Roanokers remember Carrie Fisher


CARRIE FISHER WAS AN ON SCREEN PRINCESS AND THE REAL-LIFE DAUGHTER OF HOLLYWOOD ROYALTY. RICHARD HAMLETT/DEBBIE REYNOLDS’ EX- HUSBAND – “A LITTLE GIRL ASKED ME THE OTHER DAY ABOUT PRINCESS LEIA AND ASKED DID YOU KNOW HER? AND I SAID SHE WAS MY STEP-DAUGHTER AND SHE SAID, WHAT?” ROANOKER RICHARD HAMLETT MARRIED FISHER’S MOTHER AND HOLLYWOOD GOLDEN GIRL DEBBIE REYNOLDS IN 1984. FIVE YEARS LATER, HE’D APPEAR ON THE SILVER SCREEN WITH HIS STEPDAUGHTER. RICHARD HAMLETT/DEBBIE REYNOLDS’ EX- HUSBAND – “SHE CALLED ME UP ONE DAY AND SAID WOULD YOU GIVE ME AWAY IN A MOVIE.” IN THE WEDDING SCENE… IN “WHEN HARRY MET SALLY”. “TO ME, IT WAS JUST LIKE MY OWN DAUGHTER.” JERRY FRANKS/KNEW CARRIE FISHER – “I MET CARRIE IN 1981 AND SHE SIGNED A BOOK TO ME.” FORMER CASTING DIRECTOR JERRY FRANKS MET HIS FRIEND’S DAUGHTER AFTER HER SUCCESS IN STAR WARS. JERRY FRANKS/KNEW CARRIE FISHER – “THAT GIRL WAS THE FUNNIEST. SHE SAID YOU KNOW JERRY YOU CAN ALWAYS REMEMBER ME BY SQUEEZING MY HEAD OFF A BOTTLE OF PRINCESS LEIA SHAMPOO.” FRANKS WILL REMEMBER THAT SENSE OF HUMOR. AND THOUGH HE BELIEVES MOST WILL RECALL FISHER’S ACTING ABILITY, HE SAYS HER MOTHER FELT HER BEST TALENT WAS WRITING. FISHER AUTHORED THE BOOK SHE SIGNED FOR HIM. “TO JERRY FRANKS. MY MOTHER’S RIGHT HAND AND MY LEFT FOOT.” BOOTIE BELL CHEWING/FRIEND OF DEBBIE REYNOLDS – “DEBBIE AND CARRIE HAD BEEN GETTING ALONG SO MUCH BETTER THAN AT ONE POINT IN THEIR LIFE.” BOOTIE BELL CHEWNING MET DEBBIE REYNOLDS WHEN REYNOLDS LIVED IN ROANOKE WITH HER THEN HUSBAND. SHE RECALLS HER FRIEND SAYING… BOOTIE BELL CHEWNING/FRIEND OF DEBBIE REYNOLDS – “FOR THE YOUNGER SET I’M PRINCESS LEIA’S MOTHER. THAT WAS ALWAYS HER THING, BEING CARRIE’S MAMA.” AND THOUGH THERE WAS NO HOLLYWOOD ENDING FOR REYNOLDS AND HER EX-HAMLETT HE KNOWS… “SHE’S HURT. SHE’S HURTING SO BAD. CAUSE CARRIE WAS REALLY HER LOVE.” ANGELA HATCHER … WSLS 10.

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