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Actress Carrie Fisher says she had a friendship with Michael Jackson that took place "mostly on the phone," but that she had a great understanding of his struggle with fame.
On this morning's Today show, Fisher spoke to Matt Lauer about her own fight with drug and alcohol addiction, as well as her impressions of the late superstar musician. (Matt referred to Fisher as one of his "favorite people.")
Fisher, who first rose to fame for her portrayal of Princess Leia in the Star Wars movies, said that she sympathized with Jackson's position in life because being a celebrity is "radioactive" and tends to taint the way people perceive and interact with you.
"Children don't understand the abstraction of celebrity," Fisher said as they showed a photo of Jackson reading one of her books. "They just wanna play."
But it wasn't all heavy, somber talk for Fisher, who has become known as a funnywoman who can look at some of the darkest times in her life with an acute sense of humor.
For example, when her first husband, Brian Lourd, left her for a man and blamed their breakup on Carrie's drug addiction, she recounted her so-true-you-can't-help-but-laugh response to the divorce.
"He told me I turned him gay by taking codeine again. I said: I never read that warning on the label. I thought it said 'heavy machinery' not 'homosexuality'."
Carrie is currently promoting her one-woman Broadway show, Wishful Drinking, which is a spinoff of her wry memoir of the same name. The show is currently in previews and officially opens Sunday, Oct. 4.
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