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Growing up in an iconic Hollywood Dynasty, Joely Fisher knew a show business career was her destiny. The product of world-famous crooner Eddie Fisher and '60s sex kitten Connie Stevens, she struggled with her own identity and place in the world on the way to a decades-long career as an acclaimed actress, singer, and director.
Now, Joely shares her unconventional coming of age and stories of the family members and costars dearest to her heart while stripping bare her own misadventures. In Growing Up Fisher, she recalls the beautifully bizarre twist of fate by which she spent a good part of her childhood next door to Debbie Reynolds. She speaks frankly about the realities of Hollywood - the fame and fortune, the constant scrutiny. Throughout, she celebrates the anomaly of a two-decade marriage in the entertainment industry and the joys and challenges of parenting five children, while dishing on what it takes to survive and thrive in the unrelenting glow of celebrity. She speaks frankly about how the loss of her sister, Carrie Fisher, became a source of artistic inspiration.
Fisher's memoir will both break and warm your heart.
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By Lili on 12-31-17
A bit sweet, a bit sad, a bit risqué.
I was looking for something light and entertaining. I got some of what I wanted. Joely Fisher’s writing is occasionally reminiscent of her sister Carrie Fisher, but their stories and overall styles are quite different of course.
There was much in the book about her mom Connie Stevens that I didn’t know, and it was lovely to hear about the close relationship of the Fisher girls. There are also trials and tribulations, a bit of kiss and tell and more than a few drug fueled Hollywood parties, which I could have done without, but it often comes with the territory with celebrity memoirs.
Joely Fisher has had an uncommon life, and a front row seat to both old and new Hollywood. If celebrity memoirs are your thing, you will probably enjoy this book and her narration is quite good. I think the book finishes quite strongly with her thoughts and reflections on the life and death of her sister Carrie Fisher, her own confrontation with aging, and the impending mortality of her mom.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
By WhosYourChubby on 01-15-18
Not what I thought it would be but I loved it.
Call me shallow but I thought this would be more about Carrie and their relationship as half sisters but it really is, and rightfully so, about Joely and her mom Connie Stevens. She does talk about Carrie and it is clear she loved her sister very much. Any disappointment I may have thought I would feel when I realized I had been wrong about what the book would be was quickly erased as I really loved learning about Joely and Connie, her Mom, and her other sister and the whole family. I grew up a fan of Connie and it was really nice to learn so much about her. It was also amazing to see the same kind of problems that Debbie and Carrie had going on in their life were also going on with Connie and her girls. The wrong guy for a husband more than once and bad financial decision.
What this book is about is love, the love you have for your family and the love they have for you. That is if you are lucky to find that love with your family. I must admit I was jealous of the bond these people all seem to have in both the Fisher house but also in the Reynolds house also.
This book will make you laugh, cry and learn about life and how no one's grass is really greener, everyone has their demons and cross to bear. If you are a fan of Connie, Joely or Carrie I think you will love this book as much as I did. If you are a fan of Carrie's book you will like this one as I feel Joely and Carrie have a very similar style or at least one that compliments one and others style.
In short, I know too late, It's just a really good book and Joely reads it to you like she is sitting down over coffee with you telling you about her like, and what a life. What a book and WOW what a great family the whole bunch of them were and are.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful