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- December 14, 2009
- Vol. 72
- No. 24
My Life in Pictures Carrie Fisher
She Survived Princess Leia's Buns and a Galactic Hollywood Burnout. Now the Bestselling Writer Looks Back (and Laughs)
Having struggled with alcoholism and bipolar disorder, today "I feel really good," says Fisher (here, the year The Empire Strikes Back hit theaters). "I've gotten to a place where I am fearless."
"Humor is a survival technique," says Fisher (on Broadway in her one-woman show Wishful Drinking).
A FAMOUSLY FRACTURED FAMILY
Born to Singin' in the Rain's Debbie Reynolds and crooner Eddie Fisher, Carrie (with her mother and brother Todd) says her upbringing "wasn't conventional." Eddie (with Carrie, above) left Debbie for Elizabeth Taylor, then "basically fled the scene of the accident." Today, she says, "I talk to my dad all the time."
No, Warren Beatty—her costar in her first film, Shampoo—didn't seduce her: "I was 17 and a virgin, and Warren made sure everyone knew it."
Fisher was pals with John Belushi and briefly engaged to Dan Aykroyd (right, on the set of The Blues Brothers). "Dan proposed in my trailer," she recalls. "I was choking on a brussels sprout, and he gave me the Heimlich ... a few minutes later, he asked me to marry him." The pair broke it off when Fisher reunited with former boyfriend Paul Simon.
Fisher's iconic Return of the Jedi bikini made her a fanboy goddess to this day. Star Wars writer-director George Lucas "showed me the outfit, and I thought, 'You're kidding!'"
Married to musician Paul Simon for 11 months, Fisher sums up their union: "Good wedding, bad marriage. We had great fights."
Fisher based Postcards from the Edge (with Shirley MacLaine and Meryl Streep) on her own life. But unlike MacLaine's alcoholic mom in the movie, Fisher's mother "was responsible," she says.
Fisher's romance with agent Bryan Lourd (above, with their daughter Billie, 9, and pal Tracey Ullman and her son John) ended in '93 when he left her for a man. Still, "Bryan and I had a real relationship," Fisher says.
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