9. Carrie Fisher
Born Carrie Frances Fisher on October 21, 1956, Fisher was from Hollywood royalty as her father was singer Eddie Fisher and her mother was actress Debbie Reynolds. She would gain international fame and iconic status playing Princess Leia in the Star Wars films. She also worked on other writers’ screenplays as a script doctor. She earned praise for speaking publicly about her experiences with bipolar disorder and drug addiction, most notably in her semi-autobiographical novel Postcards from the Edge, her one-woman play, and its non-fiction book, Wishful Drinking, based on the play.
Sadly, Fisher died from a heart attack in December 2016, four days after experiencing a medical emergency on a flight from London to Los Angeles. Equally sad, Fisher’s mother, Debbie Reynolds, died of a stroke the following day.