Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher is a memoir I’ve long been keen to read, due to both the book’s hilarious cover and being a Star Wars fan (I even had a Star Wars themed dress up party when I was a child). After reading Emily’s review of it at Books, The Universe and Everything last month, I decided I couldn’t put it off any longer. And a good thing too because I enjoyed Wishful Drinking so much that I read it in one sitting, chuckling all the way through.
Fisher gives a humorous account of her life; from being raised by two Hollywood celebrities (Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher), to her experiences on the set of Star Wars, struggles with addiction, tumultuous love life and experiences with bipolar. Since Singin’ in the Rain is one of my favourite movies, I really enjoyed reading Fisher’s stories about Reynolds and getting a sense of what she is really like. Also I loved how Fisher dished the dirt on various celebrities, including Chevy Chase and Elizabeth Taylor. So many stories in Wishful Drinking made me laugh, but I’ll leave them for you to discover if you read it, and instead leave you with a few of my favourite quotes:
“Anyway at a certain point in my early twenties, my mother started to become worried about my obviously ever increasing drug ingestion. So she ended up doing what any concerned parent would do. She called Cary Grant.”
“Right after I got sober (the first time), an interviewer asked me if I was happy, and I said, “Among other things.” Happy is one of the many things I’m likely to be over the course of a day and certainly over the course of a lifetime. But I think if you have the expectation that you’re going to be happy throughout your life – more to the point if you have a need to be comfortable all the time – well, among other things, you have the makings of a classic drug addict or alcoholic.”