Car­rie Fisher: 10 things you might not know about her life

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE -

Car­rie Fisher was born in the spot­light, the Hol­ly­wood off­spring of two stars, Deb­bie Reynolds and Ed­die Fisher, who were red-hot at the time their first child ar­rived on Oct 21, 1956. That no­to­ri­ety col­ored her life and ca­reer. But here are some things you might not have known about the ac­tress, writer and ad­vo­cate, who died Tues­day at the age of 60.

Reynolds and Fisher had com­pleted pro­duc­tion on their first movie to­gether-RKO's aptly ti­tled "Bun­dle of Joy"-just two months be­fore Car­rie was born. The cast and crew gifted the cou­ple with a bassinet at the wrap party. Reynolds and Fisher gave di­rec­tor Nor­man Tau­rog a faux gold record with the in­scrip­tion: "To Dr Nor­man Tau­rog who de­liv­ered our first pro­duc­tion, 'Bun­dle of Joy,' ahead of the Stork," ac­cord­ing to Va­ri­ety. In the depart­ment of odd co­in­ci­dences, about six weeks af­ter she was born, Va­ri­ety's Army Archerd re­ported that "baby Car­rie Fisher" re­ceived a gift of stock from pro­ducer Mike Todd-the same pro­ducer who was months away from mar­ry­ing El­iz­a­beth Tay­lor, and about 15 months away from dy­ing in a plane crash. A year af­ter that, Tay­lor wound up mar­ry­ing Car­rie's fa­ther af­ter an af­fair that scan­dal­ized Hol­ly­wood.In 1973, af­ter drop­ping out of Bev­erly Hills High, Fisher moved to Eng­land to study act­ing. She failed her first en­trance exam for the Royal Academy of Dra­matic Art in Fe­bru­ary 1974. But the next month she was cited in Va­ri­ety as the "tal­ented young­ster" who was set to make her movie de­but in War­ren Beatty's "Sham­poo."

In Au­gust 1974 Fisher was fea­tured in her mother's hit cabaret show at the Lon­don Pal­la­dium. Va­ri­ety's re­viewer gushed: "The dra­matic power and depth of her young pipes mark her as a strong bet in the im­me­di­ate fu­ture. All-pro at 17 years of age, she ap­pears to have all the in­gre­di­ents for a pow­er­house ca­reer. "One month later, Fisher en­rolled in Lon­don's Cen­tral School of Speech and Drama, which she at­tended for more than a year. Fisher still couldn't es­cape the ref­er­ence to her show­biz pedi­gree when when Archerd in­cluded this line to "Just For Va­ri­ety" col­umn for Feb. 23, 1976: "Car­rie Fisher, daugh­ter of Deb-bie Reynolds and Ed­die Fisher, who was so ef­fec­tive as the nym-phet in 'Sham­poo,' next stars in Ge­orge Lu­cas' "Star Wars." Al­though she never grad­u­ated high school, she was ad­mit­ted to Sarah Lawrence Col­lege, but left school to film "Star Wars." "Star Wars," of course, changed ev­ery­thing for Fisher. But she main­tained a sense of hu­mor about her­self and her ca­reer, as she demon­strated through­out her ca­reer. In 1978, Fisher hosted "Satur­day Night Live." The sketches in­cluded one in which she and Gilda Rad­ner are sis­ters in the high deci­bel Loud Fam­ily (a riff on the pub­lic tele­vi­sion show about the ac­tual Loud fam­ily). "WOW, THIS IS GREAT POT!," is one of her noisy dec­la­ra­tions.

Speak­ing of "SNL" sketches, Fisher had a small part in 1980's "The Blues Brothers," play­ing the venge­ful lover of John Belushi's Jake Blues. Be­hind the scenes, she was briefly en­gaged to the film's co-star Dan Aykroyd, who pro­posed to her on the set. In her 2008 mem­oir, "Wish­ful Drink­ing," she pro­posed that her own obit­u­ary be based on a con­ver­sa­tion she had with Ge­orge Lu­cas about whether there was un­der­wear in space, and whether it should be seen un­der her Princess Leia gown. She thought it should read, "Car­rie Fisher dies at 60, drowned in moon­light, stran­gled by her own bra."

In this Jan 2, 1957 file photo, Ed­die Fisher and Deb­bie Reynolds hold their baby daugh­ter, Car­rie Frances Fisher, as they pose for a photo in the Hol­ly­wood area of Los An­ge­les.

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