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Star Wars at 35: Carrie Fisher/ Erin Gray ~ Space Babes

May 15, 2012

Talent…

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… These are the lovely ladies and gorgeous girls of eras gone by whose beauty, ability, electricity and all-round x-appeal deserve celebration and – ahem – salivation here at George’s Journal

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Some time ago in a galaxy very much like our own, two actresses set the pulses of young men racing like the Millennium Falcon (successfully) jumping to hyperspace. They were the fittest, feistiest premier of the Rebel Alliance, Princess Leia (aka Carrie Fisher), and the 25th Century hot-to-trot colonel to Buck Rogers, Wilma Deering (or Erin Gray) – and they most definitely are, in this third Star Wars celebratory post, the latest pair to grace this blog’s Talent corner…

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Profiles

Names: Carrie Frances Fisher/ Erin Gray

Nationalities: American

Professions: Actress, screenwriter and author/ Actress and model

Born: 21 October 1956, Beverly Hills, California/ 17 January 1950, Honolulu, Hawaii

Height: 5ft 1in/ 5ft 7in

Known for: Carrie – basically, for being Princess Leia. After debuting in her first film, the California-of-the-late-’60s satire Shampoo (1975), alongside Warren Beatty, Goldie Hawn and Julie Christie, Fisher was cast as the titular heroine in 1977’s Star Wars (now Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope). She played Leia twice more in the sequels The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return Of The Jedi (1983), took supporting roles in the Tom Hanks comedies The Man With One Red Shoe (1986) and The ‘burbs (1989), Woody Allen’s Hannah And Her Sisters (1986) and classic rom-com When Harry Met Sally… (1989), as well as cameos in The Blues Brothers (1980) and Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery (1997), the former of which starred her then boyfriend Dan Aykroyd. She was married once (for definite) to singer-songwriter Paul Simon. Having authored Postcards From The Edge (1987), a semi-autobiographical novel about her troubles with drug addiction and her difficult relationship with her mother (Singin’ In The Rain star Debbie Reynolds), she adapted it into a 1990 film starring Meryl Streep and Shirley MacLaine, and would go on to become a screenwriter and novelist. In recent years she has been outspoken about her struggles with drugs and living with bipolar disorder/

Erin – steaming up the screen as the smoking Colonel Wilma Deering in the classic, camp, space-based TV adventure drama Buck Rogers In The 25th Century (1979-81) and the feature-length pilot that preceded it. However, Erin had established herself as one of America’s foremost models in the ’60s and ’70s long before she drifted towards acting, having become both a major model and spokeswoman for companies including L’Oréal, Max Factor and Bloomingdale’s and, by 1975, reputedly earning $100,000 a year. Following her stint in latex in the 25th Century, she went on to star in a first season-episode of Magnum, P.I. (1980-88) and in a major role in the popular sitcom Silver Spoons (1982-86). Recently, she’s launched a casting agency for sci-fi and fantasy star appearances and appeared in the pilot of a 2010 Buck Rogers web-series.

Strange but true: Alongside writing three novels, four screenplays and two plays, Carrie worked as a script-doctor on the films HookSister Act (both1992) and The Wedding Singer (1996) and episodes of TV’s The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles (1992-93)/ owing to how tight they were, Erin apparently had to be sewn into the jumpsuits she wore in Buck Rogers.

Peak of fitness: Carrie – I’ll defy conventional wisdom and not say her appearance in the ‘slave girl bikini’ at the start of Jedi, but instead in her cool, sexy-as-hell white fatigues (with that big blaster) during Empire‘s Cloud City climax/ Erin – no controversy here, though, it’s got to be as the incredibly sexy Wilma Deering in those incredibly sexy jumpsuits. Bidi-bidi-bidi!

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. June 1, 2012 11:44 pm

    Love your posts, man.
    I have some awesome footage of Ms.Gray from the comicon here – absolute sweetheart, and beautiful as ever.
    Cheers, A.

  2. Abby permalink
    August 25, 2013 12:43 am

    From her days at Bloomingdales, Erin Gray…like no other girl in the world!!

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