When most people hear the name Carrie Fisher they think Princess Leia…and cocaine. What they don’t think is author, mental patient and daughter of famous singer Eddie Fisher and actress Debbie Reynolds. They also don’t know that her father left her mother for her mother’s close friend, Elizabeth Taylor.

It’s no wonder that Carrie was doomed for the Hollywood black hole we find so many famous actors twirling around in. The difference with Carrie, however, is she’s not afraid to talk about it. Her first book, “Wishful Drinking” was turned into a one-woman play and then an HBO documentary. Her second book, “Postcards from the Edge” is an autobiographic account of her time in a mental hospital.

Her life has been full of ups (mainly from some expensive drugs) and lots of lows –from marrying a gay guy to having a friend die of an overdose in her bed. Through all of this, Fisher has managed to maintain her humor and in a world of make-believe, her honesty.

  • “Sometimes you can only find Heaven by slowly backing away from Hell.”
  • “I feel I’m very sane about how crazy I am.”
  • “What worries me is, what if this guy is really the one for me and I just haven’t had enough therapy yet for me to be comfortable with having found him.”
  • “I prefer ‘manic-depressive’ because ‘bipolar’ sounds like I’m a bisexual walrus.”


  • “Resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die. ”
  • “If my life wasn’t funny it would just be true, and that is unacceptable.”
  • “The only thing worse than being hurt is everyone knowing that you’re hurt.”
  • “it’s important to be able to distinguish the difference between a problem and an inconvenience.”
  • “If you have a need to be comfortable all the time—well, among other things, you have the makings of a classic drug addict or alcoholic.”
  • “Youth and beauty are not accomplishments.”
  • “What doesn’t kill men makes them stronger. What doesn’t kill women makes men breakfast.”


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