In the Star Wars saga, much of the legacy of Carrie Fisher is tied to her role as Leia Organa.
But Fisher, who died in 2016, brought much more to Hollywood than one-half of the Skywalker twins played. Actually, there’s a lot that many Star Wars fans do not know about the actress and writer.
Fisher, for instance, was once engaged to a member of the original Saturday Night Live cast.
A complex, fascinating life lived by Carrie Fisher
In real life, one undeniable part of Fisher’s beauty was her transparency.
She was already born into the entertainment industry, the daughter of Hollywood icon Debbie Reynolds (Singin ‘in the Rain) and the singer Eddie Fisher.
Fisher had her breakthrough just two years later, after making her movie debut in “Shampoo” (1975), when George Lucas cast her in “Star Wars.”
Fisher suffered with both mental illness and drug abuse throughout her life.
And instead of remaining silent about her personal problems, she made herself an advocate for consciousness instead. Her love life also became a topic that Fisher frequently publicly commented on, including the announcement in 2016 that she and Harrison Ford had an affair on the set of Star Wars.
“If my life wasn’t funny, it would just be true, and that’s unacceptable,”If my life weren’t funny, it would just be true, and that’s unacceptable. #CarrieOnForever https://t.co/8W5qy7FRKT- Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) December 28, 2020 Carrie Fisher hilariously announced that instead of playing this ‘Star Wars’ hero, she would rather play this’ Star Wars’ hero.
This ‘Saturday Night Live’ actor was engaged to the ‘Star Wars’ icon.
But Ford was not the only co-star with whom Fisher shared a romantic history. In fact, she was once engaged to Dan Aykroyd, star of “Saturday Night Live.” In the 1980 film “The Blues Brothers,” he and his co-star John Belushi reprised their SNL characters.
Fisher played a supporting role, and sparks flew on set, as Fisher told the Chicago Tribune in 2008.
“[Dan Aykroyd] mentioned the Blues Brothers to me in the trailer on the set. He made me eat because then – not anymore – I was really slim and I inhaled a sprout from Brussels and started gagging. I was joking, he thought, and then he saw I was dead.
And he did the Heimlich maneuver, and then he asked me, about ten minutes later, to marry him. I was thinking, ‘I’d better marry him. What if it happens once again? ‘We had rings, blood checks, nine yards in all.
But then, with Paul Simon, I got back together.
As Fisher disclosed in her 2008 book “Wishful Drinking,” when she reconciled with vocalist Paul Simon, her friendship with Aykroyd ended.
The friendship between the pair started around the time of Star Wars.
In 1983, Fisher and Simon finally wed, only to split less than a year later.
The couple briefly reconciled right after the divorce.
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Carrie Fisher had a child with Bryan Lourd’s talent agent
While mainly for Star Wars, the public knows her, Fisher has left a somewhat different legacy.
She dated Talent Agent Bryan Lourd from 1991 to 1994.
And the couple welcomed a daughter, Billie Lourd, in the midst of that relationship.
And much like her mum, Lourd made her film debut in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, dedicating herself to an acting career.
In all three films of the Star Wars sequel series, Lourd played the part of Lieutenant Connix.
In the short-lived Fox television series Scream Queens and the 2019 film Booksmart, she also provided standout performances.
And in September 2020, with fiancé Austen Rydell, Lourd gave birth to her own child, son Kingston Fisher Lourd Rydell.