Carrie Fisher beat out Jodie Foster and others for the role

Carrie Fisher beat out more than two dozen actresses for the role of Princess Leia, even though prior to Star Wars, Carrie's only feature film role was in Shampoo (1975), starring Warren Beatty. The actresses she was up against included Sissy Spacek, Farrah Fawcett, Glenn Close, Jessica Lange, Jodie Foster, Sigourney Weaver, Cybill Shepherd, Jane Seymour, Anjelica Huston, Kim Basinger, Kathleen Turner, Amy Irving and Geena Davis, some of whom were already big names in Hollywood.

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  1. Wendy • December 29, 2016 @ 10:43 AM

    She was an amazing person, slim and pretty. But life was never kind to her, drugs and mental illness changed her.

    I still saw a person who made Star Wars a reality of fiction, in action figures and make believe.

    I watched, and rewatched these movies over and over again. I enjoyed Carrie’s role as Leia, we all wanted to be her.

    The Reprisal roles of her in Star Wars: Force awakens (I watched) and a new one coming out in 2017 will be a memory (keep sake).

    But the true likeness of Carrie can never be replaced and I hope Star Wars can create a memoir of her character in future movies. 😢

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