Carrie Fisher

Celebrity memoirist, Star Wars doll model

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In your book you recall being at a comic-book convention and finding a Princess Leia doll that was anatomically correct on the bottom. Did you buy it?
I called George [Lucas] from the comic-book show and said, “Owning my likeness is one thing, but you’ve gone a little too far!” George bought one for me—or had one made—where the top comes off, too, so it’s tits and ass. Isn’t that nice of him? At least it’s not made from my body now.

So are Star Wars–obsessed adults troubling or inspirational?
I think it’s a modern-day fairy tale. I understand people’s preoccupation with it or enjoyment of it. It’s just every so often, you know…

George Lucas said you couldn't wear a bra in Star Wars because there was "no underwear in space." And you told him you loved the Leia hair. Was there anything you refused to do?
I'm someone who's afraid of disappointing people, so I'm going to pretty much going to say yes to everything.

In retrospect, would you have said no to something?
The hair! No, actually, the Princess Leia hair is funny. It gets a lot of attention. It's unique. No, I wouldn't have said no to that. I'm not precious about my appearance. The hair is funny—it's very distinctive, no matter what else you can say about it.

Why is there no chapter on When Harry Met Sally in this book? Is it because you got to wear underwear in that one?
Yeah, I did. I wore tons of underwear. [Laughs]. No, I didn't write about everything in my life. It's more a memoir. I couldn't write about everything. What about Blues Brother? What about Dan Ackroyd, being engaged to Danny? I have a fairly intense, active—let's say an eventful life.

In your extended family circle there's a lot of remarrying. Which of your exes would you want to go back to?
Wow. Probably Paul [Simon]. Paul for interesting. He's very, very smart. Our fights were as smart as our non-fights. I really apprenticed myself to Paul. We were really in certain ways very suited. So yeah, that's my answer.

You have a sense of humor about your parents, your mental illness— is there anything you don't have a sense of humor about?
Nope. If it relates to me, it's fair game. If it relates to someone else, it's not.

You mother had Cary Grant call you when she was worried about your drug addiction. Has anyone ever had you call someone to walk them through a rough time?
Oh, absolutely. Really there's so many things to say. And among them is "You don't have to do that anymore." You get to a place in it where's it's a job. It's not fun anymore.

You say that you turn people gay, you turn them insane and you turn them bald. After talking to you, which should look for first?
[Laughs]. All you have to do is turn someone gay once and it's prevalent. And everyone drives somebody crazy. I just have a bigger car.

Fisher will read from her memoir Wishful Drinking Wed 10 at Barnes & Noble Lincoln Center.

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