Tuesday, December 27, 2016

CARRIE FISHER, A TRUE CHILD OF HOLLYWOOD, DIES AGED 60.


A cuddle with Carrie
 So sorry to hear the sad news of the death of Carrie Fisher. A true child of Hollywood, she was the daughter of Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher and grew up surrounded by the trappings of stardom.
  She was 2 when her parents separated in a much publicised divorce when Fisher left her mother for Elizabeth Taylor. Taylor was Mike Todd's widow, the best friend of Eddie Fisher. Carrie later described the incident as an "unpleasant experience."
   Fisher made her Broadway debut in 1973 at the age of 15 in the revival of "Irene," starring her mother. The success of the show meant she had to drop out of Beverly Hills High School. Fisher never ended up graduating from high school.
 In 1978, her acting career again interfered with her education. This time, it was the role of Princess Leia in Star Wars that would cement her status as cult icon and earned her legions of fans.
  The then-19-year-old actress had an affair with the then-married Harrison Ford, who was 34 at the time and played Hans Solo in the movie.
 In 1983, with the release of the Return of the Jedi and her fame at its peak, she married Paul Simon but the marriage only lasted a year.
 After the original "Star Wars" films, Fisher's acting career never again reached the same heights, though she continued to work steadily in film and television.
Aside from acting, Fisher was a gifted writer. Her first novel, "Postcards from the Edge," a semi-autobiographical satire of her drug addiction and relationships, became a bestseller in 1987. The book was made into a movie starring Meryl Streep, Shirley MacLaine and Dennis Quaid in 1990. Fisher herself adapted it into a film script. She was one of the top script doctors in Hollywood, though she stopped revising scripts in 2015.
 In her personal life, Fisher publicly dealt with drug addiction and bipolar disorder. She said she started taking drugs as way to self-medicate.
"Drugs made me feel more normal," she told Psychology Today in 2001. "They contained me."


  When we talked last year she was in good form and we cuddled and reminisced about a mutual friend, the wonderful screenwriter Charles Bennett, her next-door neighbour for many years in Coldwater Canyon.
Carrie as Princess Leia
  Charles, who died in 1995 aged 95, wrote several of Alfred Hitchock's films and was nominated for an Oscar for his screenplay for Foreign Correspondent.
   I used to visit him regularly and sit at his bar for the "cocktail hour" he observed every day at 5pm.
   When I reminded Carrie of this she nodded knowingly. "Yes," she said. "Charles used to drink a lot."
  Czrrie suffered her heart attack while flying home from London where she was promoting her latest book, "The Princess Diarist."
Carrie, who was 60, is survived by her mother; daughter Billie Lourd; brother Todd Fisher; and half-sisters Joely Fisher and Tricia Leigh Fisher.
Carrie with Gary on the red carpet
 Glad to hear that Gary, the beloved French bulldog Carrie adopted three years ago to settle her nerves has a new home with Carrie's daughter, Scream Queens actress Billie Lourd.  Gary accompanied Carrie on red carpets and sat-in for on-camera interviews, quickly becoming a fan-favorite.

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