Billie Lourd

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Billie Lourd
Billie Lourd 2015.jpg
Lourd in 2015
Born Billie Catherine Lourd
(1992-07-17) July 17, 1992 (age 26)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Residence Beverly Hills, California, U.S.[1]
Alma mater New York University
Occupation Actress
Years active 2015–present
Parent(s)
Relatives

Billie Catherine Lourd[2] (born July 17, 1992)[3] is an American actress. She is known for starring as Chanel #3 in the Fox horror comedy series Scream Queens (2015–16) and for her roles in the FX horror anthology series American Horror Story (2017–18). She also appeared as Lieutenant Connix in the Star Wars sequel trilogy, including Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) and Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017), and will reprise her role in Star Wars: Episode IX (2019).

Lourd is the daughter of actress Carrie Fisher and talent agent Bryan Lourd.

Early life[edit]

Lourd was born July 17, 1992 in Los Angeles, California, the only child of actress Carrie Fisher and talent agent Bryan Lourd.[4][5][6][7] Lourd is the granddaughter of actress Debbie Reynolds and singer Eddie Fisher, and the niece of Todd Fisher, Joely Fisher, and Tricia Leigh Fisher. She has a step-sister, Ava, from her father's marriage to Bruce Bozzi.[8] From her mother's side, she is of Italian, German-Jewish, Russian-Jewish, Scots-Irish and English descent.[9][10][11][12][13][14] Her godmother is actress Meryl Streep.[15] Writer Bruce Wagner is Lourd's godfather.[16]

Lourd studied psychology at New York University, graduating in 2014.[17]

Career[edit]

Lourd played the role of Lieutenant Connix in the 2015 Star Wars sequel film The Force Awakens.[18][19] On The Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2017, she said that she auditioned for the lead role of Rey, which ultimately went to Daisy Ridley.[20] Lourd also appeared in the second installment, Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017),[21] and will return in the third film, Star Wars: Episode IX (2019).[22]

In February 2015, Lourd was cast in the Fox horror-comedy series Scream Queens.[23] Lourd's character, a rich and disaffected sorority girl known as Chanel#3, wears earmuffs as an homage to Fisher's iconic "cinnamon buns" hairstyle from the original Star Wars film.[24][25] In December 2015, Lourd spoke about her initial meeting with Scream Queens creator Ryan Murphy:

I thought he wanted me to audition, and so I was just very relaxed and casual about the news. I didn't think he wanted to hire me, I knew that's not how things worked. The next day, they told me, you know that offer you didn't sound too excited about? It's an offer, not an audition. I flipped out. I didn't know how he was doing this! The next week I was in New Orleans.[26]

By December 2015, Lourd had joined the cast of the American biographical crime-drama film Billionaire Boys Club, in the role of Rosanna, love interest of Kyle Biltmore.[27] The film is set to be released in August 2018. Its release was put off due to claims of sexual harassment committed by actor Kevin Spacey, who stars in the film.[28] In 2016, Lourd returned to Scream Queens for its second season.[29] She joined the cast of American Horror Story in the role of Winter Anderson for the series' seventh season.[30][31] She also portrayed Linda Kasabian, a former member of the Manson Family cult.[32] In May 2018, it was announced that Lourd had been cast in Booksmart, a film directed by Olivia Wilde and set for release in 2019.[33] She was also confirmed to return to American Horror Story for its eighth season, Apocalypse, playing Mallory.[34]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role
2015 Star Wars: The Force Awakens Lieutenant Connix
2017 Star Wars: The Last Jedi
2018 Billionaire Boys Club Rosanna Ricci
2019 Booksmart TBA
Star Wars: Episode IX Lieutenant Connix

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2015–2016 Scream Queens Chanel #3 23 episodes
2017 American Horror Story: Cult Winter Anderson 10 episodes
Linda Kasabian Episode: "Charles (Manson) in Charge"
2018 American Horror Story: Apocalypse Mallory

References[edit]

  1. ^ Paulson, Sarah (August 1, 2017). "Sarah Paulson Interviews Billie Lourd on Life After Losing Carrie Fisher & Finding Herself". Town & Country. Retrieved August 14, 2018. 
  2. ^ Fisher, Carrie (2008). Wishful Drinking. Simon and Schuster. p. 121. ISBN 978-1-4391-5371-0. 
  3. ^ Martin, Annie (July 17, 2017). "Billie Lourd celebrates 25th birthday at rainbow-themed bash". United Press International. Retrieved July 15, 2018. 
  4. ^ Byrne, James Patrick. Coleman, Philip. King, Jason Francis. Ireland and the Americas: Culture, Politics, and History: A Multidisciplinary Encyclopedia. Volume 2. P. 804. ABC-CLIO, 2008. ISBN 978-1-85109-614-5.
  5. ^ de Vries, Hilary (April 24, 1994). "Q & A Hollywood Times Three Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher discuss Hollywood families, not-so-fictional novels—and baby Billie's there to chaperone". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 7, 2010. I was raised Protestant but I'm half-Jewish—the wrong half. 
  6. ^ Carrie Fisher's Wild Ride, Baltimore Jewish Times Archived February 3, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ "'Jewish Sinatra' tells all". Jewish News of Greater Phoenix. 52 (7). Phoenix, Arizona. October 15, 1999. Archived from the original on September 10, 2002. 
  8. ^ Witchel, Alex (March 30, 2018). "For the heir to the Palm steakhouse empire, nostalgia is a plate of fancy chicken nuggets". The Washington Post. Retrieved April 1, 2018. 
  9. ^ Byrne, James Patrick; Coleman, Philip; and Jason Francis King (2008). Ireland and the Americas: Culture, Politics, and History: A Multidisciplinary Encyclopedia, Volume 2, ABC-CLIO, page 804. ISBN 978-1851096145
  10. ^ de Vries, Hilary (April 24, 1994). "Q & A Hollywood Times Three Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher discuss Hollywood families, not-so-fictional novels—and baby Billie's there to chaperone". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 7, 2010. 
  11. ^ Miller, Gerri (September 6, 2017). "Hollywood Now: New Roles for JLaw, Ben Stiller and More". InterfaithFamily.com. Retrieved June 21, 2018. 
  12. ^ Freedland, Michael (September 24, 2010). "Eddie Fisher obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved June 22, 2018. 
  13. ^ Riley, John (September 25, 2010). "Eddie Fisher: Singer and actor whose career was overshadowed by his marriages and divorces". The Independent. Retrieved June 22, 2018. 
  14. ^ Littlejohn, Georgina (March 24, 2017). "Who is Eddie Fisher? Father of Carrie Fisher and ex-husband of Debbie Reynolds - here's what we know". The Sun. Retrieved June 22, 2018. 
  15. ^ Muller, Marissa G. (12 May 2016). "Billie Lourd Is The Best Friend We Wish We Had". magazine. Retrieved 4 January 2017. 
  16. ^ Bray, Catherine (September 22, 2014). "Carrie Fisher interview: 'Star Wars has been my whole life'". Time Out London. Retrieved January 31, 2017. 
  17. ^ Kelsey, Colleen (June 2015). "Film: Billie Lourd". Interview. Archived from the original on June 10, 2015. Retrieved December 14, 2015. 
  18. ^ Breznican, Anthony (December 18, 2015). "Star Wars: The Force Awakens: A collection of cameos and Easter eggs: Friend of the General". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on January 2, 2017. Retrieved December 27, 2015.  Slide 9 of 10.
  19. ^ Though Lourd is credited as Lieutenant Connix in the film's credits, the official companion book Star Wars: The Force Awakens: The Visual Dictionary by Pablo Hidalgo (2015) identifies the character with Lourd's photo as Kaydel Ko.
  20. ^ Holub, Christian (September 13, 2017). "Carrie Fisher's Daughter, Billie Lourd, Auditioned for Star Wars Rey Role". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved September 18, 2017. 
  21. ^ Topel, Fred (March 13, 2016). "Billie Lourd Will Return With A Larger Role In Star Wars Episode 8". /Film. Archived from the original on March 14, 2016. Retrieved March 14, 2016. 
  22. ^ Hipes, Patrick (July 27, 2018). "Star Wars: Episode IX Rounds Out Cast, Which Will Include Carrie Fisher In Unreleased Footage". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 27, 2018. 
  23. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (February 2, 2015). "Billie Lourd Joins Fox's Scream Queens". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 25, 2015. 
  24. ^ Bui, Hoai-Tran (September 25, 2015). "The royal reason for Scream Queens earmuffs". USA Today. Archived from the original on January 2, 2017. Retrieved October 25, 2015. 
  25. ^ Wieselman, Jarett (September 25, 2015). "Princess Leia's Daughter Is Reprising That Iconic Star Wars Look". BuzzFeed. Retrieved October 25, 2015. 
  26. ^ Anthony, Dio (December 2015). "Royal. Billie Lourd". Bellomag.com (Image Nation Studio L.L.C.). Archived from the original on January 2, 2017. Retrieved February 20, 2016. 
  27. ^ McNary, Dave (December 15, 2015). "Billie Lourd, Bokeem Woodbine, Jeremy Irvine Join Billionaire Boys Club (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved December 15, 2015. 
  28. ^ "These Upcoming Kevin Spacey Projects May Be in Trouble Now". The Cheat Sheet. 2017-12-01. Retrieved 2018-03-09. 
  29. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (January 15, 2016). "Scream Queens: Who Is Coming Back For Season 2?". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 20, 2016. 
  30. ^ Strause, Jackie (August 3, 2017). "American Horror Story: Deciphering All the Cult Clues". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 3, 2017. 
  31. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (April 6, 2017). "Billie Lourd To Star In American Horror Story Season 7 On FX". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 6, 2017. 
  32. ^ Strause, Jackie (November 7, 2017). "How AHS: Cult Re-created the Manson Family Murders". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 12, 2017. 
  33. ^ Bentley, Jean (May 18, 2018). "Billie Lourd To Return To American Horror Story For Season 8, Joins Booksmart Movie". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 18, 2018. 
  34. ^ Webb Mitovich, Matt (August 4, 2018). "American Horror Story: Apocalypse Characters Include Billie Dean, a Bitchier Madison... and the Harmons?". TVLine. Retrieved August 4, 2018. 

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