The Wonders of Carrie Fisher – Things You Didn’t Know

Carrie Fisher has been a household name since she first graced the big screen at 19. Learn all about her unknown relationships and other details of her life and legacy here.

Carrie Fisher Was an Acclaimed Author

Carrie Fisher Was an Acclaimed Author

You probably know that she played Princess Leia in the Star Wars series, but she was also a prolific writer. In 1987, her autobiographical novel Postcards From the Edge became a bestseller, so much so that she adapted it to a screenplay (which would star Shirley MacLaine and Meryl Streep) and also into a one-woman show.

Her other books include the following titles: Delusions of Grandma, Surrender the Pink, The Best Awful, Shockaholic, and The Princess Diarist. Very little was not discussed or divulged in her books. Most recently, she even revealed the affair that she’d had on set with the then-married Harrison Ford when she was 19.

Who she blames for her drug addiction is revealed in the next slide.

Postcards from the Edge

Postcards from the Edge

Carrie Fisher created an honest and poignant portrayal of her own life, retold through the life of Suzanne Vale, in both novel and movie format. In the book, Fisher writes of Suzanne in rehab, “My mother is probably sort of disappointed at how I turned out, but she doesn’t show it. She came by today and brought me a satin and velvet quilt. I’m surprised I was able to detox without it. I was nervous about seeing her, but it went okay. She thinks I blame her for my being here. I mainly blame my dealer, my doctor, and myself, and not necessarily in that order.”

The novel was a bestseller and was also received with critical acclaim, with The New York Times saying that the book “bristles with a bravery and candor that still feels groundbreaking. She went there, long before that was a catchphrase, and before that particular there was such a crowded piece of real estate.”

Next Carrie discusses her addiction treatment.

Carrie Fisher Was a Mental-Health Advocate

Carrie Fisher Was a Mental-Health Advocate

It was a topic that she discussed in her books, but she also publicly talked about her bipolar diagnosis on ABC’s 20/20 and The Secret Life of a Manic Depressive (with Stephen Fry), as well as the link between her mental health and her addiction to pain medication and cocaine.

She told Psychology Today (2001) that the drugs made her feel “normal” and that they “contained me.” In 2008, she also appeared on The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson, where she discussed the electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) treatments that she received (every six weeks at one point) in an effort to “blow apart the cement” in her brain.

Carrie reveals that she was high on set in the next slide.

Carrie Fisher Was a Recovering Addict and Advocate

Carrie Fisher Was a Recovering Addict and Advocate

Carrie Fisher was very open about her drug use and abuse, as it related to her own recovery, her position as a mentor to help others recover, and its link to her own mental health. She regularly said that she used the Percodan pain medication to “dial down” her manic episodes and to help her feel more normal.

Fisher also said that she was using cocaine during The Empire Strikes Back filming, but said, “Slowly, I realized I was doing a bit more drugs than other people and losing my choice in the matter.” Then, she overdosed in 1985 on prescription drugs and sleeping pills. She was rushed to the hospital, and her experience provided the material for what would become Postcards from the Edge (novel and screenplay).

See who she saved in the next slide.

Carrie Fisher Warned Other Young Actors

Carrie Fisher Warned Other Young Actors

Beyond just the impersonal on-stage appearances, Carrie Fisher took her role of drug-addict/survivor very seriously. And, now, with her passing, countless stories are surfacing about how Fisher took a personal interest in the lives of actors like Corey Feldmen.

Feldman recalls,She saw the darkness that was growing in me, but I didn’t understand it at that point. I didn’t know what was coming.” She recognized that pain and empathized. He says, “I believed I was fine. But she had some great psychic ability and she saw my future. She knew I was headed for danger.” Feldman’s story is not the first such story of recovery and advocacy. She could see when others were headed down the path she’d been down, and she always wanted to help.

Social Media Guru

Social Media Guru

Carrie Fisher had a way with words, and that became even more evident as she took to the Twitter and social media spheres to deploy her witty missives. She proved that she wasn’t “so old” after all… and was willing to even take on those naysayers about whether she’d aged gracefully.

In the process, Fisher endeared herself to the social-media generation with those quirky tweets, laden with crazy keyboard symbols and colorful typefaces. You may take it for granted that she was so savvy up with the current modes of popular communication (we ALL do, right?), but there was something very endearing about the way that she interacted directly with her fans. The Twittersphere allowed us to gain insight into her life, and then it has allowed that precious space to mourn her passing. She really was ahead of her time.

You’ll never believe who her father left her mother for.

Carrie’s Father Ran off With Elizabeth Taylor

Carrie’s Father Ran off With Elizabeth Taylor

Debbie Reynolds was Carrie Fisher’s mother (she was one of the greatest actresses of the Golden Age in Hollywood), and Eddie Fisher was her father (he was a singer).

Carrie Fisher’s parents were also good friends with Elizabeth Taylor (another Hollywood GREAT). That is until Eddie Fisher ran off with Elizabeth Taylor. Carrie Fisher tried to make an analogy in Wishful Drinking when she wrote, “Now if you are too young to relate to any of this, try and think of it this way: Think of Eddie as Brad Pitt and Debbie as Jennifer Aniston and Elizabeth as Angelina Jolie. Does that help?” Taylor’s just-married husband, Mike Todd was killed in a plane crash, so Eddie Fisher comforted her, as Carrie explained, “He first dried her eyes with his handkerchief, then he consoled her with flowers, and he ultimately consoled her with his penis. Now this made marriage to my mother awkward, so he was gone within the week.” You can well imagine the scandal!

This guy was always there for her. Click next to see who.

Gary Fisher Is Her Bulldog

Gary Fisher Is Her Bulldog

Gary Fisher is a French bulldog and was Carrie Fisher’s emotional-support animal. She brought him with her to public events, interviews, down the Red Carpet, and beyond. But, Gary also took on his own personality and had his own rapt audience. had his own @Gary_TheDog Twitter and Instagram account. (You can still read the tweet: “Saddest tweets to tweet. Mommy is gone. I love you @carrieffisher”.)

Carrie Fisher gave her favorite pooch credit for offering her the daily stability and support she needed, and which a beloved pet can offer so freely. Reports have surfaced that Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd, will take over the responsibility for Gary going forward.

See which star’s heart she stole in the next slide.

What About Paul Simon?

What About Paul Simon?

Carrie Fisher first met Paul Simon on set for Star Wars and then dated (and even married) him in a relationship that spanned the years from 1977 until 1984 (with some gaps along the way) . He even wrote a song, “Hearth and Bones” about their relationship, with lyrics saying, “You take two bodies and you twirl them into one / Their hearts and their bones / And they won’t come undone.”

Unfortunately, their relationship did come “undone.” When he learned of Carrie’s death, Paul Simon posted to Twitter, “Yesterday was a horrible day. Carrie was a special, wonderful girl. It’s too soon.”

Her next love life gets a bit tangled up in the next few slides…

Dan Aykroyd Proposed

Dan Aykroyd Proposed

Carrie Fisher famously dated Dan Aykroyd, Canadian actor and comedian, and it was almost a lot more. He proposed to her on the set of The Blues Brothers. It looked like it was a done-deal: marriage, and maybe even the happily ever after.

After being rescued by Aykroyd’s Heimlich maneuver, Fisher said, “I better marry him. What if that happens again?” Then: “We had rings, we got blood tests, the whole shot. But then I got back together with Paul Simon.” In his tribute upon learning of Fisher’s death, Aykroyd sent out this tweet: “Our beautiful brilliant funny wise kind and generous Blues Sister – so ironic – Xmas was Carrie’s favorite thing next to babies.”

The Harrison Ford Affair

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It’s relatively recent news, but it’s been picked up across the media. Carrie Fisher wrote about her affair with Harrison Ford when she was on the set with him for Star Wars. In her just-out autobiographical tell-all book, The Princess Diarist, Carrie Fisher divulges thenow infamous tryst.

It was off-kilter, as she explained saying, “Why have I become casually involved with someone who, if I am being totally honest with myself, I don’t care for and who doesn’t care for me? And is married?” She referred to it as a “very long one-night stand,” but in an interview she said that she still longed for Ford.

What Is It About the Famous Rebel?

What Is It About the Famous Rebel?

The 2015 appearance of Carrie Fisher alongside Harrison Ford in Star Wars Episode VII, subtitled The Force Awakens captured a bit of the day-dream, the thoughts about what might have been. There, too, it was a permanent parting of ways.

In her book, she said, “if we’re going to get back together, we’re going to have to do it soon. And getting back together with someone you were never truly with is, to say the least, complicated. But absolutely worth the effort. Or not. I’ll probably regret writing this, but if you have the impulse to yell at me, please don’t. Periodically, I feel guilty enough on my own.” Upon learning of her death, Ford released a statement: “Carrie was one-of-a-kind…brilliant, original. Funny and emotionally fearless. She lived her life, bravely.”

The co-star Fisher may have preferred over Ford is next.

It Could Have Been Mark Hamill?

It Could Have Been Mark Hamill?

Hindsight is so often 20/20 (or at least much more clear than at the moment of experience, so it’s probably not surprising that Carrie Fisher looked back at her Star Wars days and imagined that she might have fallen for Mark Hamill (who played her brother, Luke Skywalker) instead.

Even at the time when she was first starting the affair with Harrison Ford, she wrote in her journal, “I’m sorry it’s not Mark [Hamill] — it could have been.” She said, “It should have been. It might’ve meant something. Maybe not much, but certainly more.” When he learned of Fisher’s death, Mark Hamill posted to Twitter, “no words #Devastated.”

Next up, another lover who later confessed to being gay.

What About the Father of Carrie’s Daughter?

What About the Father of Carrie’s Daughter?

Bryan Lourd is the father of Carrie Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd, but there’s also a story there. He was a principal at Creative Artists Agency (the CAA), but also a talent agent (they represent Meryl Streep, George Clooney, Jennifer Lawrence, Scarlett Johansson, etc.) Though they apparently never married, Fisher had referred to him as her second husband.

The couple ended the relationship when Lourd came out as a gay man and began dating another man. Through the years, there have been reports of disagreements between the two parents over child-rearing issues. Recently, Frank Bruni recollects, “if anything could wound this seemingly bulletproof survivor, it was the suggestion that she was an irresponsible, inattentive mom.”

Carrie Fisher Was a Voice Actor for a Recurring Character on Family Guy

Carrie Fisher Was a Voice Actor for a Recurring Character on Family Guy

Carrie Fisher was also extremely diverse in the number and type of roles and projects she undertook. She even had a recurring role as Peter Griffith’s boss, Angela, on the Family Guy animated series.

Angela first appears in the “Jungle Love” episode, and then resurfaces for the “Whistle While Your Wife Works” and “Peter-assment.” She also shared one episode with her mother, Debbie Reynolds, taking on the voiceover part of Mrs. Wilson in “Tales of a Third Grade Nothing.” Two more episodes featuring Carrie Fisher’s voiceovers are scheduled to be aired in 2017. When Seth McFarlane (voice of Peter as well as creator and executive producer) learned of Fisher’s passing, he said, “Carrie Fisher was smart, funny, talented, surprising, and always a hell of a fun time to be around. Family Guy will miss her immensely.”

Another talent of Fisher’s is revealed in the next slide.

Carrie Fisher Was a Script Doctor

Carrie Fisher Was a Script Doctor

Since she’s already a famed actress and writer, it’s not surprising that she would turn her hand to doctoring the scripts for other writers. Her role went largely uncredited in Hollywood from 1991 to 2005, but she famously worked on the scripts for Hook, Sister Act, Lethal Weapon 3 and The Wedding Singer.

Reports indicate that George Lucas hired her to polish the script for The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles and the Star Wars prequel. Entertainment Weekly even lauded that she was “one of the most sought after doctors in town.” In an interview, she later said that the gigs as script doctor were once lucrative, but that they’d become much more like “free work” (with the requirement that script consultants submit notes and ideas, without any guarantee that they won’t just keep the work and not pay) — which she called “life-wasting events.”

Carrie and Her Mother

Carrie and Her Mother

Carrie Fisher was a Big Screen success just like her mother (she recollected, “My mother put me in a nightclub act, in effect, to be with her”), but she also said that she would have turned the part of Princess Leia in Star Wars down if she’d known how it would turn out. Her success brought her lots of perks, but also led her down that path toward self-annihilation.

Whatever her thoughts about her mother’s introduction of her young daughter into the sordid world of the film industry, she was thankful, and many have described their relationship as “close.” Carrie introduced her mother for the Screen Actors Guild Award (SAG) by saying that she was “more than a mother.” She also said, “She’s been an unsolicited stylist, interior decorator and marriage counselor.”

Sadly, tragedy strikes in 2016.

Carrie’s Autopsy Results: “Not Obvious”

Carrie’s Autopsy Results: “Not Obvious”

By now we have all probably heard the heartbreaking story of Carrie Fisher’s heart attack while aboard a plane flying from London to her home in Los Angeles, California. She was on the final leg of her book tour and eager to get home. When she had the heart attack, it was reported (by a passenger among others) that she had stopped breathing.

The plane landed, and Fisher was quickly rushed to the hospital. Four days later, she passed away at the age of 60. As she had been placed on a ventilator after not breathing, many wonder what her brain would have been like had she ever woken up. Most recently, Fisher’s autopsy results recently came back and the outcome was a bit confusing, to say the least. Experts say her cause of death is still considered “not obvious.” It’s unclear at this time what that means, but there’s a chance more information will be revealed after further testing is completed.

RIP Debbie Reynolds

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What’s most telling about their relationship is that Debbie Reynolds passed away just a day after her daughter, Carrie Fisher. Reynolds was in the midst of planning her child’s funeral, a tragic event on any account, but many have spoken out in their beliefs that she died of a broken heart.

When Reynolds suffered from a stroke, she told her son, Todd Fisher, that she missed Carrie and wanted to see her again (she passed away 30 minutes later). He said, “She literally spent her life caring after Carrie.” And, then said: “I’m not joking when I say she left to be with her, and I’m happy about that. That’s the only thing I’m happy about.”

And, Then There Was Billie

And, Then There Was Billie

Billie Lourd is twice cursed (or blessed), depending how you want to look at it. Her entire family seems to gush stardom, and she’s even made her own way down that path, with Scream Queens.

But, here too, the hand of Carrie Fisher will still be felt as her legacy lives on. In an interview with Teen Vogue, Billie said: “She raised me to not think of men and women as different. She raised me without gender. It’s kind of the reason she named me Billie. It’s not about being a strong woman — it’s about being a strong person.” Carrie once told her: “It was more about leading by example.” Carrie’s death is tragic, yes. And, heart-rending. How many of you found yourselves in tears after learning the news? But, her legacy will live on.

We’ll Remember Her, Always

We’ll Remember Her, Always

Carrie Fisher has been a household name since she first graced the Big Screen at 19. She was the Star Wars princess: a beautiful spitfire of a young woman, and she was impossible to forget. But as we’ve just seen, we may not have known just how much we loved her until her recent, shocking, and completely untimely passing. Since the news of her heart attack and then the final notice that she had not awoken, the world has risen up in remembrance and appreciation of Carrie Fisher.

Once a princess, she grew up to challenge and fight for so many important causes. In her passing, her life of advocacy and her witty humor have helped to make Carrie Fisher larger than life, but also a very down-to-earth everywoman. She taught us that we didn’t have to rely on others to save us…that was up to us. We hope you enjoyed learning all the unknown details of her life and legacy.