A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away... Carrie Fisher gave birth to her only daughter, Billie Lourd. Actually, she was born in the 90's in LA but it feels like a different universe. Lourd comes from a long line of Hollywood royalty. Carrie Fisher is best known for portraying the iconic character, Princess Leia. Fisher will always be remembered as Leia but she had a long and illustrious career. She had many ups and downs throughout her career but managed to put her life back together. Fisher struggled with substance abuse and a bipolar disorder. Her personal life and out of control behavior often made headlines. Fisher’s mother, Debbie Reynolds, was also a major Hollywood star starting in the 50's.
Billie Lourd is starting to make quite the name for herself in Hollywood. She continues her family’s legacy while blazing her own path. Lourd has landed several significant film and television roles on her own merit. She also appeared in the Star Wars sequel trilogy along with her mother. She is one of the bright new up and comers in Hollywood who will certainly be a major star for years to come. Despite just starting out, she is already landing major film and TV opportunities. Here is look at 20 Things Fans Should Know About Carrie Fisher’s Daughter.
20 Scream Queens Earmuffs Pay Homage To Princess Leia
Billie Lourd has always found ways to pay homage to her famous mother and her mother’s most iconic character. Lourd’s first major TV role was in the horror series, Scream Queens. The series also starred Emma Roberts, Lea Michele, Abigail Breslin and Jamie Lee Curtis. Lourd portrayed Chanel #3 and found an interesting way to pay homage to Carrie Fisher.
Fisher is best known for portraying Princess Leia in the Star Wars films. Leia is known for her unique oversized cinnamon buns hairstyle. It’s one of her most recognizable traits. Lourd paid tribute to Leia by wearing a pair of earmuffs in Scream Queens. She said,
“I saw them in the fitting and I was immediately gravitating towards them because I had to be. It didn’t start out as a plot point, I just went into the fitting, saw them [and] recognized my family heritage — which is to have weird things over your ears.”
The earmuffs were later written into the plot and were given a backstory. Despite being written into the series, the earmuffs were all Lourd’s idea and a tribute to her mother. She added, “They are a little bit of a Princess Leia homage. It’s kind of a family tradition.” (HollywoodReporter)
19 Portrays Lieutenant Connix In The Star Wars Sequel Trilogy
After over 30 years, Carrie Fisher returned to the role of Princess Leia, now General Leia Organa. Fisher starred in The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. She was slated to star in the third film, Episode IX, but died before the release of Last Jedi. Last Jedi was her final film appearance and was dedicated to her. Billie Lourd followed her mother into the Star Wars galaxy.
Billie Lourd portrays Lieutenant Kaydel Ko Connix in the first two films of the sequel trilogy. She had a minor role in Force Awakens but it was expanded upon in The Last Jedi. Not only does she get to be a small part of one of the greatest franchises ever created but also got to work with her mother. The Last Jedi was released a year after Fisher’s passing. Lourd struggled with the loss of her mother and grandmother but considers herself lucky to have worked alongside her mother.
She said, “It was incredible. I'm a big believer in things happening for a reason, and I think I ended up in that movie for a reason.” (CNN)
At the Star Wars celebration, Lourd paid tribute to her mother by wearing a white dress identical to Princess Leia’s in A New Hope.
18 Auditioned For Rey In Force Awakens
As noted, Billie Lourd landed her first real acting gig in Star Wars. However, she initially auditioned for the lead role. Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, was released on December 18, 2015. Force Awakens was met with universal praise from fans and critics. Fans were especially happy to see Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher all return to portray their iconic characters. The film also included a set of brand new characters and actors. The sequel trilogy revolves around the brave and fearless Rey, portrayed by Daisy Ridley.
Initially, J.J. Abrams had difficulty finding an actress to portray Rey. Billie Lourd had originally auditioned for the role of Rey. She said,
“J.J. Abrams called me to come in for Star Wars because he couldn't find someone for the lead. He ended up finding Daisy Ridley, who's an incredible actress, so talented.” (CNN)
Lourd is thrilled just to have a part in the film regardless if it’s small or big. She added, “But I went in and he ended up giving me this tiny role with a couple lines and I was super excited, I didn't know what was going to happen and ended up going and fell in love with it.” (MetroUK)
17 Studied Psychology And Religion AT NYU
Carrie Fisher started her acting career at a very young age. Billie Lourd took a different route but ended up in Hollywood like her mother. Fisher started acting on Broadway at the age of 15 and subsequently dropped out of high school. She briefly attended Sarah Lawrence College but dropped out before graduating. At the age of 18, Fisher made her debut in the 1975 film Shampoo.
Billie Lourd was born and raised on the West Coast but attended school on the East Coast. She said, “I grew up in LA and always had the idea that I wanted to go to a classic liberal arts school in the middle of nowhere and do the whole sorority thing, blah blah blah. Then when I got to Connecticut, two hours away from New York City, the reality kicked in. None of these people had been drunk before, or done anything like that, and so they were doing the classic college thing, which I was over by that point.” She transferred to New York University and studied Psychology and Religion. She added, “Going to school in the city made more sense for me because I was able to work at the same time, which really motivated me. I feel like I wouldn’t be where I am now had I not been to NYU.” (Billie-Lourd)
16 Legendary Grandma
Not only was Billie Lourd’s mother a famous Hollywood star known all over the world. Her grandmother, Debbie Reynolds, was a major Hollywood star throughout the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. She starred in several popular movies, such as Singin’ in the Rain, The Catered Affair and Tammy and the Bachelor. Her career slowed down but she continued to land roles. She later appeared in Disney’s Halloweentown series and from 1999 to 2006 had a recurring role in Will & Grace. Reynolds was married to singer Eddie Fisher and together had two children, Carrie and Todd. Reynolds died one day after her daughter Carrie Fisher.
Billie Lourd was very close to her world-famous grandmother who often gave the burgeoning star some advice. However, Lourd also enjoyed spending quality time with Reynolds. Lourd said, “We watched Turner Classic Movies. We all would sit together in bed; their place was the bed. And my grandma was really into E! and Access Hollywood. It was so bizarre. She knew all the gossip about everything. And she loved bowling, so we would do that—until it got scary being in the car with her. She would say, ‘I've been driving for 60 years’, and I was like, ‘I think that's the problem.’” (E!News)
15 Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds Passed Away A Day Apart
Few kids can say that their mother is famous for being a Princess of a planet in a galaxy, far, far away. Billie Lourd was close with her mother, Carrie Fisher, and grandmother, Debbie Reynolds. Losing them was difficult but losing both so close to each other made it all the more devastating. Fisher shockingly died at the age of 60 on December 27, 2016. The following day, Debbie Reynolds died at the age of 84 on December 28, 2016. Fans all over the world mourned the deaths of the two beloved Hollywood stars. Lourd has admitted to struggling with the dual loss. She said,
“If I say I'm doing good, I'm too happy, and if I say that I am not doing good, then I am a mess. It's, like, really hard to know what to say about it because it is just so surreal and impossible to deal with.” (CNN)
However, her family’s legendary sense of humor got her through it. Lourd quoted her mother, “If life's not funny, then it's just true—and that would be unacceptable.” Lourd added, “Even when she died, that was what got me through that whole thing. When Debbie died the next day, I could just picture her saying, ‘Well, she's upstaging me once again, of course—she had to.’” (E!News)
14 Meryl Streep Is Billie's Godmother
Billie Lourd comes from a long line of famous celebs. Her entire family has been involved with Hollywood going back several decades. In addition to having a world-famous mother, Lourd also has the most famous godmother in Hollywood. Lourd’s godmother is beloved actress Meryl Streep. Streep has starred in several critically and commercially acclaimed films. She’s regarded as the finest actress or actor of all time. She won three Academy Awards for her universally praised performances in Kramer vs. Kramer, Sophie’s Choice and The Iron Lady.
Meryl Streep and Carrie Fisher have been close friends for several years. They both rose to the very top of Hollywood around the same time. In 1990, Streep starred in Postcards from the Edge, which was based on Fisher’s semi-autobiographical novel of the same name. Additionally, Fisher wrote the film’s screenplay. Streep was devastated by the news of her dear friend's death. At the memorial service, Lourd and Streep sang Fisher’s favorite song “Happy Days Are Here Again.” Die-hard Star Wars fans even started a petition to have Streep replace Fisher in the third film in the Star Wars sequel trilogy, Episode IX. With the tragic passing of her mother, Lourd is lucky to have a famous godmother to lean on.
13 Portrayed Winter Anderson in American Horror Story
Billie Lourd is still very early in her career but she has already landed some very impressive roles. She had a starring role in the seventh season of American Horror Story: Cult. She played babysitter Winter Anderson and portrayed Linda Kasabian of the Manson Family in a flashback. Lourd was universally praised for her stellar performance in AHS. She is slated to return to the series in season 8.
AHS is the second Ryan Murphy series she starred in following Scream Queens. When she first met with Murphy, she thought it was just an audition. She said,
“I thought he wanted me to audition, and so I was just very relaxed and casual about the news. I didn’t think he wanted to hire me, I knew that’s not how things worked.”
However, she soon found out that it wasn’t just an audition she was getting. She added, “The next day, they told me, you know that offer you didn’t sound too excited about? It’s an offer, not an audition. I flipped out. I didn’t know how he was doing this! The next week I was in New Orleans.” (Uselessdaily)
12 Stepfather's Heartfelt Message
Carrie Fisher was in several high profile relationships that garnered a great deal of attention. She was married to Paul Simon from 1983 to 1984 but dated after the divorce. From 1991 to 1994, she was in a relationship with talent agent Bryan Lourd. Since 1995, Bryan has served as a partner, managing director and co-chairman of Creative Artists Agency. Fisher often referred to him as her second husband but they were never actually married. They had one child together, Billie Lourd. The relationship suffered because of Fisher’s addictions and substance abuse. In 1994, Bryan made major headlines when he left Fisher for a man. The separation was tough on Fisher and she often talked about the break up openly.
In 2016, Bryan Lourd married Bruce Bozzi and legally adopted Bozzi’s daughter, Ava. Both Billie and Ava were in attendance for Bryan and Bruce's ceremony. Only a few months later, Fisher and Debbie Reynolds passed away. Bozzi sent out a heartfelt message to Billie. He wrote, “It’s an honour to be your Stepfather.” He added, “as Carrie said to me years ago ‘I’m a good stepmother’ I promise I will always be & the strength of these women live so vibrantly in you. I’ve been lucky enough to see this for a decade! Many decades to come.” (USMagazine)
11 Gender Neutral
Princess Leia is one of the most iconic characters in cinema history. In 2010 the Huffington Post wrote, “For many fans, Leia is an exemplary personification of female empowerment.” (HuffingtonPost) Carrie Fisher broke barriers with Leia and helped changed cinema. Fisher took a unique approach to parenting and raised Lourd gender neutral.
According to Billie Lourd, her mother raised her without gender to teach her the importance of being a “strong person”. Lourd said,
“She told me to be true, and kind, and confident in yourself. She raised me to not think of men and women as different. She raised me without gender. It’s kind of the reason she named me Billie.”
Fisher instilled strong morals and values in her daughter. Lourd added, “It’s not about being a strong woman — it’s about being a strong person. She once told me, ‘I never sat you down with a credo. It was more about leading by example.’” (TeenVogue) Fisher clearly did a good job in raising Lourd. She's taking her mother’s advice and is quickly rising to the very top of Hollywood. In a few years, Lourd will be a major Hollywood star on the same level as her mother and grandmother.
10 Protecting Her Mother's Legacy
Carrie Fisher was known all over the world and was one of the most famous Hollywood celebs. Fisher was often seen with her beloved French bulldog Gary. He has his own Instagram account and a legion of followers. Upon Fisher’s death, Gary’s Instagram posted a pic with the caption, “I’ll be waiting right here mommy.” (Instagram) Initially, there were reports that Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd, would inherit the famous dog.
However, Gary actually went to Fisher’s assistant, Corby McCoin. McCoin has taken Gary on a world tour to various Comic-Con events to meet thousands of adoring fans. However, Lourd has repeatedly attempted to prevent that from happening. She feels it tarnishes her mother’s legacy and doesn’t want it overshadowed by a dog. In fact, Lourd and her father Bryan even offered to buy the dog from McCoin but they were turned down. Mark Hamill once requested to have Gary join him on stage but Lourd had that stopped. According to TMZ, “There was another event last April in Orlando which held a Star Wars celebration. We're told Mark Hamill wanted Gary to come out on stage with him. We're told the P.R. Dept. for Star Wars shut it down because Billie didn't want it ... and there have been other failed attempts as well.” (TMZ)
9 Dating and Breaking Up
Carrie Fisher’s personal life and relationships was always of great interest to the media and fans. She was open about her struggles with addiction and her bipolar disorder. Fisher was in high profile relationships with musician Paul Simon and later comedian Dan Aykroyd. She also claims in her autobiography, The Princess Diarist, that she had an affair with Harrison Ford during the filming of the 1977 film Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope. She was in a long-term relationship with agent Bryan Lourd and together have one child, Billie Lourd.
Billie Lourd is still very early in her career but it’s safe to assume her personal life will get the equal amount of attention as her mother's did. Lourd began dating actor Taylor Lautner in late 2016. Lautner is best known for his role as Jacob Black in the popular Twilight Saga. Lourd and Lautner started dating shortly before her mother and grandmother’s passing. In fact, Lautner accompanied Lourd to the hospital in the days leading up to Fisher’s death. Lourd and Lautner broke up by the summer of 2017. Lourd is concentrating on her film and television career. A source told People magazine said, “They aren’t together anymore but they are still friendly. She’s really focused on her work right now.” (People)
8 Living With Mom
Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds both died at the end of 2016 but they had one more performance left. A few weeks after their passing, Fisher and Reynolds were featured in a documentary on their lives. Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds debuted on HBO on January 7, 2017. It was universally praised and has a 100% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Billie Lourd has openly talked about growing up with a famous mother and grandmother. She also had a unique upbringing because she split her time between being with her father and mother. When she was with her father she got structure and a regular schedule. Lourd said,
“He gets home at the same time every day, and we eat dinner together, we do homework together, we watch Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and cry, and then go to sleep.”
However, when she would stay with her mom it was more like the wild Hollywood lifestyle. She added, “At Mom's it was like, 'Let's put Christmas lights in the palm trees at 2 a.m.’ Do you remember when Sharper Image was 24 hours? We went there all the time, 1 a.m. or 3 a.m., just picking up little trinkets as if that was what you do!” (E!News)
7 postcards from the edge
Carrie Fisher was also known for writing several books and screenplays. She wrote numerous popular books, such as The Best Awful, Wishful Drinking and Postcards from the Edge. All of her novels, including the fiction, are either based on her life or semi-autobiographical. It was well known that Carrie Fisher struggled with several issues. She discussed her personal demons and substance problems publicly. She often discussed her bipolar disorder diagnosis. She openly discussed her struggle with mental illness and using certain things to help her cope with it.
Billie Lourd has also discussed her mother's addictions and mental illness. She opened up about what it was like to grow up with her mother struggling with substance abuse and her illness. There are many people out there that could relate to Lourd’s childhood. Lourd said, “Tons of people grow up with mentally ill parents who have drug problems. I read this incredible book, Adult Children of Alcoholics—it's not a great narrative, but it's a fun psych book...It's such a common thing, and people really don't talk about it. She talked about being mentally ill and having issues with dr*gs. A lot of people don't talk about what it was like growing up with that.” Lourd and Fisher both openly discussed Fisher’s struggles and how it impacted Lourd.
6 Upcoming Roles
Billie Lourd has a bright future ahead of herself in Hollywood. She comes from a famous family and has already proven she has the skills required to be a major star. Carrie Fisher is mostly associated with Princess Leia but that wasn't the only role she landed. Fisher appeared in several memorable films, including, Hannah and Her Sisters, The ‘Burbs, When Harry Met Sally and Wonderland. She was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress for her role in the sitcom 30 Rock.
Billie Lourd is following in her famous mother’s footsteps. She’s developing quite the career outside of the Star Wars franchise. She's still very early in her career but major opportunities are already rolling in. She is now looking to make a name for herself while still honoring Fisher and Debbie Reynolds. She said,
“I've always kind of lived in their shadows, and now is the first time in my life when I get to own my life and stand on my own.” (E!News)
Lourd appears in the upcoming true story film Billionaires Boys Club and is slated to appear in Booksmart, directed by Olivia Wilde. Additionally, Lourd is set to return in season 8 of American Horror Story and is expected to appear in Star Wars: Episode IX. Her career continues to skyrocket as she lands more major film and TV roles.
5 Hairstyle Tribute To Carrie Fisher On The Red Carpet
Carrie Fisher had a plethora of unique hairstyles and fashion choices throughout all of the Star Wars installments. Leia is mostly associated with the large cinnamon buns hairstyle and for wearing her famous bikini. However, she had many different styles that have been copied by thousands of adoring fans. Billie Lourd enjoys finding new ways to pay tribute to Princess Leia. In Force Awakens, Lourd’s hairstyle is a subtle nod to her mother’s famous style. The Last Jedi was Fisher’s final film and was released almost a year after her death. Lourd admits to struggling with losing her mother.
During the release of the film, Lourd found different ways to keep her mother’s memory alive. Last Jedi had its premiere on December 9, 2017, and the night was filled with tributes to Fisher. Lourd walked the red carpet in a stunning dress with her hair up in a single bun. The hairstyle is similar to Princess Leia’s hairstyle at the end of Stars Wars: A New Hope. In the scene, Leia bestows medals of bravery to Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Chewbacca. Lourd rocked the classic hairstyle on the red carpet with images of her mother with the same style in the background.
4 Carrie Fisher Didn't Want Billie To Be An Actress
It seemed from the very beginning that Billie Lourd was destined to become a world-famous star like her mother and grandmother. She quickly started landing significant roles in both television and films. Despite coming from a very famous family of entertainers, Carrie Fisher actually didn’t want her daughter to get into acting.
Lourd said, “I think in a normal family they would have looked at me and been like, ‘Hey, this kid's a performer.’ But I was so scared. I was embarrassed, honestly.”
They warned her that her life would be under the harsh spotlight and scrutinized by the public. She added, “My mom wrote five books and a one-woman show; they didn't want more things for people to be able to Google about me.” However, it was her mother that eventually encouraged her to pursue acting. She said, “My mom actually pointed me toward [acting].” As noted, she auditioned for the role of Rey in Force Awakens. She ended up with a smaller role but the experience was significant. Lourd said, “The thing is, I was bizarrely comfortable on set. My mother would pull me aside and be like, ‘It's weird that you're so comfortable here. This is the most uncomfortable environment in the world. If you're comfortable here, you should do this.’” (E!News)
3 Making Fun of Princess Leia
Carrie Fisher became a household name after portraying Princess Leia in the Star Wars universe. She starred in the original trilogy from 1977 to 1983 and reprised the role in the first two films of the sequel trilogy. The character has already transcended time and will be remembered as one of the most iconic. Hoards of Star Wars fans from all over to world ascend to Comic-Con each year. It's not uncommon to see fans dressed up as Darth Vader, Han Solo and, of course, Princess Leia.
Despite the incredible fandom for Star Wars, Fisher was actually unaware of how popular she truly is. She attended Comic-Con to support her daughter at the premiere of her show. Fisher was shocked when Star Wars fans swarmed her for autographs. Fisher said,
“I don’t get it, babe. I went to this premiere, and I’m not there to take pictures. I’m there to watch the premiere. And people are wanting to take pictures with me.”
Lourd couldn’t help but tease her mother and poked fun at her blue jeans and messy hair. Lourd said, “I’m like, ‘Mom, you’re Princess Leia. You got to remember that … you’re at Comic-Con, so, like, maybe you should have brushed your hair.” (People)
2 The Last Time
On December 23, 2016, Carrie Fisher suffered a medical emergency on a flight. She was in the hospital for several days before passing away. Billie Lourd spent as much time as possible by her mothers’ side. The tragic passing sent shockwaves around the world. Lourd has struggled to move on and recalls the last time she saw her mom in person.
As noted, Lourd’s first TV gig was a recurring role in Scream Queens. In one particular episode she was unhappy with her performance. She said,
“The last time I saw her in person, this episode of Scream Queens was on, and it was a big episode for me. I had tons of scenes, and I was so hard on myself about it—I hated how I looked, hated my performance. I was really frustrated. She told me, ‘Come over right now. I want to watch this with you.’”
Lourd watched the episode with her mother and got a stern lecture. Lourd added, “She made me sit down and watch it, and she forced me to see the good parts. She was incredible like that. But she was really hard on me, saying, ‘Shut up. You're great in this. Have faith in yourself. Be more confident.’” (E!News)
1 Just Billie
Billie Lourd has managed to honour her mother and grandmother while also forging her own path in Hollywood. Lourd struggled with their passing only a day separated. After Fisher’s passing, Lourd inherited her mother’s large compound but considered selling it. She said,
“I went back and forth on it, but it's so magical. It's such a special place. I'm having a couple of friends move in with me, like an old-style commune. Now I have to uphold that and make it evolve in my own way.”
Billie Lourd is also evolving her career and is creating her own legacy in the industry. She might come from a famous family but she doesn’t need that to be a star. Her mother and grandmother’s passing was tragic but Lourd has been able to cope with it as best she can. She is now looking to continue her family’s legacy by creating her own Hollywood legacy. She's poised to be the next big star in Hollywood and has all the skills required to do so. She's one of the bright new Hollywood stars that are destined to dominate. She said, “I love being my mother's daughter, and it's something I always will be, but now I get to be just Billie.” (E!News)