Carrie Fisher's Daughter Looks Like Her Twin
May 17, 2022 by apost team
The late Carrie Fisher was a beloved actress and writer. Of course, she is still best known for playing the role of Princess Leia in the "Star Wars" franchise, but Fisher was in a number of other films as well. These include "Shampoo," "The Blues Brothers," "The 'Burbs," and "When Harry Met Sally." She was also nominated for two Primetime Emmy Awards for her guest performances on the tv series "30 Rock" and "Catastrophe."
Fisher was born on Oct. 21, 1956, in Burbank, California. She is the daughter of actress Debbie Reynolds and singer Eddie Fisher. Sadly, her parents divorced in 1959 when she was just two years old. Fisher was known as a bookworm when she was growing up due to her love of reading. She attended Beverly Hills High School until she was 16 but dropped out to appear in "Irene" on Broadway, which was also starring her mother.
The actress made her film debut at the age of 17 in "Shampoo" in 1975. It was only a couple of years later that Fisher starred as Princess Leia in "Star Wars," launching her and her castmates into superstardom.
In her personal life, Fisher was married to Paul Simon from 1983 to 1984, and they dated again for a while after their divorce. She was later attached to Bryan Lourd for a time, and they share a daughter named Billie Lourd. Billie is an actress as well and even appeared as a stand-in for her mom in "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" after Carrie's passing. It's not surprising seeing how beautiful and talented Billie is, as she bears a striking resemblance to her late mother.
Growing up, Fisher was surrounded by plenty of celebrities. Her mother, Reynolds, was an actress, and her father, Eddie, was a singer. Reynolds was best remembered for her career spanning almost 70 years, starring in films such as "Singin' in the Rain" and the "Halloweentown" series.
However, Fisher's parents divorced when she was just two years old. Her father went on to remarry and tied the knot with fellow actress Connie Stevens, which resulted in Fisher having two half-sisters, Joely Fisher and Tricia Leigh Fisher.
As a child, Fisher thoroughly enjoyed reading and writing. She had a love for classic literature and poetry. However, at the age of 16, she began showing that she had potential as a performer when she appeared as a debutante and singer in the Broadway revival of "Irene" in 1973. The musical also starred her famous mother.
Because she was beginning to act more, Fisher's studies were no longer the primary focus, and she ended up dropping out of high school. This didn't mean she was done learning, though, as she enrolled at London's Central School of Speech and Drama in 1973.
Just a couple of years later, Fisher was starting to make her name known in the entertainment industry. She made her film debut in 1975 in the comedy "Shampoo," which she filmed when she was just 17 years old. Several other notable stars were featured in the film, including Lee Grant and Goldie Hawn.
While Fisher may not have been aware of it at the time, her next feature film role was going to impact the rest of her life.
In 1977, Fisher landed the role of a lifetime when she was cast as Princess Leia in the George Lucas-directed science fiction film "Star Wars." Other notable actors to star in the film included Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and James Earl Jones.
No one could have predicted the huge wave of success that the film brought, as it had actually only been released to a limited number of theaters in the United States. However, it was a hit with fans and critics alike and went on to become a blockbuster hit, resulting in "Star Wars" being shown in more theaters than what was previously planned.
At the time, Fisher was not necessarily close with her co-stars, but as the movie received more buzz and more critical appraise, it was clear that they would have a long-lasting connection with one another. They easily became role models for people of all walks of life.
The original film quickly turned into a franchise, and to this day, "Star Wars" is still a worldwide pop-culture phenomenon. Aside from its many films, the franchise also includes a TV series, video games, novels, comic books and even theme park attractions. It's not hard to see why "Star Wars" is one of the highest-grossing media franchises of all time.
The movies have stayed a hit with fans as the years have gone by, and while the original trilogy will always hold a special place in people's hearts, there is also a newer trilogy for old and new fans to enjoy.Carrie Fisher (1983), (Sunset Boulevard/Corbis/Getty Images)
Although Fisher acted in several other projects during the 1970s, it's evident that her work in "Star Wars" was her most impactful. She became a household name, leading her to land more jobs in future roles that were not always as intense. Fisher was cast in a major supporting role in the 1989 film "When Harry Met Sally…" and also appeared opposite Tom Hanks in the film "The 'Burbs" that very same year.
Fisher also published her first book during the 1980s called "Postcards from the Edge." The actress took a creative nonfiction approach as her book was semi-autobiographical yet fictionalized and satirized. It detailed many of the hardships Fisher encountered the previous decade, as well as her up and down relationship with her mother, Reynolds. "Postcards from the Edge" went on to become a bestseller, and Fisher even received the Los Angeles Pen Award for Best First Novel.
The book was later adapted into a film, which was released in 1990 and starred Meryl Streep, Shirley MacLaine and Dennis Quaid. Fisher also released a sequel to the book in 2004 called "The Best Awful There Is."
Moving into the 2000s, Fisher continued to find work and co-wrote and co-executive produced the TV comedy film "These Old Broads." The film starred Reynolds as well as MacLaine, Joan Collins and Elizabeth Taylor.
Rounding out the early 2000s, the actress landed roles on television, guest-starring in an episode of "Sex and the City" alongside Sarah Jessica Parker. She was also featured in an episode of "30 Rock," which even earned her an Emmy nomination.Carrie Fisher (1983), (Aaron Rapoport/Corbis/Getty Images)
In 2013, it was announced that there would be a new trilogy of films in the "Star Wars" franchise, and Fisher confirmed that she would be reprising her role as Princess Leia. The film also reconnected Fisher with her former co-stars Hamill and Ford, who would be reprising their original roles as well.
She completed the filming for "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," which was one of her final films shortly before her death. Fisher died of a sudden cardiac arrest on Dec. 27, 2016. The film was released a year later and was dedicated to the late actress.
In November 2016, Fisher had released a memoir titled "The Princess Diarist," which was based on the diaries she kept while working on the original "Star Wars" trilogy back in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Speaking with NPR in November 2016, Fisher explained that she didn't even remember that she had kept so many diary entries. She said:
"I forgot that I wrote it. And I was making my bedroom bigger 'cause I've always had small bedrooms, so I felt I deserved a bigger one now. I don't know why. And so there was all these boxes of writing underneath the floorboards. And I found it among all this other stuff, and I remembered when I saw it."
The book revealed that Fisher and Ford had even had a three-month affair during their time on set together for the first film. According to NPR, Fisher was 19 years old at the time, while Ford was in his mid-30s and married.Carrie Fisher (circa 1985), (Aaron Rapoport/Corbis/Getty Images)
Fisher sent her manuscript to Ford prior to publishing it so he wouldn't be thrown off guard by the content that was in the book. She explained:
"I sent it to him. I called him. I said, where are you, you know? And I sent it to him. And I never heard back so I can't imagine that he wasn't – that he was comfortable with everything that was in it. But it's not like it's negative about him. It's just a personal story that's been a secret for a long time."
Fisher had dated a few other high-profile celebrities during her lifetime. She first met musician Paul Simon while filming "Star Wars" and the two dated on and off from 1977 until 1983. In 1980, she became engaged to actor and comedian Dan Aykroyd, but she ended up getting back together with Simon.
The "Star Wars" actress married Simon in August 1983, but they divorced after 11 months. However, a while after their divorce, they began dating again, and Fisher even appeared in a handful of Simon's music videos.
Fisher went on to have a relationship with Creative Artists Agency principal and talent agent Bryan Lourd. They were together from 1991 until 1994 and welcomed a daughter together in the year 1992. With parents in the entertainment industry and business, it's not surprising that their child grew up to find stardom on her own.
However, the romance between Fisher and Lourd was not meant to last. The couple was never married, and Lourd ended up leaving Fisher for someone else. He later married Bruce Bozzi and adopted Bozzi's daughter Ava.Carrie Fisher (2014), (Amanda Edwards/WireImage/Getty Images)
"Star Wars" is a franchise that continues to thrill fans across generations. While rebooting the series had several drawbacks, one of the most recent hurdles that producers faced was how to continue the character of General Leia Organa after Fisher's passing.
Movie producers found themselves considering several different options for finishing out the new trilogy without the beloved star, specifically with the film Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. They needed a way to memorialize Fisher's life and her long-time role as the star heroine in the series. Ultimately, the producers determined that they would use previous footage from other movies and combine it with a very special actress – Fisher's own daughter Billie.
With so much talent in the family, it wasn't surprising to see Billie step into the limelight. As successful actresses, her mother Fisher and her grandmother Reynolds were prominent figures in the spotlight. They each had an outstanding career on their own, as well as uplifting and supporting one another. Their bond was truly something out of this world – and the mother-daughter pairing passed away within one day of each other in December 2016.
However, according to The Guardian, there was a brief time when Fisher refused to speak with her mother. In fact, this lasted for about a decade after her time in the "Star Wars" franchise began. However, they ended up reconciling later on, and it was clear that their bond was incredibly special.
It's safe to say that being a prominent figure in Hollywood is no easy feat, which could be just one of the reasons why Fisher and Reynolds urged Fisher's daughter Billie to avoid a career in acting.Carrie Fisher (2013), (Stefania D'Alessandro/WireImage/Getty Images)
According to The Guardian, Reynolds had even shown her granddaughter diaries from her heyday that revealed just how hard being a working actress can be. "Her advice would be to keep true to yourself and don't lose yourself," Billie explained.
However, according to TODAY, Billie still felt pressured by her mother – and it's something that she has vowed not to do to her own child. "My main job when she was alive was taking care of her and making sure she was OK," Billie said. "I was (Fisher's) main support, and I was 7, for a lot of the time, and that was really hard and that's why I grew up really fast, because I was her best friend."
Billie continued, "There's a lot of things that my mom taught me to do and then there's a lot that is, honestly, it might be more valuable, of what not to do. And that's one of the things that I will not do to my son, is put this pressure on him that I had on me."
Nowadays, Billie bears a striking resemblance to her late mother, and it's evident that she has just as remarkable a talent as Fisher did. She is an incredibly successful actress, with some of her most popular roles being as Chanel #3 on "Scream Queens," Lieutenant Connix in the "Star Wars" sequel trilogy and as a variety of characters in the horror anthology series "American Horror Story."
Although Fisher is no longer with us, her beautiful and talented daughter has continued to carry on her legacy and is undoubtedly making her family proud.Billie Lourd (2021), (David Livingston/Getty Images/Fashion Media)
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