Carrie Fisher jokes about Brangelina, gay icons & mental hospitals

Carrie Fisher has been promoting her one-woman Broadway show Wishful Drinking all over the place. I was just reading about her last night in the November Vanity Fair, and here she in the NYDN talking about her show again. It’s based on her bestselling book of the same name, and it looks like a buffet for gossips. The show is seems like a campy tell-all about Carrie’s life as the daughter of two Hollywood stars (Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds) and about her life as a movie star, writer, addict, wife, mother and girl-about-town. Carrie’s had a pretty cool, interesting life – she was Princess Leia, she married and divorced Paul Simon, and she had a daughter with a gay man (agent Bryan Lourd). Inevitably, though, the conversation comes back to her parents and what happened when they divorced.

For those unfamiliar with the original Hollywood Bermuda Triangle, it involved Carrie’s parents and a dame by the name of Elizabeth Taylor. After Taylor’s husband Mike Todd died tragically in a plane crash, Todd’s best friend Eddie Fisher began consoling Elizabeth. Soon, Eddie and Debbie’s marriage was in shambles, and Eddie left Debbie for Elizabeth. Within a few years, though, Elizabeth left Eddie for Richard Burton, so it’s all good. Though Debbie and Elizabeth’s friendship imploded at the time, they later reconnected and became friendly again. Debbie even went on record with the idea that Aniston and Jolie could be friends one day, bless her heart. Carrie relates the original Bermuda Triangle to the current one (Brangelina-Jennifer Aniston) in her show:

Carrie Fisher airs some serious dirty laundry in her new one-woman show, “Wishful Drinking” – and it isn’t just her own.

The artist formerly known as Princess Leia even sifts through Brad Pitt’s hamper, suggesting that his public love triangle with Jennifer Aniston and Angelina Jolie is the modern-day equivalent of her dad, Eddie Fisher, leaving mom Debbie Reynolds for raven-haired temptress Elizabeth Taylor.

But Fisher was careful not to talk trash behind Pitt’s muscled back – she ran the barb by him first. “This is exactly what your situation is like!” she told the hunky actor, who gave his okay to the line. Aniston, who caught the show in previews, didn’t seem to mind, either. “She’s a very nice girl. I didn’t speak to her, but I heard that she liked it,” Fisher told us. “At least, I hope she liked it.”

And although Fisher escaped the ire of Hollywood’s former power couple, other celebs may not take her sideswipes with such good humor. Fisher even gets in a dig at her own mother, although that’s fairly normal, given their notoriously tumultuous relationship.

“My mother is a movie star,” she said onstage. “She’s like an icon. A gay icon, but you take your iconic statuary where you can get it. It’s like being a pseudointellectual is better than not being an intellectual at all.”

Fisher also slams George W. Bush, claiming she would rather have spent more time in a mental hospital for alcoholism than hang with the former Prez. “It’s sort of like the last time I was invited to Bush’s White House, only I met a better class of people in the mental hospital,” she deadpanned.

Despite the barbs, the actress insists she didn’t write the play to offend and was more than happy to remove anything potentially harmful. The proof: She axed anecdotes about ex-husband Paul Simon and “Shampoo” co-star Warren Beatty at their requests. “Anything that had to do with anyone else, I made sure that I went to them and cleared it with them,” she said.

But for a 90-minute autobiographical show, you must take jabs at yourself, and Fisher does. She calls herself a dead ringer for Elton John and says she turned her second husband, Bryan Lourd, gay. She adds, “Yes, I’m a bitch.”

Clearly her friends don’t agree: Jane Fonda, Salman Rushdie, Harvey Keitel and Patti LuPone all turned up to fete their verbose pal at Amalia in midtown after Sunday’s show.

[From the NY Daily News]

Eh, I like Carried because she doesn’t seem to give a f-ck, so I’m a little disappointed that she went out of her way to get people’s permission. Other than that, it sounds like a good show. I kind of like this movement of Hollywood women spending their 50s and 60s writing tell-all books or funny essays. The only thing I’ve ever read of Carrie’s was Postcards From the Edge, but I read a lot of Nora Ephron’s writing, and it sounds similar. Oh, and I’d love to know the dirt on Paul Simon!

Carrie Fisher is shown on 9/3/09. Credit:

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  1. Hieronymus Grex says:

    still so feisty, I love her.

  2. love life says:

    To a few faithful jenhens they’ll always link Brad and Angelina to Jen. If they give up the triangle Jen will no longer exist. There are women out there with children and had been married for ten years and have moved on faster than Jennifer. She holds the pity party card to stay relivent.

  3. Diane says:

    Wishful Drinking is amusing, reads more like a stand-up act.

    Postcards From the Edge was by far my fav, not only the mother/daughter relationship but the LA influence.

  4. Tess says:

    Here’s something new and different.

    A graceless swipe at George Bush.

    That hasn’t been done before.

  5. GatsbyGal says:

    I wanna be Carrie Fisher when I grow up. <3

  6. cassie says:

    Debbie and Liz was friends before the affair, while Jen and AJ had only met once no comparison

  7. Praise St. Angie! says:

    I don’t think many people would take swipes at W if he weren’t so deserving of them.

    I like Carrie Fisher, too. she seems to have a very good sense of humor about herself, which always wins points with me.

  8. DD says:

    oh my god! This was princess leia. I just learned something new today. Thanks Kaiser.

  9. Leticia says:

    Tess, I was thinking the same thing.

  10. Catherine says:

    Another celebrity’s mindless opinions. Can’t wait to read! *sarcasm*

  11. Charity is Chic says:

    Love Life, you seem kind of bitter about the whole thing. When are you going to get a clue that this bermuda triangle is a money-maker for all three of them.

    And all three of them have figured out ways to keep it in the spotlight. Pitt would have never given his blessing if that weren’t the case. Pitt, Jolie and Aniston are the gift that keeps on giving for media outlets and fans alike. And that includes you, you bitter old hen.

  12. blaugrau says:

    Why the criticism? “Another celebrity’s mindless opinions” It’s a memoir written with wit and humor, it sounds much more interesting than “transformers” script. I’m glad she wrote it, and the fact that she asked her friends and ex-friends about exposing their private experiences is a classy act.

  13. jewel says:

    I saw this show in Seattle in April when she premiered it, and must have been working out the kinks, because she did talk about Paul Simon, and how he referenced her in some of his songs. It was really good, and very interesting to hear about the happenings of a hollywood family. She is/was messed up for sure. Very couragous of her to share the painful parts of her life, and she did so with humor.

  14. boreduh says:

    You had to work hard to make this story about Jennifer Aniston, LoveLife. GET OVER IT.

  15. Annie UhOh says:

    I can kind of see why you’d be disappointed that she cleared her jokes with the actual people, but I think it’s awesome! It shows a respect for other people’s privacy, something that wasn’t always afforded to her or her family by the public in the past.

  16. viper says:

    I adore this old woman, she’s finally at that bullet-proof stage women get to eventually once their lucky enough to live so long. Regardless of her POV’s ( love the bush comment ) I find it refreshing to see her hasn’t lost that spark in her. I’m just so sorry she had to go through so much agony when she was our age. I hope to see more of her for sure. I am worried about her health though, it’s never a good thing to be that overweight at such an age. But like I said bullet-proof.

  17. hello! says:

    @Charity insulting someone over a celeb? Seriously? I agree with your point, though. It’s funny that both Brad + Jen don’t care about someone making fun of them like that. I think both Brad/Jen are feeling the heat from the young crop of hot actors in H-wood. They are just happy someone is talking about them. Bad or good–they’ll take it.

  18. Kevin says:

    She’s still not over her break-up with Jaba the Hutt.

  19. Icecat says:

    Viper, you are an idiot. Who knew 53 was old? I cannot believe you claim to be in “Med School”. I just hope to heck that I NEVER EVER have to be taken care of in a hospital by you.

    PS. I think she looks GREAT!!

  20. UrbanRube says:

    Saw this show here in L.A. and thought it was great. It was like having a drink and hearing great stories from your Hollywood insider friend–the best of the best stories. She talks about an affair she had during filming of the first Star Wars movie and doesn’t name names, but is very clever about making sure you know it was Harrison Ford (who was married at the time). She’s such a clever writer that she’s often used as a script doctor to punch up scripts that need a little life.

  21. viper says:

    @ icecat I choose to be as silly, idiotic and as asinine as possible on here. It has nothing to do with my perfomance as a medical student. I just love being an asshole on the net.

    *sings* old woman old woman wont you do my washing. old woman old woman wont you do my ironing!

  22. Icecat says:

    HaHaHa…You are so clever.

    I CHOOSE to believe (in reading your comments here) that you ARE and IDIOT in real life.

    Things that really arn’t worth my time..

  23. the original kate says:

    meh. i just don’t find her very amusing, whether she’s on the screen or on the page. glad she has cleaned up, though.

  24. brian lawson says:

    you will always be a princess to me.

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