Rising from the platform her actor father and singer mother laid for her, star actress, writer, and humorist Carrie Fisher had garnered for herself a degree of reputation in the world of acting with her appearance as Princess Leia in George Lucas’s blockbuster Star Wars released in 1977, raising her stardom beyond imaginations.
Carrie Fisher Biography
Born on October 21, 1956, the American actress, writer, and humorist Carrie Fisher used her wit, talent, and experiences to entertain audiences both in the movies and on her social media pages. She was born in Burbank, California, and was popularly known as the daughter of actors and singers Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds. Making her first appearance at the age of 15 in the Broadway show Irene, starring alongside her mother, Fisher made her film debut in Shampoo 1975. But it was her snappy witticism in the Star Wars film which was worth $1.1 billion in terms of its total lifetime gross earnings, that further announced her acting skills and further opened the door for more appearances in the film’s sequels The Empire Strikes Back (1980), and Return of the Jedi (1983). Other films she featured in the late 1980s and early 1990s include Hannah and Her Sisters, the Australian film The Time Guardian, When Harry Met Sally, The ‘Burbs, and the fantasy comedy film Drop Dead Fred, among many others.
Within this period also, Fisher made some publications including her semi-autobiographical novel Postcards from the Edge which was published in 1987. Three years later, she published novels Surrender the Pink and Delusions of Grandma (published in 1993). In 1990, Columbia Pictures released a film version of her first novel Postcards from the Edge, and she did uncredited script work for movies like Lethal Weapon 3, Outbreak, The Wedding Singer, and Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot.
Her autobiographical book Wishful Drinking was published in 2008 and the following year, the book’s audio earned her a nomination for a 2009 Grammy Award in the Best Spoken Word Album category. She was selected as a member of the main competition jury at the 2013 Venice Film Festival and by 2017, her appearance on Catastrophe earned her a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series nomination. Her last movie role, however, was Star Wars: The Last Jedi which reportedly earned over $314.4 million.
Carrie Fisher’s Net Worth
With all her movie appearances and write-ups, some fans will quickly assume that Carrie, with her unique action figures, would probably be worth a fortune. However, reports from varying sources show that the star actress had a smaller net worth compared to other Hollywood stars on her level. She was said to be worth just $5 million before her death.
Carrie had such little amount as net worth as a result of a bad marketing deal in her teens. The star lost out on millions in her teens when she signed away her likeness as part of the Star Wars franchise. This meant that she made no money from the merchandise of the Star Wars which was over $1.5 billion in gross profit. Meanwhile, her appearances in The Blues Brothers (1980), which boasts $57 million in gross profits, and Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), which has brought in about $40 million awarded her some huge amount of money.
Her semi-autobiographical novel, Postcards From the Edge, which was turned into a film in the 1990s, gathered more than $7 million on its opening weekend and a gross of $39 million. But all these monies went to both her health issues and to charity. Carrie was passionate about animal rescue and about helping people lost to drug abuse. This gave her a Golden Heart Award from The Midnight Mission, a nonprofit organization based in Los Angeles that works to offer a bridge to self-sufficiency for homeless people through counseling, education, training, and job placement. Though she was left with a meager amount in her account, the star actress and writer will always be remembered for her good heart.
Death – How the Hollywood Icon Died
Carrie Fisher died on December 27, 2016, four days after suffering from a massive heart attack on an airplane. She reportedly died from sleep apnea and a combination of other factors. She suffered a medical complication while on a commercial flight on December 23, 2016, from London to Los Angeles 15 minutes before the aircraft landed and was rushed to the medical center immediately after the plane landed. Medical experts and investigators were unable to point out the exact cause of her death.
Prior to her death, Carrie reportedly had a long battle with drug addiction and mental illness, hence her passion to help those with mental illness. The beauty actress confirmed that she smoked pot at the age of 13. She also revealed that she had taken LSD by 21 and was diagnosed as bipolar at 24. She was treated with electroshock therapy and medication and investigators could not determine whether they contributed to her death in December.
Carrie was survived by her daughter, Billie Lour, and her siblings Todd, Joely, and Tricia Leigh. Before her death, Carrie willed most of her earnings to her daughter, Bullie. She also requested for nearly 1,500 of her items to be auctioned off for the Thalians and The Jed Foundation, which is a charity her mother, Reynolds founded.
Carrie Fisher’s Daughter, Mom, And Husband
Carrie has a daughter popularly known as Billie Lourd, who she had with her long-time boyfriend and talent agent, Bryan Lourd. Billie Catherine Lourd was the only child of Carrie and Bryan. She was born on July 17, 1992, in Los Angeles, California. Like her mother, Carrie Fisher, and her grandmother, Debbie Reynolds, Billie is into acting. She is best known for playing Chanel #3 in the Fox television series Scream Queens among few other films she has featured in. Despite her relationship challenges, Carrie remained closely related to her only daughter Billy, offering her all the love and support she needed.
Carrie had rather a tense relationship despite being a major attraction in her time as a grown woman. She met and fell in love with the Creative Artists Agency principal and talent agent Bryan Lourd long after she broke up with her first love Paul Simon in 1984. Carrie met the American singer-songwriter and actor, Simon in 1977 and they dated from then until 1983 when Simon proposed to her after a New York Yankees game.
The union only lasted for a year as they got divorced in 1984. After her divorce, she was on and off relationships. Those she dated before finally meeting the father of her daughter include the Canadian actor and comedian Dan Aykroyd. Like in her previous relationships, Lourd also left Carrie to be in a homosexual relationship and though she was hurt by the act, the beautiful actress moved on with her life, having close relationships with other men like singer James Blunt. Her marriage with Paul Simon is, however, the only one considered legal
Speaking of Carrie’s mother is also a well-known Hollywood icon who was able to make millions for herself before her death in December 2016. Her mother, Debbie Reynolds got married to her father Eddie Fisher. Carrie was just 18 months old when her father left Debbie for Elizabeth, his new wife, and Debbie, in turn, remarried to her second husband a shoe magnate Harry Karl.
Aside from being a renowned star in the woods, Reynolds dedicated her time and wealth to achieving her goal of building a Hollywood museum. Her collection numbers more than 3000 costumes and 46,000 square feet worth of props and equipment. Reynolds died a day after Carrie died in a hospital in Los Angeles and the cause of her death was listed as “intracerebral hemorrhage,” which is a type of stroke. Carrie’s mom also had a son whose name is Todd Fisher.
Carrie Fisher Height and Weight
Fisher who died in December 2016 at the age of 60, was 5 ft 1 in (155 cm) tall. She also weighed 59 kg or 130 lbs. There is no further information about her body statistics. Her hair color is dark brown and her eye color is also dark brown.