Countdown to 'Star Wars'

Happy birthday Carrie Fisher

Carrie Fisher - along with Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford will reprise their “Star Wars” roles in “The Force Awakens.”
Carrie Fisher - along with Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford will reprise their “Star Wars” roles in “The Force Awakens.”

Carrie Fisher, the actress who played the spunky and feisty Princess Leia in the original “Star Wars” trilogy, is celebrating her 59th birthday today.

That means she was only 21 when when “Star Wars: A New Hope” opened. Now, she is reprising the role for “Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens.”

Despite being so closely associated with “Star Wars,” Fisher has had a long and varied career as both an actor and author.

She’s been seen in films like “The ‘Burbs” and “Soapdish” plus TV shows such as “Sex and the City” and “A Nero Wolfe Mystery.” She also wrote the book “Postcards from the Edge.”

One of my favorite TV appearances by Fisher was her guest starring role on “The Big Bang Theory.” The episode featured Sheldon (Jim Parsons) spending the day with James Earl Jones. They go to Fisher’s house, ring her doorbell and run away.

Rick Bentley: 559-441-6355, @RickBentley1

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