Just Being Carrie Fisher Is Super-Weird

'You’re supposed to be unusual' in Hollywood: Wishful Drinking author
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 28, 2009 4:08 PM CDT
Carrie Fisher stars in "Wishful Drinking," a one-woman show that is also the title of her recent best-selling memoir, at the American Airlines Theater in New York, Sept. 15, 2009.   (Photo/Bruce Gilbert)
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(Newser) – Carrie Fisher’s shrink told her, “If you worked in a supermarket they would’ve institutionalized you at 20,” she recalls. Not so in Hollywood, where the erstwhile Princess Leia suffered through drug addiction, manic depression, and failed relationships—her own and her parents’. But electroshock therapy helped her deal with all that and turn it into a one-woman show—and it was “worth it!” she tells New York. “Totally. Fucking. Worth it!”

In that show, Wishful Drinking—opening in New York next month—Fisher waxes witty on everything from her father leaving her mother for an in-mourning Elizabeth Taylor (“He ultimately consoled her with his penis”) to Bryan Lourd leaving her for a man (“turning people gay is kind of a superpower of mine”). "In a way, Fisher is the Proust of celebrity-revelation culture," writes Amy Larocca. With Ashton Kutcher dominating Twitter and Kate and Jon (whom Fisher dubbed “Kate and Allie”) dominating People magazine, her observations seem "freshly poignant."