Carrie Fisher hasn’t been with us for a number of years now, but her legacy lives on and she’s one of the most iconic actresses of all time. The Star Wars superstar gave us light amidst plenty of darkness in her life, with spells in private drug rehab centre and an unfortunate addiction to alcohol and drugs that ultimately cost her her life.
She certainly won’t be remembered for that though, with the actress offering so much throughout her career, while there are also many incredible lesser known facts you may not know about her, including…
She was born into fame
Hollywood was always calling for Carrie Fisher, with her born into a family who were in show business.
Her father Eddie was a singer and her mother Debbie Reynolds was an actress. She was raised largely by her mother and even dropped out of high school to star in a Broadway show alongside her mother.
That helped her onto a pathway to stardom and it wasn’t long before she was known as Princess Leia.
She got engaged to Dan Aykroyd after an unfortunate incident with a sprout
Carrie Fisher was only married once, but it was almost twice after she became engaged to actor Dan Aykroyd.
On the set of The Blues Brothers, after the pair had been dating for a little while, Fisher began to choke on some Brussels sprouts. Aykroyd jumped to her aid, saved her life and then popped the question!
She said yes, but the pair never managed to make it to the wedding day.
She was big friends with James Blunt
You often find unlikely friendships in Hollywood, but few are as unlikely as Fisher and James Blunt. The British singer and former soldier was close with Carrie after meeting in the early 2000s as he was in the process of recording his debut album.
Fisher gave Blunt a place to stay during his recording and they were close friends for the remainder of her life, with Fisher even becoming godmother of his first child.
She had an affair with Han Solo
Shortly after her passing, Fisher’s memoir was released based upon her diary entries from the original Star Wars filming. It sent shockwaves throughout Hollywood as it was revealed she had a secret affair with Harrison Ford over the period. He was married with children at the time, with the affair lasting just a couple of months.