A Taste of 'Wishful Drinking:' Carrie Fisher

Actress Carrie Fisher is a second generation Hollywood star, famous as the daughter of Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, and for her iconic role in the original Star Wars films. Hear a preview of Fisher's conversation with Alex Chadwick about her career and Wishful Drinking, her new one-woman show.

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ALEX CHADWICK, host:

Tomorrow on the program an interview that almost, almost went awry before we even got through the gate.

Hi, it's Alex Chadwick from National Public Radio.

Unidentified woman: Do you have an appointment with somebody?

CHADWICK: With Ms. Fisher.

Unidentified woman: Say your name again.

CHADWICK: Alex. I'm from that program DAY TO DAY.

Unidentified Woman: Program DAY TO DAY.

CHADWICK: We're supposed to interview Ms. Fisher.

That's Carrie Fisher the actress and writer and daughter of Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher and stepdaughter of, oh five or six stepparents at least and an expert on a topical subject for Thanksgiving, how to survive a family gathering. So, we'd gone to visit her at her Beverly Hills home and at least they did let us past the gate.

We're walking up the driveway, there's a FedEx envelope that someone's run over and it's addressed to Sean Lennon.

Well, I've read that he's sometimes a houseguest, so she seems very welcoming. Then we get to the door and there's her housekeeper and some confusion.

Unidentified woman: She says that her secretary didn't tell her about it.

CHADWICK: Oh, boy.

Unidentified Woman: They don't know.

CHADWICK: Well, these things happen. She is actually expecting us, but later.

Let's take my car, we'll go downtown, we'll get a little something.

CHADWICK: So we retreat for a quick pizza lunch in Beverly Hills and then return to talk with Carrie Fisher, Princess Leia, author of “Postcards from the Edge,” and survivor of many, many family gatherings. That's tomorrow on the Thanksgiving edition of DAY TO DAY.

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