Thursday, May 23, 2024

Carrie Fisher’s Next Book, “Shockaholic,” About Getting Shock Treatments


Carrie Fisher–one of the funniest, nicest people ever–gets a bunch of showings on HBO starting on Thursday of her brilliant one woman show, “Wishful Drinking.” Check the website for times.

At the recent premiere of “Wishful Drinking,” Leah Sydney caught up with Carrie. It wasn’t easy. The guests included mom Debbie Reynolds, and pals Jane Fonda and Richard Perry, and Beverly D’Angelo, as well as her extended family: one time step mom Connie Stevens and her kids by Carrie’s dad, Joely Fisher and Tricia Lee Fisher. Many people might not know this, but it was Carrie who fixed up Perry and Fonda in the summer of 2009. They’ve been going strong since.

The once and future Princess Leia has published many books including “Postcards from the Edge” (also a hilarious movie), and “Surrender the Pink.” Her next one, she says, is called “Shockaholic.” It’s about getting shock treatments. Seriously.

“Wishful Drinking” is a lot about Carrie’s relationship to her famous parents, Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher. Sadly, Eddie died just before the HBO movie started its run. Carrie says she and her dad had had a very good relationship for the last four years.

“I’ve always had a good relationship with him, but not a familial kind of relationship in a way. It was when I stopped expecting him to act like a regular Dad  and  I took care of him. So you have to figure out what relationship to have with who. That was the way to be with my Dad.  Dad was a very childlike man. So I took care of him.  And I loved how he loved me.  He was very dear at the end.  I liked being needed by him. I do miss my father.  He was excited about this and he would have liked to see this.”

Carrie says that her Dad “never had the skill set to survive that my Mom has. My mother knew how to make use of whatever was there. Eddie did not know  how to do it.” She remains very tight with Debbie.

“We couldn’t live next door to each other if we weren’t close-you can’t fake that.  My mom is amazing. She’s 78.  She’s a powerful, powerful being.  In a way that my father never was. Life mowed him over more.”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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