Carrie Fisher Going Wilde
2 February 2015: Carrie Fisher joins Stephen Colbert and Irish painter Colin Davidson as an honoree at the US-Ireland Alliance’s 10th annual Oscar Wilde Awards, which will be held on 19 February at J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot production company in Santa Monica.
Of her Irish ancestry Fisher told Alliance president Trina Vargo, "My great, great, fabulous grandfather Burt McReynolds from the county Donegal was wrongfully accused of being a horse thief, a case of mistaken identity. But rather than put his family through the rigors of a trial to clear the family name, he emigrated to America, dropped the Mc in the ocean, became Burt Reynolds and the rest is history…and incredibly boring. Thankfully my mother changed all that and gave our family name a kick in the pants that it might or might not deserve."
Fisher will reprise her role of Princess Leia in the much-anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which was directed by Abrams, who will also emcee the annual event for the non-profit US-Ireland Alliance.
The actress, writer and daughter of Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher made her film debut in Shampoo and went on to become a cultural icon playing Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy. Since then she has starred in such hits as When Harry Met Sally, Hannah and Her Sisters and The Blues Brothers, to name a few. Her television credits include Laverne & Shirley, Sex and the City, and 30 Rock, for which she received an Emmy nomination.
Fisher’s bestselling novel, Postcards from the Edge, netted her the Los Angeles Pen Award for Best First Novel. Fisher penned the Postcards screenplay for the Oscar nominated film starring Shirley MacLaine and Meryl Streep. Three novels and two memoirs have followed: Delusions of Grandma, Surrender the Pink, The Best Awful, Wishful Drinking and Shockaholic. Fisher performed her one-woman stage version of Wishful Drinking on Broadway, which went on to be filmed for HBO and nominated for an Emmy Award.
This year’s event promises to be as entertaining as last year’s, which included Joel McHale presenting an award to Conan O’Brien and YouTube star ShayCarl presenting to YouTube founder Chad Hurley. Irish singer-songwriters Gavin James and Megan O’Neill will perform at the Accenture-sponsored event. In addition to this annual party, the US-Ireland Alliance created one of the country’s most prestigious scholarships, the George J. Mitchell Scholarship. In the last two years, of the ten individuals lucky enough to be offered both Rhodes and Mitchell Scholarship interviews, eight opted for the Mitchell, which provides a year of post-graduate study in Ireland and Northern Ireland.