Carrie Fisher made her Hollywood debut in the film Shampoo in 1975, but it was her performance in 1977's Star Wars and its subsequent sequels that helped make her an icon. Fisher also starred in films like When Harry Met Sally, The Blues Brothers, and The 'Burbs, solidifying her chops as a hilarious actress.
The actress' talents extended further than the characters she played on-screen, as she also became an accomplished writer, having written a number of novels, screenplays, and non-fiction books. Thanks to her wit and decades worth of film experience, Fisher began script doctoring work in the '90s, making edits and punching things up a little bit. One drawback of script doctoring is you are often uncredited, at least not if you didn't contribute enough jokes or edits to the final screenplay.
Even if she wasn't given screen credit for her work on some of these films, her humor and charm proved indelible in their production. Check out some movies you might not have known she worked on and let us know your favorites in the comments!
This Steven Spielberg interpretation of the story of Peter Pan featured adventure, excitement, and a healthy dose of humor. Robin Williams played an adult Pan who often had a sarcastic response to the fantastical world around him, a perfect opportunity for Fisher's humor to shine through.prevnext
So I Married An Axe Murderer (1993)
This Mike Myers-starring comedy gave the Saturday Night Live alum his first shot at a leading man role, having previously starred in the big screen interpretation of Wayne's World, which originally aired on the variety show. The film featured Myers as a 30-something dealing with falling in love, only to realize his potential wife might be a suspect in a series of unsolved murders, resulting in hilarious bits of absurdity that also dealt with male inadequacies.prevnext
The Wedding Singer (1998)
Amidst a string of hits for Adam Sandler in the '90s, The Wedding Singer teamed him up with Drew Barrymore in a film that was equal parts romantic comedy and parody of the '80s as a whole. Considering the things she lived through in the '80s following the success of her films, Fisher was able to mock the decade that helped make her famous in a way only she could.
Scream 3 (2000)
Although the film itself hasn't gained much notoriety itself, it's notable as it's one of the only horror movies she's known to have worked on. In addition to doing some work on Scream 3's script, she also makes a brief appearance in it. Unlike many other horror films, the Scream series was known for its self-referential charm and willingness to poke fun at itself, while also giving audiences some terrifying sequences.
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Mr. And Mrs. Smith (2005)
With this Mr. and Mrs. Smith remake, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie star in the lead roles as a married couple struggling with their romantic boredom, only to realize the secret they've both been keeping from one another is that they're assassins. The chemistry between the two in this action comedy was so strong, the pair ended up getting married.prevnext
Star Wars: Episodes I, II, and III (1999, 2002, 2005)0comments
Obviously George Lucas' relationship with the actress from the original Star Wars trilogy made Fisher a great choice to help polish some of his scripts when developing the prequels, but this wasn't the first time the two collaborated on writing projects. Lucas had previously tapped Fisher to help him polish scripts for his TV series The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, making her the perfect choice to perfect the dialogue in his prequel trilogy.
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