Carrie Fisher brings "Wishful Drinking" to TV

Wed Dec 8, 2010 5:14pm EST
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By Jill Jacobs

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Actress, writer and daughter of famous Hollywood parents, Carrie Fisher has often exposed her life for fans, but never quite so much as in her one-woman show, "Wishful Drinking."

The 2009 stage production makes its way to cable TV's HBO on Sunday as a full-length documentary of her life that combines archived film footage with a taping of "Wishful Drinking" in front of a live theater audience.

The "Star Wars" actress and daughter of Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds weaves a witty tapestry of her 54 years, littered with alcoholism, drug addiction and bipolar disorder, and revealing her famous family.

Reuters spoke to Fisher about the show.

Q: In "Wishful Drinking", you're on stage for nearly 90 minutes, singing and interacting with the audience. Was there any special preparation for such a demanding role?

A: "Clean living, pretty much. It's fun and there's an immediacy to it because every night the audience is different so that changes the show and makes it much more fun for me and I think for the audience too."

Q: How much of the show is improvised?

A: "Part of the way that it can look extemporaneous is if I'm actually talking directly to someone in the audience. Otherwise I'm performing to the abstract 'you' and that wouldn't keep it alive as much."   Continued...