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Six Degrees of Separation: Post Cards From the Edge by Carrie Fisher

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I haven’t read this book, so here’s the summary from Amazon:

When we first meet the extraordinary young actress Suzanne Vale, she’s feeling like “something on the bottom of someone’s shoe, and not even someone interesting.” Suzanne is in the harrowing and hilarious throes of drug rehabilitation, trying to understand what happened to her life and how she managed to land in a “drug hospital.”

Just as Fisher’s first film role—the precocious teenager in Shampoo—echoed her own Beverly Hills upbringing, her first book is set within the world she knows better than anyone else: Hollywood. This stunning literary debut chronicles Suzanne’s vivid, excruciatingly funny experiences inside the clinic and as she comes to terms with life in the outside world. Postcards from the Edge is more than a book about stardom and drugs. It is a revealing look at the dangers—and delights—of all our addictions, from money and success to sex and insecurity
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The first book that came to mind combined generations of womanizing, stardom, sex appeal, power, the liquor and movie industries, and drug use., rehab, good and bad family dynamics, egotistical and entitled behavior, and more. Chris Lawford, son of Rat Pack legend Peter Lawford and nephew of President Kennedy, endured virtual abandonment as an infant—the stink of diapers and the noise of a crying baby ruined life for Peter who had to be up early in the morning looking gorgeous, so Chris and his nanny were exiled to live in an apartment not far from his parents’ home. Right. It was kind of downhill from there for him. In spite of this, he developed an amazing ego, ferocious arrogance, and a major-league sense of entitlement. And the obligatory rich-kid-of-my-generation’s drug habit. I threw this book across the room several times, but I collect books on the Kennedy family so I did finish reading it. Moments of Clarity by Christopher Lawford.

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A Hollywood child who had an addicted mother by whom she would likely have preferred to have been abandoned was Christina Crawford. Actress–mother Joan was addicted to her own image of herself, a narcissist. Mommy Dearest.

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The child of a narcissist who now speaks about a very well-connected narcissist is Lady Colin Campbell. While I love her YouTube videos, she really should ditch her ex-husband’s courtesy title. She was divorced from him in the mid-’70s after less than a year of marriage.

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Someone else who had a husband’s courtesy title was Lady Browning, aka Daphne Du Mauire whose husband, General Sir Frederick Browning was nicknamed “Boy” and was part of the Royal household. Interestingly, one of her daughters married a man who became a General and the other married the son of one of the most famous generals–Field Marshall Montgomery.

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General, later Secretary of State Colin Powell, had an eccentric hobby and relaxation technique. The  General who, like  Prince William, was a Geography major, rose through the ranks of the ROTC and did not attend West Point. He calmed himself and relaxed by working on old Volvo cars in his garage.

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Ova preferred Saabs, but his best friend was a Volvo man. He wasn’t a general but, the author is named Frederik. And, if I remember correctly, Ova did do his national service. Ova was “addicted” to trying to commit suicide out of loneliness after his wife passed away. A Man Called Ova by Fredrik Backman.

Why not join in next month? The first Saturday of the first full week of the month. You can read all the rules here.

23 thoughts on “Six Degrees of Separation: Post Cards From the Edge by Carrie Fisher

  1. Oh your links are a hoot … I loved them all, ending with the Volvo man and the Saab man! Good one. I’ve only read one of these books, Mommie dearest, back when I was reading quite a few film biographies, autobiographies and memoirs, but have always thought A man called Ove might be a good one.

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  2. I found so many little-known (at least for me) facts over here. This was fascinating! I certainly hadn’t known that Joan Crawford had a narcissistic streak. It’s sad, I really liked her acting in the movie Mildred Pierce.

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  3. I learnt a couple of things from your chain! I always wondered about Lady Colin Campbell’s title. Not enough to go do any research but still.

    Enjoyed your chain this month.

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  4. A clever chain, from which I have only read A Man called Ove, which I remember being irritated by. Lots of biography here – a genre I don’t often explore, but you’ve tempted me …

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  5. This was so interesting. I am aware of many of the books, especially Mommy Dearest. There was so much press about it at the time. I loved “Ove” and most other books written by Fredrik Backman. I haven’t had a chance to read his last 2 books though.

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  6. The only book I know of is Mommy Dearest, though I’m rather more familiar with the film version. What a horrid woman she was – I felt so sorry for the ‘daughter’ made to pose for the cameras on her birthday but not even allowed to keep a present.

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  7. What an interesting direction your chain took.

    I have never even heard of Peter Lawford, still less his son, but on reading your words about his childhood I thought of Eloise in the picture books by Kay Thompson. Eloise has an extremely rich absentee mother, and lives with her nanny, dog and turtle in a lavish penthouse suite at the Plaza Hotel. She seems to have quite a fun time, but i’d love to know how she might have turned out in adulthood!

    i had no idea that Daphne du Maurier could have called herself ‘Lady’ – I’ve seen interviews with her and she was already rather posh in that very British Old Money way, so maybe she (unlike Mrs Campbell) didn’t feel the need to show off!

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    1. I’m not sure I’d compare Chris to Eloise! LOL but I LOVE Eloise. As for Daphne, I imagine like many successful women she was “Lady Browning” only on social occasions related to the Army or the Palace (i.e. her husband’s career) or on visiting days at her childrens’ boarding schools (when she went).

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