Carrie Fisher &
Debbie Reynolds

Carrie Fisher & Debbie Reynolds

Princess Leia & Unsinkable Tammy in Hell

Darwin Porter, Danforth Prince

It's history's first comprehensive, unauthorized overview of the greatest mother-daughter act in showbiz history, Debbie Reynolds ("hard as nails and with more balls than any five guys I've ever known") and her talented, often traumatized daughter, Carrie Fisher ("one of the smartest, hippest chicks in Hollywood"). Evolving for decades under the unrelenting glare of public scrutiny, each became a world-class symbol of the social and cinematic tastes that prevailed during their heydays as celebrity icons in Hollywood.

Now, for the first time, their thousands of fans can read about the combative but ferociously loyal relationship of the "boop-boop-a-doop" girl with her intergalactic STAR WARS daughter, Princess Leia, and their iron-willed strength during their "true grit" battles to out-race changing tastes in Hollywood.

According to its co-author and publisher, Danforth Prince, "We've defined this as the ultimate conversation-starter for savvy matriarchs transmitting lifestyle advice to their daughters or granddaughters. It's a Mother's Day celebration of the ties that bind (and sometimes torment) different generations of inter-related women, each navigating their way through the shifting currents of pop culture."

Loaded with never-before published revelations about "who was doing what to whom" during the final gasps of Golden Age Hollywood, it's a one-of-a-kind, All-American saga about the price of glamour, career-related pain, family anguish, romantic betrayals, lingering guilt, and the volcanic shifts that affected a scrappy, wryly funny mother-daughter team—and everyone else who ever loved the movies.


Paperback 978-1-936003-57-0 $34.95
Trim size 6x9 Ppg 630

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About the Author:

“Darwin Porter is the master of guilty pleasures. There is nothing like reading him for passing the hours. He is the Nietzsche of Naughtiness, the Goethe of Gossip, the Proust of Pop Culture. Porter knows all the nasty buzz anyone has ever heard whispered in dark bars, dim alleys, and confessional booths. And lovingly, precisely, and in as straightforward a manner as an oncoming train, his prose whacks you between the eyes with the greatest gossip since Kenneth Anger. Some would say better than Anger.” (as quoted from Alan W. Petrucelli’s THE ENTERTAINMENT REPORT at

Porter began his career writing about politics and the entertainment industry for Knight Newspapers and The Miami Herald. Today, he’s one of the most prolific biographers in the world. His portraits of Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, J. Edgar Hoover, Vivien Leigh, Laurence Olivier, Howard Hughes, John and Jackie Kennedy, Paul Newman, Merv Griffin, Steve McQueen, Marlon Brando, Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn, and Michael Jackson have generated widespread reviews and animated radio and blogsite commentaries worldwide. Some of his biographies have been serialized to millions of readers in The Sunday Times of London and The Mail on Sunday.

Porter is also the well-known original author of many editions of The Frommer Guides, a respected travel guidebook series that’s among the most prominent and well-respected in the world.

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