Carrie Fisher

Carrie Fisher

Fisher in 2011, photo by PrPhotos

Birth Name: Carrie Frances Fisher

Date of Birth: October 21, 1956

Place of Birth: Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Death: December 27, 2016

Place of Death: Los Angeles, California, U.S.

*father – Ashkenazi Jewish
*mother – English, small amounts of Scottish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, and German, and distant French

Carrie Fisher was an American actress, novelist, screenwriter, humorist, producer, and speaker. She is known for starring in Star Wars, and for her roles in The Blues Brothers and When Harry Met Sally…, among other films. She also wrote a hit book and stage show.

She was the daughter of singers and actors Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds (born Mary Frances Reynolds). Her brother is TV and filmmaker Todd Fisher, and her half-siblings are actresses Joely Fisher and Tricia Leigh Fisher. Carrie’s daughter, with agent Bryan Lourd, is actress Billie Lourd.

Carrie’s paternal grandparents were Jewish emigrants from Russia and Ukraine. Carrie’s mother had English, small amounts of Scottish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, and German, and distant French, ancestry.

Carrie had described herself as having been raised Protestant. As an adult, she and her daughter attended Jewish services with friends.

Carrie’s paternal grandfather was Joseph D. Tisch/Fisher (who was the son of either Mojsche/Morris Tisch/Fisher and Sarah Peltzer, or of Nathan Tisch and Linne). Joseph was born in Proskurov, Russia, now Khmelnytskyi, Ukraine. Mojsche was the son of Ansel Taesch/Tesch and Esther.

Carrie’s paternal grandmother was Gitte Kathrine “Kate” Minicker/Minocker/Winokur (the daughter of Zelig/Selig Zadik Minicker/Minniker/Winokur and Neche “Ida” Hudel). Gitte was born in Yampil’ Vinnyts’ka, Ukraine. Zelig was born in Odessa.

Carrie’s maternal grandfather was Raymond Francis Reynolds (the son of William Granville Reynolds and Pearl Ruby Prigmore). Raymond was born in Texas. William was the son of James Jefferson Francis Reynolds and Darilla Ann Lair. Pearl was the daughter of Joseph Martin/Monroe Prigmore and Nancy Elizabeth Vestal/Vestel.

Carrie’s maternal grandmother was Maxine/Maxene N. Harman/Harmon (the daughter of Owen Harmon/Harman and Maxie Boone Dykeman). Carrie’s grandmother Maxine was born in Oklahoma. Owen was the son of Solomon E. Harmon/Harman, Jr. and Sarah Catherine/Katherine Harper. Carrie’s great-grandmother Maxie was the daughter of William Tennessee Dykeman and Mary Adeline Rollins.

Sources: Family history of Carrie Fisher –

Genealogies of Carrie Fisher –

Carrie’s maternal grandparents, Raymond Francis Reynolds and Maxine/Maxene N. Harman/Harmon, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

4 Responses

  1. aceqa says:

    Joseph Fisher was born in Proskurov, Russia, now Khmelnytskyi, Ukraine

  2. phaedra says:

    Looks more Jewish. My Jewish aunts have that look.

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