Empire Strikes Back with Carrie Fisher (the pretty one) (Twentieth Century Fox)
"The Empire Strikes Back" and Carrie Fisher (the pretty one) (Twentieth Century Fox)

Carrie Fisher is still doing a one-woman performance on and about herself, titled Wishful Drinking (this time in Australia).  Much of the self-deprecating show has Fisher reliving her drug addicted and dry-out house carousel.

She reveals that she was coked-out of her galaxy (excuse the lame metaphor, I’m on deadline) while filming Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.

“We did cocaine on the set of ‘Empire,’ in the ice planet,” Fisher said, hawking her show down under. “I didn’t even like the coke that much, it was just a case of getting on whatever train I needed to take to get high.”

She was involved with Dan Ackroyd while making The Blues Brothers in 1979, and that meant that she was friendly with drug-troubled John Belushi as well.  “Slowly I realized I was doing a bit more drugs than other people and losing my choice in the matter.” 

Belushi OD’d from a horse speedball three years later.

Another three years and Fisher finally faced the demons after overdosing herself.

Unlike many with issues, problems, flaws who blame everyone but themselves (I tried to write for one week without using the words Lindsay Lohan), Fisher only faults herself for her circumstances.

And she did have alibis if she had wanted to use them; father Eddie Fisher abandoned his young family for Elizabeth Taylor while Liz was recuperating under the care of Carrie‘s mother, Debbie Reynolds.  “That’s it.  I’m having my DNA fumigated,” Carrie said after her father’s 1999 (second) autobiography, where he detailed his alleged sex-addict’s life, that comes off more hogs-in-season, coital-stenchy than sensuous.

“It’s always been my responsibility,” Carrie says. “if it was Hollywood then we’d all be dope addicts.”

I’ve interviewed Ms. Fisher when doped and when sober.  When toasted she’s not worth remembering.  When she was clean, I fell in love with her from across the table.

Posted by Carny Mike Cartel

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