(Topics: Substance Abuse; Bipolar Disorder) The daughter of show-biz couple Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, Carrie Fisher became an international cultural icon for her role as Princess Leia in the box office trilogy of "Star Wars," "The Empire Strikes Back," and "Return of the Jedi." An accomplished writer, she became a sensation with her bestselling novel, Postcards from the Edge, a semi-autobiographical novel about an actress dealing with both drug rehabilitation and an alcoholic, attention-hungry mother. Fisher speaks openly and compellingly about her personal battles with manic depression and overcoming substance abuse.
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Since her feature debut opposite Warren Beatty in "Shampoo" in 1975, Carrie Fisher has been a compelling force in the film industry. She attained international recognition as Princess Leia, a role that made her a cultural icon, in the box office sensation "Star Wars" and the smash hit sequels, "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi." Her other acting credits include "The Blues Brothers," "Garbo Talks," "The Man With One Red Shoe," "Hannah and Her Sisters," "The Burbs," "This Is My Life," "When Harry Met Sally...," "Austin Powers," "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back," along with "Charlie's Angels II," "Wonderland," "Stateside," and the upcoming "Undiscovered," as well as previously hosting the Oxygen Network's popular hit show, "Conversations from the Edge."
On the literary front, Fisher's fourth novel, The Best Awful, received rave reviews and is now available in paperback. She became a sensation with The New York Times bestseller, Postcards from the Edge, for which she won the Los Angeles Pen Award for Best First Novel. Two additional bestselling novels, Surrender the Pink and Delusions of Grandma, followed. Along with writing ABC Pictures' "These Old Broads" ABC TV, Fisher also wrote the screenplay based on her bestseller, Postcards from the Edge, which starred Meryl Streep and Shirley MacLaine. She's written for HBO, and has an original screenplay in the works for producer Irwin Winkler, as well as having various other television/film projects lined up for her future. On top of all that, she still finds time to write original pieces and conduct interviews for various leading magazines and newspapers, including Harper's Bazaar, Vogue, Details, Travel & Leisure, and The New York Times.
Fisher's personal experience with mental illness and addiction has made her a very popular speaker on the lecture circuit as well. She has appeared on the Senate floor, sponsored by Eli Lily and Company, urging state legislators to increase government funding on medication for people living with mental health issues. She was also the keynote speaker at the 5th Annual Breaking the Silence, benefiting the Community Alliance, and she has received dozens of awards for her courage and commitment to fighting mental illness and the stigma that is associated with it. Her outrageous sense of humor makes her an ideal speaker for other compelling issues, such as surviving single motherhood and growing up Hollywood with a point of view that few celebrities have.
Fisher currently resides in Los Angeles with her daughter, Billie.