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

WHO - - News - By Mia Mc­niece

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.

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