Carrie Fisher was a highly regarded Script Doctor; someone who does uncredited rewrites on screenplays. She did rewrites on Hook, Lethal Weapon 3 and The Wedding Singer among many others

Carrie Fisher’s Unsung Legacy as a Script Doctor Extraordinaire

It’s time for another TMS video history lesson, this time about Carrie Fisher’s unsung skills as one of Hollywood’s most notable script doctors! The video above details Fisher’s career history working as a punch-up writer on some of the greatest films of the 90s—as well as a few unsalvageable stinkers. Read the transcript for our video below.

Carrie Fisher is still best known for her role as Princess Leia, in spite of the fact that her legacy in Hollywood—both on-screen and behind the scenes—stretches way beyond her Star Wars debut decades ago. Fisher deserves to be remembered, but not necessarily as the gold bikini-wearing sex symbol that will likely pervade her search engine results for decades to come, in spite of her own wish that s… Continue Reading (3 minute read)

8 thoughts on “Carrie Fisher was a highly regarded Script Doctor; someone who does uncredited rewrites on screenplays. She did rewrites on Hook, Lethal Weapon 3 and The Wedding Singer among many others”

  1. haroldtitus425

    The story goes that she was doing script doctor work on Austin Powers when Meyers came up with the brilliant idea for her to lead the group therapy scene.

  2. cgio0

    I’m pretty sure she said she did script doctoring cause cocaine was expensive

    Which is quite possibly the funniest reason to be an elite talent at another profession

  3. robbycakes

    Did you know Hook has like 26% on rotten tomatoes? People shit all over it. I LOVE that movie!!!

  4. irving_braxiatel

    She did an uncredited rewrite of Phantom Menace.

  5. -PlayWithUsDanny-

    I worked with her years ago on a crappy Christmas movie and she was completely incredible. She was very short and puffed on a vape constantly but was so smart and friendly with everyone on set. I didn’t actually know she was a script doctor but getting to listen to her back and forth with the director I am not at all surprised by it. She had great insight.

  6. Popular-Uprising-

    My respect for her grows.

  7. xodagny

    I’d highly recommend watching “The Bright Lights” about her and her mom. A very intimate and raw portrait of this unique duo.

  8. AGooDone

    Carrie Fisher had a Hollywood life, but it crashed and burned with drug and alcohol abuse, but she picked herself up and started writing and demolished myths and earned much respect.

    Postcards from the edge is a hilarious work of genius.

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