This morning I heard the news that Carrie Fisher had passed away. Of course, she is best know for playing Princess Leia in Star Wars.
Now since the Star Wars franchise is owned by Disney, Princess Leia is the favorite Disney Princess of many people.
I did watch all seven Star Wars movies during one trip earlier this year. See: Star Wars Marathon
I learned a few things about Carrie Fisher today that I didn’t know before. I think mainly because I only see her as Princess Leia, and I usually don’t go digging into the backgrounds of actors and actresses.
Of course, since I like genealogy I decided to find out what her background was. Carrie Fisher’s father was Jewish. Both of his parents immigrated from Russia. Her Grandfather changed his name from Tisch to Fisher, so without the change her name would be Carrie Tisch.
On her mother’s side Carrie is English, Irish and German with roots in America going back to the 17th and 18th centuries.
Did you know that at one time Carrie Fisher was the step-daughter of Elizabeth Taylor? Her parents divorced when she was only three years old and her father Eddie Fisher married Elizabeth Taylor. Eddie Fisher was a very successful pop singles artist in the early 50’s.
Her mother, Debbie Reynolds, is a very successful singer, actress and businesswoman.
Can you name a non-Star Wars movie that Carrie Fisher was in? If you asked me yesterday, I probably could not have done so.
Carrie Fisher was in the movie The Blues Brothers. During that time she was engaged to Dan Aykroyd. He also saved her life when they were out for dinner and she was choking on a Brussels sprout.
Another movie that Carrie was in that is known by many is When Harry Met Sally..
Carrie was briefly married to Paul Simon in 1983-1984, and dated him for quite some time both before and after the marriage.
We will get to see Carrie Fisher in one more movie as the filming for Star Wars: Episode VIII is already complete. We only have to wait another year for it to come out.
What are your memories of Carrie Fisher?