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Carrie Fisher Biography

Birth Name:
Carrie Frances Fisher
Birth Place:
Los Angeles, California, United States
Actor, screenwriter, novelist, TV host

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
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  • in 2006; it eventually opened on Broadway
  • A book of the same name followed in 2008


  • 2011Emmy-Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special: nominated
  • 1991BAFTA Film Awards-Best Adapted Screenplay: nominated