Carrie Fisher: Proving that you can kick ass even with two Danishes as big as your face strapped to your head. Yeah, it’s an old line, but what else can I do? Height jokes and cracks about her being coked off her ass? No! I do have some standards, for God’s sake. Besides, those will come later.Carrie Frances Fisher (October 21, 1956-) is an American actress and writer who's most famous for starring as Princess Leia Organa in the original Star Wars trilogy. Besides Star Wars, she has also starred in Shampoo, The Blues Brothers, Amazon Women on the Moon, When Harry Met Sally..., and Drop Dead Fred.Of course, she was Hollywood royalty well before Star Wars was made, being the daughter of the late singer Eddie Fisher and actress Debbie Reynolds, whose late '50s divorce was one of Hollywood's most infamous scandals of the time, as her father had an affair with Elizabeth Taylor. Fisher herself was briefly married to Paul Simon.These days, she's primarily focused as writer, having penned such books as Postcards from the Edge,(which was made into a 1990 film starring Meryl Streep and Shirley Maclaine), Delusions Of Grandma, and Surrender the Pink. She also wrote and performed Wishful Drinking, a one-woman play about her life. Rounding it all off, Fisher was one of the most in-demand script doctors during the 90s, being hired to punch up such films as Hook, Sister Act, and all of the Star Wars prequels (demonstrating that even the most talented people have a limit).Oh, and she owns the only official copy of The Star Wars Holiday Special. It was given to her by George Lucas in exchange for doing the audio commentary for Star Wars. She now mostly uses the video to evict houseguests.Be sure to check out her Twitter, which is hilarious, confusing, and inspiring. Often all at once.
Tropes associated with Carrie Fisher:
- Actor Allusion: In her appearance on 30 Rock, her character is a washed-up writer who cries, "Help me, Liz Lemon, you're my only hope!"
- Casting Couch: She joked this is how she got the role in Star Wars: "I slept with some nerd. I hope it was George." She even mentions a similar joke for her cameo in Scream 3.
- Cool Old Lady : Take the "old" part with tongue in cheek, but her irreverence and wit, not to mention her welcome return in Episode VII, has endeared her to both oldtime and new fans in recent years.
- I Am Not Spock: Played with and zigzagged with Star Wars.
"George Lucas ruined my life and I mean this in the nicest way possible."
- It's hard to tell if she is proud or embarrassed or both to have been in it. Her cover of Wishful Drinking has a woman resembling her with princess Leia buns with her head down and much of the stage show covered her love-hate relationship with it. She has stated that she wished she had turned down the role, though it's unclear if she regrets being in it or simply regrets agreeing to it.
- At some point, she decided to embrace it: she took up the mantle of General Leia in The Force Awakens and is set to appear in Episodes VIII and IX (Mark Hamill claims she immediately jumped at the opportunity—"I'm in!"—at a meeting between them and Lucas.) She was quite active on the press circuit for TFA as well, often travelling with her dog, who quickly developed his own fandom.
- Loyal Animal Companion: Her dog Gary, who gained his own following once Carrie started bringing him everywhere she goes.
- Ms. Fanservice: In Return of the Jedi.
- Pun-Based Title: The above mentioned books Wishful Drinking and Delusions of Grandma.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: She's traded "star people" barbs with William Shatner. George Takei even offered to mediate at one pointnote No one is quite sure if they are kidding.
- Self-Deprecation: She uses it a lot in her books and interviews, regarding her drug abuse and her acting in Star Wars.You know how they say that religion is the opiate of the masses? Well, I took masses of opiates religiously.
- Write What You Know: Fisher has made a writing career from this, writing what critics called a series of "Fictionalized Autobiographies". Postcards From The Edge concerns her battle with drug addiction, Surrender the Pink dramatizes her first marriage to Paul Simon, Delusions of Grandma recounts her experience with motherhood and relationship with her movie star mother, and The Best Awful There Is is roughly based on her relationship with her partner Bryan Lourds. It all came full circle in her film These Old Broads, where the two of the main characters are partially based on Debbie Reynolds and Elizabeth Taylor, and they were played by Reynolds and Taylor themselves (they even share a joke at the expense of their mutual ex-husband, Eddie Fisher).