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 28)
EducationHarvard-Westlake School
Alma materNew York University
OccupationActress
Years active2015–present
Partner(s)Austen Rydell (2017–present)
Children1
Parents
Relatives

Billie Catherine Lourd[1] (born July 17, 1992)[2] is an American actress. She is known for starring as Chanel #3 in the Fox horror comedy series Scream Queens (2015–2016) and for her roles in the FX horror anthology series American Horror Story (2017–present). She also appears as Lieutenant Connix in the Star Wars sequel trilogy (2015–2019). Lourd is the only child of actress Carrie Fisher.

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.[3][4][5][6] Lourd is also the only grandchild of actress Debbie Reynolds and singer Eddie Fisher, and the niece of Todd Fisher, Joely Fisher, and Tricia Leigh Fisher, all of whom have worked in show business. She has a sister, Ava, from her father's marriage to Bruce Bozzi, whom her father legally adopted.[7] From her mother's side, she is of Russian-Jewish and Scots-Irish/English descent.[8][9][10][11][12] Her godmother is actress Meryl Streep.[13] Writer Bruce Wagner is Lourd's godfather.[14] Eddie Fisher stated in his autobiography (Been There Done That) that his granddaughter's name is Catherine Fisher Lourd and her nickname is "Billy".

In 2008 Lourd was a debutante at Le Bal des débutantes at the Hôtel de Crillon in Paris.[15][16] She was dressed by Chanel for the occasion.[17]

Lourd attended high school at Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles.[17] She graduated with a self-designed degree in "Art and Business as Religion" from New York University Gallatin School of Individualized Study, in 2014.[18]

Career[edit]

Lourd played the role of Lieutenant Connix in the 2015 Star Wars sequel film The Force Awakens.[19][20] On The Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2017, she said that she auditioned for the lead role of Rey, which ultimately went to Daisy Ridley.[21] Lourd also appeared in the second installment, Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017),[22] and the third, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019).[23] Lourd also played her mother's character for a brief flashback in the film in which her face was digitally replaced by Fisher's likeness, using imagery from Return of the Jedi.[24][25]

In February 2015, Lourd was cast in the Fox horror-comedy series Scream Queens.[26] 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.[27][28] 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.[29]

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.[30] The film was released on July 17, 2018. Its release was put off due to claims of sexual harassment committed by actor Kevin Spacey, who stars in the film.[31] In 2016, Lourd returned to Scream Queens for its second season.[32] She joined the cast of American Horror Story in the role of Winter Anderson for the series' seventh season.[33][34] She also portrayed Linda Kasabian, a former member of the Manson Family cult.[35] She returned to American Horror Story for its eighth season, Apocalypse, playing Mallory, a powerful witch.[36][37]

In 2019, Lourd played Gigi in Booksmart, a high school comedy film directed by Olivia Wilde.[38] Lourd also returned to American Horror Story for its ninth season, 1984, portraying serial killer-chased punk rocker Montana Duke.[39][40] Murphy stated that her work in 1984 impressed him so much that he decided to write Lourd her own miniseries.[41] She appeared in the ninth episode of the eleventh and final season of the NBC sitcom Will & Grace as Fiona, the granddaughter of the character that her real-life grandmother, Debbie Reynolds, portrayed during the show's original run.[42] In December 2019, Lourd appeared in a holiday-themed television commercial for Old Navy.[43][44]

On February 26, 2020, it was announced that Lourd would return to American Horror Story for its tenth season.[45]

Personal life[edit]

Lourd is engaged to actor Austen Rydell, with whom she has one child.[46][47]

Lourd named her child Kingston Fisher Lourd Rydell to pay tribute to her late mother, actress Carrie Fisher, who died in 2016 at the age of 60.[48]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2015 Star Wars: The Force Awakens Lieutenant Kaydel Ko Connix
2017 Star Wars: The Last Jedi
2018 Billionaire Boys Club Rosanna Ricci
2019 Booksmart Gigi Won—Best Supporting Actress (Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society)
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Lieutenant Kaydel Ko Connix
Young Leia Organa CGI of Carrie Fisher's likeness

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2015–2016 Scream Queens Sadie Swenson / Chanel #3 Main role
2017 American Horror Story: Cult Winter Anderson
Linda Kasabian Episode: "Charles (Manson) in Charge"
2018 American Horror Story: Apocalypse Mallory Main role
2019 American Horror Story: 1984 Montana Duke
2020 Will & Grace Fiona Adler Episode: "Bi-plane"

Producer[edit]

Year Title Notes
TBA Wildflower Film; Pre-production

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Martin, Annie (July 17, 2017). "Billie Lourd celebrates 25th birthday at rainbow-themed bash". United Press International. Retrieved July 15, 2018.
  3. ^ 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.
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