Carrie Fisher


Carrie Frances Fisher (October 21, 1956 – December 27, 2016) was an American actress, writer, and comedienne. She played Princess Leia in the Star Wars films, a role for which she was nominated for four Saturn Awards. They collectively featured Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Peter Cushing, Alec Guinness, David Prowse, James Earl Jones, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Peter Mayhew, Billy Dee Williams, Frank Oz, Ian McDiarmid, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern, Benicio del Toro, Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant, Keri Russell, and Joonas Suotamo.

Her other film credits include Hal Ashby’s Shampoo (1975), with Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, and Goldie Hawn; John Landis‘s The Blues Brothers (1980), with John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, and John Candy; Woody Allen‘s Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), with Mia Farrow, Barbara Hershey, Diane Wiest, and Michael Caine; Joe Dante’s The ‘Burbs (1989), with Tom Hanks; Rob Reiner‘s When Harry Met Sally… (1989), with Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, and Bruno Kirby; Michael Hoffman’s Soapdish (1991), with Sally Field, Kevin Kline, Robert Downey Jr., Elisabeth Shue, Whoopi Goldberg, Teri Hatcher, Cathy Moriarty, Garry Marshall, and Kathy Najimy; and The Women (2008), with Ryan, Annette Bening, Eva Mendes, Debra Messing, Jada Pinkett Smith, Cloris Leachman, Debi Mazar, Bette Midler, and Candice Bergen.

Fisher was nominated twice for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her performances on the television series 30 Rock and Catastrophe. She was posthumously made a Disney Legend in 2017, and in 2018 she was awarded a posthumous Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album.

Fisher wrote several semi-autobiographical novels, including Postcards from the Edge and an autobiographical one-woman play, and its non-fiction book, Wishful Drinking, based on the play. She wrote the screenplay for the film version of Postcards From The Edge (1990), with Meryl Streep, Shirley MacLaine, and Dennis Quaid; which garnered her a BAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay nomination, and her one-woman stage show of Wishful Drinking was filmed for television and received a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Special. Fisher worked on other writers’ screenplays as a script doctor, including tightening the scripts for Steven Spielberg‘s Hook (1991), Sister Act (1992), The Wedding Singer (1998), and many of the films from the Star Wars franchise, among others. She earned praise for speaking publicly about her experiences with bipolar disorder and drug addiction.

Fisher was the daughter of singer Eddie Fisher and actress Debbie Reynolds, and her daughter Billie Lourd is also an actress (appearing in the new Star Wars movies with her mother). She and her mother appear in Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, a documentary about their relationship. It premiered at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. Fisher died of a sudden cardiac arrest on December 27, 2016, at age 60, four days after experiencing a medical emergency during a transatlantic flight from London to Los Angeles. One of her final films, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, was released on December 15, 2017, and is dedicated to her. Fisher appeared in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker through the use of unreleased footage from The Force Awakens.

Each review will be linked to the title below.

(*seen originally in theaters)

(**seen rereleased in theaters)

  • Shampoo (1975) – directed by Hal Ashby
  • Star Wars (1977)** – directed by George Lucas
  • Come Back, Little Sheba (1977) – directed by Silvio Narizzano – TV movie
  • Ringo (1978) – directed by Jeff Margolis – TV movie
  • Leave Yesterday Behind (1978) – directed by Richard Michaels – TV movie
  • The Star Wars Holiday Special (1978) – directed by Steve Binder & David Acomba – TV movie
  • Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)** – directed by Irvin Kershner
  • The Blues Brothers (1980)** – directed by John Landis
  • Under the Rainbow (1981) – directed by Steve Rash
  • Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (1983) – directed by Richard Marquand
  • Garbo Talks (1984) – directed by Sidney Lumet
  • Frankenstein (1984) – directed by James Ormerod
  • The Man with One Red Shoe (1985) – directed by Stan Dragoti
  • Happily Ever After (1985) – directed by Bill Melendez & Steven Melendez – TV movie
  • From Here to Maternity (1985) – directed by Tom Schiller – TV short
  • Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) – directed by Woody Allen
  • Hollywood Vice Squad (1986) – directed by Penelope Spheeris
  • Liberty (1986) – directed by Richard C. Sarafian – TV movie
  • Sunday Drive (1986) – directed by Mark Cullingham – TV movie
  • Amazon Women on the Moon (1987) – directed by Joe Dante, Carl Gottlieb, Peter Horton, John Landis, & Robert K. Weiss
  • The Time Guardian (1987) – directed by Brian Hannant – aka Spacetrap
  • Appointment with Death (1988) – directed by Michael Winner
  • The ‘Burbs (1989) – directed by Joe Dante
  • Loverboy (1989) – directed by
  • Joan Micklin Silver
  • Two Daddies? (1989) – directed by Bill Melendez & Steven Melendez – TV movie
  • She’s Back (1989) – directed by Tim Kincaid
  • When Harry Met Sally… (1989) – directed by Rob Reiner
  • Sweet Revenge (1990) – directed by Charlotte Brändström – TV movie
  • Sibling Rivalry (1990) – directed by Carl Reiner
  • Postcards from the Edge (1990) – directed by Mike Nichols – writer only
  • Drop Dead Fred (1991) – directed by Ate de Jong
  • Soapdish (1991) – directed by Michael Hoffman
  • Hook (1991)* – directed by Steven Spielberg – uncredited cameo
  • This Is My Life (1992) – directed by Nora Ephron
  • Present Tense, Past Perfect (1995) – directed by Richard Dreyfuss – TV short
  • Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997) – directed by Jay Roach – uncredited cameo
  • Scream 3 (2000) – directed by Wes Craven – cameo
  • Lisa Picard is Famous (2000) – directed by Griffin Dunne – aka Famous
  • These Old Broads (2001) – directed by Matthew Diamond – also co-writer – TV movie
  • Heartbreakers (2001) – directed by David Mirkin
  • Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001)* – directed by Kevin Smith – cameo
  • A Midsummer Night’s Rave (2002) – directed by Gil Cates Jr.
  • The Rutles 2: Can’t Buy Me Lunch (2002) – directed by Eric Idle
  • Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle (2003) – directed by McG – cameo
  • Wonderland (2003) – directed by James Cox
  • Stateside (2004) – directed by Reverge Anselmo
  • Undiscovered (2005) – directed by Meiert Avis
  • Romancing the Bride (2005) – directed by Kris Isaccson – TV movie
  • Friendly Fire (2006) – directed by Michele Chivetta
  • Suffering Man’s Charity (2007) – directed by Alan Cumming – aka Ghost Writer
  • Cougar Club (2007) – directed by Christopher Duddy
  • The Women (2008)* – directed by Diane English
  • White Lightnin’ (2009) – directed by Dominic Murphy
  • Fanboys (2009) – directed by Kyle Newman – cameo
  • Sorority Row (2009) – directed by Stewart Hendler
  • Wishful Drinking (2010) – directed directed by Fenton Bailey & Randy Barbato – also writer – herself – documentary
  • Wright vs. Wrong (2010) – directed by Andy Fickman
  • It’s Christmas, Carol! (2012) – directed by Michael M. Scott
  • Maps to the Stars (2014) – directed by David Cronenberg – cameo as herself
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)* – directed by J.J. Abrams
  • Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds (2016) – directed by Alexis Bloom & Fisher Stevens – herself – documentary
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)* – directed by Rian Johnson – posthumously released
  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019)* – directed by J.J. Abrams – archive footage – posthumously released
  • Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics (2020) – directed by Donick Cary – herself – documentary – posthumously released
  • Wonderwell (2020) – directed by Vlad Marsavin – posthumously released