The anticipation for Star Wars: The Force Awakens is palpable with pre-sold ticket numbers said to be staggering, and the overwhelming favorable reviews will put yet another Star Wars film on the path to box office history. Carrie Fisher is no stranger to this kind of phenomenon, playing the role of Princess Leia Organa in the very first (and subsequent) Star Wars that went on to become one of the most successful films of all time. The daughter of Hollywood royalty Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, she knew what it meant to be immensely successful and be in the spotlight. However, that success wasn’t strong enough to prevent her from getting involved in drug use. Not only that, she was (and still is) also struggling with bipolar disorder.
Fisher has never shied away from her problems with drugs and mental illness. In fact, she’s always publicly spoken about her struggle with bipolar disorder and her dependence on prescription medication. She did so most notably on the talk show circuit and in her 2008 memoir “Wishful Thinking”. She revealed that if she had known her role of Princess Leia would have catapulted her into the same fame her parents had, she would have turned it down, which would have made her less susceptible to drugs. Another revelation that would shock anybody was her admitting to doing cocaine on the set of The Empire Strikes Back. It was so bad that John Belushi, the comedic actor known for his drug use (and eventually died as a result), warned her about her excessive drug use. “Slowly I realized I was doing a bit more drugs than other people and losing my choice in the matter.”
Fisher has been putting her experiences in writing, specifically her aforementioned memoir and her bestselling novel “Postcards from the Edge”, which was turned into a movie starring Meryl Streep and Shirley MacLaine. For her bipolar disorder, she does electroconvulsive therapy treatment which she says, “blow apart the cement” in her brain.
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