Carrie Fisher

Carrie Fisher opened up about her demons — and knew she wouldn't have a Hollywood ending

Carrie Fisher opened up about her demons — and knew she wouldn't have a Hollywood ending

Carrie Fisher never said she had conquered her problems. The quintessential child of Tinseltown never expected a Hollywood ending. She talked openly and often about her 45-year-long fight with bipolar disorder, alcoholism and drug addiction, explaining how opioids in particular "dialed down" her manic episodes.

She shared, in her distinctive brand of gallows humor, such episodes as Dan Aykroyd performing the Heimlich maneuver on her after she got so wasted she choked on a Brussels sprout. She wrote about getting her stomach pumped and receiving electroconvulsive therapy.

While many young stars who have died from drug abuse became mythologized, stuck in an immortal...

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