She was born Carrie Frances Fisher in Beverly Hills, California, the daughter of singer Eddie Fisher and actress Debbie Reynolds. Her brother is Todd Fisher. Her half sisters are actress Joely Fisher and actress Tricia Leigh Fisher, whose mother is actress Connie Stevens.
Carrie Fisher attended Beverly Hills High School and then Central School of Speech and Drama in London, England.
She is the mother of Billie Catherine Fisher, whose father is agent Bryan Loard.