Tuesday, September 13, 2011

My Latest Review for PopMatters: Wishful Drinking

“If my life wasn’t funny, it would just be true…
and that is completely unacceptable.” ~Carrie Fisher

My latest review for PopMatters is Carrie Fisher’s one-woman show, Wishful Drinking, which is based on her 2008 memoir.  

My full review is here: http://tinyurl.com/3moew66

Fisher honestly shares her experience living in a famous family during Hollywood’s heyday and gives her perspective of one of its biggest scandals:

Elizabeth Taylor, Eddie Fisher, 
& Debbie Reynolds
“Fisher begins with an insider’s view of a major Hollywood scandal: her parents’ 1959 divorce, when her singer father (Eddie Fisher) abruptly dropped her actress mother (Debbie Reynolds) for the legendary Elizabeth Taylor. To enlighten those who might be unfamiliar with the magnitude of this event, Fisher rightly compares Eddie Fisher to Brad Pitt, Reynolds to Jennifer Aniston, and Taylor to Angelina Jolie. It was that big. To make things worse, Reynolds and Fisher had been pals with Taylor and her husband, movie producer Mike Todd. “

"Hollywood Inbreeding 101"
Wishful Drinking is clever, funny, and inspirational. I especially enjoyed Fisher’s hilarious lesson about “Hollywood Inbreeding 101.”

There is so much more to Wishful Drinking, including Fisher’s experiences with substance abuse, bipolar disorder, failed relationships, and the wisdom and strength she has found along the way.  It’s definitely worth checking out!

(If you're interested in reading Fisher's memoir, you can buy it here: http://tinyurl.com/3frlg8h)