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Carrie Fisher : a life on the edge / Sheila Weller.

By: Weller, Sheila.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Sarah Crichton Books/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2019Edition: First edition.Description: 402 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9780374282233 :; 0374282234.Subject(s): Fisher, Carrie | Actors -- United States -- BiographyGenre/Form: Biographies.DDC classification: 791.4302/8092 | B Summary: Sourced by friends, colleagues, and witnesses to all stages of Fisher's life, this work is an affectionate and even-handed portrayal of a woman whose unsurpassed honesty is a reminder of how things should be.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

In her 2008 bestseller, Girls Like Us, Sheila Weller--with heart and a profound feel 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 the modern age: the actress, writer, daughter, and mother Carrie Fisher.She traces Fisher's life from her Hollywood royalty roots to her untimely and shattering death just days before Christmas 2016. Her mother was the seemingly idyllic Debbie Reynolds; her father, the famously ne'er-do-well Eddie Fisher (who runs off with Elizabeth Taylor). Weller exposes us to the demons that haunted Fisher all her life, particularly bipolar disorder and a drug addiction from which she could never quite free herself. We follow her career from her debut in Shampoo to the fame-making Star Wars; dive into her serious relationships with Paul Simon and the talent agent Bryan Lourd; witness her metamorphosis from actress to bestselling author; and watch her turn into a casual spokesperson for mental illness. Sourced by friends, colleagues, and witnesses to all stages of Fisher's life, Carrie Fisher is an affectionate and even-handed portrayal of a woman whose unsurpassed honesty is a reminder of how things should be. This is a big book about a small woman with a larger-than-life spirit and impact.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Sourced by friends, colleagues, and witnesses to all stages of Fisher's life, this work is an affectionate and even-handed portrayal of a woman whose unsurpassed honesty is a reminder of how things should be.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Introduction: Famous for Simply Being Herself (p. 3)
  • 1 Hollywood Baby (p. 15)
  • 2 A Complicated Childhood (p. 37)
  • 3 From Broadway to Beatty to Britain (p. 65)
  • 4 Princess Leia Becomes the Toast of Young New York (p. 89)
  • 5 The Fabulous Life of the Girl in the Metal Bikini (p. 129)
  • 6 "She Burned Like a Bride" (p. 157)
  • 7 A Writer Who Acts (p. 183)
  • 8 "When I Love, I Love For Miles" (p. 221)
  • 9 "I Am Mentally Ill. I Can Say That" (p. 243)
  • 10 The Warrior in the War Zone (p. 271)
  • 11 Working Through Anything (p. 307)
  • 12 A Year from Hell, A Year of Final Kindness (p. 327)
  • Notes (p. 359)
  • Acknowledgments (p. 383)
  • Index (p. 387)

Reviews provided by Syndetics

Kirkus Book Review

An intimate and effusive tribute to Carrie Fisher (1956-2016).Between traditional biography and commemorative journalism lies a place where facts meet fandom, where both casual observers and devotees alike can bear witness to an extraordinary life. Weller (The News Sorority: Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric, Christiane Amanpourand the (Ongoing, Imperfect, Complicated) Triumph of Women in TV News, 2014, etc.) could find those coordinates in her sleep. That's not to say she didn't work incredibly hard to pull together this endearing collection of stories about the late actor. The author is a seasoned veteran of panoramic storytelling; as a result, her narrative is occasionally almost as difficult to keep up with as Fisher herself. The book begins and ends with the fateful trans-Atlantic flight that signaled her impending death, but in between, readers have more than 300 pages to fall in love with the quirky, brilliant, outrageously witty woman who graced the silver screen as Princess Leia, among other roles. Weller interviewed scores of Fisher's friends, former lovers, colleagues, and family members to shape a mostly chronological, highly detailed rendering of her life. The author dives deep into her subject's childhood, films, books, marriages, friendships, and highly publicized battles with addiction and mental illness. The latter two elements provide some of the most poignant moments of the book, as readers get a revealing look at Fisher's eventual acceptance ofand fierce honesty aboutliving with drug addiction and bipolar disorder. Occasionally, the dizzying array of quotes and voluminous backstories of Fisher's friends and family get a bit taxing, and the book is brimming with gossipy tidbits. Regardless, Weller connects the dots in ways that create a vividly hued portrait. There is no monochrome here but rather an expansive look at a woman who lived large, loved deeply, and did a lot to destigmatize mental illness.Whether you were well-acquainted with Fisher or not, this book will make you miss her. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
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