Carrie Fisher’s Remarkable Legacy As A Script Doctor

11.10.15 4 years ago

Carrie Fisher has had a long career in Hollywood, spanning from her breakout role as Princess Leia in “Star Wars: A New Hope” in 1977, to various guest spots and voice over roles on “30 Rock”, “Family Guy”, and the new series “Catastrophe”. In addition to her many acting roles, Fisher is also an accomplished screenwriter, specifically earning her stripes in Hollywood as a script doctor.

For those unfamiliar with the term, a script doctor is someone called in to make changes to a script. Typically a script goes through a few writers, but sometimes a writer is called in to “punch up” jokes, dialogue, characters, or other story elements. Script doctors are often the unsung heroes of the screenwriting business, as they seldom get credit for their contribution to the project. Other famous script doctors include Joss Whedon, Aaron Sorkin, Patton Oswalt, Tom Stoppard, and Quentin Tarantino.

News of Fisher’s career as a former script doctor has been making the rounds lately, with The Mary Sue sharing the story via a Mary Sue history lesson:

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