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Oscar Wilde Awards Honoree Carrie Fisher Has Plenty in Common With Wilde

Carrie Fisher
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“Star Wars: Episode X — The Importance of Being Earnest”? This mash-up is the stuff of nerd dreams. Though Oscar Wilde and residents of the galaxy far, far away would appear to have little in common, he and Princess Leia might get along well. At least, that’s what the U.S.-Ireland Alliance posits by having Stephen Fry present an award to actress Carrie Fisher at the Alliance’s 10th annual Oscar Wilde Awards. Emcee J.J. Abrams will present to Stephen Colbert while Garrett Kelleher will do the honors for artist Colin Davidson.

Over her long career, Fisher has proved that she’s more than just her gold bikini. Her resume boasts a string of comedic turns post-“Star Wars,” including the wry Marie in “When Harry Met Sally” and April in “Hannah and Her Sisters.” Fisher demonstrated her chops through memorable guest stints on shows including “Sex and the City” and “30 Rock.”

In a career move that puts her even closer to Wilde status, Fisher has established herself as a talented author, winning the Los Angeles Pen Award for first novel with “Postcards From the Edge,” which she adapted into a screenplay for the film. Her memoir “Wishful Drinking” spawned Fisher’s one-woman show, which earned her a 2010 Tony nomination and then an Emmy nom when it aired on HBO.

Fisher spoke of her Irish heritage in a statement: “My great, great, fabulous grandfather Burt McReynolds from the county Donegal was wrongfully accused of being a horse thief, a case of mistaken identity. But rather than put his family through the rigors of a trial to clear the family name, he immigrated to America, dropped the Mc in the ocean, became Burt Reynolds, and the rest is history … and incredibly boring. Thankfully, my mother changed all that and gave our family name a kick in the pants that it might or might not deserve.”