CARRIE FISHER’S TREASURES
From Elizabeth Taylor’s head on a platter to ‘Star Wars’ souvenirs, a rare look into the late star’s home as her prized possessions go on sale
From Elizabeth Taylor’s head on a platter to Star Wars souvenirs, a rare look into the late star’s home as her prized possessions go on sale.
WFisher’sCarriealking into home Beverlyis like Hills entering another galaxy, and one that is far more fun. “If you can say anything about the house, it’s always been playful,” the late Star Wars actress once said. And how: The 1928 home—exactly how Fisher left it when she died in December one day before her mother, Debbie Reynolds, who lived in the house next door—is a riot of colour, memorabilia and collectibles showcasing Fisher’s inimitable wit.
On Oct. 7 and 8, Profiles in History (profilesinhistory.com) will auction many of the pair’s cherished possessions, including Fisher’s writing desk, the Christmas tree she kept up year-round and her shooting script from The Empire Strikes Back. “If you are a Star Wars fan, this is the Holy Grail,” says Profiles in History CEO Joe Maddalena.
Estimates for the items are not yet available, and part of the proceeds will go to mental health charities: Reynolds’s longtime cause, the Thalians, and the Jed Foundation, chosen by Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd, 25. Lourd has decided to move in and recently told Town & Country, “I went back and forth on it, but it’s so magical. It’s such a special place.”
HER INNER SANCTUM Fisher’s customised headboard (for sale in the auction) featured items she collected over the years. She wrote and held court in bed—beneath cloud wallpaper. THE OTHER WOMAN Fisher’s father Eddie notoriously cheated on Debbie Reynolds with Elizabeth Taylor. Reynolds and Taylor later made up, but Carrie enjoyed displaying Taylor’s head in the kitchen (a Cleopatra cup, for sale).
MEMORABLE MELODIES Close friend James Blunt often stayed at Fisher’s house and wrote some of his biggest hits on her piano (up for auction), including “You’re Beautiful”.
FUNNY FACES In her living room, Fisher hung her collection of what she called “ugly children” paintings (some are for sale) and named them after stars such as Kevin Spacey, Richard Dreyfuss and Shia Labeouf. She died before seeing the middle portrait in the gold frame—it was to be a Christmas gift from her family. POETRY IN MOTION The stairs to daughter Billie Lourd’s room are inscribed with the Philip Larkin poem This Be the Verse about how your parents “f--k you up.”
HEADLINE NEWS Fisher’s wedding to Paul Simon in 1983 (they divorced less than a year later) was overshadowed by gruesome news in the New York Post. Fisher found this juxtaposition amusing and put a framed copy in her bathroom. LIGHT OF HER LIFE Fisher had a stainedglass window (not for sale) depicting daughter Lourd, an actress. Fisher adored her and wrote on Twitter, “She’s MUCH more than my kid. Witty & pretty, I aspire 2 deserve her.”
CHRISTMAS ON THE DARK SIDE Darth Vader hangs from her Christmas tree, up for sale with its ornaments. Fisher kept her tree up all year because she wanted to celebrate every single day.
A ROYAL WELCOME Fisher called the (for sale) Princess Leia figure that greeted guests on her front porch in a vintage British phone box her “sex doll.” Right: a nod to her mentalhealth battles.