Carrie Fisher: A Life on the Edge by Sheila Weller
Farrar, Straus and Giroux: 11/12/19
eBook review copies; 416 pages
Carrie Fisher: A Life on the Edge by Sheila Weller is a highly recommended biography of the well-known actor, best-selling author, and advocate for
mental health awareness.
As the daughter of Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, Carrie Fisher began her life in the public eye and her fame followed her through her entire life. Many people immediately associate Fisher with her iconic role as Princess Leia in Star Wars,
while others immediately think of her many books. She honestly covered
many of her life events and struggles in her books. It is well known
that she struggled with drug addiction and bipolar disorder, but it is
also known that she openly and honestly shared her struggles. She had
well-known parents, romantic partners, and friends, as well as a
sometimes exuberant, sometimes troubled, complicated life.
While many people will know a lot of the information, what Weller
does is bring all the facts and faucets of Fisher's life together in one
biography and captures all the aspects of Fisher as a special
individual. She was a devoted friend, generous, witty, brilliant,
out-spoken, and unique. She worked as an actor, a novelist, a memoirist,
a script doctor, and an advocate for
mental health awareness. Included are many interviews with Fisher's
friends, lovers, associates, and family members covering her entire
life. Her well-known
battles with addiction and mental illness are covered. The book includes
many quotes and stories. Weller has an extensive section of chapter
notes in the back so all the information she shares is well documented
through other sources.
This is a well-written combination of exhaustive facts, information,
and quotes alongside a lot of name dropping. While I admittedly became a
bit weary of the name dropping, all of these people were a part of
Fisher's life and are as much a part of her life story as she is of
theirs. This is an unauthorized biography, but it is also not a
hack-piece. Weller has done her research, has notes included about
everything, and presented Fisher as a beloved woman with her own
personal struggles. Fans of Fisher, either Star Wars or her writing,
will appreciate this comprehensive biography.
My review copy was courtesy of Farrar, Straus and Giroux.