Emotions pour out at 'Wishful Drinking' reception


The premiere of Carrie Fisher’s “Wishful Drinking” at the Pickford Center Dec. 7 brought joy, tears and the alcohol required to eradicate either.

HBO’s Sheila Nevins called the show “a documentary about surviving mental illness — it’s just a funny presentation.”

In the show, Fisher discusses her mother, Debbie Reynolds, and Reynolds was the proud parent of the evening, though she admitted she has her own secrets to reveal. “She’s lucky I’m not doing a play,” Reynolds joked. “Mother talks back.”

Fisher said she never expected to perform such a show. “But there were articles like, ‘Carrie Fisher’s Tragic Life.’ If it’s going to be out there, I’m going to have my version.” And she added, “My mother didn’t like me doing drugs, but it was much worse that I never did a nightclub act. I’ve finally become my mother.”

At the cocktail reception that followed, bottles of fake pills decorated tables and thesps Beverly D’Angelo and Jane Fonda congratulated Fisher. And of course, the star couldn’t escape without a “Star Wars” question or two. When one reporter asked how she felt about the films being re-released in 3D, Fisher quipped: “I didn’t know what was wrong in my life, but that’s what it was. I wasn’t in 3D.”

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