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8 Things You Never Knew About Carrie Fisher

Updated on December 27, 2016

1. Carrie Fisher was said to have had a cocaine problem during ‘Return of the Jedi’.5

The Star Wars icon best known for her role as Princess Leia admitted to abusing multiple drugs to cope with her celebrity status.4

2. She suffered from bi-polar disorder.

Though she had been receiving therapy since the age of fifteen she was not clinically diagnosed until she was 24-years-old. As Carrie got older she became a lobbyist for mental health awareness.4

3. She had a therapy dog.

More specifically a French bulldog named Gary that helped her as she battled mental illness.3


4. She was married to Paul Simon from the band Simon and Garfunkel.1

They were married in 1983 after a six year relationship but were divorced within a year. Paul Simon’s song ‘Hearts and Bones’ was inspired by their time together.1

5. She has appeared in other popular movies such as ‘Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back’ and ‘When Harry Met Sally’.6


6. Carrie dropped out of high school when she was fifteen-years-old to star on Broadway.1

She played in a Broadway production of 'Irene' alongside her mother, actress Debbie Reynolds.1


7. She is a best selling author.

Her books are of an autobiographical nature and were used as a way of being more transparent about her illness and addictions.4

8. She hated the famous 'Princess Leia' hairstyle.

. . . But was worried she would be fired from the role if she said anything about the 'not-so-attractive' bun!5

References and Source Material Editors. (2016). Carrie Fisher. Retrieved December 27, 2016, from

2CNN Library. (2016, December 27). Carrie Fisher Fast Facts. Retrieved December 27, 2016, from

3Hall, Chris. (2015, May 4). On Star Wars Day, Take a Look at Carrie Fisher’s Therapy Dog, Gary. Retrieved December 27, 2016, from

4Johnson, Elizabeth. (2013, April 20). Carrie Fisher talks about mental illness and career. Retrieved December 27, 2016, from

5Mac, Peter. (2014, January 22). 20 Things You Didn’t Know About Carrie Fisher and Star Wars. Retrieved December 27, 2016, from

6Ryan, James. (2016, December 27). 15 cool facts and trivia about actress Carrie Fisher and a role she played called Princess Leia Organa. Retrieved December 27, 2016, from


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