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Joely Fisher Reveals How She’s Living Without Sister Carrie – and Her Final Moments with the Star

Joely Fisher Reveals How She’s Living Without Sister Carrie – and Her Final Moments with the Star
Carrie Fisher’s half-sister Joely is remembering the Star Wars actress as the one-year anniversary of her death approaches next month.

In her new book Growing Up Fisher: Musings, Memories and Misadventures, excerpted exclusively in the new issue of People, Joely recounts rushing to UCLA Medical Center on the morning of Dec. 23, 2016 to find Carrie in a coma after learning she suffered a heart attack on a plane home to Los Angeles from London.

“Mama Debs was already there,” Joely, 50, writes in the book of Carrie’s mother, Debbie Reynolds. “She told me she had talked to Jesus and prayed for more time,
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Carrie Fisher's Half-Sister, Joely, Says She Saw Their Dad Eddie Shoot Up Drugs as a Toddler

Carrie Fisher's Half-Sister, Joely, Says She Saw Their Dad Eddie Shoot Up Drugs as a Toddler
Joely Fisher was born into one of Hollywood’s most famous families — but behind the Tinsel Town glitter was a dark side.

The daughter to the legendary singer Eddie Fisher, and half-sister of Star WarsCarrie Fisher, is opening up about her famous family’s struggles with addiction in her new book, Growing Up Fisher: Musings, Memories and Misadventures.

“My first experience with drug use was as a toddler,” the 50-year-old actress writes in the book, excerpted exclusively in the new issue of People. “I had a baby’s-eye view of my own father tying off, prepping a needle,
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Film News Roundup: ‘Bridge of Spies’ Writer Matt Charman Producing Survival Novel ‘Ruthless River’

Film News Roundup: ‘Bridge of Spies’ Writer Matt Charman Producing Survival Novel ‘Ruthless River’
In today’s film news roundup, Matt Charman is developing “Ruthless River,” runaway slave story “Never Caught” is in the works as a movie, Cynthia Addai-Robinson is starring in “Always & Forever,” and “Kedi” gets a one-day release.

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Holly FitzGerald’s Amazon survival novel “Ruthless River” is in development as a movie with “Bridge of Spies” writer Matt Charman.

The story centers on FitzGerald and her husband, setting out on a yearlong honeymoon adventure backpacking around the world. Five months into the trip, their plane crash lands in Peru at a penal colony walled in by jungle, and their blissfully romantic journey turns into a terrifying nonstop labyrinth of escape and survival. They ultimately end up on a four-log raft that separates them from the piranha-and-caiman-infested water until they finally realize that there is no way out but to swim.

Charman, who received an Academy Award nomination for his “Bridge of Spies” screenplay, is also attached
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Celebrate National Coming Out Day by Binge-Watching Ellen’s Historic Sitcom on Hulu

Celebrate National Coming Out Day by Binge-Watching Ellen’s Historic Sitcom on Hulu
Wednesday, Oct. 11 marks National Coming Out Day, but this past April is when comedy doyenne Ellen DeGeneres celebrated the momentous 20th anniversary of coming out on her primetime ABC sitcom, “Ellen.” To properly commemorate the historic event, Hulu is streaming all five seasons of the series, including the revolutionary two-parter, “The Puppy Episode.”

“The Puppy Episode,” which aired April 30, 1997, features Ellen Morgan (played by DeGeneres) coming out as gay to potential love interest Susan, played by Laura Dern. This marked the first time a lead character had ever come out on TV, which has ultimately led to a more inclusive era of television. DeGeneres herself had followed suit in real life afterwards, creating her famous yet politely nonchalant Time magazine cover which read, “Yep, I’m gay.”

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Also appearing in the episode as Ellen’s therapist is Oprah Winfrey,
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Celebrate National Coming Out Day by Binge-Watching Ellen’s Historic Sitcom on Hulu

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Celebrate National Coming Out Day by Binge-Watching Ellen’s Historic Sitcom on Hulu
Wednesday, Oct. 11 marks National Coming Out Day, but this past April is when comedy doyenne Ellen DeGeneres celebrated the momentous 20th anniversary of coming out on her primetime ABC sitcom, “Ellen.” To properly commemorate the historic event, Hulu is streaming all five seasons of the series, including the revolutionary two-parter, “The Puppy Episode.”

“The Puppy Episode,” which aired April 30, 1997, features Ellen Morgan (played by DeGeneres) coming out as gay to potential love interest Susan, played by Laura Dern. This marked the first time a lead character had ever come out on TV, which has ultimately led to a more inclusive era of television. DeGeneres herself had followed suit in real life afterwards, creating her famous yet politely nonchalant Time magazine cover which read, “Yep, I’m gay.”

Read More:Ellen DeGeneres Explains Why She Won’t Have Trump on Her Show — Watch

Also appearing in the episode as Ellen’s therapist is Oprah Winfrey,
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Maika Monroe in Trailer for 'The Tribes of Palos Verdes' Surfer Drama

"I'm worried about you..." IFC Films has unveiled an official trailer for director brothers Brendan & Emmett Malloy's new film The Tribes of Palos Verdes, a surf drama about "young Medina" who "attempts to surf her way to happiness." If that logline doesn't make your eyes roll, some of the "life is tough" footage in this trailer definitely will. Though it actually doesn't look as bad as it sounds. The Tribes of Palos Verdes stars Maika Monroe as Medina, a young surfer woman from Palos Verdes, as well as Jennifer Garner as her mom, plus Cody Fern, Alicia Silverstone, Noah Silver, Elisabeth Rohm, Goran Visnjic, Justin Kirk and Joely Fisher. This looks like it's packed full of drama galore. It is "set amidst the sun-kissed beaches and crystal blue waters of the California coast" which may be enough to get a few folks into theaters. Here's the trailer (+ poster
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Joely Fisher on ‘Growing Up Fisher’: Details About the ‘Cathartic’ Memoir She Wrote After Her Sister Carrie Fisher’s Death

Joely Fisher on ‘Growing Up Fisher’: Details About the ‘Cathartic’ Memoir She Wrote After Her Sister Carrie Fisher’s Death
Actress Joely Fisher will reveal the painful struggles and glorious highs that came with being a child of Hollywood royalty in her upcoming memoir, Growing Up Fisher: Musings, Memories, and Misadventures, which she was inspired to write following the unexpected death of her sister, Carrie Fisher.

“I’m a storyteller and everyone in this family expresses themselves through writing to get through life’s milestones,” the 49-year-old told People exclusively about her decision to write the book, which comes out Nov. 14. (See below for the exclusive cover reveal.) “ was of course instigated by the loss of my sister… It
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Carrie Fisher's Brother Todd Reacts to Actress' Autopsy: 'It's No News That Carrie Did Drugs'

Todd Fisher does not believe that the results of his sister Carrie Fisher's autopsy should negatively affect her legacy.

On Monday, the L.A. County Coroner released its full autopsy, which showed that cocaine was among the drugs in the actress' system when she died in December at age 60. However, investigators could not determine what impact the drugs in her system may have had on her death.

"I would tell you, from my perspective that there’s certainly no news that Carrie did drugs," Todd told Et after the autopsy results were revealed. "If you want to know what killed her, it’s all of it."

Watch: Carrie Fisher's Cause of Death Revealed -- Actress Died of Sleep Apnea and 'Other Undetermined Factors'

"Without her drugs, maybe she would have left long ago," he added. "I am not shocked that part of her health was affected by drugs.”

Todd also came
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Battle of the Network Stars Full Cast Announced: The 10 Celebs We’re Most Psyched to See Throw Down

Battle of the Network Stars Full Cast Announced: The 10 Celebs We’re Most Psyched to See Throw Down
This is either going to be really good or so bad, it’s great. But either way, ABC’s relaunch of Battle of the Network Stars (premiering Thursday, June 29 at 9/8c) is looking like the summer’s must-see — especially since on Tuesday the full list of competitors was released. The celebrities we’re most psyched to see throwing down in events like the kayak relay race and dunk tank:

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‘Battle of the Network Stars’ Sets Teams for Series Revival on ABC

‘Battle of the Network Stars’ Sets Teams for Series Revival on ABC
ABC’s revival of “Battle of the Network” stars has set 20 teams of five celebrities each to compete in the upcoming season, the network announced Monday.

Stars from shows such as “Modern Family,” “Pretty Little Liars,” “Scandal,” “Melrose Place,” “Beverly Hills, 90210,” “The Goldbergs,” “How to Get Away with Murder,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “The West Wing,” “Dallas,” “CHiPs,” “Law & Order” and many more will take part in the throwback to the classic series from the 1970’s.

The 10-episode season will pit teams of current and classic TV stars from multiple eras and different genres against one another in a variety of athletic games, like Tug of War, Archery, Kayak Relay, Obstacle Course, and Dunk Tank. The series will premiere June 29 at 9 p.m.

The hosts for “Battle of the Network Stars” are Mike Greenberg and Joe Tessitore of Espn; Cassidy Hubbarth and Cari Champion of Espn will be the sideline reporters. Super
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Joely Fisher’s ‘Oliver Storm’ Gathers Momentum As Feature Helming Debut

Joely Fisher’s ‘Oliver Storm’ Gathers Momentum As Feature Helming Debut
Exclusive: Joely Fisher's $20M feature directorial debut, Oliver Storm, is picking up speed. The project, first announced last year, closed funding during the recent Cannes Film Festival. The Ellen, 'Til Death and Last Man Standing vet is now eyeing a trilogy along with a book and interactive video game for the family adventure. Shooting is set to begin in January. Penned by Tricia Fisher, Gordon Bressack and James Cullen Bressack, the story is centered on the titular…
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Carrie Fisher's Sister Recalls Last Conversation With Actress: 'We Promised to See Each Other'

Carrie Fisher's Sister Recalls Last Conversation With Actress: 'We Promised to See Each Other'
Joely Fisher says since the sudden death of her half-sister, Carrie Fisher, in December, she hasn't experienced the seven stages of grief -- she's experienced "more like 77."

The actresses are the daughters of Eddie Fisher. Joely's mother is actress Connie Stevens, and Carrie's mom is actress Debbie Reynolds, who died a day after her daughter.

Airing on Star Wars Day, May the Fourth Be With You, Joely opens up on Dr. Oz about her sister's legacy, and their last conversations with one another prior to Carrie suffering a heart attack on a flight from London back to the U.S.

"I saw her in November for her [60th] birthday and we had a grand time, the typical Carrie party," Joely recalls of her older sibling, adding that their last conversation was over text message. "[The texts] were from the night before she got on her fateful flight and I've saved them, screen shotted, backed them up
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Carrie Fisher’s Sister Joely Opens Up About the Last Time They Saw Each Other: ‘We Had a Grand Time’

Carrie Fisher’s Sister Joely Opens Up About the Last Time They Saw Each Other: ‘We Had a Grand Time’
Four months after her half-sister Carrie’s death, Joely Fisher is still struggling with her grief.

“They say seven stages of grief. I think it’s more like 77,” the actress, 49, says on a new episode of The Dr. Oz Show airing on Thursday.

“I’m a mother of five people and I am an actress and I’m directing my first movie and I’m doing many things so I have to go on with life,” she says. “But I do find myself seeing those pictures just now … I miss that. I miss her around. I miss being able to call and,
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Ellen DeGeneres Gets Emotional About Iconic Coming-Out Episode: ‘It Was the Hardest Thing I Ever Had to Do’

Ellen DeGeneres Gets Emotional About Iconic Coming-Out Episode: ‘It Was the Hardest Thing I Ever Had to Do’
Ellen DeGeneres is tearfully going down memory lane.

In a clip from Friday’s special episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show celebrating the 20th anniversary of her sitcom’s iconic coming-out episode, the daytime talk show host, 59, says, “I’m Ellen and I’m gay” to open her show.

“Twenty years ago I said that — it was a much bigger deal then,” she continues.

On April 30, 1997, DeGeneres herself didn’t just publicly come out as gay — her character on the ABC hit sitcom Ellen did too. The episode titled “The Puppy Episode” was taped in front of a live audience.
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Flashback: Ellen DeGeneres on Impact of the ‘Ellen’ Coming Out Episode

Flashback: Ellen DeGeneres on Impact of the ‘Ellen’ Coming Out Episode
“I guess what I'm trying to say is...I did get the joke about the toaster oven.”

It’s been 20 years since Ellen Morgan, the former TV alter ego of Ellen DeGeneres, said that famous line in “The Puppy Episode,” when it first aired on April 30, 1997. Of course, this precluded her infamous declaration, “I’m gay,” to the people waiting to depart on flight 316 to Pittsburgh. In the hall of fame, alongside the Mash series finale and this year’s Oscars broadcast, sits an episode of Ellen we now remember as a groundbreaking risk with a lasting impact on TV diversity.

Before starting the show’s fourth season, DeGeneres decided the time was right for her character to come out. More than just a creative decision for the series, it was also to coincide with her own announcement to the public. On April 14, the longtime stand-up comedian gave an interview to Time, appearing on the
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Ellen's Groundbreaking Coming-Out Episode: Cast Reunites on 20th Anniversary — Watch Video

Ellen's Groundbreaking Coming-Out Episode: Cast Reunites on 20th Anniversary — Watch Video
Ellen DeGeneres will commemorate the 20th anniversary of Ellen‘s iconic “Puppy Episode” — during which the then-sitcom star came out as gay on national television (by way of her fictional character) — with the help of a few friends.

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The hour-long tribute, which is set to take place on DeGeneres’ daytime talker on Friday, April 28 (check your local listings), will reunite the comedian with former castmates Joely Fisher, Clea Lewis and David Anthony Higgins. Also on hand for the celebration: Oprah Winfrey — who played DeGeneres
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Ellen DeGeneres to Celebrate 20th Anniversary of Lgbt Landmark “The Puppy Episode”

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It’s been 20 years since Ellen DeGeneres came out as a lesbian — on her ABC sitcom “Ellen” and in real life — and the Emmy-winning talk show host wants to celebrate. Per The Hollywood Reporter, the Medal of Freedom recipient is organizing an hourlong commemoration of “The Puppy Episode,” the landmark two-part ep that featured the main character’s realization that she is gay.

It was an instance of art mimicking life, as the “The Puppy Episode” coincided with DeGeneres’ own coming out via Time magazine. The cover read, next to DeGeneres’ wide grin, “Yep, I’m Gay.”

“Ellen” co-stars Joely Fisher, Clea Lewis, and David Anthony Higgins will appear on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” April 28 to honor “The Puppy Episode,” which aired April 30, 1997. Oprah Winfrey and Laura Dern (“Big Little Lies”), who portrayed the lesbian woman who inspired Ellen to come out, will also be there.

THR notes that this is the first “Ellen” cast reunion since the show ended in 1998, and “the tribute will also feature messages from celebrities and real-life stories of how the episode impacted fans, viewers, and the Lgbt community.”

“The Puppy Episode” helped “usher in a more inclusive era of television,” the source writes. Since then, Lgbtq characters have continuously appeared in larger numbers on television series. Lesbians in particular are well-represented on shows like “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “The Wire,” “Orange Is the New Black,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Pretty Little Liars,” “Orphan Black,” and “Jessica Jones,” to name just a few.

When DeGeneres confirmed both her and her character’s sexual orientation to Time, she observed, “I don’t think I could have done this a long time ago, and I don’t think people would have accepted it as readily as they do now. Now I feel comfortable with myself, and I don’t have to be fearful about something damaging my career if it gets out, because now I’m in control of it — sort of. No one can hurt me now.”

Ellen DeGeneres to Celebrate 20th Anniversary of Lgbt Landmark “The Puppy Episode” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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TVLine Items: Gotham's Spring Trailer, Showtime at the Apollo Series and More

TVLine Items: Gotham's Spring Trailer, Showtime at the Apollo Series and More
“A dark hero will rise,” touts a new promo for the return of Fox’s Gotham (on Monday, April 24 at 8/7c).

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In the spring premiere, “Heroes Rise: How The Riddler Got His Name,” “Nygma convinces himself that he doesn’t need Penguin to succeed and begins to introduce himself to Gotham as The Riddler,” per the official description. Meanwhile, “Bullock and Lucius Fox get caught up in Nygma’s mind games, Gordon learns troubling news about his father’s death and the Court of Owls reveals its next move.
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Debbie Reynolds’ Son Reveals Her Final Moments During Emotional Joint Memorial with Carrie Fisher

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Debbie Reynolds’ Son Reveals Her Final Moments During Emotional Joint Memorial with Carrie Fisher
Fan, friends and family honored the legacies of Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds at an emotional public memorial on Saturday.

The beloved actresses were remembered at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles at a celebration organized by Reynolds’ son Todd Fisher, three months after the film icons died tragically within a day of each other. The public memorial was also streamed live on Reynolds’ website.

During the memorial, Todd spoke to the audience, revealing Reynolds’ heartbreak after Fisher died last year.

“When Carrie died, my mother decided to change her plans a bit. My mother always said to me,
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