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When Carrie Makes Movies

Carrie Fisher's film career -- We grade the actress' performances, from 1975's ''Shampoo'' to the recent ''When Harry Met Sally...''

Carrie Fisher's film career

From Beverly Hills brat to slinky space princess to her new casting niche as the ultimate best friend, here is a complete listing of Carrie Fisher's roles on film.

Shampoo (1975)
Fisher played a precocious, tennis-playing teenager who bluntly propositions her mom's womanizing hairdresser, aptly played by Warren Beatty. A

Star Wars (1977), The Empire Strikes Back (1980), The Return of the Jedi (1983)
George Lucas' stellar trilogy rocketed Fisher to stardom (and wealth) as Princess Leia Organa, the bossy galactic avenger with the strange hairdo. A

The Blues Brothers (1980)
Fisher played a pigtailed mystery woman who tries to kill John Belushi with a flamethrower. C+

Under the Rainbow (1980)
Chevy Chase teamed up with Carrie for this farce about the making of The Wizard of Oz. Although the film flopped, Fisher received good reviews as the perky talent scout who's in charge of the munchkins. C

Garbo Talks (1984)
Fisher played the snippy, nagging California wife of Ron Silver in this unsuccessful comedy. C-

The Man With One Red Shoe (1985)
Even Carrie's leopard-skin underwear and costar Tom Hanks couldn't salvage this remake of the French comedy The Tall Blond Man With One Black Shoe. C

Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
Woody Allen cast Fisher as April, the caterer who steals best friend Dianne Weist's guy (Sam Waterston) in this acclaimed dramatic comedy. A

Hollywood Vice Squad (1986)
Fisher traded her laser gun for a .38 special in Penelope Spheeris' stereotypical police drama. C

Amazon Women on the Moon (1987)
In this star-studded (Steve Guttenberg, Arsenio Hall, Rosanna Arquette) oddity, Carrie was a Midwestern bumpkin corrupted by the Big Apple. D

The Time Guardian (1989)
Fisher plays a feisty cyborg-battling time-traveler in this light-years-behind-Star Wars sci-fi thriller. D

Appointment With Death (1988)
As an unfaithful wife in this dull Agatha Christie mystery, Fisher looks as bored as the audience. C-

The 'Burbs (1989)
Fisher schlepps around in her bathrobe in Joe Dante's dismal comedy. C-

Loverboy (1989)
As a frustrated housewife who finds spice in pizza delivery boy Patrick Dempsey, Fisher delivers a charming performance in an otherwise insipid comedy. C-

When Harry Met Sally (1989)
In her best performance so far, Fisher is wonderful as Meg Ryan's spouse-starved best friend. A

Originally posted Sep 28, 1990 Published in issue #33 Sep 28, 1990 Order article reprints
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