April 23, 2014

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Carrie Fisher’s ‘Wishful Drinking’ hits HBO tonight

By Greg Hernandez
HollywoodNews.com: Carrie Fisher has had one helluva life.
She’s got a movie star for a mom (Debbie Reynolds) and a famous singer for a dad (Eddie Fisher) and Elizabeth Taylor and Connie Stevens among her stepmothers.
Among her ex-husbands is singer Paul Simon and her half-sister is actress Joely Fisher.
That’s just the family stuff.
Carrie herself became a huge movie star playing Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy and went on to become an acclaimed novelist and screenwriter (‘Postcards From the Edge’).
Through it all, she has battled drug addiction and mental illness and developed a brilliant sense of humor and openness about it all.
That’s why you have got to watch her new HBO special ‘Wishful Drinking’ which premieres tonight. She is a 54-year-old poster child for the thrills and pitfalls of growing up in Hollywood.
When Carrie appeared last summer at the TV Critics Assn. Summer Press Tour, she talked about why she has been so candid about her life in this special based on her memoir of the same name:
“What I realized that when I got sober, overdosed, went to a mental hospital – all these things – it went in the paper. And my thing is: “Wait a second, if it’s going to be out there, please let my version be in it. ” Also, there is the saying, ‘You’re only as sick as your secrets. If you can claim it, it has very little power over you. I want to live on one side of the magnifying glass or the other – on the side that makes big things small or small things big. And I live on the side that makes big things small. You meet a better class of people there.”
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Eddie Fisher, singing star of the 50s and 60s, dies at 82

By Greg Hernandez
HollywoodNews.com: Eddie Fisher, the singing star of the 50s and 60s whose personal life ended up overshadowing his career, has died at the age of 82.
Fisher, the father of actresses Carrie Fisher and Joely Fisher, was married to movie star Debbie Reynolds in 1958 when he left her and their two young children (including Carrie) for the recently widowed Elizabeth Taylor. It was a scandal now referred to as the Angelina Jolie-Brad Pitt-Jennifer Aniston situation of its time.
Carrie Fisher talked to us at the TV Critics Association Summer Press Tour in July about her parents and said of Eddie: “He didn’t have as big a career as Brad [Pitt's] to destroy but it was considerable. It is very similar and I did point that out to Brad once at a party and he pretended at least to know what I was talking about. It destroyed my father but it wasn’t simply that divorce that destroyed him. It was just kind of every choice after that. … My dad, he’s not the sort of bastion of good judgment.”
Throughout the years, Carrie has made peace with her early family life and come to understand her parents relationship and their 1950s image as America’s Sweethearts: “They were crippled by that. They were never really in love. They loved being loved in a way as a couple. My mother says the went onto Yankees Stadium once and 30,000 people stood up and cheered. So literally they were a concept and born in a publicity office practically and they embraced being embraced.”
Fisher was later married to actress Connie Stevens with whom he had two daughters including actress Joely.
He was known to be an absentee father to his kids with Miss Reynolds and wrote a memoir in which he revealed unflattering things about Debbie and Miss Taylor who famously left him for Richard Burton.
But Carrie helped the two actresses get their revenge in 2001 when she wrote the movie These Old Broads in which they both appeared and shared a touching scene when they talk about the ex-husband they have in common: “Freddie Hunter.”
“My dad was never really in my life,” she added. “I saw him more on TV than in the planet. But I have a great relationship with him today.”
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Carrie Fisher talks about her upcoming special ‘Wishful Drinking’

By Greg Hernandez
HollywoodNews.com: Carrie Fisher delighted us on the final day of the TV Critics Association Summer Press Tour on Saturday where she came to talk up the upcoming HBO special “Wishful Drinking.”
It’s a documentary of her successful stage show that has wowed audiences from coast-to-coast, most recently on Broadway. Wishful includes elements from a June 25 performance of the show at the South Orange Performing Arts Center in South Orange, N.J. The HBO show also will feature archival footage and interviews with friends and family.
And what a family: Mother: Debbie Reynolds. Father: Eddie Fisher. Former stepmothers: Elizabeth Taylor and Connie Stevens. Half-sister: Joely Fisher. Ex-husband #1: Paul Simon.
Carrie’s singer father famously left her movie star mother, the star of Singing in the Rain, Tammy the Bachelor and many other films, for Miss Taylor in the late 50s. It was a situation that Carrie likens to Brad Pitt leaving Jennifer Aniston for Angelina Jolie.
Her mother long ago learned to have a sense of humor about it: It is 52 years ago. She has a joke about it which is, ‘The last time I saw him, he went out to cigarettes and hasn’t come back since. I said, ‘Where did you go? down the Nile?” It’s not like she’s oblivious to the humor in the situation.”
Debbie, known to younger audiences as Grace Adler’s mother on “Will & Grace” and Albert Brooks’ mom in Mother, has remained America’s Sweetheart and starred in such classics as “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” and “How the West Was Won” and “Divorce American Style.”
But Eddie did not fair so well: “He didn’t have as big a career as Brad [Pitt's] to destroy but it was considerable. It is very similar and I did point that out to Brad once at a party and he pretended at least to know what I was talking about. It destroyed my father but it wasn’t simply that divorce that destroyed him. It was just kind of every choice after that. … My dad, he’s not the sort of bastion of good judgment.”
Throughout the years, Carrie has made peace with her early family life and come to understand her parents relationship and their 1950s image as America’s Sweethearts: “They were crippled by that. They were never really in love. They loved being loved in a way as a couple. My mother says the went onto Yankees Stadium once and [...]

Carrie Fisher Opens Up About Drugs, Sobriety, Insanity And Death

By Fred Topel
HollywoodNews.com: Carrie Fisher put all the drama of her drug addiction, her parents’ love triangles and the Star Wars phenomenon in a one woman show based on her book Wishful Drinking. Now HBO is filming it and Fisher entertained the Television Critics Association with more tales of debauchery and tragedy. With all the scandal behind her, she can finally laugh about it.
“Maybe some of it was with 12 step,” Fisher said. “Gradually what I realized was when I got sober, overdosed, went to a mental hospital, all these things, it went in the paper. ‘Guy dead in my bed.’ My thing was wait a second, if it’s going to be out there, please let my version be in it. So it was sort of a bit like that. Also there’s the saying, ‘You’re only as sick as your secrets.’ I’m sure most of you have that T-shirt. If you can claim it, it has very little power over you.”
When Eddie Fisher left Carrie’s mom Debbie Reynolds for Elizabeth Taylor, it was that day’s Brangelina. Although, it ultimately ruined Fisher’s career and Brad Pitt still seems to get work.
“He didn’t have as big a career as Brad’s to destroy, though it was considerable,” Fisher said. “No, it is very similar and I did point that out to Brad once at a party. He pretended at least to know what I was talking about. Yes, it destroyed my father. It wasn’t simply divorce that destroyed him. It was kind of every choice after that. It was drugs, it was Connie Stevens, it was the Playmate of the Year, it was marrying Ms. Louisiana. My dad is not the bastion of good judgment but he’s really fun.”
Elizabeth Taylor has crossed paths with the Fisher daughter since, and she’s even signed off on mentions of her in Carrie’s show. “I actually gave her an award and thanked her for getting Eddie Fisher out of our house,” Fisher joked. “I mean she’s fine with it. Her grandchildren are friends of mine and my daughter’s. I like Elizabeth. I’ve spent a lot of time with her. She did ‘These Old Broads’ for me and we have an interesting history.”
Fisher consulted all of the celebrities she would mention in her act and respected any sensitivity they had on the subjects. “It wasn’t that they didn’t want to be mentioned. It would be, ‘Don’t say this [...]