Monday 18 December 2017

Carrie Fisher: ‘My family were forced to flee Donegal and emigrate to America'

Actresses Debbie Reynolds (L), recipient of the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award, and Carrie Fisher pose in the press room at the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 25, 2015 in Los Angeles, Californi
Actresses Debbie Reynolds (L), recipient of the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award, and Carrie Fisher pose in the press room at the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 25, 2015 in Los Angeles, Californi
Billie Lourd will reportedly appear with her mother Carrie Fisher in the new Star Wars movie (Rex)
Carrie Fisher has confessed to taking cocaine while on the set of The Empire Strikes Back. Photo AP
Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia
Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill starred in the original Star Wars movies
Freya Drohan

Freya Drohan

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.

Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia
Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia

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.

Carrie Fisher
Carrie Fisher

Irish singer-songwriters Gavin James and Megan O'Neill will perform at the event which will be held in Santa Monica, California.

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