A Hilarious Hollywood Memoir -“Wishful Drinking” by Carrie Fisher
She’s also been immortalized as a PEZ dispenser.
Beat that, Paris Hilton.
Frankly, Ms. Fisher sounds like a blast.
She has to be in order to maintain a sense of humor about a life that’s as much of a roller-coaster as she details in her memoir, “Wishful Drinking.”
From waking up with a dead gay republican in her bed, to electroshock therapy, to her marriage to Paul Simon, to all the Star Wars hoopla, Fisher explains it all to you with humor and a comforting lack of vanity. Both the messes and the triumphs of her life are covered, and nothing is held back.
Describing herself as “the product of Hollywood inbreeding,” she launches into the crazy story of her life. The daughter of Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, she grew up not realizing the difference between her life and “real life.” When her father left her mother for Elizabeth Taylor, it just got weirder. And then she was cast in “Star Wars.” The weirdness never really ended.
(The parts where she speaks of her mother ring incredibly touching and true. She writes of the unstoppable Ms. Reynolds with nothing but love and affection, though it’s easy to see it as a typical mother/daughter relationship where regardless of all the love in the world, the two strong-willed women occasionally make each other nuts.)
Fisher is bi-polar, and an addict, and honest about both of these things. She openly discusses her addictions and treatments. (She also lists, for our reference, other famous people who were bi-polar and went through electroshock therapy. (Vivien Leigh! Can you imagine?)
This woman’s candor is refreshing, and her writing is quick and well-timed.
I mean, when your life contains a story of Cary Grant calling you on the phone to give you a “Don’t do Drugs” lecture, you know you’re living in a world full of material ripe for the memoir genre.
She says it herself: “If my life wasn’t funny, it would just be true, and that’s unacceptable.”
If you read this memoir, you’ll smile and laugh, and you’ll never regret it.
(In other exciting news, Ms. Fisher will be bringing her one-woman stage version of “Wishful Drinking” to Chicago’s Bank of America Theatre from April 5, 2011 to April 17, 2011. Tickets should be going on sale soon.)