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American actress, screenwriter and novelist

Carrie Fisher is ...

Born 21 Oct 1956 in Beverly Hills
Died 27 Dec 2016 in Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
Age60 years, 2 months
Height1.55m (5 ft, 1 in)
Carrie Fisher
Carrie Fisher
Crop of File:Actress Carrie Fisher © Riccardo Ghilardi photographer.jpg - Fisher at the Venice International Film Festival 2013

About Carrie Fisher

Carrie Frances Fisher (October 21, 1956 – December 27, 2016) was an American actress, writer, and humorist. Fisher is known for playing Princess Leia in the Star Wars films, a role for which she was nominated for three Saturn Awards. Her other film credits include Shampoo (1975), The Blues Brothers (1980), Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), The 'Burbs (1989), When Harry Met Sally... (1989), Soapdish (1991), and The Women (2008). She was nominated twice for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her performances on the television series 30 Rock and Catastrophe. She was posthumously made a Disney Legend in 2017, and in 2018 she was awarded a posthumous Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album. Fisher wrote several semi-autobiographical novels, including Postcards from the Edge and an autobiographical one-woman play, and its non-fiction book, Wishful Drinking, based on the play. She wrote the screenplay for the film version of Postcards From The Edge which garnered her a BAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay nomination, and her one-woman stage show of Wishful Drinking was filmed for television and received a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Special. She worked on other writers' screenplays as a script doctor, including tightening the scripts for Hook (1991), Sister Act (1992), The Wedding Singer (1998), and many of the films from the Star Wars franchise, among others. In later years, she earned praise for speaking publicly about her experiences with bipolar disorder and drug addiction. Fisher was the daughter of singer Eddie Fisher and actress Debbie Reynolds. She and her mother appear in Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, a documentary about their relationship. It premiered at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. Fisher died of a sudden cardiac arrest on December 27, 2016, at age 60, four days after experiencing a medical emergency during a transatlantic flight from London to Los Angeles. Her final film, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, was released on December 15, 2017 and is dedicated to her.


After finishing the European leg of her book tour (her last TV appearance was on The Graham Norton Show recording four days before her death), Fisher was on a commercial flight on December 23, 2016, from London to Los Angeles when she suffered a medical emergency around fifteen minutes before the aircraft landed. A passenger seated near Fisher reported that she had stopped breathing; another passenger performed CPR on Fisher until paramedics arrived at the scene. Emergency services in Los Angeles were contacted when the flight crew reported a passenger in distress prior to landing. Fisher was taken by ambulance to the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, where she was placed on a ventilator.

Following four days in intensive care at UCLA Medical Center, Fisher died on December 27, 2016, at 8:55 a.m. (PST); she was 60 years old. Fisher's daughter, Billie Lourd, confirmed her mother's death in a statement to the press. Many of her co-stars and directors from Star Wars and other works also shared their thoughts on her death.

On January 9, 2017, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued a death certificate that stated "cardiac arrest/deferred" as the cause of death. More tests were expected. In a June 16, 2017, news release, the Los Angeles County coroner's office said that the exact cause of death could not be determined, but sleep apnea and the buildup of fatty tissue on the walls of arteries were among the contributing factors. A full report from June 19, 2017, stated that Fisher had cocaine in her system, as well as traces of heroin, other opiates, and MDMA. The report also stated that the investigation was unable to determine when she had taken the drugs, and whether they contributed to her death. Her daughter Billie Lourd stated that Fisher "battled drug addiction and mental illness her entire life ultimately died of it. She was purposefully open in all of her work about the social stigmas surrounding these diseases... I know my Mom, she’d want her death to encourage people to be open about their struggles."


Carrie Fisher has worked on the following films:

Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
1983 American epic space opera film
The Blues Brothers
1980 musical comedy film
Maps to the Stars
2014 film by David Cronenberg
Scream 3
2000 American slasher film by Wes Craven
When Harry Met Sally
1989 film by Rob Reiner
The Star Wars Holiday Special
1978 American television special
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
1997 film by Jay Roach
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
2001 film by Kevin Smith
The 'Burbs
1989 film by Joe Dante
Hannah and Her Sisters
1986 film by Woody Allen
2009 film by Kyle Newman
Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle
2003 action comedy movie
Amazon Women on the Moon
1987 film by Peter Horton, Carl Gottlieb, Joe Dante, Robert K. Weiss, John Landis
The Women
2008 film by Diane English
The Aristocrats
2005 film by Paul Provenza, Penn Jillette
Sorority Row
2009 film by Stewart Hendler
Under the Rainbow
1981 comedy movie
2001 comedy film directed by David Mirkin
1975 film by Hal Ashby
1991 film by Michael Hoffman
2003 American crime and drama film by James Cox
Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds
2016 film by Fisher Stevens, Alexis Bloom
Drop Dead Fred
1991 film by Ate de Jong
Appointment with Death
1988 Poirot mystery film
The Man with One Red Shoe
1985 film by Stan Dragoti
1989 film by Joan Micklin Silver
The Time Guardian
1987 film by Brian Hannant
Cougar Club
Garbo Talks
1984 American comedy-drama film
Dreams on Spec
2007 film by Daniel J. Snyder
White Lightnin'
2009 dramatic thriller film
2005 film by Meiert Avis
This Is My Life
1992 film by Nora Ephron
Sibling Rivalry
1990 film by Carl Reiner
Friendly Fire
2006 film by Michele Civetta
Lisa Picard is Famous
2000 film by Griffin Dunne
She's Back
1989 film by Tim Kincaid