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Carrie Fisher's most savage swipes at her parents and being a celebrity child


Carrie Fisher was not only a world renowned actress, she was also the daughter of global stars.

She was brought up in a world where her mother, Debbie Reynolds, was a Hollywood star whose career was on the wane, much like her father Eddie Fisher.

Her childhood was one that has brought mixed emotions in the past as Carrie mused on whether it was a happy or sad experience.

She has put on record some quite savage swipes at her parents, especially how their declining careers affected her growing up.

It has been four years since Carrie died of a sudden cardiac arrest on December 27, 2016, at age 60, four days after experiencing a medical emergency during a transatlantic flight from London to Los Angeles.



Debbie Reynolds with daughter Carrie Fisher

Here are some of her most catty comments:

Speaking to The Telegraph in 2014, Carrie said: “I discovered fairly early on that it was not like what other people’s situation was.

“My family was who I was looking at, and I was trying to protect myself if I could.

“There should be a term for what celebrity children go through, which is narcissistic deprivation.

“The family is organised around the parents or parent and not around the children. The children are what’s swept aside by the paparazzi, literally.

“I could never really be with my mother in public because she belongs to the public, and as a kid I resented it.”



Carrie Fisher made her name with Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford in Star Wars from 1977

Writing in her 2011 book, Shockaholic, Carrie revealed: “I never wanted to be an actress, let alone a celebrity. I had grown up watching the bright glow of my parents’ stardom slowly dim, cool, and fade.”

In a CBC interview, in 2016, Carrie remarked: “Because I grew up in a public family, I never really had a private life.

“And so if those issues are going to be public, I would rather them to be public the way I’ve experienced them rather than someone else assuming things about me.

“It’s freeing to do it. Shame is not something I aspire to.”

On dealing with her parents’ fame at an early age, Carrie said: “When I was about two or three, someone said to me, ‘What’s it like to have a movie star as a mother?’ and I raced home to find out what that meant for me.”

Back in her Shockaholic book, the Star Wars actress wrote: “My parents, Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, weren’t really people in the traditional sense.

“I think this was partly because they were stars before their characters had a chance to form.”



Carrie Fisher has been scathing about her upbringing

When presenting the SAG Life Achievement Award to her mother Debbie Reynolds in 2015, Carrie remarked: “She has been more than a mother to me. Not much, but definitely more.

“She’s been an unsolicited stylist, interior decorator and marriage counselor … Admittedly, I found it difficult to share my mother with her adoring fans, who thought of her as part of their family.”

Speaking about her childhood to Oprah Winfrey, Carrie said: “The family is normally organised with the parents raising the child, but the scary thing about it is watching celebrity fade.

“You’re part of their audience. Celebrity is just obscurity biding its time. Eventually, all fame will disappear. I watched that happen.

“I never wanted to go into show business, because I watched that heartbreak.”

Carrie desribed her father Eddie Fisher in her Shockaholic book, she wrote: “I loved my father. The man was beyond fun to hang out with, appreciative, playful and eccentrically sweet.

“But this was also a man who — though he genuinely meant to give bona fide diamonds of only the finest color, cut, and clarity – ultimately was only able to offer cubic zirconium.”

She followed this by speaking about when her dad left her mother for Elizabeth Taylor and the subsequent divorce: “All I was aware of was that daddy met a pretty lady and left mommy, and that a short while after that, the pretty lady met someone else and left daddy, who met another pretty lady, ad infinitum. So what?”

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