Wishful Drinking

Wishful Drinking—both the show and the book—chronicles my all too eventful and by necessity amusing, Leia-laden life. I tell this story, partly as a means to reclaim whatever I can of my former life. What hasn't been eaten by ...

Wishful Drinking

'Wishful Drinking is a touching and incisive account of bipolarity, addiction and motherhood.' Independent ‘No motive is pure. No one is good or bad – but a hearty mix of both. And sometimes life actually gives to you by taking away.' Carrie Fisher in Wishful Drinking In Wishful Drinking, Carrie Fisher told the true and intoxicating story of her life with inimitable wit. Born to celebrity parents, she was picked to play a princess in a little movie called Star Wars when only 19 years old. "But it isn't all sweetness and light sabres." Alas, aside from a demanding career and her role as a single mother (not to mention the hyperspace hairdo), Carrie also spends her free time battling addiction and weathering the wild ride of manic depression. It's an incredible tale: from having Elizabeth Taylor as a stepmother, to marrying (and divorcing) Paul Simon, and from having the father of her daughter leave her for a man, to ultimately waking up one morning and finding a friend dead beside her in bed. Carrie Fisher's star-studded career included roles in numerous films such as The Blues Brothers and When Harry Met Sally. She was the author of four bestselling novels, Surrender in the Pink, Delusions of Grandma, The Best Awful and Postcards from the Edge, which was made into a hit film starring Shirley MacLaine and Meryl Streep. Carrie's experience with addiction and mental illness – and her willingness to talk honestly about them – made her a sought-after speaker and respected advocate. She was truly one of the most magical people to walk among us. Further praise for Carrie Fisher:- [Shockaholic] is the finest, funniest chronicler of the maddest celebrity mores.' Sunday Times 'Fisher has a talent for lacerating insight that masquerades as carefree self-deprecation' Los Angeles Times 'She is one of the rare inhabitants of La-La Land who can actually write' New York Times

Our Blessed Rebel Queen

10 Fisher, Wishful Drinking, 112. 11 Carrie Fisher, Surrender the Pink (Studio City: Dove Books on Tape, 1990), 13. 12 Carrie Fisher, Delusions of Grandma (New York: Simon & Schuster Audio, 1994), 19. 13 Wikipedia, “Cyclothymia ...

Our Blessed Rebel Queen

Exploration of Carrie Fisher as star, author, comedian, and iconic personification of Princess Leia.

Focus On 100 Most Popular American Video Game Actresses

"Wishful Drinking". Berkeley Repertory Theatre. April 12, 2008. Retrieved March 7, 2010. ^ "Carrie Fisher Stars in Wishful Drinking at Hartford Stage" on September 18, 2009. ^ "Wishful Drinking listing" on August 11, 2009.

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Focus On 100 Most Popular American Stage Actresses

"Wishful Drinking". Berkeley Repertory Theatre. April 12, 2008. Retrieved March 7, 2010. ^ "Carrie Fisher Stars in Wishful Drinking at Hartford Stage" on September 18, 2009. ^ "Wishful Drinking listing" on August 11, 2009.

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Star Wars FAQ

Fisher achieved sobriety after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder, an ordeal that became fodder for her bracingly funny onewoman play Wishful Drinking, which debuted at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles in 2006.

Star Wars FAQ

(FAQ). From the books and movies that inspired George Lucas to imagine the Star Wars universe, to early screenplay drafts that were never filmed, to short biographies of many people who made key contributions to the movies' success, Star Wars FAQ explores every aspect of the original Star Wars trilogy ( Star Wars , The Empire Strikes Back , and Return of the Jedi ). Along the way, it unearths underreported stories and illuminating minutiae often skimmed over or completely ignored in other histories of the legendary film series. Highlights include details about the Star Wars Holiday Special debacle, the Ewok TV movies, the rise of Star Wars fiction and its importance in the revival of the franchise, and the wave of Star Wars imitators and parodies that flooded theaters and TV screens in the late 1970s and early 1980s along with dozens of rare publicity stills and photographs of vintage memorabilia. Offering an original analysis of the series' enduring appeal and cultural impact, Star Wars FAQ tells a story as thrilling and action-packed as the movies themselves, with bold characters facing apparently insurmountable odds, full of frantic chases, narrow escapes, daring victories, and tragic setbacks, culminating in an unlikely triumph that changed the course of the galaxy or at least of Hollywood.

Still I Rise

Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher – review.” The Telegraph, Dec. 11, 2008. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/bookreviews/3707859/Wishful-Drinking-by-Carrie ...

Still I Rise

“An incredible book about the strength of women . . . an important book and a read that is nothing if not timely with current politics.” —FangirlNation A #1 Bestseller in 21st Century U.S. History for Teens Still I Rise takes its title from a work by Maya Angelou and it resonates with the same spirit of an unconquerable soul, a woman who is captain of her fate. It embodies the strength of character of the inspiring women profiled. Each chapter will outline the fall and rise of great women heroes who smashed all obstacles, rather than let all obstacles smash them. The book offers hope to those undergoing their own Sisyphean struggles. Intrepid women heroes are the antithesis of the traditional damsels in distress; rather than waiting for the prince, they took salvation into their own hands. Celebrate girl power! Women leaders in history celebrated in this book include: Madame C. J. Walker—first female American millionaire Aung San Suu Kyi—Burma’s first lady of freedom Betty Shabazz—civil rights activist Nellie Sachs—Holocaust survivor and Nobel Prize recipient Selma Lagerlof—first woman Nobel Laureate Fannie Lou Hamer—American voting rights activist Bessie Coleman—first African-American female pilot Wilma Rudolph—first woman to win three gold medals Sonia Sotomayor—first Hispanic Supreme Court justice Wangari Maathai—Nobel Prize winner Winnifred Mandela—freedom fighter Lois Wilson—founder of Al-Anon Roxanne Quimby—cofounder of Burt’s Bees “Inspirational . . . If you need a little encouragement in your life during these difficult times, the lives of these women will give you hope.” —Says Me Says Mom

Carrie Fisher A Life on the Edge

... Donald Roller Wilson, Stephanie Winfrey, Oprah Wishful Drinking (book); reviews Wishful Drinking (play); at Berkeley Repertory Theatre; Broadway run; at Geffen Playhouse; as HBO special; regional runs; reviews; sequel planned for; ...

Carrie Fisher  A Life on the Edge

A remarkably candid biography of the remarkably candid—and brilliant—Carrie Fisher In her 2008 bestseller, Girls Like Us, Sheila Weller—with heart and a profound feeling for the times—gave us a surprisingly intimate portrait of three icons: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, and Carly Simon. Now she turns her focus to one of the most loved, brilliant, and iconoclastic women of our time: the actress, writer, daughter, and mother Carrie Fisher. Weller traces Fisher’s life from her Hollywood royalty roots to her untimely and shattering death after Christmas 2016. Her mother was the spunky and adorable Debbie Reynolds; her father, the heartthrob crooner Eddie Fisher. When Eddie ran off with Elizabeth Taylor, the scandal thrust little Carrie Frances into a bizarre spotlight, gifting her with an irony and an aplomb that would resonate throughout her life. We follow Fisher’s acting career, from her debut in Shampoo, the hit movie that defined mid-1970s Hollywood, to her seizing of the plum female role in Star Wars, which catapulted her to instant fame. We explore her long, complex relationship with Paul Simon and her relatively peaceful years with the talent agent Bryan Lourd. We witness her startling leap—on the heels of a near-fatal overdose—from actress to highly praised, bestselling author, the Dorothy Parker of her place and time. Weller sympathetically reveals the conditions that Fisher lived with: serious bipolar disorder and an inherited drug addiction. Still, despite crises and overdoses, her life’s work—as an actor, a novelist and memoirist, a script doctor, a hostess, and a friend—was prodigious and unique. As one of her best friends said, “I almost wish the expression ‘one of a kind’ didn’t exist, because it applies to Carrie in a deeper way than it applies to others.” Sourced by friends, colleagues, and witnesses to all stages of Fisher’s life, Carrie Fisher: A Life on the Edge is an empathic and even-handed portrayal of a woman who—as Princess Leia, but mostly as herself—was a feminist heroine, one who died at a time when we need her blazing, healing honesty more than ever.

Minding the Gap

Carrie Fisher's Wishful Drinking (2008) is unusual in this regard. Fisher, perhaps best known for her starring role as Princess Leia in the original Star Wars film trilogy, had already published four successful novels before her memoir.

Minding the Gap

"Passengers on the British railway and underground must 'mind the gap'because it's dangerous not to. In a state of embarking or disembarking, passengers must stay aware of the small but significant space separating the stationary from the moving. The contemporary practices of writing and reading are in constant motion, and the phrase 'mind the gap'captures an essential aspect of the way language and literature progress as they pass through any number of social, technical, and political exchanges. 'Minding the gap'also suggests an awareness of the always shifting distance between the expected and the unexpected, the ordinary and the impossible, the familiar and unimagined. This book includes chapters on writing non-fiction, media and genre, and also addresses elements of identity, culture and linguistics in fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction as contributors consider the gaps that exist between the self as writer, as reader and as editor or mentor. The volume adopts the following key themes: new gaps for creative writing in the academy; writing in new genres, media and forms; exploring the creative process and narrative strategies across disciplines. This book will be of international appeal to all readers interested in the changing landscape of creative writing"--EbscoHost.

Self Help That Works

Wishful Drinking (2009) by Carrie Fisher. New York: Simon & Schuster. If you like celebrity memoirs, you'll like Wishful Drinking , which is the written script of the author's one-woman show that opened on Broadway in 2009.

Self Help That Works

Previously published under title: Authoritative guide to self-help resources in mental health.

The Marriage Book

CARRIE FISHER WISHFUL DRINKING, 2008 Daughter of Debbie Reynolds, star of Star Wars, screenwriter, novelist, and recovering alcoholic, Carrie Fisher (1956–) wrote and performed Wishful Drinking as a one-woman show before publishing it ...

The Marriage Book

The definitive anthology of wisdom and wit about one of life’s most complex, intriguing, and personal subjects. When and whom do you marry? How do you keep a spouse content? Do all engaged couples get cold feet? How cold is so cold that you should pivot and flee? Where and how do children fit in? Is infidelity always wrong? In this volume, you won’t find a single answer to your questions about marriage; you will find hundreds. Spanning centuries and cultures, sources and genres, The Marriage Book offers entries from ancient history and modern politics, poetry and pamphlets, plays and songs, newspaper ads and postcards. It is an A to Z compendium, exploring topics from Adam and Eve to Anniversaries, Fidelity to Freedom, Separations to Sex. In this volume, you’ll hear from novelists, clergymen, sex experts, and presidents, with guest appearances by the likes of Liz and Dick, Ralph and Alice, Louis CK, and Neil Patrick Harris. Casanova calls marriage the tomb of love, and Stephen King calls it his greatest accomplishment. With humor, perspective, breadth, and warmth, The Marriage Book is sure to become a classic.

100 Things Star Wars Fans Should Know Do Before They Die

(George Brich) In 2006, Fisher wrote and performed an autobiographical onewoman show titled Wishful Drinking, which would later be transformed into an actual autobiographical book in 2008 and a Broadway show in 2009. In Wishful Drinking ...

100 Things Star Wars Fans Should Know   Do Before They Die

As a Star Wars fan, you've seen the movies, from A New Hope to The Last Jedi, and beyond. And of course you've probably had a faux lightsaber battle or two, pretending to be Luke Skywalker, Rey, or maybe Kylo Ren. But can you name the seven actors who have portrayed Darth Vader? Do you know how Ralph McQuarrie helped shape the world of Star Wars? Are you familiar with Deak Starkiller, Darth Plagueis, or Drew Struzan? Have you seen the infamous Star Wars Holiday Special? 100 Things Star Wars Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die is the ultimate resource for true fans of the galaxy far, far away. In this revised and updated edition, Dan Casey has collected every essential piece of Star Wars knowledge and trivia, as well as must-do activites, and ranks them all from 1 to 100, providing an entertaining and easy-to-follow checklist for viewers old and new to progress on their way to fan superstardom.

PEOPLE Carrie Fisher

STRANGER AS FICTION ONSTAGE AGAIN Fisher's one-woman show Wishful Drinking premiered in 2008 and was published in book form as well (a filmed version aired on HBO in 2010). In this scene (right) she explained the “Hollywood inbreeding” ...

PEOPLE Carrie Fisher

In a 96-page special commemorative edition packed with intimate photographs, People pays tribute to the incredible life and career of Carrie Fisher (1956-2016). Born to Hollywood royalty, she grew up to create one of film's great heroines, Star Wars's Princess Leia. With warm remembrances from co-star Mark Hamill and many other notable friends, the issue explores not only Fisher's iconic princess-from A New Hope through Star Wars: Episode XIII-but also her wide-ranging comic film roles, her celebrated wit, her writing, her important work as an advocate for mental health, and her famous family. Plus: a photographic celebration of Fisher's mother, screen legend Debbie Reynolds (1932-2016).

Shrewed

Consider this passage from her memoir Wishful Drinking, also the title of her one-woman show. She is describing her father Eddie Fisher's adulterous affair with a grieving Elizabeth Taylor, which was a front-page scandal in the 1950s: ...

Shrewed

Why are there so few women in politics? Why is public space, whether it’s the street or social media, still so inhospitable to women? What does Carrie Fisher have to do with Mary Wollstonecraft? And why is a wedding ceremony Satan’s playground? These are some of the questions that bestselling author and acclaimed journalist Elizabeth Renzetti examines in her new collection of original essays. Drawing upon her decades of reporting on feminist issues, Shrewed is a book about feminism’s crossroads. From Hillary Clinton’s failed campaign to the quest for equal pay, from the lessons we can learn from old ladies to the future of feminism in a turbulent world, Renzetti takes a pointed, witty look at how far we’ve come — and how far we have to go. If Nellie McClung and Erma Bombeck had an IVF baby, this book would be the result. If they’d lived at the same time. And in the same country. And if IVF had been invented. Well, you get the point.

Schizophrenia

... Wishful Drinking and in her 2011 memoir Shockaholic. “Some of my memories will never return. They are lost—along with the crippling feeling of defeat and hopelessness. Not a tremendous price to pay,”12 she wrote in Wishful Drinking.

Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia affects a person's ability to think clearly and distinguish between reality and imagination. Historically, those suffering with the condition were treated poorly. However, scientific discoveries regarding the chemistry and structure of the brain, as well as recent advancements in medication and therapeutic treatments for the disease, have allowed many who suffer from schizophrenia to lead rewarding and meaningful lives. The informative text, augmented by in-depth sidebars, quotes from medical experts, detailed graphs, and full-color photographs, offers readers a clearer understanding of this often misunderstood condition and provides helpful resources to aid people with schizophrenia and their loved ones.

Carrie Fisher Leia Forever

In 2008, Carrie published her autobiographical book, Wishful Drinking. An audio version of the piece earned her a Grammy Award nomination for Best Spoken Word Album. She, then, toured the country performing a play version of the work ...

Carrie Fisher  Leia Forever

Before she was Princess Leia in Star Wars, Carrie Fisher was a young girl who loved to read and write and just happened to have famous parents. She never dreamed of being an actress like her mother, Debbie Reynolds, or a singer like her father, Eddie Fisher. When she auditioned for a sci-fi film on a whim, she had no idea it would change her life and turn her into a film icon. Carrie Fisher: Leia Forever is a biography for young readers who want to know more about the woman behind Princess Leia.

A Galaxy Here and Now

Wishful Drinking. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2008. Print. _____. Wishful Drinking. HBO. 12 Dec. 2010. Television. The Force. “Star Wars Disco / Funky Hat.” Splash, 1978. 7" single. From Star Wars to Jedi: The Making of a Saga. PBS.

A Galaxy Here and Now

Star Wars begins with its famous title sequence, setting the story in the ancient past of a remote galaxy. Yet the phenomenal success of the film, the franchise, and its “expanded universe” is based upon its reflection of historical and cultural milieus here on modern-day Earth. This collection of new essays examine various ways in which George Lucas’s saga touches upon contemporary social and political issues. Topics include the impact of the film’s score on musical genres, feminism and NASA, the epic mimicry of Western-African and Bedouin cultural motifs, gender identity construction, Cold War narratives in radio and national mythology, and fan interpretations of authorship and authenticity.

Postcards From the Edge

In 2007, her one-woman show Wishful Drinking became a hit, and she subsequently published a New York Times-bestselling book based on the show and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for the audio edition.

Postcards From the Edge

** THE NEW YORK TIMES-BESTSELLING CULT CLASSIC NOVEL ** ** In a new edition introduced by Stephen Fry ** ‘I don’t think you can even call this a drug. This is just a response to the conditions we live in.’ Suzanne Vale, formerly acclaimed actress, is in rehab, feeling like ‘something on the bottom of someone’s shoe, and not even someone interesting’. Immersed in the sometimes harrowing, often hilarious goings-on of the drug hospital and wondering how she’ll cope – and find work – back on the outside, she meets new patient Alex. Ambitious, good-looking in a Heathcliffish way and in the grip of a monumental addiction, he makes Suzanne realize that, however eccentric her life might seem, there’s always someone who’s even closer to the edge of reason. Carrie Fisher’s bestselling debut novel is an uproarious commentary on Hollywood – the home of success, sex and insecurity – and has become a beloved cult classic. ‘This novel, with its energy, bounce and generous delivery of a loud laugh on almost every page, stands as a declaration of war on two fronts: on normal and on unhappy’ STEPHEN FRY ‘A single woman’s answer to Nora Ephron’s Heartburn . . . the smart successor to Joan Didion’s Play It as It Lays’ Los Angeles Times ‘A cult classic . . . A wonderfully funny, brash and biting novel’ Washington Post 'A wickedly shrewd black-humor riff on the horrors of rehab and the hollows of Hollywood life' People 'Searingly funny' Vogue

Playwriting For Dummies

Wishful Drinking, a one-person show written and performed by Carrie Fisher (of Star Wars fame), chronicling her career and various family and relationship entanglements through live performance and projected images and video.

Playwriting For Dummies

From crystallizing story ideas to marketing and financing your project, there are plenty of ins and outs that every aspiring playwright needs to know.

The Best of Star Wars Insider Volume 7 Icons of the Galaxy

The title of your memoirs is Wishful Drinking— if you were channeling Leia and penning her life story, what would it be called? What I'm going to call the next book— The Empire Strikes Wishful Drinking. If the strong-willed Padmé ...

The Best of Star Wars Insider Volume 7  Icons of the Galaxy

p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Calibri} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Calibri; min-height: 14.0px} “[The Star Wars Films] are iconic representations of what we know about the complications of our lives.” – Harrison Ford Star Wars: Icons of the Galaxy celebrates some of the most memorable elements of the saga, whether it be timeless characters such as Princess Leia, Darth Vader, and Luke Skywalker, notable scenes, or even much-loved collectibles. This collection explores iconic highlights of the saga, including interviews with Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford, a comprehensive look at the legendary Marvel comic-book adaptation, and even more extraordinary characteristics that make Star Wars so unique. The ultimate exploration of the space fantasy and its icon that changed the world! “This is the perfect gift for any Star Wars fan in your life.” – Seattle Book Review

Groundskeeping

Does she think I'm an alcoholic manic - depressive ? she said , holding up Wishful Drinking . No , I said . I'm sure the criteria were just that these are irreverent and sort of left - leaning . She frowned and studied the back of the ...

Groundskeeping

A TODAY SHOW #ReadWithJenna BOOK CLUB PICK • An indelible love story about two very different people navigating the entanglements of class and identity and coming of age in an America coming apart at the seams—this is "an extraordinary debut about the ties that bind families together and tear them apart across generations" (Ann Patchett, best-selling author of The Dutch House). In the run-up to the 2016 election, Owen Callahan, an aspiring writer, moves back to Kentucky to live with his Trump-supporting uncle and grandfather. Eager to clean up his act after wasting time and potential in his early twenties, he takes a job as a groundskeeper at a small local college, in exchange for which he is permitted to take a writing course. Here he meets Alma Hazdic, a writer in residence who seems to have everything that Owen lacks—a prestigious position, an Ivy League education, success as a writer. They begin a secret relationship, and as they grow closer, Alma—who comes from a liberal family of Bosnian immigrants—struggles to understand Owen’s fraught relationship with family and home. Exquisitely written; expertly crafted; dazzling in its precision, restraint, and depth of feeling, Groundskeeping is a novel of haunting power and grace from a prodigiously gifted young writer.