Staff pick: An Evening with Carrie Fisher at the Wexner Center

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From the May 17, 2012 edition

Carrie Fisher’s bio would read like a charmed life if we, inhabitants of the era of cautionary tales about drain-spiraling stars, did not know any better.

Sure, she is the spawn of a Hollywood power couple (Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds) who landed the most coveted-in-hindsight role of actress history, the “Star Wars” series’ Princess Leia. But Fisher’s life and career have not been without struggle.

Fisher’s parents, for example, had a pretty heart-wrenching ending — Mr. Fisher left Reynolds for Reynolds’ best friend, Elizabeth Taylor. She also struggled with addiction and bipolar disorder. Not to mention — courtesy one golden Jabba the Hutt slave girl outfit — she’s been fodder for generations of geek sexytime.

Luckily, though, for all parties involved, Fisher was also born with a noteworthy talent for writing and a resilience and sense of humor worth praising.

She’ll share her savory wit at the Wexner Center this Wednesday, alongside OSU alumna and “48 Hours” reporter Erin Moriarty, to talk about her career as well as how to live with purpose when beset by personal trauma.

Tickets to the talk are $45 and $75. Proceeds benefit the Wexner Center and the Stress, Trauma and Resilience Program of the OSU Wexner Medical Center.