Carrie Fisher was born October 21, 1956 to singer Eddie Fisher and actress Debbie Reynolds. Based on her family history, it was assumed she'd go into show business.
Her first big role was in 1977 when she starred as Princess Leia Organa in George Lucas' science fiction film Star Wars (retitled Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope) opposite Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford. Her hairstyle from the first film, known as the "Cinnamon Bun Hairstyle" became a pop icon.
She appeared in the sequels Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.
It was in Return of the Jedi that she appeared in the, now famous, Jabba the Hutt slave outfit known as the "Metal Bikini". That outfit has become the most common cosplay costume.
Her feisty personality is shown when she is being rescued by Han Solo and Luke and grabs their gun to blast her way out. A driven and competent female she mercilessly choked Jabba the Hutt to death with her chain. Yet, she was compassionate enough to befriend the kind Ewoks and earn the love of Han Solo.
While Star Wars is the role she is most famous for she is an accomplished novelist and actress. Fisher has a bestselling semi-autobiographical novel "Postcards from the Edge" which dealt with her childhood and the complex relationship with her famous mother. She wrote the screenplay for the film of the same name. Her first autobiography, titled "Wishful Drinking," barred her struggles with addiction. Her latest controversial book is called "Shockaholic" and she explores her regular use of electro-convulsive shock therapy.
Recently, she has become the spokesperson for Jenny Craig after her significant weight loss.
You can check out her website at CarrieFisher.com and twitter.