Carrie Fisher

Carrie Fisher previously created and appeared in Wishful Drinking (2008) at the Huntington. She has been a compelling force in the film industry since her feature film debut opposite Warren Beatty in the 1975 hit Shampoo. The daughter of Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, she became a cultural icon when she played Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy. Her star-studded career includes roles in countless films such as Austin Powers, The Blues Brothers, The Burbs, Charlie's Angels, Garbo Talks, Hannah and her Sisters, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, The Man with One Red Shoe, Scream 3, This is My Life, When Harry Met Sally, The Women, and Wonderland. Her next films, Fanboys and White Lightnin' will be released this year. In 1987, Ms. Fisher's book, Postcards from the Edge, leapt onto The New York Times' bestseller list and netted her the LosAngeles PEN Award for Best First Novel. Three more bestsellers followed: Delusions of Grandma, Surrender the Pink, and The Best Awful. Ms. Fisher turned Postcards into a screenplay for the hit film starring Shirley MacLaine and Meryl Streep, and is currently adapting The Best Awful for HBO with producers Bruce Cohen and Dan Jinks. Her writing has also appeared in Details, Harper's Bazaar, The New York Times, Travel & Leisure, Vogue, and many other major publications. Ms. Fisher hosted her own show on the Oxygen network,"Conversations from the Edge." Her television credits range all the way from"Laverne and Shirley" to "Sex in the City," with recent appearances on popular programs such as "30 Rock" (Emmy Award nomination) and "Weeds." Her experiences with addiction and bipolar disorder — and her willingness to speak honestly about them — have made her a sought-after speaker and respected advocate for these communities.

(As of October 2008)

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