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You probably know her as Princess Leia from the cult classic series "Star Wars," and she is coming to speak at the Wexner Center for the Arts. Actress and author Carrie Fisher is heading to the Wex on May 23 for a fundraising event sponsored by the Wexner Center and the STAR program at the Ohio State University. STAR helps those affected by stress and trauma, and Fisher will talk about her own experiences with mental illness. Tickets for the event, which begins at 7:30 p.m., cost $45-$75 (purchase tickets at WexArts.org). Capital Style recently had the chance to chat with Fisher via e-mail about overcoming these health issues.
Your one-woman show, "Wishful Drinking," is based on your own life and struggles. As an American film icon, what do you think people were most surprised to learn about you, the Princess Leia they knew and loved in the late 70s and early 80s?
I didn't think they'd be surprised. It didn't occur to me that they'd be surprised by anything about my life.
How did you balance being in the Hollywood spotlight and suffering from bipolar disorder?
With medication. And my friends were very patient. I didn't balance it.
The evening at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus benefits, in part, the STAR Program at OSU, which helps those who have experienced trauma or mental illness. Why is it important to seek out help for these problems, especially for women?
Because if you don't help people with illness they may end up sleeping in parks. We are our brother's keeper. We're here to help one another. And if we're not our brother's keepers, we ought to be.
What tips can you offer women for living a normal, daily life even with stress, trauma or addiction?
Don't expect to live a normal daily life. I don't even know what that is. But it sounds like an unreasonable goal. Accept the life you are in and make peace with the life you have.