A revelatory and touching tribute to the lives of Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds written by the person who knew them best, Todd Fisher’s poignant memoir is filled with moving stories of growing up among Hollywood royalty and illustrated with never-before-seen photos and memorabilia.
In December 2016, the world was shaken by the sudden deaths of Carrie Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds, two unspeakable losses that occurred in less than twenty-four hours. The stunned public turned for solace to Debbie’s only remaining child, Todd Fisher, who somehow retained his grace and composure under the glare of the media spotlight as he struggled with his own overwhelming grief.
The son of "America’s Sweethearts" Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, Todd grew up amid the glamorous wealth and pretense of Hollywood. Thanks to his funny, loving, no-nonsense mother, Todd remained down to earth, his own man, but always close to his cherished mom, and to his sister through her meteoric rise to stardom and her struggle with demons that never diminished her humor, talent, or spirit.
Now, Todd shares his heart and his memories of Debbie and Carrie with deeply personal stories from his earliest years to those last unfathomable days. His book, part memoir, part homage, celebrates their legacies through a more intimate, poignant, and often hilarious portrait of these two remarkable women than has ever been revealed before.
With thirty-two pages of never-before-seen photos and memorabilia from his family’s private archives, Todd’s book is a love letter to a sister and a mother, and a gift to countless fans who are mourning the deaths of these two unforgettable stars.
Fisher, son of Hollywood legend Debbie Reynolds and younger brother of actress Carrie Fisher, offers a frequently hilarious and too often heartbreaking story of life with the women he called "my girls." As a member of a troubled family who, in his sister's phrasing, "wore our underwear on the outside of our clothes," Fisher candidly portrays a lifetime of crises, beginning when his father, singer Eddie Fisher, left Reynolds for Elizabeth Taylor only weeks after Fisher's birth. Reynolds's next two husbands both gambled and stole from her, leaving her millions of dollars in debt. The peacemaker in the family, Fisher dealt with his sister's mood swings, later diagnosed as symptoms of bipolar disorder, and with the incessant competition between mother and daughter. Even as Fisher carved out his own life, pursuing a career making television shows and documentaries and becoming a born-again Christian, his mother and sister's needs dominated his life until their deaths in 2016, just one day apart. More than a Hollywood tell-all, Fisher's memoir of a family's love and endurance under trying and sometimes outrageous circumstances is a clear-eyed tribute to lives lived to the fullest.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book, Todd Fisher wrote a beautiful tribute to his family. I wish my mother was here to read it, she would have so enjoyed this book.
Debby was such a beautiful woman inside and out. What a pity she was so gullible as far as men. She deserved a man who loved her more than anything. She loved so easily and freely. I hate that people used her for their own selfish greed. Todd is such a gem. It’s heartwarming that her was so devoted to her and his sister. Debby did instill love in her children. The book was beautifully written. What a talented family! God bless you, Todd.
Couldn’t put it down
I was deeply saddened when Carrie and Debbie passed away in 2016. When I saw Bright Lights on HBO shortly afterwards I was mesmerized by this documentary and wanted more. Then came My Girls. Thank you, Todd, for filling in a lot of the blanks for me. Your “girls” were a handful but both were strong, fearless, and role models for us all. I couldn’t put your book down and finished it in two days! You were so loyal to them both and should be commended for your devotion.