Carrie Fisher is in town for a run of her one-woman show, "Wishful Drinking," at the Hippodrome, and fans will have a couple of chances to chat with her, courtesy of the Baltimore County Public Library.
Fisher was born to Hollywood stars Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, and played Princess Leia in the Star Wars movies. But her life has been filled with challenges, including depression and addiction.
Thursday, February 2nd, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., she'll discuss her books "Wishful Drinking" and "Shockaholic," at the library's Towson Branch. All of the tickets have been distributed for the event.
Thursday, February 9th, the library will sponsor a night at the Hippodrome. After the show, a Talk Back session will be held with Fisher for those who bought tickets for the BCPL Night at the Theater. Tickets are $45, with $5 of each ticket benefiting the library's foundation.
Meanwhile, here'a an excerpt from Tim Smith's article on Fisher in today's Baltimore Sun:
"I've changed it a little bit," she said. "Otherwise, I would get sick of me. And it always changes anyway because I do audience participation, like at the beginning, when I say, 'A gay man died in my bed. Any questions?'"
Even though that's old news by now — Republican Party adviser Greg Stevens died in Fisher's home seven years ago of an apparent drug overdose — the image of Fisher and the corpse still gives one pause. Then again, it also seems somehow a perfectly normal incident in the life of a woman who will never run out of great stories to tell. ...
Carrie Fisher has plenty of material to use from her own attempts at love. There was, for example, her longtime dating with, brief marriage to, divorce from, and subsequent longtime dating with Paul Simon.
Then there was her relationship with talent agent Bryan Lourd, who fathered Fisher's daughter, Billie, before leaving to live with another man.
"I turn people gay," said Fisher, 55. "That's what I do. It is an unusual superpower. I recently met a woman who said, 'I'm gay because of you.' She had developed a crush on Princess Leia. Rufus Wainwright and his boyfriend are staying with me, and I have a straight friend in the other guest room — maybe I'll turn him gay by the end of the month."
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