Carrie Fisher: Star Wars actress’s reluctant life in the spotlight


Carrie Fisher, who has died aged 60, never intended to become a celebrity, yet from the moment she was born her often tumultuous life was lived in the public eye.

Fisher’s iconic roots were established early. She was born in 1956 to Hollywood starlet Debbie Reynolds and her first husband Eddie Fisher.

The couple’s marriage produced another child, son Todd, in 1958, but fell apart soon after when Eddie Fisher began an affair with screen legend Elizabeth Taylor, whom he married in 1959.

That marriage also soured, but in true Hollywood style, both Reynolds and Carrie Fisher mended bridges with Taylor, remaining friendly with the Hollywood icon up to her death in 2011.

In 2001, Reynolds and Taylor even starred together in television movie These Old Broads, which was written by Fisher.

In an op-ed published in 2011, Fisher said she had never intended to follow in the footsteps of her famous parents.

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