Actress-writer Carrie Fisher will be in Rancho Mirage next week to headline the city’s 2013 Speakers Series.
Fisher is filling in for her mother, Debbie Reynolds, who was originally scheduled to speak on Feb. 27 and had to cancel for unspecified reasons, city spokeswoman Joni Almy said.
Fisher’s talk is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower Medical Center.
She is expected to speak about her experiences in the film industry since her 1975 movie debut opposite Warren Beatty in “Shampoo,” which includes playing Princess Leia in the original “Star Wars” trilogy.
Fisher’s other film credits include “The Blues Brothers,” ”Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery,” “Hannah and Her Sisters,” “The Man with One Red Shoe” and “When Harry Met Sally.”
In 1987, Fisher’s book “Postcards from the Edge” made the New York Times bestseller list and was later turned into a screenplay for the film starring Shirley MacLaine and Meryl Streep. Fisher has since penned four more bestsellers — “Delusions of Grandma,” “Surrender the Pink,” “The Best Awful” and “Wishful Drinking.”
Fisher parlayed “Wishful Thinking” into a one-woman stage show of the same name.
She has spoken publicly about her experiences with addiction and bipolar disorder, including advocating for more funding for medication for people living with mental health issues.