Carrie Fisher: I Did Blow on "Star Wars" Set

Actress battled drugs for years

By Greg Wilson
|  Monday, Oct 11, 2010  |  Updated 4:08 PM CDT
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Actress Carrie Fisher says she did cocaine on the set of "The Empire Strikes Back," marking the beginning of a drug spiral that almost wrecked her life. Fisher, now 53, didn't name names, but told an Australian news service she wasn't the only one snorting the stuff.

"We did cocaine on the set of 'Empire', in the ice planet," Fisher told Australian newswire AAP, referring to the setting of the second film in the original "Star Wars" trilogy.

"I didn't even like coke that much, it was just a case of getting on whatever train I needed to take to get high," she said while visiting Sydney for her "Wishful Drinking" stand-up comedy show.

Now a writer and comedienne, Fisher's turn as Princess Leia in the 1977-1983 "Star Wars" saga was by far her most famous role.

She told the service that it was John Belushi, who himself would die of a drug overdose in 1982, who warned to stop doing drugs.

"Slowly I realised I was doing a bit more drugs than other people and losing my choice in the matter," she said. "If I'd been addicted to booze I'd be dead now, because you just go out and get it."

The former star, daughter of Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, said she did not blame her broken family or the pressures of celebrity for her addictions.

"It's always been my responsibility," she said. "If it was Hollywood (to blame), then we'd all be dope addicts."

Selected Reading: AFP, IMDb, Popeater.

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