A Tribute to Carrie Fisher: Remembering the Extraordinary Life and Legacy of a Hollywood Princess

December 27th, 2018, marked two years since the passing of the beloved icon, Carrie Fisher.

In the late actress’ honor, we wanted to take this opportunity to celebrate the remarkable woman behind the iconic hair buns by examining the multi-faceted star’s extraordinary life and lasting legacy, particularly her enduring influence on and off stage. Carrie spent most of her life in the spotlight throughout her legendary career, which spanned many decades and encapsulated several one-of-a-kind performances that touched generations upon generations of audiences.

On top of being a beloved figure to millions of moviegoers, Carrie was an enormously talented writer, comedienne, and theater performer. So while she may be widely remembered as the force that awakened Hollywood, we feel it’s important to recognize that Carrie’s impressive breadth of accomplishments expand far, far beyond the Star Wars galaxy…


Showbiz From The Start – Early Life

Image courtesy of Cannes Film Festival.

Carrie Frances Fisher was born into a show business dynasty, as the daughter of Eddie Fisher, a chart-topping singer, and Debbie Reynolds, a Hollywood film star. She followed her parents into the entertainment industry at the age of 15, appearing on stage alongside her mother in the Broadway revival of musical comedy Irene in the early ’70s.

Shortly afterwards, Carrie enrolled in London’s Central School of Speech and Drama in sheer devotion to her craft. The budding star attended classes for 18 months, a period that she later recalled as some of the “best years of her life.”


Leaving Her Mark – Novels, Plays and Scripts

Over the decades, Carrie enjoyed a successful writing career, authoring the popular novel Postcards from the Edge (1987), an acclaimed bestseller that was later adapted for the big screen. Shortly after the release of the Oscar-nominated film, Carrie became one of the most sought-after script doctors in Tinseltown, proposing improvements and polishing dialogue on a number of major motion pictures.

During the ‘90s, Carrie continued to build her reputation as a prolific writer, publishing Surrender the Pink (1990) and Delusions of Grandma (1993). In addition to writing The Best Awful (2004), a sequel to her debut novel, she memorably penned and performed in a brilliantly witty one-woman play titled Wishful Drinking, which premiered at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles during November 2006. The hit stage production was turned into a humorous memoir of the same name, from which Carrie embarked on a media tour.

Following the release of Shockaholic in 2011, Carrie went on to write The Princess Diarist after unearthing journals that she kept while shooting the first Star Wars film. This intimate and revealing memoir landed on bookshelves in November 2016, just one month before her tragic death.


On The Box – Television Roles

Carrie made frequent television appearances, emerging as a prevalent figure to feature in cameos and guest roles on a variety of television shows. Over the years, she delivered sharp and hilarious performances in a myriad of comedies, including 30 Rock (2007), Sex and the City (2000) and, more recently, The Big Bang Theory (2014).

Additionally, Carrie brought her unmistakable wit to memorable characters she voiced for several animated television series’. Most notably, the actress accepted a recurring voice part as Peter Griffin’s Pawtucket Brewery boss, Angela, on Seth MacFarlane’s animated sitcom Family Guy from 2005 to 2017.

Carrie made her final television appearance on the British sitcom Catastrophe, playing Mia Norris, the eBay-obsessed and “card-carrying sadist” mother of Rob Norris, who was portrayed by Rob Delaney throughout the comedy series. Carrie completed filming days before she suffered a fatal heart attack.


Fame In The Frame – Acting Filmography

Carrie made her feature film debut in 1975, playing Lorna Karpf in the satirical romantic comedy Shampoo. Two years later, she landed her big break starring as Princess Leia in George Lucas’ original Star Wars film – an iconic role that served as a source of inspiration and strength for legions of fans across the globe.

She reprised her popular characterization of the princess-turned-general in the direct sequels, The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return Of The Jedi (1983), as well as the later installments of the epic space saga, all of which ensured her lasting fame and secured her an extremely dedicated following.

Outside of becoming one of the galaxy’s greatest heroes and falling head-over-space-boots in love with a certain half-witted scruffy-looking nerf herder, Carrie left an indelible mark on a number of other films, including John Landis’ The Blues Brothers (1980), Woody Allen’s Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), Joe Dante’s The ‘Burbs (1989) and Rob Reiner’s hit rom-com When Harry Met Sally (1989), among others.

Still, Carrie was so much more than a film star, she was a fierce feminist who frequently used her position of prominence to inspire young women to reach for the stars rather than waiting around to be rescued – princess or otherwise.


Final Farewell – So Long, Princess

A fierce rebel, a headstrong leader, a woman that sported a hairstyle she described as “hairy earphones” — all of this was Carrie Fisher as Leia Organa, and the star’s legacy will continue to be cherished long into the foreseeable future.

Reports last year stated that Carrie would return on-screen once more in the role that defined her persona, as she was named among the cast to appear in the final installment of the Skywalker saga. Now the star’s brother, Todd Fisher, has revealed that his sister may have a much larger posthumous role than some fans might have initially expected.

“There’s a lot of minutes of footage,” he told Good Morning America in a recent interview. “I don’t mean just outtakes. This is unused, new content that could be woven into the storyline. That’s what’s going to give everybody such a great kick. It’s going to look like it was meant to be. Like it was shot yesterday.

“We’re not allowed to talk about the details of anything, but we’re thrilled at what’s been done,” Todd added with confidence.

Star Wars: Episode IX is set to blast into theaters on December 20th this year, but it sounds like there will be a lot more to come from Carrie in the meantime. Todd promisingly revealed that the Fisher family has “a lot of her artifacts and a lot of things of hers that she’s written” that will eventually be released to the public.

This is great news for fans worldwide, as it guarantees that Carrie’s strong presence and irrefutable power will be felt for generations to come, though, to us, she will always be royalty.


What did Carrie Fisher mean to you?

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