HOL­LY­WOOD AND DIVINE

A PRINCESS WAS BORN AND DIED IN LA LA LAND. AND MADE US LAUGH... AND THINK... ALONG THE WAY.

Los Angeles Confidential - - Contents - BY SAM WAS­SON

Car­rie Fisher, our Hol­ly­wood princess, was born and died in La La Land. And made us laugh… and think… along the way.

It was Car­rie Fisher we al­ways wanted to watch the Os­cars with be­cause it was Car­rie Fisher who man­aged, si­mul­ta­ne­ously, to care deeply about Hol­ly­wood while at the same time not re­ally car­ing too much at all. That was her se­cret. As one might re­gard one’s own fam­ily—or Car­rie Fisher’s fa­mous fam­ily—as equal parts re­volt­ing and in­vi­o­lable, mid­way on the spec­trum of hu­man dig­nity that spans John Waters and Tol­stoy, we ought to re­gard the Os­car en­ter­prise and all it en­tails with Fisher’s brand of play. In so much of what she wrote and said, she seemed to con­vey, I know Hol­ly­wood is only a game, but it’s a game I love, a nec­es­sary at­ti­tude to adopt if one is to sur­vive the movie busi­ness with any kind of well-be­ing.

That’s not a word typ­i­cally as­so­ci­ated with Fisher, but take a look at any one of her in­ter­views and you’ll find she was, like Yos­sar­ian in Catch-22, wholly un­der­rated in the san­ity depart­ment, laugh­ing up deep re­serves of re­vul­sion and amuse­ment, Stage Man­ager emer­i­tus of our Our Town, and mak­ing a lot of sense. But don’t kid your­self; if Car­rie made sense, it was only be­cause she pointed out where her world, Hol­ly­wood, didn’t. And so, while some may com­fort them­selves think­ing it was right, some­how, that one day af­ter Fisher died, her mother fol­lowed, I never will. It makes ab­so­lutely no sense to me.

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Janelle Monáe

Pho­tog­ra­phy by Tony Du­ran Styling by Maeve Reilly

Hair by Nikki Nelms

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