On December 23rd, Carrie Fisher boarded an aeroplane from London to Los Angeles and suffered from a heart attack. She had just completed the European tour of her book. Four days later, she passed away at the age of 60.

Fisher was raised into the Hollywood industry. Her mother, Debbie Reynolds, was the star of screen having found fame at the age of 19 in Singin’ in the Rain and her father was pop star Eddie Fisher. She was born on October 21st 1956, just a few years after Reynolds became a star. The two would develop a close bond, captured brilliantly in a photo where Fisher, just six years old, watches her mother perform on stage.

As a child Fisher was known as the “family bookworm”, but an opportunity to star on stage alongside her mother in Irene meant that she never graduated. She moved to London where she enrolled in Central School of Speech and Drama, which was followed 18-months later by a move back to New York, studying at the Sarah Lawrence arts college. She also never graduated from there. Her first film credit was 1975’s Shampoo with Goldie Hawn and Warren Beatty, but it was a “goofy little” science fiction movie called Star Wars that gave Fisher her big break.

Written for Flickering Myth. Read the full article here.