The Princess Diarist
When Carrie Fisher discovered the journals she kept during the filming of the first Star Wars movie, she was astonished to see what they had preserved – plaintive love poems, unbridled musings with youthful naiveté, and a vulnerability that she barely recognized. Now her fame as an author, actress, and pop-culture icon is indisputable, but in 1977, Carrie Fisher was just a teenager with an all-consuming crush on her co-star, Harrison Ford.
With these excerpts from her handwritten notebooks, The Princess Diarist is Fisher’s intimate and revealing recollection of what happened on one of the most famous film sets of all time – and what developed behind the scenes. Fisher also ponders the joys and insanity of celebrity, and the absurdity of a life spawned by Hollywood royalty, only to be surpassed by her own outer-space royalty. Laugh-out-loud hilarious and endlessly quotable, The Princess Diarist brims with the candour and introspection of a diary while offering shrewd insight into the type of stardom that few will ever experience.
One of the worst best kept secrets of the Star Wars behind the scenes world is that Carrie Fisher and and Harrison Ford has a fling during the filming of the first movie. This book is a public admission of the affair, with the genesis of the story being a box of dairies that Fisher kept during that time period. The entire point of the book is this affair, as seen through the eyes of a 19 year old’s dairies, then reflected on by the 60 year old experienced woman that she grew to be. It was released just a few months before her sudden death in 2016 from a suspected drug overdose. There’s other material in the book to pad out the confession, some of the more interesting bits are about her interactions with fans and how even the most crazed fan gets her admiration.
It’s a shame she died how she did, when she did, I think she had more to say about the world she lived in and if she had the time to say it we would have been better for it.