If you’re a ‘Star Wars’ fan and a Carrie Fisher fan, ‘The Princess Diarist’ is the book for you. The memoir will take you back in time to when Carrie was filming the movie that changed everything. Carrie doesn’t hold back in her book, revealing her deepest fears, anxieties, and that Harrison Ford affair.
Carrie Fisher was just 19 years old when she was cast in Star Wars. She had only had one major movie role before Princess Leia (Warren Beatty’s Shampoo), and she had no idea just how big Star Wars was going to be. It was just supposed to be a “cool little off-the-radar movie directed by a bearded guy from Modesto.”
Carrie is the daughter of Hollywood legends Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, but she still had the insecurities and complaints of a normal teenager. Carrie delves deep and unearths her true feelings about what it was like to be a sex symbol and the first love of millions of boys — young and old — around the globe. Carrie doesn’t shy away from the fact that she no longer looks how she looked 40 years ago: “Why did all these mean find it so easy to be in love with me then and so complex to be in love with me now?”
The most shocking and complex part of Carrie’s memoir comes straight from her diaries on the set of the movie. Carrie wasn’t just any ordinary 19-year-old. She was extremely self-aware and self-deprecating. She fell for co-star Harrison Ford and fell hard. “He looked like he could lead the charge into battle, take the hill, win the duel, be leader of the gluten-free world, all without breaking a sweat,” she writes.
She knew he was married, she knew he had kids, but love makes us do crazy things. She knew never to expect more than what she got from him during their 3-month affair, even though she wanted more (or thought she did). “We lie buried together during the night and haunt each other by day,” she notes.
Carrie struggled to get over (or at least deal with) her feelings with Harrison. The fact that she was basically the only woman on set of Star Wars helped her realized that she was the “only one who can come to my rescue.”
Like Leia, she didn’t need a man to save her at the end of the day. Even after all these years, Carrie is still as feisty and smart as she was back in the ’70s. After learning some hard lessons, which The Princess Diarist brings to light, Carrie is unequivocally herself and that’s why we love her. Stay you, Carrie. Stay you. The Princess Diarist is available to buy on Amazon now!
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