Carrie Fisher: True Stories Of The Life And Loves Of Princess Leia

By | December 19, 2019

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Actress Carrie Fisher poses on the beach for Star Wars in October 1983 At Stinson Beach, California. (Photo by Aaron Rapoport/Corbis/Getty Images)

Brash and witty, always one step ahead of everyone in the room, Carrie Fisher was one of those celebrities who made you think that you could have a conversation with them at a party. Sure, she was Princess Leia in Star Wars, she was the best part about When Harry Met Sally and her mother and daughter (Debbie Reynolds and Billie Lourd) are also very famous, but Carrie Fisher always felt like she didn’t care about the pomp and circumstance of Hollywood.

Born October 21, 1956 to Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, Carrie grew up in the lap of luxury but she also had a front row seat for the way that celebrity can ruin a life. In her early years she ran from the screen before she embraced it, and after she became one of the most famous people on the planet she used her celebrity to make interesting and gutsy choices.

When she passed away in 2016 at the age of 60 she left behind a legacy that was so much more than gold bikini and a pair of cinnamon roll hair buns. She She showed us that you don’t have to play by the rules to be successful, and that life was something to be lived. 

She didn't want to be an actor

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source: GQ

Growing up as the child of ultra-famous actor-singers Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, Carrie knew how stardom could corrode relationships and ruin lives. She watched it happen from an early age and did her best to shy away from the spotlight even when he mother brought her onstage. She had a wonderful voice but never took lessons, and she never used her famous parents to get preferential treatment in the industry.

As a young person surrounded by the glitz and glamor of Hollywood, Carrie Fisher didn’t make moves to become a starlet. It wasn’t until she was 17 that she decided to give acting a try. In 1973, she enrolled in the Central School of Speech and Drama in London. She had dropped out of high school, and this would be her last round of formal education. Two years after her enrollment she went on an audition that changed her life forever.