Carrie Fisher, Wishful Drinking

Carrie Fisher, Wishful Drinking

What began as a one-woman show became the source material for a memoir from a star of one of the biggest films of all time. Carrie Fisher fictionalized her life in previous books but Wishful Drinking marks the first time that she’s been both honest and funny in print about the tragic realities of her […]


What began as a one-woman show became the source material for a memoir from a star of one of the biggest films of all time. Carrie Fisher fictionalized her life in previous books but Wishful Drinking marks the first time that she’s been both honest and funny in print about the tragic realities of her post-Star Wars life. At one point, Fisher actually lays out her Hollywood family tree, including all the marriages and remarriages, just to make sure her daughter’s date isn’t a relative.

That being said, Wishful Drinking is essentially the print version of her one-woman stage play. While it’s not to say that’s a bad thing, anyone who went to the play will be in the land of déjà vu rather quickly. It is also an exceptionally short book and a very quick read, which is disappointing if one is looking for more insight into an interesting life.

Ultimately, Fisher’s writing is sharp, witty and funny – everything you would expect from the author of Postcards from the Edge. The anecdotes are pithy and the ride she takes us on enjoyable. Accompanied by some excellent photos, Wishful Drinking gives a glimpse into the life of a Hollywood legend and her iconic family.