2. Carrie Fisher
Although Carrie Fisher will always be associated with her Star Wars alter-ego, the not-your-average-princess Leia Organa Solo, her life outside of the immensely popular space opera wasn’t limited to just leading rebellions against evil Empires.
In fact, Fisher was quite the prolific writer, thus why she was the obvious choice for kick-starting this list. Her written work spanned some 30 years and included being a memoirist, novelist, and screenwriter. She also offered her services as a script doctor, which is someone that fixes other people’s scripts to make them better for the audience.
Her first novel was Postcards from the Edge published in 1987, about an actress who begins writing in a journal and sending postcards to her loved ones as part of her rehabilitation program from drug addiction. This novel set the tone for Fisher’s other subsequent work with its irreverent humor and semi-autobiographical nature.
Fisher’s other memoirs/novels included: Surrender the Pink (1990), Delusions of Grandma (1993), Wishful Drinking (2008), Shockaholic (2011), and The Princess Diarist (2016).
The Princess Diarist was notable for confirming a long-running rumor of an affair that she had while filming the original Star Wars film with her co-star Harrison Ford. It was also the last book that the actress/author wrote before her tragic death during the book’s promotional tour.
But – like all great artists – her work has been immortalized both on film and in the deeply personal, yet humorous writings (including a “death letter“) that she left behind for her fans to enjoy.