Growing up Fisher

Growing up Fisher

Musings, Memories, and Misadventures

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A behind-the-scenes memoir by the half sister of the late Carrie Fisher describes their upbringing in their Hollywood family, the author's personal struggles with identity, her two-decade marriage, her experiences as a mother to five children and how she became motivated to pursue a creative life in the wake of Carrie's death. 125,000 first printing.


Actress, director, entertainer Joely Fisher invites readers backstage, into the intimate world of her career and family with this touching, down-to-earth memoir filled with incredible, candid stories about her life, her famous parents, and how the loss of her unlikely hero, sister Carrie Fisher, ignited the writer in her.

Growing up in an iconic Hollywood Dynasty, Joely Fisher knew a show business career was her destiny. The product of world-famous crooner Eddie Fisher and ’60s sex kitten Connie Stevens, she struggled with her own identity and place in the world on the way to a decades-long career as an acclaimed actress, singer, and director.

Now, Joely shares her unconventional coming of age and stories of the family members and co-stars dearest to her heart, while stripping bare her own misadventures. In Growing Up Fisher, she recalls the beautifully bizarre twist of fate by which she spent a good part of her childhood next door to Debbie Reynolds. She speaks frankly about the realities of Hollywood—the fame and fortune, the constant scrutiny. Throughout, she celebrates the anomaly of a two-decade marriage in the entertainment industry, and the joys and challenges of parenting five children, while dishing on what it takes to survive and thrive in the unrelenting glow of celebrity. She speaks frankly about how the loss of her sister Carrie Fisher became a source of artistic inspiration.

Fisher’s memoir, with never-before-seen photos, will break and warm your heart.

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A memoir by the half-sister of the late Carrie Fisher describes their upbringing in Hollywood, her personal struggles with identity, her experiences as a mother to five children, and how she became motivated to pursue a creative life in the wake of Carrie's death.

Publisher: New York, NY :, William Morrow,, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062695536
Characteristics: 308 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm


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Oct 30, 2018

What do you know? She has a snarly little mind just like Carrie; maybe not as sophisticated and she certainly hasn't suffered the kinds of pain Carrie did.

Feb 13, 2018

A well-written memoir catches your interest and holds your attention no matter who the subject is or how well-known they are. If you are a big fan of Joely Fisher, you may enjoy this very much. I found her telling of her life story to be uneven, scattered, and at times almost unreadable when she is trying so hard to be clever and it just comes across as annoying. I guess with Princess Leia as your sister it might make you push harder to force your way into the spotlight. The book starts out in a rather confusing fashion with scattered childhood trials and tribulations of growing up as the daughter of the famous entertainers Connie Stevens and Eddie Fisher. When Joely relaxes and just tells her stories with straight narrative, it is quite interesting. If you are strictly looking for her to dish dirt on her famous sister, it's not here, but she does tell the moving tale of how it all happened when Carrie passed away. It is obvious that Joely loved her sister very much as well as her mother, and she shares a number of moving tales. Otherwise her story seems to careen all over the map. By the end I found myself just skimming over much of it to get to the end.

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