12:08 AM EDT 04/14/2013
Originally posted 03/15/2013 11:15AM
On Feb. 11, two days before Carrie Fisher boarded ship as a headliner for a gay cruise in the Caribbean, she had a nightmare: An armed militia lay in wait on the boat, and in the dream she warned her assistant, "You don't have to go, but I do!"
Despite that premonition, they set sail from Aruba, Fisher's bulldog Gary in tow. "It was whatever pathetic thing I picked up from my mother [Debbie Reynolds]," says Fisher. "You know, the show must go on."
Unfortunately, it did. By the time Fisher took the stage, the 56-year-old bestselling author, screenwriter and Star Wars actress was in the throes of a bipolar episode. Shocked audience members watched as she rambled, slurred words and mumbled lyrics. Her dog relieved himself onstage as some people fled.
Originally posted 02/28/2013 08:40AM
Carrie Fisher was briefly hospitalized last week for her bipolar disorder after a bizarre performance aboard a cruise ship, but her mother Debbie Reynolds says she'll be fine.
"She's had manic depression bipolar since she was 13. It's an illness, and she's doing much better," Reynolds told PEOPLE exclusively Wednesday night. "I'm very proud of her, and she's doing exceptionally well. She'll be just fine, just great, and continue her writing as she always does."
Fisher, 56, who has spoken openly about her mental illness, performed on the Holland American cruise liner Eurodam in the Caribbean. The actress and author gave a rambling performance, leaving many in the audience wondering what was wrong.
Originally posted 08/24/2012 12:30PM
"One day you will come to Montauk ... hope you won't turn around and go," Rufus Wainwright sings on the piano-driven ballad "Montauk" (from his latest album, Out of the Game) about his favorite seaside town.
On Thursday, friends and family flocked to the rustic beach community at the end of Long Island to see the singer marry his longtime partner Jorn Weisbrodt. And no one left early!
Wainwright, 39, and Weisbrodt, the German-born artistic director of the Luminato Festival, wore custom Viktor & Rolf Monsieur and were married by a longtime friend, the artist Justin Vivian Bond.
Originally posted 11/07/2011 02:10PM
Jenny Craig may have helped its spokesperson Carrie Fisher lose 50 lbs. over the past year, but it was the psychiatric hospital Silver Hill in New Canaan, Connecticut, that helped her get her life back together, she says.
"They really did heal me. It's the alma mater that matters," the Star Wars star, 55, told the assembled guests at Thursday's Silver Hill Hospital gala at Manhattan's Cipriani 42nd Street.
Extolling the virtues of the 80-year-old facility, where she was treated for alcohol addiction and bipolar disorder, Fisher said that during her stay "there was a president at Silver Hill, I'm not kidding. And he had really bad breath, so I used to tell people not to get down wind of the president."
Originally posted 08/24/2011 10:05AM
For Carrie Fisher, less is more.
She's lost 50 lbs. in the past nine months – and is ready for her bikini, or, in her case, her Princess Leia metal two-piece.
The self-effacing author-actress and Jenny Craig spokesperson, 54, coyly unveiled her latest self on Wednesday's Today show, accepting a hug from host Ann Curry, who proclaimed Fisher "beeeeeeeeauuuuuutiful."
"If I knew I don't want to know, because then I'd have to go get it," Fisher said when asked where was the rest of her.
Originally posted 05/11/2011 10:00AM
The Force is with Carrie Fisher.
With the help of Jenny Craig, the actress is 30 lbs. lighter these days.
"I feel much better," Fisher, 54, tells PEOPLE. "My blood pressure is down. And I can stand on the scale at the doctor's office."
The 5'1" tall Star Wars actress decided to sign up for the weight-loss program after she packed on pounds while doing her one woman play, Wishful Drinking.
Originally posted 03/23/2011 06:00PM
Elizabeth Taylor was caught up in the scandal of the late '50s when Eddie Fisher left his wife Debbie Reynolds to be with her.
But Fisher and Reynolds's daughter Carrie Fisher, who was 2 years old when her parents divorced, would come to adore and respect Taylor.
Originally posted 03/23/2011 04:20PM
Just two weeks before her death, a hospitalized Elizabeth Taylor spoke to her one-time rival Debbie Reynolds.
"I said, 'Getting old is really sh––,' " Reynolds tells Access Hollywood of her final conversation with Taylor. "And she said, 'It certainly is. It certainly is, Debbie. This is really tough.' "
"I said, 'Well, you just hang in there now, Elizabeth,' " Reynolds recalls. "And she said, 'I'm really trying."
"God bless her, she's on to a better place," Reynolds says. "I'm happy that she's out of her pain, because she was in a lot of pain."
Originally posted 01/12/2011 08:00AM
As Princess Leia, Carrie Fisher's enemies included storm troopers, Boba Fett and Jabba the Hutt. These days the biggest villain in Fisher's life is closer to home: her expanding waistline.
"I'm fat," says Fisher, 54. "All the clothes in my closet belong to another chick. They have to make a new alphabet for my bra size."
Jokes aside, as the newest spokesperson for Jenny Craig, the 5'1" (and a ½") actress and author is opening up about her humiliation over gaining weight – she was 180 lbs. at her heaviest – and her determination to slim down.
Originally posted 09/24/2010 08:00AM
Eddie Fisher, the '50s singing superstar whose crooning career was torpedoed by his involvement in perhaps the most-publicized sex scandal of the last century, died after suffering complications from recent hip surgery. He was 82.
"Late [Wednesday] evening, the world lost a true American icon," Fisher's family said in a statement. "He was an extraordinary talent and a true mensch [Yiddish for person of integrity]."
Father to Star Wars star and Postcards from the Edge author Carrie Fisher, among others, Edwin Jack Fisher died in his home in Berkeley, Calif. The family statement also read: "He was loved and will be missed by his four children: Carrie, Todd, Joely, and Tricia Leigh as well as his six grandchildren."
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