Jennifer Lopez got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame last Thursday. Jane Fonda, her Monster in Law comedy movie co-star, was present at the festivities to praise JLo's talents. Today, producer Jerry Bruckheimer gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He produced Disney's upcoming movie version of The Lone Ranger. It opens soon. Starring Johnny Depp...as Tonto. Next year, actors Orlando Bloom and Matthew McConaughey get stars on the celebrated stretch of Hollywood Blvd.
Why doesn't Carrie Fisher have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame yet? If she does not, here's why she should and perhaps be put in line ahead of Orlando. She's got more than one impressive talent. She starred in three of the biggest blockbuster hits to come out of Hollywood -- movies that were a cultural phenomenon. Even renowned mythologist Joseph Campbell talked about the power of Star Wars.
OK, Hollywood, let's talk about this: The first Star Wars adventure was one of the five Oscar nominees for Best Picture of 1977. Its cultural and financial impact was the stuff of Hollywood legend. Carrie Fisher was the female lead in that movie, released in 1977...the same year Orlando Bloom was born. He'd not yet reached puberty when we saw her again as Princess Leia in the further Star Wars adventures, The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983).
Remember how folks stood in long, long lines in Hollywood to see those movies more than once?
She's also a princess of Hollywood royalty. Her parents were two of the biggest stars of the 1950s -- people who have their own stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame -- Singin' in the Rain, The Tender Trap and The Unsinkable Molly Brown musical comedy film actress Debbie Reynolds and hit pop music recording star Eddie Fisher.
Well, she doesn't just act. Besides writing hysterically funny memoirs, Carrie Fisher has written best-selling novels. That's plural. The first novel was Postcards from the Edge.
Her screenplay adaptation of her first novel is stunning. The actress mother is a minor character in the book. Only in a few pages. Her screenplay expanded the show biz mother/daughter relationship brilliantly and provided Meryl Streep and Shirley MacLaine each with one of the juiciest roles of their film careers. Carrie wrote Meryl to another Best Actress Oscar nomination in this 1990 Hollywood-on-Hollywood comedy directed by Mike Nichols. The movie's celebrated mother/daughter staircase argument scene was not in the book. Streep starred as Suzanne Vale, who survived a near-fatal accidental party drug overdose, and Shirley MacLaine as her loving but overprotective movie star mom. MacLaine should've been nominated for Best Supporting Actress.
Carrie Fisher co-wrote the 2001 ABC TV comedy movie, These Old Broads. It starred Carrie's mom, Debbie Reynolds (who got the movie musical starring role in The Unsinkable Molly Brown that Shirley MacLaine expected to to), Shirley MacLaine (who got the part in Postcards from the Edge that Debbie Reynolds wanted to do), Elizabeth Taylor ( Carrie's former stepmother who got Eddie Fisher when he was still married to Carrie's mom, Debbie Reynolds) and Joan Collins (who once got Shirley's brother, actor/director Warren Beatty. He starred in the hit 1975 movie Shampoo, in which Carrie made her film acting debut. She did her scene with Warren. This was two years before the birth of actor Orlando Bloom).
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