Carrie Fisher’s Wishful Drinking comes to HBO

WISHFUL DRINKING, Carrie Fisher’s hit stage production of the intoxicating tale of her life, based on her autobiographical book, is being produced for TV as a feature-length documentary by HBO and World of Wonder Productions, it was announced today.  The special will combine elements of her one-woman stage performance, to be taped June 25 before a live audience at the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) in South Orange, NJ, with archival footage and interviews with friends and family.

An actress, screenwriter and best-selling author (“Postcards from the Edge,” “Wishful Drinking”), Carrie Fisher is the daughter of Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds.  She became a cultural icon at age 19 after starring as Princess Leia in the first “Star Wars” trilogy.  Forever changed, Fisher did not lead a picture-perfect existence, as she reveals in this uproarious and sobering look at her life.  Combining wry wit and raw facts, WISHFUL DRINKING reveals her darkest hours and the not-so-glittering side of growing up with “Hollywood royalty.”

The stage presentation was produced on Broadway by Roundabout Theatre Company in association with Jonathan Reinis, Jamie Cesa, Eva Price and the Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

“Wishful Drinking” ( plays the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) Friday, June 25 at 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, June 26 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.  Tickets:  $85, $65.  Call 973.313.ARTS (2787) or visit

An HBO Documentary Films presentation, WISHFUL DRINKING is produced and directed by World of Wonder’s Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey, whose previous HBO and CINEMAX credits include “Heidi Fleiss:  The Would-Be Madam of Crystal,” “Monica in Black and White” and “The Eyes of Tammy Faye.”  Senior producer, Lisa Heller; executive producer, Sheila Nevins.