Photo by G.
Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher at Studio 54 in NYC.
Happy birthday to Carrie Fisher. Of course she played Princess Leia in some of my favorite movies of all time – the Star Wars trilogy. She has also lead a very interesting life as her parents are actors Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds. She chronicled her life in the book, which later became a one woman show, Wishful Drinking, on Broadway – and at Studio 54, no less! The show was hilarious as she recounts the above mentioned facts as well as her marriage to recent birthday boy Paul Simon.
Also born today: the queen of Salsa – Celia Cruz and jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie.
All photos taken with G’s hand.
Not the greatest angle for G and Carrie Fisher!
Here’s a sentence I am elated to say: I met and took my picture with Princess Leia at Studio 54!
Carrie Fisher is performing a 1-woman show called “Wishful Drinking” at the Roundabout Theater in the legendary Studio 54. The show is based on her hilarious book of the same title and both will have you on the ground laughing from start to finish. She tells how she became an alcoholic and drug addict by telling hilarious stories from growing up with Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher as her parents to getting cast in Star Wars, playing Princess Leia, the success of the film, how the experience of seeing her likeness as a pez dispenser, blow up doll etc. can really mess with your head, to marrying Paul Simon. You cannot even begin to imagine how many insane things this woman has seen and done in her brief 52 year life. She was also married to a homosexual (and had a kid with him) and a person (also gay) died in her bed recently. She’s publicly spoken out about being Bipolar and her picture is even in textbooks about the disorder. Wow! You can read more about the show and get tickets here.
As a life long fan of the Star Wars movies, it was incredible to see her open up on some insider stories about the films (like the fact that George Lucas didn’t allow her to wear a bra because he said “they don’t have bras in space. If they did, it would choke the women to death because there’s no gravity”) and even recited her infamous scene from Star Wars where she delivers a message via videogram inside R2 to Obi Wan Kenobi about why R2D2 and C3p0 need to be delivered safely to Alderan!
I recommend this show if you are interested in any of the above things because she talks about all of them in length. The show runs until January, 2010, so get your tickets before it’s too late!
See a couple more pix after the jump.
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