo conveyed the informality of the situation. It wasn’t a big production. Just kids coming to talk about what they were doing.”
7 Blues Brothers
In 1980, Fisher was listed in the credits as "Mystery Woman" for her part as Jake's vengeful ex-lover in the film The Blues Brothers. While filming the movie, she choked on a Brussels sprout, but Dan Aykroyd performed the Heimlich maneuver and saved her life. They were engaged after Aykroyd proposed to her on the movie set, but she ended up going back to Paul Simon.
6 Fun With Ford
In her autobiography, The Princess Diarist, Fisher said that she and Harrison Ford had an on-set affair that lasted for three months. This picture was taken during their visit to New York for the premiere of the movie, and it seems like things between them ended without any bad blood.
5 Happy Domhnall
The Star Wars co-stars, Domhnall Gleeson and Carrie Fisher, co-presented the award for Film Not in the English Language at the 2016 BAFTAs in London. The two stole the show and posed for the best photos of the entire night. Gleeson certainly seems to be having the time of his life here.
4 Dogs And Stormtroopers
For the London premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Carrie Fisher brought along her French bulldog Gary. She took the time to play with both the dog and the attending Stormtroopers in front of fans & photographers, clearly having a blast while doing so. Talk about a down-to-earth celebrity.
3 The Millennium Falcon
Princess Leia in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon, along with Chewbacca, C-3PO, and Han Solo in the 1980 sequel, Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back. The movie was the highest-grossing film of 1980, even though it initially received mixed reviews from critics. Today, it's the most critically acclaimed film in the franchise and widely regarded as one of the greatest movies of all time.
2 Stage Debut
In 1973, Carrie Fisher debuted on the Broadway stage in the musical Irene - which also starred her mother, Debbie Reynolds. 16-year old Carrie portrayed the role of Debutante, while her mother, who was already a Hollywood star, played the role of Irene O’Dare. Irene ran for nearly 600 performances and earned four Tony nominations in the process.
Young Carrie Fisher’s screen debut came in the 1975 satirical comedy-drama movie Shampoo - a movie that became renowned for its sharp satire of late-1960s sexual and social mores. Fisher starred in the role of the seductive character Lorna Karpf, while Lee Grant and Jack Warden play the roles of her parents.
Sources: Allthatsinteresting.com, Channel24.co.za, Theguardian.com, EW.com