By Kenneth Jones
13 Sep 2011
|Photo by Patrick Harbron/HBO|
Fisher's one-woman play about her dark and funny life and times in showbiz (as daughter of Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, for starters) became a feature-length play/documentary, filmed before an audience. It premiered on HBO Dec. 12, 2010.
Fisher, internationally known for playing Princess Leia in the first "Star Wars" trilogy, wrote and starred in this salt-kissed biographical show. (Her crooner father died between the filming and the first HBO airing.)
Wishful Drinking on DVD includes "My Alleged Mother," an "exclusive and candid interview with Fisher's mom, actress Debbie Reynolds, along with hilarious deleted scenes."
A particularly pungent section of her stage show features a flow chart of her complicated yet eclectic extended family tree. It's called "Hollywood Inbreeding 101."
The actress is also a screenwriter and bestselling author. Her novels, "Postcards from the Edge," "Surrender the Pink," "Delusions of Grandma" and "The Best Awful," were all critically acclaimed, with "Postcards from the Edge" being adapted for an Oscar-nominated film of the same name starring Meryl Streep and Shirley MacLaine. Her memoir "Wishful Drinking," taken from the stage show, was published in 2008 by Simon & Schuster, which will also publish Fisher's novel "Shockaholic" in 2011.
Fisher's one-woman stage performance of Wishful Drinking was taped for the HBO special at the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) in South Orange, NJ. The play opened in Los Angeles in 2006 and was produced on Broadway in 2009 by Roundabout Theatre Company in association with Jonathan Reinis, Jamie Cesa, Eva Price and the Berkeley Repertory Theatre.
"Wishful Drinking" producers and directors Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato have produced a variety of nonfiction programming, including 23 documentaries for HBO and Cinemax, including "Heidi Fleiss: The Would-Be Madam of Crystal," "Monica in Black and White" and "The Eyes of Tammy Faye."
An HBO Documentary Films presentation, "Wishful Drinking" is written and performed by Carrie Fisher; produced and directed by Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey; senior producer, Lisa Heller; executive producer, Sheila Nevins.