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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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 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?
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
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.”