Carrie Fisher was born on October 21, 1956, in Los Angeles, California. Her role as Princess Leia in Star Wars and its sequels made her famous. She struggled with alcohol and drug abuse in the 1980s, but came back in 1987 with her hit book Postcards from the Edge, which she adapted into a movie starring Meryl Streep. She went on to play supporting roles in films, and was a prolific author of books and Hollywood scripts. Fisher reprised her role playing Leia for the Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakensin2015. Fisher died on December 27, 2016, just days after suffering a major heart attack. She was 60 years old.