Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia) born (1956)
Carrie Fisher was born to Hollywood royalty in 1956; her mother Debbie Reynolds was a leading lady in Classical Hollywood (perhaps most famously starring in Singing In The Rain) and her father Eddie Fisher, a teen pop sensation. Her parent’s extremely public divorce (Fisher had an affair with Elizabeth Taylor) thrust the family even further into the spotlight during Carrie’s childhood. In 1973, Carrie starred alongside her mother in the Broadway revival of Irene and two years later, she made her big screen debut in the popular satire Shampoo! Fisher’s big break came in 1977 when she was cast as the iconic Princess Leia in the Star Wars franchise. The film was a huge sensation and Princess Leia would return in four more sequels but she would also star in popular comedies like The Blues Brothers, Hannah And Her Sisters and When Harry Met Sally. Carrie Fisher wrote several popular novels, perhaps the most well-known being Postcards From The Edge which loosely tells the true story of her dysfunctional relationship with her mother. Later in her life, Fisher published three memoirs (often charting her experiences with substance abuse) and launched a global one-woman show.
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