Sunday, December 14, 2008

Carrie Fisher: I wish I’d turned down ‘Star Wars’

NVDL: For my part I'm glad she didn't.
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Most of those skeletons appear in her fifth book, “Wishful Drinking,” which is based on her one-woman stage show of the same name. On Wednesday, she came early to the TODAY show and stayed late, regaling both Matt Lauer and Al Roker with stories from a life as chaotic as any Hollywood has ever produced — on-screen or off.

Among her revelations: If she’d known “Star Wars” was going to be such a giga-hit, she never would have signed on for the role of Princess Leia; she’s a bipolar-disorder sufferer who found relief in electroconvulsive therapy; and when she started doing LSD and other drugs, her parents got Cary Grant to counsel her to stop.

A fan wears a Star Wars costume during the opening day of Star Wars Celebration IV in Los Angeles
She had one marriage, to singer Paul Simon. After they divorced, she had a relationship with agent Brian Lourd, by whom she had a daughter in 1992. But then Lourd left her — not for another woman, but for another man.
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