Carrie Fisher was an actress best known for her portrayal of "Princess Leia" from the Star Wars franchise. She was also a noted comedienne and author.
Carrie Frances Fisher was born October 21, 1956 in Beverly Hills, California to Eddie (Tisch) Fisher and Debbie (Reynolds) Fisher. Both of her parents were entertainers, making her known as "Hollywood Royalty".
Carrie started off acting at age 15 in the Broadway show, "Irene" with her mother. Her next role came in the movie, "Shampoo", but Carrie's big break into the entertainment world in her own right came with her role of Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy in 1977. The role seemed to mirror Carrie's own life, of a beautiful but very capable young woman who just needed the occasional help from friends and family as she navigated life.
Carrie continued on after her role in Star Wars to use her skills as an author, writing novels which explored the troubled life lived in the entertainment industry. Most notable was the semiautobiographical "Postcards From The Edge" which was later turned into a movie.
Carrie was open about her diagnosis with bipolar disorder, even sharing her nicknames for her emotional extremes, Roy and Pam. She fought depression and substances abuse in association with the disease, sharing her experiences in her creative works. Carrie also served as an honorary board member for the International Bipolar Foundation, and, in 2014, received the Golden Heart Award for her work with The Midnight Mission.
Carrie was a supporter and advocate for several causes, including women's issues, animal rights, and LGBT causes. She was open about her experiences caring for friends who suffered from AIDS. She contributed financially to various AIDS and HIV organizations, including hosting a benefit for amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research.
In 2016, Harvard College gave Carrie its Annual Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award in Cultural Humanism, noting that "her forthright activism and outspokenness about addiction, mental illness, and agnosticism have advanced public discourse on these issues with creativity and empathy."
Carrie died December 27, 2016 in Los Angeles, following a heart attack on a flight home from London. She is buried at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, California. . 
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