The Princess Diarist

The Princess Diarist

eBook - 2016
Average Rating:
Rate this:
The Hollywood icon best known for her role in "Star Wars" shares interconnected essays exploring her life as the child of Hollywood royalty, adventures on the sets of "Star Wars," and struggles with bipolar disorder.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Publishing Group, 2016.
Characteristics: 1 online resource.
text file
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor


From Library Staff

The last book from beloved Hollywood icon Carrie Fisher, The Princess Diarist is an intimate, hilarious, and revealing recollection of what happened behind the scenes on one of the most famous film sets of all time, the first Star Wars movie.

Carrie Fisher's memoir of the making of the first Star Wars movie and her role as the iconic Princess Leia.

From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

"I had never been Princess Leia before and now I would be her forever. I would never not be Princess Leia. I had no idea how profoundly true that was and how long forever was."

The Princess Diarist looks at her journey from her first movie role in Shampoo in 1975, to auditioning for the role of Princess Leia in Star Wars. This book reveals information about her affair with Harrison Ford, her older, married costar, while filming Star Wars.

Carrie Fisher's writing is truly charming in it's honest, wit, and hilarity. Her dairy entries are poetic and captivates you by saying a lot, while somehow, at the same time, not saying anything at all.

Dec 03, 2020

I read this book to fulfil the goal read A book by an author with flora or fauna in their name- (fish) True confession: i am not really a star wars fan. I don't hate it. i really don't understand it. i have watched all the movies at least twice. i've dressed up as princess leia. i just don't understand the fascination. i felt the same way about the book. didn't hate it, didn't really like it either. moving on now. i still love all my friends who find star wars the greatest thing ever.

Jun 29, 2020

Disappointed. I thought this would be a well-written book about their (Carrie & Ford) time together making Star Wars and their affair, but, it was mostly Carrie rambling on about random things. When she finally does talk about their affair it was in very general terms (not that I wanted the intimate details), but there were hardly any details at all, except that, yes, they had a fling. That's about the extent of it. She does include sections of the diary she kept during the making of the movie, but, those too are her rambling on about her feelings as opposed to talking about specific stories or things that happened on set or between the two of them.
She is also VERY sarcastic, which, I do appreciate good sarcasm, but, the whole book is so sarcastic it's hard to tell what it's even about, which I finally concluded, nothing really. I wouldn't recommend reading it unless you want to hear Fisher rambling on about nothing. If you're looking for untold stories about the making of Star Wars or her relationship with Ford, you'll be disappointed.

Jun 28, 2020

A good book to have read. Surprisingly square-shooting.

Apr 17, 2020

She writes the way I tell stories- very all over the place, but full of humor, genuine candor, and love of her audience. I loved it and nearly read it in one sitting. Many really choice quotes (even if a bit manufactured into the stories) and surprisingly resonant poetry. Clever and funny, I recommend this to all my girlfriends.

Vero_biblio Oct 16, 2018

Be prepared to read Carrie's hilarious, telling-it-as-it-is memoirs of growing up with famous parents, becoming a gold-bikini clad fantasy to hords of teenagers as well as the mistress of her co-star Harrison Ford during the filming of Star Wars. **Psst... the audio version of this book, recorded by Mrs. Fischer herself, is even better!

ArapahoeLauraRose Jul 23, 2018

I loved reading the thoughts, feelings, and poetry of young Carrie, in all of their rawness, honesty, and vulnerability. Because she grew into such an outspoken, unabashed woman, having such an intimate view of her shyness and insecurities as a young woman was like looking into a Carrie-kaleidoscope and finding patterns and colors that I'd never seen before. Carrie's retrospective commentary on her younger self was, as always, darkly humorous and unabashed. What a lady; what a legacy!

SPPL_Kristen Mar 15, 2018

I love Carrie Fisher and all of her complexities and flaws. While this book isn't the tightest in terms of writing, it's interesting to hear her perspective on her relationship with Harrison Ford, especially in the larger context of how our society treats women who are in affairs versus the men. (Particularly when the man is older.)

Jan 28, 2018

Shortly before she died, Carrie Fisher wrote this candid memoir about her secret love affair with her co-star Harrison Ford on the set of the first Star Wars film. The book is an awkward mess of unclear phrasing and juvenile stream of consciousness writing: "You couldn't accuse me of doing a less-than-stellar job on the Johnny Carson show without my insisting that you had forgotten my telling you that that had been my intention all along." Still, it was interesting to take a peek at young Carrie's tumultuous life and see how much this successful young woman struggled with self loathing and self degradation.

katarina_biblio Sep 14, 2017

Fisher manages to achieve an impressive balance of comedy, poetry and melancholy in her writing styles which certainly makes it a compelling read. However the book lacked substance at certain points, meandering too long into long remembrances, making the reader look ahead to see how many pages were left in the chapter. Worth a read on a meandering summer's afternoon, but not if you are looking for something more engaging.

View All Comments

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability
Apr 09, 2017

Chinderixx thinks this title is suitable for 20 years and over


Add Notices
Apr 09, 2017

Coarse Language: Frequent, Strong Language.


Add a Quote
Apr 09, 2017

"I act like someone in a bomb shelter trying to raise everyone's spirits." -Carrie Fisher.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Explore Further


Subject Headings


Find it at VPL

To Top