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L.A. from Every Angle
Posted April 01, 2010 to photo album "L.A. from Every Angle"
As Noah Baumbach’s Greenberg shows, there are many different L.A.s inside the city limits. Joel Bleifuss takes us on the tour of how artists imagine Los Angeles.
Slide 29: L.A. for the children of the rich and famous
Carrie Fisher (1956- ) Carrie Fisher, the daughter of Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, found fame as the Princess Leia Organa in the first three Star Wars movies and will forever remain a fixture in popular culture. In a 2006 Vanity Fair interview with Wayne George, the following exchange occurred.
George: I would be remiss if I didn’t ask how you ended up in Star Wars.
Fisher: I slept with some nerd. I hope it was George [Lucas].
George: You weren’t sure.
Fisher: No … I took too many drugs to remember.
In her semi-biographical novel Postcards from the Edge (1987), Fisher tells the story of an actress, Suzanne Vale, who after overdosing on drugs attempts to rebuild her life. Vale says, “Maybe I shouldn’t have given the guy who pumped my stomach my phone number, but who cares? My life is over anyway.”
PR copy for Fisher’s book hypes it this way: “Just as Fisher’s first film role-the precocious teenager in Shampoo echoed her own Beverly Hills upbringing, her first book is set within the world she knows better than anyone else: Hollywood.”
Fisher adapted her novel into the screenplay for the 1990 film of the same name, which was directed by Mike Nichols, and starred Meryl Streep as Suzanne Vale and Shirley MacLaine as her mother, Doris Mann.
Fisher was regularly asked if she based the fictional relationship between Suzanne and Doris on that of herself and her mother Debbie Reynolds.
Carrie Fisher told Entertainment Weekly’s Margot Dougherty, “I wrote about a mother actress and a daughter actress. I’m not shocked that people think it’s about me and my mother. It’s easier for them to think I have no imagination for language, just a tape recorder with endless batteries.”