Fisher, the daughter of Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, had her feature film debut in 1975 in Shampoo. Her breakout role was that of Princess Leia in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.
She reprised her role in last year’s Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.
Fisher also starred in many other films including: Hannah and Her Sisters, When Harry Met Sally, Scream 3, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, and more.
Over the years Fisher struggled with drug addiction and bipolar disorder.
In addition to her film roles, Fisher also wrote Postcards from the Edge and her latest book, The Princess Diarist. She was also well-known as a “script doctor” in Hollywood.
Fisher is survived by her mom Debbie Reynolds, a daughter Billie Lourd, brother Todd Fisher, and half-sisters Joely Fisher and Tricia Leigh Fisher.