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Carrie Fisher in Photos: 21 Key Roles From a 40-Year Career

Yahoo Movies Editorial
Yahoo Movies

By Kevin Polowy and Steven Korn, Yahoo Movies

Carrie Fisher, who died on Dec. 27 at age 60, a few days after suffering a heart attack on a flight from London to Los Angeles, is undoubtedly best known for her role as Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy, but her stamp on the movies of the past four decades go far beyond that signature character. Her long and varied career since the mid-’70s includes supporting roles in landmark big-screen comedies of the ’80s like The Blues Brothers and When Harry Met Sally…, her screenplay for the adaptation of her own book, Postcards from the Edge, and more fondly remembered favorites. Click through for a look at her legacy in photos, a career that ultimately brought her back full circle to give a new generation a chance to cheer for Leia in theaters in the revived Star Wars franchise.

Shampoo (1975)

At 17, Carrie Fisher filmed her big-screen debut opposite Warren Beatty in this satire of the ’60s sexual revolution. (Photo: Everett Collection)

Star Wars (1977)

She was known first as “Princess Leia,” but Fisher’s fierce, star-making turn defied the notion of damsel in distress. (Photo: Everett Collection)

Star Wars Holiday Special (1978)

Of this legendary (in some circles) TV tie-in to the first ‘Star Wars,’ Fisher told Yahoo Movies, “It was awful. No, I mean, it’s not awful in a good way.” But she then belted out Princess Leia’s song, which she still remembered almost 40 years later… (Photo: Lucasfilm)

The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Leia Organa took on a more combative role as she led the rebel fighters to the icy planet of Hoth in the sequel generally regarded as the best of all ‘Star Wars’ entries. (Photo: Everett Collection)

The Blues Brothers (1980)

This ‘SNL’ offshoot featured Fisher as a woman scorned by John Belushi’s ‘Joliet’ Jake Blues, popping up periodically to pepper their “mission from God” with gunfire. (Photo: Everett Collection)

Under the Rainbow (1981)

“What were they thinking?” comedy co-stars Fisher as a talent scout looking for Munchkins at a casting call/love interest for Secret Service agent Chevy Chase, who’s trying to protect targeted Euro aristocrats at the hotel where ‘Wizard of Oz’ auditions are scheduled. (Photo: Everett Collection)

Laverne & Shirley (1982)

In an episode also featuring Hugh Hefner (pictured), Fisher’s Cathy competes for a job as a Playboy Club Bunny with Laverne (Penny Marshall) in an episode from the hit TV comedy’s final season. (Photo: Everett Collection)

Return of the Jedi (1983)

“Slave Leia” came into the pop culture vernacular when Fisher donned that famous gold bikini as the captive of Jabba the Hutt in the third film in George Lucas’s original ‘Star Wars’ trilogy. (Photo: Everett Collection)

The Man with One Red Shoe (1985)

Fisher co-starred opposite Tom Hanks in his first big role after ‘Splash,’ a remake of an acclaimed French comedy of errors that stumbled at the U.S. box office. (Photo: Everett Collection)

Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)

Woody Allen’s ensemble comedy-drama casts Fisher as the catering-business partner/rival of Dianne Wiest, who would win the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role. (Photo: Everett Collection)

Amazon Women on the Moon (1987)

Fisher (pictured with Paul Bartel) was featured in the ‘Reckless Youth’ segment of this 1987 sketch compilation sending up the kind of low-budget movies viewers at the time would stumble upon on late-night TV. (Photo: Everett Collection)

Loverboy (1989)

Fisher played one of many lonely women who dialed up “extra anchovies” (that's code for a side of sex) from Patrick Dempsey’s pizza delivery dude. (Pictured, clockwise from top left: Kirstie Allay, Dempsey, Fisher, Kim Miyori) (Photo: Everett Collection)

When Harry Met Sally (1989)

Rob Reiner’s enduring romantic comedy hit co-starred Fisher as Marie, best friend of Sally (Meg Ryan), who falls for and marries Harry’s best pal (Bruno Kirby, pictured). (Photo: Everett Collection)

The Burbs (1989)

Teamed once again with Tom Hanks, this time as her screen husband, Fisher learned that suburbia can be far scarier than city living in this beloved comedy directed by Joe Dante. (Photo: Everett Collection)

Postcards from the Edge (1990)

Fisher adapted her semi-autobiographical book for the big screen, with screen greats Meryl Streep (pictured left, with Fisher) playing a fictionalized version of herself and Shirley MacLaine stepping in as Debbie Reynolds’ alter-ego. (Photo: Everett Collection)

Sibling Rivalry (1990)

Fisher reunited with ‘Loverboy’ costar Kirstie Alley for this dark comedy about a woman who sets out to have an affair — and unwittingly cozies up with her husband’s estranged brother. (Photo: Everett Collection)

Soapdish (1991)

This ensemble satire of daytime soap operas featured Fisher in a small role (pictured with Robert Downey Jr.). (Photo: Everett Collection)

Drop Dead Fred (1991)

Cult favorite featured Fisher as pal of Phoebe Cates’ Elizabeth, who is reunited with her troublemaking imaginary childhood friend (Rik Mayall). (Photo: Everett Collection)

Jay and SIlent Bob Strike Back (2001)

Along with Mark Hamill, Fisher made an ironic cameo in this road trip comedy from ultimate ‘Star Wars’ fanboy Kevin Smith. The free-spirited and often-profane Fisher played a nun. (Photo: Everett Collection)

Catastrophe (TV series, 2015)

Fisher appeared in four episodes of this British sitcom as Mia, the mother to Rob Delaney’s Rob Morris, an American who gets an Irishwoman (Sharon Horgan) pregnant during a fling on a London business trip. (Photo: Amazon Studios)

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)

The actress made an emotional return to the saga as her character, now known as General Leia Organa, led the resistance while dealing with more tragedy from one very dysfunctional family. (Photo: Everett Collection)


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