Carrie Fisher

Carrie Fisher


10/21/1956, Beverly Hills, California (USA)

Birth Name

Carrie Frances Fisher


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Carrie Fisher was born on October the 21st 1956 to singer Eddie Fisher and actress Debbie Reynolds. When she was two her parents divorced, her father marrying actress Elizabeth Taylor. Carrie decided she wanted a career in show business like her parents and set about appearing with her…more


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    • Carrie: Star Wars taught me everything: how to shoot a gun. How to have my breasts taped. I had the time of my life - and the time of yours.

    • (discussing her thoughts on Harrison Ford while making "Star Wars")
      Carrie: I had a crush on Harrison for sure. Harrison is great fun when he's had a few drinks. I'm going to get in so much trouble. Once I left the room and came back and he was in the closet not wearing a lot of clothes ...

    • (on her writing)
      Carrie: It's very cathartic for me when I can write about whatever's happened. I'm a warhorse; if I have a situation that's bad, I can handle it. But I can handle it best when I joke about it. That's my writing.

    • (in a 1983 "Playboy" interview, Carrie was asked if she had earned more money on "Star Wars" than her parents throughout their careers)
      Carrie: I think Andy Warhol started that rumor. People like it. It sounds good. I'd like it if I weren't me. I could call and get an accountant and figure it out. My mother made 53 films and did night-club work. They didn't get paid as much as we do now; but, no, it's not true. I've been working for only eight years.

    • (on what a future book might cover)
      Carrie: When I was in Star Wars, I kept diaries. Big books full of what went on, what I thought, what I did. I am going to write them all up as a narrative.

    • (on how her knowledge of filmaking improved over the years)
      Carrie: When I started doing Star Wars, I couldn't figure out what the hell the producer did. I used to watch Gary Kurtz hang around the set and I would make fun of him. I would say, 'Are you producing now? What are you doing?' ... It took me years to figure out that they assemble the picture and hire the [staff].

    • (on who was the great love of her life)
      Carrie: It's gonna have to be, in some freaked out planet of darkness, Paul Simon. [They were together for 13 years.] And a little bit of Bryan [her daughter's father]; the people I spent time with. But there really hasn't been one. Not really.

    • (on Tom Cruise's comments on psychiatry)
      Carrie: if I find someone that is a gifted anything, a psychiatrist, a podiatrist, a philosopher, a reporter, an actor, a writer, that's going to be interesting. They're going to have something to contribute. I think to completely say, "I don't believe in psychiatry…well I don't believe in scientology!" I'm sure in some whacked out world even that has something of value to offer somebody.

    • Carrie Fisher: I was still wrangling with my moods, and I was living in a house, which is a lot of responsibility. I had a child, and for her sake I was trying to act as if I hadn't been hurt by her father, who had left me for a man. I was hiding, and I am not used to doing that.

    • Carrie Fisher: I'm fine, but I'm bipolar. I'm on seven medications, and I take medication three times a day. This constantly puts me in touch with the illness I have. I'm never quite allowed to be free of that for a day. It's like being a diabetic.

    • Carrie Fisher: I spent a year in a 12-step program, really committed, because I could not believe what had happened - that I might have killed myself.

    • Carrie Fisher: I don't want to be thought of as a survivor because you have to continue getting involved in difficult situations to show off that particular gift, and I'm not interested in doing that anymore.

    • Carrie Fisher: I always like to start off with a strong opener. I didn't have that line until I'd written a lot of the book because I sort of started writing it from the mental hospital out.

    • Carrie Fisher: Bipolar disorder can be a great teacher. It's a challenge, but it can set you up to be able to do almost anything else in your life.

    • Carrie Fisher: A lot of what's wrong with me is, I feel like, a bank error in my favor. It can be fantastic. Whenever I read about it in other books, it's very, very heavy and awful. I was trying to get to the positive side.