Saturday, October 25, 2008

Carrie Fisher

About a year and a half ago, I read an interview in Glamour on Drew Barrymore, and it was conducted by Carrie Fisher. They had a great banter between the two of them, and it was really funny.

She said, "You need to be moved three inches to a slant where your childhood is funny. I always say, if my life weren’t funny, it would just be true—and that’s unacceptable. [Laughs.]"

Since then I thought, "That's my favorite quote ever." And it's true, because it has been in my Facebook profile ever since. Huzzah!

I love it! Even relating to childhood - like, if I dwelled on the fact that my father was kind of an alcoholic and kind of emotionally abusive and my mom was kinda depressed... then I would go absolutely insane. Luckily, I had my sister. Because I think we grew up with that frame of mind - it's got to be funny, or else it will be real. So we just made fun of it. "Oh, ha ha, Dad threw a chair at the wall because we gave ice cream sandwiches to the neighbors! Ha ha ha ha."

This comes up because I saw Carrie Fisher's one-woman show "Wishful Drinking" last night. She opened her show with that quote, so I was thrilled.

And then she went on and talked about her life. She was born into a rich, famous family with its drama and problems and drugs and craziness. She was a drug addict. She's mentally unstable. She was an alcoholic (or is). She married and had a child with a man who ended up being gay. And all these things happened... so much "tragedy". And there she stood on the stage - laughing about it. Making a BRILLIANT show out of it.

So - that's good. Very good. My life is kind of ridiculous. I'm affected constantly by family issues and feelings and genes... but if I didn't laugh about it, or talk about it jokingly, then I'd be stuck having to face reality. I certainly don't want that.

So maybe all the bullshit I go through, or put myself through, is worth it because in the end of it all, I can write a great memoir, or have a fabulous one-woman show. Which is all I ever really wanted! Someday I'll be able to premiere "Barrett All" the book! the show!

You know, I have never watched Star Wars.


Anonymous said...

You have really never watched Star Wars??

You have to return your yellow umbrella!!

Patty Barrett said...

who are you, anonymous?


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