The best thing about the return of Star Wars isn’t lightsabers or the Millennium Falcon – it’s the fact that Carrie Fisher is back in the spotlight.
Princess Leia may now be a General thanks to The Force Awakens, but Fisher is still the best thing about this galaxy or the next. Her recent publicity blitz at the tail-end of 2015 proved she’s as witty as ever, sharing the advice she gave her Star Wars successor Daisy Ridley (“don’t go through the crew like wildfire”) and discussing her turbulent past (“here’s a marijuana strain called Princess Leia, so I hear…”).
As far as Hollywood careers go, Fishers has been nothing if not interesting. The daughter of Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, she broke through with a role opposite Warren Beatty in Shampoo before landing the life-changing Star Wars gig.
The pressures of fame stacked up, and she battled drug problems in the 80s and spoke openly about her bipolar disorder.
“Don’t go through the crew like wildfire.”
Her semi-autobiographical novel Postcards From The Edge of was turned into an Oscar-nominated film and Fisher had a prolific side-career as a screenwriter and script doctor.
She worked on everything from Sister Act to Lethal Weapon 3, The Wedding Singer and George Lucas’ beyond-saving Star Wars prequels.
Now fisher is hitting the headlines at Cannes where she’s promoting Bright Light, a documentary about her relationship with mother Debbie Reynolds.
As a throwback to everyone’s favourite intergalactic princess, we present a handful of vintage Fisher photos taken for the original Star Wars trilogy.