Sunday, March 27, 2011

Princess Leia from the Star Wars saga played by Carrie Fisher

Carrie Fisher was born October 21, 1956 in Beverly Hills, California.  Carrie is best known for her role as Princess Leia Organa in the Star Wars saga, namely episodes IV, V, and VI.  She is the Daughter of actress Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher.  When Carrie was young, her parents would divorce and Eddie Fisher would go on to marry the legendary Elizabeth Taylor, making her Carrie's stepmother. 

Carrie Fisher who played Princess Leia Organa in the Star Wars saga

In 1975, Carrie made her film and acting debut in Shampoo co-starring Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, Goldie Hawn, Jack Warden, Lee Grant, and George Furth.  

A very young Carrie Fisher

Two years later in 1977, Fisher would gain international stardom landing the role of Princess Leia Organa in Star Wars.  The film was later renamed to Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope when the prequel trilogy if episodes I, II, and III was released almost two decades later.  She co-starred with Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Alec Guinness (Obi-Wan Kenobi),
Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), and David Prowse (Darth Vader voiced by James Earl Jones).

Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia) and Harrison Ford (Han Solo) in Star Wars 1977
Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia) and Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) in Star Wars 1977
Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia) and David Prowse (Darth Vader voiced by James Earl Jones) in Star Wars 1977

Also in 1977, Carrie would star in the film Come Back, Little Sheba with Laurence Olivier, Joanne Woodward, and Nicholas Campbell.  Fisher would go on to star in Ringo with Ringo Starr, Art Carney, George Harrison, Vincent Price, Angie Dickinson , Mike Douglas, and John Ritter (1978); Leave Yesterday Behind co-starring Buddy Ebsen, John Ritter, Josh Hall, Robert Urich, and Ed Nelson (1978); The Star Wars Holiday Special co-starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels, James Earl Jones, Art Carney, Diahann Carroll, Mickey Morton, Patty Maloney, Harvey Korman, and Bea Arthur (1978).

In 1980, Carrie would star in the second installment of the Star Wars saga Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back later renamed Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back.  She co-starred with Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), Alec Guinness (Obi-Wan Kenobi), and David Prowse (Darth Vader
voiced by James Earl Jones).

Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia Organa in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back 1980

Fisher would go on to star in The Blues Brothers with John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd (1980); Under the Rainbow co-starring Chevy Chase, Eve Arden, Billy Barty, Adam Arkin, and Mako (1981); and Laverne & Shirley starring Penny Marshall, Cindy Williams,  David L. Lander, Michael McKean, Eddie Mekka, and Phil Foster (1982).

In 1983, Carrie would star in the third installment of the Star Wars saga Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi later renamed Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.  She co-starred with Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), Alec Guinness (Obi-Wan Kenobi), David Prowse (Darth Vader), and Ian McDiarmid (The Emperor).

Carrie Fisher (as Princess Leia Organa) and Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi 1983
Carrie Fisher (as Princess Leia Organa wearing the bikini heard around the world) in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi 1983
Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker),  Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), along with a cast of Ewoks in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi 1983

Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia) in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi 1983
Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia),  Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi 1983

After Star Wars, Carrie would go on to star in Faerie Tale Theatre: Thumbelina with Maryedith Burrell, Mitchel Evans, Conchata Ferrell, and Burgess Meredith (1984); Garbo Talks co-starring Anne Bancroft, Ron Silver, Harvey Fierstein, and Catherine Hicks (1984); Frankenstein co-starring Robert Powell, David Warner, and Susan Wooldridge (1984); From Here to Maternity co-starring Lauren Hutton, Arleen Sorkin, Paul Reiser and Patrick Duffy (1985); The Man with One Red Shoe co-starring Tom Hanks, Lori Singer, James Belushi, Dabney Coleman, David Ogden Stiers, Edward Herrmann, David L. Lander, and Charles Durning (1985); George Burns Comedy Week with Ivor Barry, George Burns, Marlena Giovi, Greg Collins, and Harvey Korman (1985); and the animation Happily Ever After co-starring Carol Burnett, Danny DeVito, Henry Winkler, and Rhea Perlman (1985).

Carrie Fisher then

Fisher would go on to star in Hannah and Her Sisters with Mia Farrow, Barbara Hershey, Dianne Wiest, Woody Allen, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Julie Kavner, Max von Sydow, Maureen O'Sullivan, and Michael Caine (1986); Hollywood Vice Squad co-starring Ronny Cox, Trish Van Devere, Frank Gorshin and Leon Isaac Kennedy (1986); Liberty co-starring Chris Sarandon, Frank Langella (1986); Sunday Drive co-starring Tony Randall, Audra Lindley, James Avery, and Hillary Wolf (1986); Paul Reiser Out on a Whim co-starring Paul Reiser, Teri Garr, Lance Henriksen, Elliott Gould, Carol Kane, Dirk Blocker, Desi Arnaz Jr., Brooke Adams, and Kelsey Grammer (1987); Amazon Women on the Moon co-starring Rosanna Arquette, Michelle Pfeiffer, Phil Hartman, Joe Pantoliano,  and Arsenio Hall (1987); The Time Guardian co-starring Tom Burlinson, Peter Merrill, Nikki Coghill, Tim Robertson, and Dean Stockwell (1987); an Appointment with Death co-starring Peter Ustinov, Lauren Bacall, Hayley Mills, David Soul, Piper Laurie, and Jenny Seagrove (1988).

Carrie would have a big run of appearances in 1989 including The 'burbs co-starring Tom Hanks, Wendy Schaal, Bruce Dern, Corey Feldman, and Courtney Gains; Loverboy co-starring Patrick Dempsey, Kate Jackson, Robert Ginty, Barbara Carrera, Nancy Valen, Vic Tayback, Kirstie Alley, and Dylan Walsh; the animated Two Daddies? co-starring Danny DeVito, Richard Masur, Henry Winkler, Rhea Perlman, and Hayley Carr; She's Back co-starring Robert Joy, Joel Swetow, Donna Drake, Sam Coppola, and Matthew Cowles; When Harry Met Sally... co-starring Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan; and Trying Times starring Buck Henry, Griffin Dunne, Danitra Vance, and Alejandra Gollas.

Tom Hanks and Carrie Fisher in The 'burbs 1989

Fisher would continue on into the 90s starring in Sweet Revenge aka Mi Dulce Venganza co-starring Rosanna Arquette, John Sessions, John Hargreaves, and François-Eric Gendron (1990); Sibling Rivalry co-staring Kirstie Alley, Bill Pullman, Jami Gertz, John Randolph, Frances Sternhagen, Sam Elliott, Scott Bakula, and Ed O'Neill (1990); Drop Dead Fred co-starring Phoebe Cates, Rik Mayall, Ashley Peldon, Tim Matheson, and Marsha Mason (1991); Soapdish co-starring Sally Field, Kevin Kline, Elisabeth Shue, Teri Hatcher, Cathy Moriarty, Robert Downey Jr., Whoopi Goldberg, Garry Marshall, Kathy Najimy, Leeza Gibbons, and John Tesh (1991); This Is My Life co-starring Julie Kavner, Dan Aykroyd, Samantha Mathis, Kathy Najimy, Danny Zorn, Gaby Hoffmann, and Estelle Harris (1992); Present Tense, Past Perfect co-starring Anne Archer, Lisa Pelikan, Laura Cayouette, Martin Sheen, Bruce Davison, and Julie Cobb (1995); and a voice only appearance in Frasier starring Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, Peri Gilpin, David Hyde Pierce, and Matthew Broderick (1995).

Carrie Fisher in Soapdish 1991

Carrie would finish out the 90s starring in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery with Mike Myers, Elizabeth Hurley, Seth Green, Michael York, Mimi Rogers, Robert Wagner, Fabiana Udenio, Mindy Sterling, and Will Ferrell (1997); an appearance in Gun starring Rutanya Alda, Drake Bell, Cliff Bemis, Kirsten Dunst, Polly Cole, and Bill Bolender (1997); and a voice appearance in Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist starring Todd Barry and H. Jon Benjamin (1998).

Fisher would start off the new millennium starring in Scream 3 co-starring Neve Campbell, David Arquette, Courteney Cox, Kelly Rutherford, and Patrick Dempsey (2000); These Old Broads co-starring Shirley MacLaine, Elizabeth Taylor, and Joan Collins, Jonathan Silverman, Peter Graves, Gene Barry, Pat Harrington Jr. and her mother Debbie Reynolds (2001); Heartbreakers co-starring Sigourney Weaver, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Anne Bancroft, Ray Liotta, Jason Lee, Sarah Silverman, and Gene Hackman (2001); Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back co-starring Jason Mewes, Shannon Elizabeth, Kevin Smith, Eliza Dushku, Will Ferrell, Mark Hamill, Ali Larter, Ben Affleck, Jason Lee, Seann William Scott, and George Carlin (2001); A Nero Wolfe Mystery starring Timothy Hutton, Colin Fox, and Maury Chaykin (2001); A Midsummer Night's Rave co-starring Andrew Keegan, Chad Lindberg, Sunny Mabrey, Lauren German, and Nichole Hiltz (2002); Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle co-starring Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu, Cameron Diaz, Bernie Mac, Demi Moore, Shia LaBeouf, Luke Wilson, Matt LeBlanc, and John Cleese (2003); Wonderland co-starring Val Kilmer, Lisa Kudrow, Kate Bosworth, Dylan McDermott, Alexis Dziena, and Josh Lucas (2003); Good Morning, Miami starring John Aylward, Jillian Barberie, Bob Clendenin, Tiffani Thiessen, Constance Zimmer, Ashley Williams, and Mark Feuerstein (2003); Stateside co-starring Jonathan Tucker, Rachael Leigh Cook, Joe Mantegna, Agnes Bruck, Val Kilmer, Ed Begley Jr., and Zena Grey (2004); and an appearance in the series Jack & Bobby starring Christine Lahti, Matt Long, Jessica Paré, Logan Lerman, Chad Everett, and John Slattery (2004).

Carrie Fisher in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back 2001
Carrie Fisher in Wonderland 2003

Carrie would finish out the decade starring in shows and films such as Undiscovered co-starring Kip Pardue, Pell James, Lauren LeMay, Ashlee Simpson, and Shannyn Sossamon (2005); Smallville starring Tom Welling, Michael Rosenbaum, John Glover, Allison Mack, Erica Durance, Kristin Kreuk, Annette O'Toole, and John Schneider (2005); and Romancing the Bride co-starring Matt Cedeño, Jen Drohan and José Antonio Estrada (2005).

Carrie Fisher in Undiscovered 2005
Carrie Fisher in Undiscovered 2005

Fisher has been a writer of many shows over the years including her own one woman play Wishful Drinking in 2006. Her production appeared in many cities across the United States over several years and was a huge success.

Fisher has a busy year in 2007 starring in Suffering Man's Charity co-starring Alan Cumming, David Boreanaz, Karen Black, Jane Lynch, and Anne Heche; Cougar Club co-starring Jason Jurman, Warren Kole, Kaley Cuoco, Joe Mantegna, Molly Cheek, and Chyna; Odd Job Jack co-starring Heather Bambrick, Jeremy Diamond and Matthew Ferguson; Weeds starring Mary-Louise Parker, Hunter Parrish, Allie Grant, Alexander Gould, and Elizabeth Perkins; Side Order of Life starring Marisa Coughlan, Diana Maria Riva, Ashley Williams, Christopher Gartin, and Jason Priestley; and 30 Rock starring Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Jane Krakowski, Jack McBrayer, and Tracy Morgan.

Carrie Fisher in Cougar Club 2007

In 2008, Carrie would star in Fanboys co-starring Dan Fogler, Jay Baruchel, Kristen Bell, Seth Rogen, and Danny Trejo; The Women co-starring Meg Ryan, Eva Mendes, Bette Midler, Annette Bening, Debra Messing, Cloris Leachman, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Candice Bergen; and a revival of the voice of Princess Leia in Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II with Seth Green, Abraham Benrubi and Bob Bergen.

Carrie Fisher in Fanboys 2008
Carrie Fisher in The Women 2008

Carrie would go on to star in White Lightnin' co-starring Edward Hogg, Kirk Bovill, Stephanie Astalos-Jones, and Muse Watson (2009); Sorority Row co-starring Briana Evigan, Rumer Willis, Teri Andrzejewski, Megan Wolfley, and Robert Belushi (2009); Wright vs. Wrong co-starring Melissa Rauch, Debra Messing, Allison Munn, Suzanne Krull, Laura Hunter, Lauren Shiohama and Cheryl Hines (2010); Entourage starring Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier, Perrey Reeves, Kevin Dillon, and Debi Mazar (2009); and the animation Family Guy Presents: It's a Trap co-starring Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Mila Kunis, and Seth Green (2010).

Carrie Fisher in 2009
Carrie Fisher now

In October of 2009, her play Wishful Drinking appeared for the first time on Broadway and ran through 2010. Lately, Carrie has been the voice of Angela in the animated series Family Guy.  She started playing the role in 2005 and has performed in many episodes up through 2011.

Carrie Fisher in a recent appearance
Carrie Fisher today