Carrie Fisher: ‘My family were forced to flee Donegal and emigrate to America'
Actress Carrie Fisher who played Princess Leia in Star Wars has spoken about her Irish roots.
The American star has said that her great-great grandfather was a fugitive named Burt McReynolds.
“My great, great, fabulous grandfather from Co Donegal was wrongfully accused of being a horse thief, a case of mistaken identity,” the 58-year-old revealed.
“But rather than put his family through the rigors of a trial to clear the family name, he emigrated to America, dropped the ‘Mc’ in the ocean became Burt Reynolds, and the rest is history...and incredibly boring,” she told US-Ireland Alliance president Trina Vargo.
While Burt may have settled into a life of obscurity in the ‘New World’, Carrie’s mother, the iconic actress Debbie Reynolds, made sure to keep things exciting for the next generation.
“Thankfully, my mother changed all that and gave our family name a kick in the pants that it might or might not deserve,” she joked.
The Star Wars actress will be honoured by the US-Ireland Alliance with an Oscar Wilde Award for her contribution to film and television at the upcoming ceremony on February 19th.
Talk show host and ‘honorary Irishman’ Stephen Colbert and Northern Ireland painter Colin Davidson have also been chosen by the US-Ireland Alliance to be honoured at the ceremony.
Irish singer-songwriters Gavin James and Megan O'Neill will perform at the event which will be held in Santa Monica, California.