The Most Asked Questions About Carrie Fisher, According to Google

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Beloved actress and writer Carrie Fisher passed away on December 27, 2016. As I was preparing this post, I perused web search statistics to find out what people wanted to know about this outspoken and often overlooked Hollywood powerhouse. This is what I found.

UPDATE – 12/28/16 6:15 pm: Debbie Reynolds, Carrie Fisher’s mom, died in Los Angeles at the age of 84. She was rushed to the hospital earlier in the day after suffering a stroke while planning her daughter’s funeral.

 

Who Played Princess Leia In Star Wars?

I was shocked to see this at the top of the list of questions asked about Carrie Fisher – who doesn’t know the answer to this!?

Carrie Fisher portrayed Princess Leia and had a love-hate relationship with the character, and what came along with it. She beat out dozens of starlets up for the role, including Farrah Fawcett, Glenn Close, Jessica Lange, Meryl Streep, Sigourney Weaver, Cybill Shepherd, Jane Seymour, Anjelica Huston, Kim Basinger, Kathleen Turner and Geena Davis. In her 2008 memoir Wishful Drinking, Fisher detailed her disdain for many of the things she was forced to wear as Princess Leia, most notably the metal bikini in Return of the Jedi

 

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Photo: Ben Queenborough / Rex / Shutterstock

 

Did Carrie Fisher have kids?

Yes. Carrie Fisher had one daughter, Billie Lourd, who is widely known as Chanel #3 in the hit TV show Scream Queens on FOX. Billie’s father, Bryan Lourd, is a powerful Hollywood agent. He and Carrie were never married, but we’re together from 1991-1994.

 

Carrie Fisher and daughter Billie Lourd
Photo: Kevin Winter / Getty Images

Fisher opened up about her split from Lourd saying she felt humiliated and like a failure when he left her for a man, reportedly telling her she made him gay.

 

What Happened To Carrie Fisher’s Voice?

Many people have speculated that Carrie Fisher had a stroke that affected her voice, but no one really knows. With no evidence of a stroke, it’s thought that Fisher’s rough past with drugs and alcohol changed a lot about her, including the way she spoke.

 

Carrie Fisher husband?

Was Paul Simon Married to Carrie Fisher? Yes, Carrie Fisher and Paul Simon were indeed married. However, their dating relationship was much longer-lived than their 11-month marriage. They began dating in 1977 and called if off in 1980 when Dan Aykroyd proposed to Fisher on the set of their film The Blues Brothers. Fisher is quoted saying she and Aykroyd were engaged until she decided to get back with Paul Simon, which is when she married him in August 1983. It’s reported that after their divorce in July 1984 they dated again for some time.

 

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Carrie Fisher husband Paul Simon. Photo: Marty Lederhandler / AP

 

Did Carrie Fisher Have A Stroke?

According to the sources available, Carrie Fisher never had a stroke. Although, she was open about her many struggles with drug use and bipolar disorder. In 1985, after a stint of sobriety, she overdosed on prescription medication and sleeping pills. She also struggled with mental illness, specifically bipolar disorder, and became an outspoken advocate for mental health awareness. In 2008 she revealed that she would have turned down the role of Princess Leia had she known it would propel her into the overnight celebrity status that made her parents lives so difficult. She credited this unwanted stardom with many of the struggles in her life.

 

Who is Carrie Fisher’s Mom?

Hollywood royalty Debbie Reynolds and then husband Eddie Fisher welcomed their first child, Carrie Fisher, to the world on October 21, 1956. Debbie Reynolds was propelled into the spotlight in 1952 with her breakout role in Singin’ in the Rain.

 

Debbie Reynolds

 

By the mid-1950’s she was a superstar. Along with her acting career on screen and on broadway – and as an exceptional dancer – Reynolds released a #1 pop album, operated the Debbie Reynolds Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, and launched Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio which is still in operation today.

 

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Photo: Steve Granitz / WireImage

 

Is Isla Fisher Carrie Fisher’s Daughter?

This one made me laugh. The answer is no. Isla Fisher is an Oman-born Australian with Scottish parents. Carrie Fisher was a Beverly Hills-born starlet to Hollywood superstars who happened to have a slight English-sounding way of speaking. The only thing these two have in common is their last name.

 

Is Carrie Fisher Dead?

Yes, she died unexpectedly after suffering a massive heart attack on a flight from London to Los Angeles 15 minutes before landing. She was rushed to the hospital and placed on a ventilator before passing away 4 days later.

 

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Carrie Fisher during her Dec. 2016 appearance on The Graham Norton Show which would be her final public appearance before her unexpected death. Photo: PA

 

I assume people were asking this question before her death because she kept a fairly low-profile. Aside from an occasional press appearance to talk about the re-launch of Star Wars or to promote her new book, Fisher largely stayed behind the scenes. It’s not widely known, but she was as a genius script doctor, having crafted the scripts for many blockbuster films, including Sister Act, Lethal Weapon, and The Wedding Singer

 

Where Did Carrie Fisher Live?

Carrie Fisher lived in Beverly Hills, CA in a secluded, hacienda-style home which she purchased for nearly $14 million in 1993. She showed off the unique home in an Architectural Digest spread where she explained her love of the rustic, country style mixed with a ton of showbiz influence.

See the full home profile and address here.

 

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Photo: Mary E. Nichols / Architectural Digest

 

Was Carrie Fisher Gay?

No. Despite the rumor mill of Hollywood tabloids looking for any headline catch eyeballs, Carrie Fisher was very much heterosexual. In her 2016 memoir The Princess DiaristFisher reveals that she and Star Wars co-star Harrison Ford had a 3-month affair while filming Star Wars in 1976.

 

How To Contact Carrie Fisher?

When she was living, many sources suggested her brother’s company as an address to send fan mail, but it was never confirmed if those packages actually reached her. The time has passed to send fan mail directly to her, but I’d be willing to bet her family is collecting packages at her Beverly Hills home. See the address here if you’re inclined to send your condolences.

 

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