|Publisher:||Simon & Schuster|
|Publish Date:||Sep 2009|
|Number of Pages:||163|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.5|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||5.5 x 8.5 x 0.75|
Actress and writer Carrie Fisher was born in Burbank, California on October 21, 1956 to singer Eddie Fisher and actress Debbie Reynolds. She has appeared in numerous movies including Shampoo (1975), Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), When Harry Met Sally (1989), Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997), and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001). She is best-known for her portrayal of Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy.
Her first novel, Postcards from the Edge, was awarded the Los Angeles Pen Award for Best First Novel. She has also written Surrender the Pink, Delusions of Grandma, and Wishful Drinking. She wrote the screenplay for the movie Postcards from the Edge.
Mining the funny and heartbreaking parts of her tumultuous life with gusto, actress/comedian Fisher uses her throaty voice well to reveal her alcohol/drug abuse, manic depression, and failed relationships with raunchy humor, self-deprecating tartness, and zingy one-liners.
In this hilarious memoir, actress/author Fisher (www.carriefisher.com) relates the stressful events of her roller-coaster life. Describing herself as a product of "Hollywood in-breeding" (her parents are actors Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds), she goes on to discuss her childhood, her shot to stardom at 19 through her role as Princess Leia in Star Wars, her rocky romantic relationships, and her struggle with drug addiction and mental illness. Fisher's conversational, laugh-out-loud delivery combined with her no-holds-barred honesty strongly recommend this title for all.
- Phillip Oliver, Univ. of North Alabama Lib., Florence
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Finally, after four hit novels, Carrie Fisher comes clean (well, sort of ) with the crazy truth that is her life in her first-ever memoir. In Wishful Drinking, adapted from her one-woman stage show, Fisher reveals what it was really like to grow up a product of "Hollywood in-breeding", come of age on the set of a little movie called Star Wars, and become a cultural icon and bestselling action figure at the age of nineteen.
Intimate, hilarious, and sobering, Wishful Drinking is Fisher, looking at her life as she best remembers it (what do you expect after electroshock therapy?). It's an incredible tale: the child of Hollywood royalty -- Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher -- homewrecked by Elizabeth Taylor, marrying (then divorcing, then dating). Paul Simon, having her likeness merchandized on everything from Princess Leia shampoo to PEZ dispensers, learning the father of her daughter forgot to tell her he was gay, and ultimately waking up one morning and finding a friend dead beside her in bed.
Wishful Drinking, the show, has been a runaway success. Entertainment Weekly declared it "drolly hysterical" and the Los Angeles Times called it a "Beverly Hills yard sale of juicy anecdotes". This is Carrie Fisher at her best -- revealing her worst. She tells her true and outrageous story of her bizarre reality with her inimitable wit, unabashed self-deprecation, and buoyant, infectious humor.
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