Carrie Fisher is fat but "not like Jabba the Hutt"
By Daniel Trotta
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Carrie Fisher has become so adept at turning her life's tragedies into humor it is a little surprising to discover she is hurt by tabloid gossip.
The big screen's Princess Leia from "Star Wars" is now a spokeswoman for the weight-loss company Jenny Craig, turning dieting into her latest public humiliation at age 54. TV ads began appearing this week.
Through her writing, interviews and one-woman stage show "Wishful Drinking," she has previously laid bare addictions to drugs and alcohol, her stormy romances with other show business giants and growing up as the daughter of movie star Debbie Reynolds and the crooner Eddie Fisher, who died last year.
The humor with which she confronts her foibles does not come easy when others poke fun.
"'Carrie Fisher's tragic life.' That was one that hurt," she told Reuters in an interview, quoting a headline. "'Hey, how about Carrie Fisher? She used to be so hot. Now she looks like Elton John.' That hurt.
"Instead of saying I looked like Elton John, say I looked like Bernie Taupin," she said, referring to the singer's thinner musical collaborator. "I do not look like Jabba the Hutt."
The secret, she said, was time, that healer of emotional wounds that has enabled her to talk, for example, about the death of her gay friend Republican political operative R. Gregory Stevens, who died in her bed in 2005.
"I have a sense of humor about everything. I woke up with somebody who was dead. I've learned to have a sense of humor, but it doesn't come immediately. It comes in the long run, with perspective," Fisher said. Continued...