The death of Carrie Fisher shocked the world, as it came during her tenure as Princess Leia in the third trilogy in the Star Wars franchise. With that came the death of her mother, another Hollywood icon, and eyes were on the Fisher clan. Express.co.uk breaks down the famous legacy begun in Carrie’s family life.
Carrie Fisher was born on October 21, 1956 to Hollywood star Debbie Reynolds and singer Eddie Fisher.
Her mother, Debbie, famously played a lead role in the 1952 film Singin ‘in the Rain, directed by iconic star Gene Kelly.
She was nominated for five Golden Globes during her long career, received an Oscar nomination in 1965 for her performance in The Unsinkable Molly Brown and the Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award for her death.
Eddie, Carrie’s father, was an actor and musician, selling millions of records during his heyday in the 1950s.
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He had four number one singles in the US and two in the UK, one of which was arguably his most famous song, I’m Walking Behind You.
Eddie has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame: one for his recording work and one for his work on TV.
Debbie married Eddie in 1955, but the end of their relationship was a regular feature of gossip columns at the time.
Before her husband’s death, Mike Todd, Elizabeth and Eddie had an affair, which was a huge public scandal.
Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher with baby Carrie
Elizabeth was a friend of Debbie, and Eddie’s TV series, The Eddie Fisher Show, was canceled due to this revelation.
They divorced in 1959 after Debbie gave birth to Carrie in 1956 and Todd in 1958.
Todd is a director and producer in his own right, who has made documentaries about his sister and mother and manages his mother’s estate.
Debbie got two other husbands, while Eddie married some very famous women after his divorce from Debbie, including a stint married to his mistress, Elizabeth Taylor.
Carrie Fisher with her half-sisters
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In 1967, after he and Elizabeth divorced, he married actress Connie Stevens.
Connie starred opposite Jerry Lewis on Rock-A-Bye Baby in 1958, after which she was signed to Warner Bros.
She had guest appearances in several TV series as a contract actor, including the detective show Hawaiian Eye.
Connie and Eddie had two children, Carrie’s half-siblings, who also continued to work in the family business.
Carrie Fisher with her mother Debbie Reynolds and daughter Billie Lourd
Born in 1967, Joely Fisher starred in the Ellen DeGeneres series Ellen, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe.
Tricia Leigh Fisher was born in 1968 and, like her father, has performed in both music and TV.
She has released two albums, both in 1990, and appeared on several TV series, including opposite her sister Joely in the 2006 series’ Til Death.
While Carrie was surrounded by fame in her life, she moved on into that world in her own love life.
She had just been married to famous singer Paul Simon for a year after a relationship from 1977 until their divorce in 1984.
Before that, Carrie had relationships with Harrison Ford and Dan Aykroyd.
She had her daughter, Billie Lourd, with talent agent Bryan Lourd, and her daughter has followed in the family’s footsteps.
Billie appeared alongside her mother in the most recent Star Wars trilogy, as well as TV series Scream Queens and American Horror Story.
Carrie died on December 27, 2016, after four days in intensive care.
Her mother, Debbie, suffered a stroke the next day and died on December 28, 2016.
She reportedly said while on her deathbed, “I want to be with Carrie.”
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