Billionaire Boys Club (2018 film)
Billionaire Boys Club is a 2018 American biographical crime drama film directed by James Cox and co-written by Cox and Captain Mauzner. The film stars Ansel Elgort, Taron Egerton, Kevin Spacey, Emma Roberts, Jeremy Irvine, Thomas Cocquerel, Rosanna Arquette, Cary Elwes, Judd Nelson; the film is based on the real life Billionaire Boys Club from Southern California during the 1980s, a group of rich teenagers who get involved in a Ponzi scheme and eventual murder. The story was made into a television film in 1987. Announced in 2010 and filmed in 2015, Billionaire Boys Club is one of the final works that Spacey filmed prior to numerous sexual misconduct allegations made against him in 2017, the accusations directly affected the film's release schedule and marketing; the film was released in the United States through video on demand on July 17, 2018, prior to a limited release on August 17, 2018, by Vertical Entertainment, was both a critical and commercial failure. The domestic opening weekend box office take of just $618 was the lowest of Spacey's career.
Led by their fellow preppie friend Joe Hunt, a group of wealthy young men in 1980s Los Angeles come up with a plan to get-rich-quick with a Ponzi scheme. The plan ends badly for all involved when Hunt and friend Tim Pitt end up murdering investor and con man Ron Levin. Ansel Elgort as Joe Hunt, the group leader and financial expert. Taron Egerton as Dean Karny, a tennis pro. Emma Roberts as Sydney Evans, the love interest of Hunt. Kevin Spacey as Ron Levin, a Beverly Hills high roller. Ryan Rottman as Scott Biltmore, Kyle's brother and one of the two handsome twins adopted by the owner of Maybelline, who first invested in the Club. Jeremy Irvine as Kyle Biltmore, Scott's brother and one of the members of the Billionaire Boys Club. Thomas Cocquerel as Charlie Bottoms Bokeem Woodbine as Tim Pitt, a club bouncer who becomes involved in the club's doings. Barney Harris as Izzy - Reza Eslaminia, The Persian's son and Billionaire Boys Club member. Waleed Zuaiter as The Persian, Hedayat Eslaminia and Izzy's Father Suki Waterhouse as Quintana'Q' Bisset, the love interest of Karny.
Billie Lourd as Rosanna Ricci, the love interest of Blitmore. Judd Nelson as Ryan Hunt, Joe's father Maurice Johnson as Detective Billy Slaughter as Loan Officer Rosanna Arquette as Debbie Evans, Sydney's mother Cary Elwes as Andy Warhol Justin Arnold as Carter Marc Mani as Dr. Marc Mani Jr. Carmen Illán as Persian's wife In May 2010, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that James Cox would direct the crime thriller film Billionaire Boys Club, the true story of a group of rich young boys in Los Angeles during the early 1980s who started the Billionaire Boys Club to run a Ponzi scheme. Cox wrote the script in four months after an exclusive research of the events with his brother Stephen, who spent another four months on it. Cox gathered the material for the screenplay from court documents, oral transcripts, published articles, he said, "as we were writing this, I thought,'What if'Wall Street' became'Alpha Dog' halfway through?" Holly Wiersma would produce the film. On October 29, 2015, Ansel Elgort and Taron Egerton joined the cast, with Elgort playing Joe Hunt, the group leader and financial expert, Egerton playing Dean Karny, a pro tennis player.
Captain Mauzner co-wrote the script along with Cox, while producers on the film would be Wiersma and Cassian Elwes. The film would be financed by Armory Films, Good Universe would handle the international sales. In November 2015, Kevin Spacey signed on to play Ron Levin, a Beverly Hills high roller, Emma Roberts was added to the cast to portray Sydney, Hunt's love interest and Suki Waterhouse was cast to play Quintana, Karny's love interest. In December 2015, Variety reported that Judd Nelson, who played Joe Hunt in the 1987 miniseries Billionaire Boys Club, would play the role of Ryan Hunt, Joe's father; that same month, Ryan Rottman signed on to portray Scott Biltmore, one of the two handsome twins adopted by the owner of Maybelline, who first invested in the Club and Thomas Cocquerel joined the film. Bokeem Woodbine, Billie Lourd and Jeremy Irvine joined the cast of the film, with Irvine playing Kyle Biltmore, one of the members of the Billionaire Boys Club, Lourd as Rosanna, his love interest, Woodbine as a club bouncer who becomes involved in the club's doings.
Principal photography began in New Orleans on December 7, 2015. The film wrapped with re-shoots set for November of the same year; the film was released through video on demand on July 17, 2018, prior to a limited release in theaters on August 17, 2018, by Vertical Entertainment. Despite allegations of sexual misconduct being made against Kevin Spacey in October 2017, Vertical Entertainment stated that they would be going forward with the release of the film: We don't condone sexual harassment on any level and we support victims of it. At the same time, this is neither an easy nor insensitive decision to release this film in theatres, but we believe in giving the cast, as well as hundreds of crew members who worked hard on the film, the chance to see their final product reach audiences. On the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 8% based on 13 reviews, with an average rating of 3.5/10. On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 30 out of 100, based on 5 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".
Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle said that he has no doubt that "Spacey is good at playing the bad guy" and that although only in a supporting role "dominates every moment of every scene in which he appears". LaSalle was unconvinced by the idea that Hunt made "bad decisions involving thousands led to more bad decisions" but rather "the storm was of his own making" and conclud
Star Wars (film)
Star Wars is a 1977 American epic space-opera film written and directed by George Lucas. It is the beginning of the Star Wars franchise. Starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Cushing, Alec Guinness, David Prowse, James Earl Jones, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Peter Mayhew, the film focuses on the Rebel Alliance, led by Princess Leia, its attempt to destroy the Galactic Empire's space station, the Death Star. Star Wars was released in theatres in the United States on May 25, 1977, it earned $461 million in the U. S. and $314 million overseas, totaling $775 million. It surpassed Jaws to become the highest-grossing film of all time until the release of E. T. the Extra-Terrestrial. When adjusted for inflation, Star Wars is the second-highest-grossing film in North America, the third-highest-grossing film in the world, it received ten Academy Award nominations. It was among the first films to be selected as part of the U. S. Library of Congress's National Film Registry as being "culturally or aesthetically significant".
At the time, it was the most recent film in the only one chosen from the 1970s. In 2004, its soundtrack was added to the U. S. National Recording Registry. Today, it is regarded as one of the most important films in the history of motion pictures; the film has been reissued multiple times at Lucas's behest, incorporating many changes including modified computer-generated effects, altered dialogue, re-edited shots, remixed soundtracks and added scenes. It launched an industry of tie-in products, including spin-off TV series, comic books, video games, amusement park attractions, merchandise including toys and clothing; the film's success led to two critically and commercially successful sequels, The Empire Strikes Back in 1980 and Return of the Jedi in 1983, to a prequel trilogy, a sequel trilogy, an animated film, two anthology films. The galaxy is in the midst of a civil war. Rebel spies have stolen plans to the Galactic Empire's Death Star, a colossal space station capable of destroying an entire planet.
Princess Leia, one of the Rebellion's leaders, has obtained the plans, but her starship is captured by an Imperial Star Destroyer under the command of the ruthless Darth Vader. Before she is captured, Leia hides the plans in the memory of astromech droid R2-D2, along with protocol droid C-3PO, flees in an escape pod to the desert planet below the starships, Tatooine; the droids are captured by Jawa traders, who sell them to moisture farmers Owen and Beru Lars and their nephew Luke Skywalker. While cleaning R2-D2, Luke accidentally triggers a holographic recording of Leia, in which she requests help from Obi-Wan Kenobi; the next morning, Luke finds R2-D2 missing, encounters "Old Ben" Kenobi, a hermit who reveals himself as Obi-Wan. He tells Luke of his days as one of the Jedi Knights, former peacekeepers of the Galactic Republic who derived their power from an energy field called the Force until being all but wiped out by the Empire. Contrary to what his uncle has told him, Luke learns that his father fought alongside Obi-Wan as a Jedi Knight until Vader, a former pupil of Obi-Wan's, turned to the dark side of the Force and murdered him.
Obi-Wan presents Luke with his father's old weapon: a lightsaber. R2-D2 plays Leia's message for Obi-Wan, in which she begs him to take the Death Star plans to her home planet of Alderaan and give them to her father for analysis. Obi-Wan invites Luke to learn the ways of the Force. Luke declines, but changes his mind after discovering that Imperials have killed his aunt and uncle and destroyed their farm. Obi-Wan and Luke visit a cantina in Mos Eisley, after a brief confrontation, they meet smuggler Han Solo and his Wookiee co-pilot Chewbacca. After negotiating a price, they join forces aboard the Millennium Falcon; the group discovers that Alderaan has been destroyed by the Death Star's superlaser—a show of force on order of the commanding officer, Grand Moff Tarkin. The Falcon is captured by the Death Star's tractor beam. Luke discovers that Leia is imprisoned on the Death Star, rescues her with the help of Han and Chewbacca in a swashbuckling series of escapes. After Obi-Wan sacrifices himself in a lightsaber duel with Darth Vader to enable the heroes to escape, the Falcon escapes amid a fierce dogfight with Imperial TIE starfighters.
Using a tracking beacon placed aboard the Falcon, the Imperials follow the rebels to the hidden base on Yavin 4. The Death Star plans reveal that it can be destroyed by triggering a chain reaction from an external exhaust port. Luke joins the Rebel fighter squadron, while Han collects his payment. In the ensuing battle, the Rebels suffer heavy losses after several unsuccessful runs. Vader leads a squadron of TIE fighters and prepares to attack Luke's X-wing, but Han returns and fires at the Imperial fighters, sending Vader spiraling away. Guided by Obi-Wan's spirit, Luke turns off his targeting computer and uses the Force to destroy the Death Star just before it can fire on the Rebel base. On Yavin 4, Leia awards Han with medals for their heroism. Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker: a young man raised by his aunt and uncle on Tatooine, who dreams of something more than his current life and learns the way of a Jedi. Lucas favored casting young actors. To play Luke, Lucas sought actors who could project integrity.
While reading for the character, Hamill found the dialogue to be odd because of its universe-embedded concepts. He chose to read it sinc
Star Wars sequel trilogy
The Star Wars sequel trilogy is the third and final set of three films in the Star Wars franchise, an American space opera created by George Lucas. It is being distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures; the trilogy is to consist of episodes VII through IX, chronologically following the prequel trilogy and the original trilogy. Lucas had planned a sequel trilogy as early as 1976, but had canceled it by 1981 and produced only the first six episodes; the Walt Disney Company acquired Lucasfilm in late 2012 and announced plans to produce the sequel films. The first installment, Episode VII: The Force Awakens, was released in December 2015 in the U. S, it was directed by J. J. Abrams who co-wrote the screenplay with Michael Arndt. Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, other cast members from the original trilogy returned to reprise their roles and co-star alongside Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac; the second installment, Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, was released in December 2017, with Rian Johnson as screenwriter and director, most of the cast returning.
The first two films have grossed a combined $3.4 billion worldwide. The third and final installment, Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker, is being directed by Abrams, who co-wrote it with Chris Terrio, it is scheduled to be released on December 20, 2019. The trilogy follows the training of a 19-year-old orphan, Rey, by Luke Skywalker, the last living Jedi, the plight of the Resistance against a ruthless military faction led by Luke's nephew, Kylo Ren. According to Mark Hamill, who plays Luke Skywalker, in 1976, Star Wars creator George Lucas told him that he planned three Star Wars trilogies. Lucas suggested Hamill could have a cameo role in Episode IX, which he imagined filming by 2011. A Time magazine story in March 1978, quoting Lucas, stated there would be ten Star Wars films after The Empire Strikes Back. Gary Kurtz was aware of proposed story elements for Episode VII to Episode IX before 1980. In 1980, at the time of the release of The Empire Strikes Back, Lucas said there were seven further Star Wars films he wanted to make.
He said. In an interview with Jim Steranko in Prevue magazine published in late 1980, Lucas described how the expansive scope of Star Wars had started with an overlong screenplay: So, I took the screenplay and divided it into three stories, rewrote the first one; as I was writing, I came up with some ideas with no humans in it. When I got to working on the Wookiee, I thought of a film just about nothing else. So, for a time, I had a couple of odd movies with just those characters. I had the other two films, which were split into three parts each, two trilogies; when the smoke cleared, I said,'This is great. I'll do another trilogy that takes place after this.' I had three trilogies of nine films, another couple of odd films. There were twelve films, he added that he had: …eliminated the odd movies, because they don't have anything to do with the Star Wars saga.... I'm just going to keep it pure. It's a nine-part saga that has a middle and an end, it progresses over a period of about fifty or sixty years with about twenty years between trilogies, each trilogy taking about six or seven years.
In this interview, Lucas stated that he had "titles and ten-page story outlines for each of" the nine episodes. In an interview with Gary Kurtz in the same magazine, Kurtz said: hether or not all nine or twelve films get made depends on how George feels as time goes along; the series may happen the way he planned or may change. As the films are made, each of the stories develops; as each is finished, I think. In an interview with Starlog magazine published in September 1981, Lucas confirmed that he had the nine-film series plotted, cautioning: …but it's a long way from the plot to the script. I've just gone through that with Return of the Jedi, what seems like a great idea when it's described in three sentences doesn't hold together when you try to make five or six scenes out of it. So plots change a lot; when Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back was released in 1980, Lucas had written story treatments for a total of twelve Star Wars films. Author Dale Pollock revealed in a 2012 interview, that as part of his biographical research on George Lucas during the 1980s, Lucas had allowed Pollock to read these plot outlines, albeit on the condition of signing a confidentiality agreement.
The plans Pollock saw, were drastically changed after The Empire Strikes Back was released, because Lucas decided not to make the sequel trilogy, would instead finish the story as a trilogy by ending it with Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. This led Lucas to rework and incorporate many of the plots from his discarded sequel trilogy directly into Return of the Jedi. Gary Kurtz, the producer of A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, gave the details of these incorporated elements, yet remained coy about any discarded ideas that could be still used on future sequels. Kurtz said the elements from the discarded sequel trilogy that were directly incorporated into Return of the Jedi included: The focus on Luke Skywalker's journey to becoming the premier Jedi Knight. "Luke's sister", meant to be a new character. However, by Return of the Jedi's final script, it was decided Leia would be retconned into being Luke's sister; the first appearance of the Emperor and Luke's ultimate confro
Joely Fisher is an American actress and singer. She is best known for her work on television as Paige Clark on the ABC sitcom Ellen as well as Joy Stark in the Fox sitcom'Til Death, she is known for singing on Broadway in the 1990s. Fisher was born in Burbank, the elder daughter of singer Eddie Fisher and actress Connie Stevens, her younger sister is actress Tricia Leigh Fisher. She is the half-sister of actress Carrie Fisher and producer Todd Fisher, from her father's previous marriage to actress Debbie Reynolds, her parents divorced when she was age two, she was raised by her mother. She is of Jewish descent. Fisher and her sister toured the world with Stevens, having tutors. Fisher graduated from Beverly Hills High School attended Emerson College in Boston, as well as the University of Paris for one semester, and, in the summer of 1987, an acting retreat conducted in Italy by coach Sandra Seacat, she was named Miss Golden Globe at the 1992 Golden Globe Awards. Her first movie role was Averil in the comedy Pretty Smart, which starred Tricia.
Joely played Kris in TV's Schoolbreak Special drama Dedicated to the One I Love opposite Danielle Ferland. Next came the feature I'll Do Anything starring Nick Nolte, which helped her career as bigger roles followed, she had a variety of guest roles on series such as Growing Pains, Caroline in the City, The Golden Palace, The Outer Limits, Grace Under Fire and Coach. In 1994, she was cast as Paige Clark on the sitcom Ellen, she played the role until the series ended in 1998. That same year, she earned a Golden Globe Award nomination, she sang the theme song "Who has a perfect smile? Who has a comical style, who likes to hang out with her friends, who who? Ellen!" with Clea Lewis. She followed Ellen with the role of Dr. Brenda Bradford in the feature movie Inspector Gadget opposite Matthew Broderick. Fisher's Broadway debut was as a replacement in the revival of Grease, she was a replacement in the revival of Cabaret. Her vocal range is alto. Joely's career in music not only landed her on Broadway but she was featured in Albums.
Her most noted album was "Tradition. She sang her own solo "Grown Up Christmas List", her vocals are heard singing "One For My Baby" in Harold Arlen's album "STAGE" From 2003 until 2005, she starred in the Lifetime network's drama series Wild Card as insurance investigator Zoe Busiek. After that, she had a recurring role as Lynette's boss Nina on Desperate Housewives. From 2006 until 2010, Fisher starred opposite actor Brad Garrett as Joy Stark in the Fox TV sitcom'Til Death. Fisher married cinematographer Christopher Duddy in 1996, they have three daughters, born in 2001 and February 2006, the third adopted in September 2008. She is stepmother to Duddy's two sons and Collin; as of at least 2004, the family lives in Los Angeles next to Fisher's sister Tricia, with whom she is close. In late 2008, she became an artist ambassador for Save the Children, she traveled to Xai-Xai, Mozambique, to visit with children that are part of the child sponsorship programs. 1993: Tradition: A Family at Christmas.
She has 1 solo: Grown Up Christmas List 1995: S. T. A. G. E. Music of Harold Arlen "One for my Baby" 1998: Lerner, Lowe and Friends, "Come Back to Me" 2000: Adler and Coleman, "Welcome to Holiday Inn" Joely Fisher on IMDb Joely Fisher at the Internet Broadway Database
Lieutenant Kaydel Ko Connix is a fictional character in the Star Wars franchise. Introduced in the 2015 film Star Wars: The Force Awakens, she is portrayed by Billie Lourd. Connix is a minor character in The Force Awakens, becomes more prominent in the sequel, The Last Jedi. Lourd is the daughter of Carrie Fisher. Lourd said that she auditioned for the lead role of Rey in The Force Awakens, which went to Daisy Ridley. In the film, Lourd played the minor role of Lieutenant Connix, a character created for her by director J. J. Abrams. Lourd reprised the character in The Last Jedi, in which she played a larger role than in The Force Awakens. Connix is one of many members of the Resistance who land on Takodana together with General Leia Organa after the battle ends, she coordinates communications from pilots to officers in the battle to destroy Starkiller Base. She is promoted to lieutenant for her efforts in the battle. Connix is first seen on D'Qar, she and the others flee on the Raddus. Vice Admiral Holdo takes command when Organa is rendered unconscious after an attack on the ship's bridge.
Connix helps Poe Dameron conceal an unauthorized mission by Finn and Rose Tico to infiltrate the First Order flagship pursuing the Raddus. She surrenders shortly after Organa awakens. Connix is among the few survivors after the Battle of Crait. Connix is slated to return once more in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, with Billie Lourd reprising the role. Connix is a playable character in Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Kaydel Ko Connix in the StarWars.com Databank Kaydel Ko Connix on Wookieepedia, a Star Wars wiki
Ryan Murphy (writer)
Ryan Patrick Murphy is an American screenwriter and producer. Murphy is best known for creating/co-creating/producing a number of successful television series, including the FX medical drama Nip/Tuck, the Fox musical comedy-drama Glee, the FX anthology series American Horror Story, American Crime Story, Feud, the Fox procedural drama 9-1-1, he is known for directing the 2010 film adaptation of Elizabeth Gilbert's best-selling memoir Eat, Pray and the 2014 HBO film adaptation of Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart, which earned a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Television Movie. Murphy was born on November 9, 1965, in Indianapolis, where he was raised in an Irish Catholic family, he attended Catholic school from first through eighth grade, graduated from Warren Central High School in Indianapolis. He has described his mother J. Andy Murphy as a "beauty queen who left it all to stay at home and take care of her two sons", she worked in communications for over 20 years before retiring. His father worked in the newspaper industry as a circulation director before he retired after 30 years.
After coming out as gay, Murphy saw his first therapist, who found nothing wrong with him other than being "too precocious for his own good". During a 2012 interview on Inside the Actors Studio, Murphy claimed that he secretly dated "a lot of football players" in high school, he performed with a choir as a child, which would inform his work on Glee. Murphy attended Indiana University Bloomington. Murphy started as a journalist working for The Miami Herald, Los Angeles Times, New York Daily News, Knoxville News Sentinel and Entertainment Weekly, he began scriptwriting in the late 1990s, when Steven Spielberg purchased his script Why Can't I Be Audrey Hepburn?. Murphy started his career in television with the teen comedy series Popular, which he co-created with Gina Matthews; the series premiered on The WB on September 29, 1999 and ran for two seasons, ending in 2001. He created the FX drama series Nip/Tuck, which premiered on July 18, 2003. In 2004, Murphy earned his first Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series.
Murphy took the show's signature line, "Tell me what you don't like about yourself," from a plastic surgeon he met when he was a journalist researching an undercover story on plastic surgery in Beverly Hills. The series ended after six seasons in 2010. On May 19, 2009, Murphy's musical comedy-drama series, premiered on Fox, he co-created the series with Ian Brennan. In its early seasons, the show was critically lauded. Murphy won his first Primetime Emmy Award for directing the pilot episode; the series concluded in 2015 following its sixth season. Murphy was one of four executive producers on the reality television series The Glee Project, which premiered on Oxygen on June 12, 2011; the show featured a group of contestants vying for the prize of a seven-episode arc on Glee, with someone being eliminated each week, until the winner is chosen in the final episode. The show was renewed for a second season. Murphy and Glee co-executive producer Ali Adler created the half-hour comedy The New Normal, which premiered on NBC on September 10, 2012.
The series was based on Murphy's own experiences of having a child via surrogate, with the main characters and David, named for Ryan and his husband. The series was cancelled after one season. Murphy and Falchuk created the anthology series American Horror Story, which premiered on FX on October 5, 2011; some of the same cast have played different characters in different settings each subsequent season. In October 2014, FX greenlit a companion anthology series, American Crime Story, which Murphy and Falchuk executive produce; the series premiered on February 2, 2016. Murphy and Brennan next co-created the comedy-horror series Scream Queens, which premiered on Fox on September 22, 2015; the series was cancelled after two seasons. Murphy's next project, the drama anthology series Feud, premiered on FX in 2017; the first season focused on the rivalry between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford on the set of their 1962 film What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?. With newcomer Steven Canals, a research assistant for Dustin Lance Black before his Master of Fine Arts at UCLA, Murphy and Falchuk launched a new series set in the Ball community in mid-1980s New York City.
Murphy had wanted to adapt Paris is Burning as a series and Canals had been writing a script while at graduate school centered on a young African American teen made homeless for being gay, who moved to New York with dreams of going to dance school and who became adopted by a House mother. Joining Canals and Falchuk in the writing room were Our Lady J and Janet Mock, who Murphy encouraged to direct an episode, making her the first trans woman of colour to do so, as well as the first trans woman of colour in a TV series writing room; the series premiered on FX on June 2018, attracting critical acclaim. The first season boasted the largest cast of transgender actors for a scripted network series with over 50 transgender characters, all played by trans actors. On July 12, 2018, it was announced that the series had been renewed for a second season, set to premiere sometime in 2019. In May 2018, ahead of the premiere, Murphy announced that he would be donating all his profits from Pose to charitable organizations working with LGBTQ+ people, tweeting a different non-profit including Sylvia Rivera Law Project, Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund, Callen-Lorde Community Health Center telling Variety that: “The thing that struck me in talking to so many of them, was
Carrie Frances Fisher was an American actress and comedian. Fisher is best known for playing Princess Leia in the Star Wars films, a role for which she was nominated for four Saturn Awards, her other film credits include Shampoo, The Blues Brothers and Her Sisters, The'Burbs, When Harry Met Sally... Soapdish, The Women, she was nominated twice for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her performances on the television series 30 Rock and Catastrophe. She was posthumously made a Disney Legend in 2017, in 2018 she was awarded a posthumous Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album. Fisher wrote several semi-autobiographical novels, including Postcards from the Edge and an autobiographical one-woman play, its non-fiction book, Wishful Drinking, based on the play, she wrote the screenplay for the film version of Postcards From The Edge which garnered her a BAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay nomination, her one-woman stage show of Wishful Drinking was filmed for television and received a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Special.
She worked on other writers' screenplays as a script doctor, including tightening the scripts for Hook, Sister Act, The Wedding Singer, many of the films from the Star Wars franchise, among others. In years, she earned praise for speaking publicly about her experiences with bipolar disorder and drug addiction. Fisher was the daughter of actress Debbie Reynolds, she and her mother appear in Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, a documentary about their relationship. It premiered at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. Fisher died of a sudden cardiac arrest on December 27, 2016, at age 60, four days after experiencing a medical emergency during a transatlantic flight from London to Los Angeles. One of her final films, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, was released on December 15, 2017, is dedicated to her. Fisher will appear in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker through the use of unreleased footage from The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. Carrie Frances Fisher was born on October 21, 1956, in Burbank, California, to actors and singers Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher.
Fisher's paternal grandparents were Russian-Jewish immigrants, while her mother, raised a Nazarene, was of Scots-Irish and English descent. Fisher was two years old when her parents divorced in 1959, her father's third marriage, to actress Connie Stevens, resulted in the births of Fisher's two half-sisters, Joely Fisher and Tricia Leigh Fisher. In 1960, her mother married owner of a chain of shoe stores. Reynolds and Karl divorced in 1973. Fisher "hid in books" as a child, becoming known in her family as "the bookworm", she spent her earliest years reading classic literature, writing poetry. She attended Beverly Hills High School until age 15, when she appeared as a debutante and singer in the hit Broadway revival Irene, starring her mother, her time on Broadway interfered with her education, resulting in Fisher's dropping out of high school. In 1973, Fisher enrolled at London's Central School of Speech and Drama, which she attended for 18 months. Following her time there, Fisher applied to and was accepted at Sarah Lawrence College, where she planned to study the arts.
She left without graduating. Fisher made her film debut at age 18 as the precociously seductive character Lorna Karpf in the Columbia Pictures comedy Shampoo. Lee Grant and Jack Warden play the role of her parents in the film. Warren Beatty, Julie Christie and Goldie Hawn star in the film. In 1977, Fisher starred as Princess Leia in George Lucas' science-fiction film Star Wars opposite Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford. At the time, she believed the script for Star Wars was fantastic, but did not expect many people to agree with her. Though her fellow actors were not close at the time, they bonded after the commercial success of the film. In April 1978, Fisher appeared as the love interest in Ringo Starr's 1978 TV special Ringo; the next month, she starred alongside John Ritter in the ABC-TV film Leave Yesterday Behind. At this time, Fisher appeared with Laurence Olivier and Joanne Woodward in the anthology series Laurence Olivier Presents in a television version of the William Inge play Come Back, Little Sheba.
That November, she played Princess Leia in the 1978 TV production Star Wars Holiday Special, sang in the last scene. Fisher appeared in the film The Blues Brothers as Jake's vengeful ex-lover. While Fisher was in Chicago filming the movie, she choked on a Brussels sprout, she appeared on Broadway in Censored Scenes from King Kong in 1980. The same year, she reprised her role as Princess Leia in The Empire Strikes Back, appeared with her Star Wars co-stars on the cover of the July 12, 1980 issue of Rolling Stone to promote the film, she starred as Sister Agnes in the Broadway production of Agnes of God in 1983. In 1983, Fisher returned to the role of Princess Leia in Return of the Jedi, posed in the character's metal bikini on the cover of the Summer 1983 issue of Rolling Stone to promote the film; the costume achieved a following of its own. In 1986 she starred along with Barbara Hershey and Mia Farrow in Woody Allen's Hannah and Her Sisters. In 1987, Fisher published Postcards from the Edge; the book was semi-autobiographical in the sense that she fictionalized and satirized real-life events such as her drug addiction of the late 1970s and her relationship with her mot