In 1977, Carrie's stardom reached galactic proportions after an independent science fiction film called Star Wars hit theaters. As Princess Leia, Carrie became a sci-fi sex symbol.
In addition to the Star Wars trilogy, Carrie has starred in some of the biggest comedies of her generation, including The Blues Brothers and When Harry Met Sally.
Off-screen, Carrie became a tabloid headline. She struggled to conquer personal demons, including drug addiction and manic depression, and ended up in a mental hospital.
When Carrie turned to writing, her first novel became a best-seller. Postcards from the Edge is the semi-autobiographical story of a drug-addicted actress who grew up in the shadow of a screen legend mother. The book was later made into a hit movie starring Meryl Streep and Shirley MacLaine.
Today, Carrie performs a wickedly funny one-woman show called Wishful Drinking, based on her best-selling memoir of the same name.