Fast Facts

  • Began appearing in her mother's Las Vegas act at the age of 12.
  • Made her film debut in Shampoo (1975).
  • Penned several bestsellers, including Postcards From the Edge and Surrender the Pink. She won the Los Angeles Pen Award for Best First Novel for Postcards.
  • Spoke publicly about her battles with drug addiction and bipolar disorder; also revealed that she had undergone electroshock therapy.
  • Addressed state legislators about mental-health issues.
  • Wrote and performed a one-woman play, Wishful Drinking, beginning in L.A. in 2006; it eventually opened on Broadway. A book of the same name followed in 2008.


  • 2008, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1991, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Adapted Screenplay: Nominee
  • 2011, Emmy — Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special: Nominee


  • Joely Fisher — Half Sister
  • Tricia Leigh Fisher — Half Sister
  • Dan Aykroyd — Ex-fiancé
  • Todd Fisher — Brother
  • Debbie Reynolds — Mother
  • Billie Lourd — Daughter
  • Eddie Fisher — Father
  • Paul Simon — Ex-husband
  • Bryan Lourd — Ex-significant Other


  • Attended Central School of Speech and Drama, London, England

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  • Birth Name: Carrie Frances Fisher
  • Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, United States
  • Died: December 27, 2016
  • Profession: Actor, Screenwriter, Novelist, TV host

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