Phone Call From the Edge: Carrie Fisher Dishes her Friends, her New Novel, and, Most of All, Herself

NEW YORK -- "Hello," a groggy voice moans across the telephone line from the other coast. "Sorry, I'm a little bit out of it. My daughter got sick, so of course I got it. It's just a bronchial thing, but it's a drag. I feel like I'm under...

Fisher was not expecting to be a single mom, but recent circumstances led to a split between her and daughter Billie's father, CAA agent Bryan Lourd. Newsday columnist Liz Smith, in an item this month that electrified Hollywood, attributed the breakup to Lourd's liaison with another man. "You know I'd love to lie about it, but I can't," she says. "I didn't see it coming. I was hit by a truck.

"The separation has been a nightmare," Fisher confesses. "My personal life has always been in public, so I don't really care about that. But I care about it for the baby. And I didn't want this book to be an autobiographical downward trajectory of this relationship. There is a break-up in this book, but it's not mine. I had to throw a hundred pages away. You know, I never like being a disappointment in my relationships. I've only had two real ones. But that's him, man," she says referring to Lourd, "and I gotta say, I don't like surprises, or feeling stupid. It's too bad, cause he's a good father."

Fisher has had more than her share of the rumor mill lately.

"The rumors in this town aren't always true, like they said in 'The Player,"' she says snidely. "I sat next to Gore Vidal the other night and he politely told me my mother is really a lesbian! I don't give a damn if she is one -- but don't you think she would have told me one drunken night? There was a story going around that she was coming out on the cover of The Advocate. Well, The Advocate once put me and Penny Marshall on the cover and said we should come out of the closet and give gay women role models! My mother is too weird a heterosexual to become gay now. I told the biggest deal about my mom -- she drank too much when I was a kid. I think my father [Eddie Fisher] started the gay rumor when they broke up. She's a powerful, tough woman, but she ain't no dyke. We're both freaked-out hetereosexuals -- failed heterosexuals, really -- but not homosexual. And I like homosexuals!" Another rumor she'd like to dispel is that the rehabilitated, new and improved, sober Carrie Fisher is indulging in drug abuse again.
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