The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher, read by herself and her daughter Billie Lourd, is a memoir about her time during the filming of the first Star Wars movie and her rise to fame. Based upon the diaries she found of her time on the set and during her tryst with her co-star (the Nerf herder), Fisher looks back on her teen self, who dropped out of drama school in London to be in the film, and how her time on the set revealed her insecurities.
Of the three memoirs I’ve read by Fisher, this is the best told by her with the fewest digressions and haphazard comments. Like the previous two, there is a rehashing of information about her parents and their celebrity, etc., but it is not as bothersome as it may be reading the other two because the focus here is more on Fisher herself and her own experiences as a young actress on a movie set. She was clearly young, and despite her celebrity family, had very little set experience and it showed.
Including her actual diary entries read by her daughter and Fisher’s recounting of her fan experiences, the memoir is funnier because it is closer to her real life experiences and less like a comedic sketch she created from her experiences. The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher was fun, introspective, and endearing. Readers will love that she keeps some things private and that she can find connections with complete strangers in autograph lines. She was a woman who had deep empathy for others, which likely stems from her family and life experiences after her iconic performance.
About the Author:
Carrie Fisher (1956 – 2016) was an American actress, screenwriter and novelist, most famous for her portrayal of Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy.