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An Evening with Carrie Fisher

For virtually her entire life, Carrie Fisher has been in the public eye—as the daughter of famous Hollywood actors, as one of the stars of an iconic cinematic franchise and metal-bikini-wearing sex symbol to a generation of adolescent film nerds, as a best-selling author and a successful Hollywood screenwriter. But for her visit to Utah, she’s being recognized for something different: her public attempts to bring mental illness out of the shadows.

The Utah Film Center, in conjunction with the Utah Autism Foundation and other community partners, will be presenting Fisher with the second-annual Kim Peek Award for Disability in Media. Named for Salt Lake City native Kim Peek—the real-life inspiration for the film Rain Man—the award honors a public figure whose life and work have helped erase the taboos surrounding discussion of mental illness. Academy Award-winning Rain Man screenwriter Barry Morrow will present the award, and put his Oscar for the film on permanent loan to the Utah Film Center.

In television interviews and in her 2008 memoir, Wishful Drinking, Fisher has addressed her struggles with drug addiction, her diagnosis with bipolar disorder and her ongoing treatment for mental illness. Yet her wry wit and self-deprecating manner has allowed her to tell these stories with a uniquely appealing energy. Fisher’s keynote address will be followed by an onstage interview conducted by KUER’s Doug Fabrizio; a VIP reception will precede the event, and Fisher will sign books for all ticket-holders after the event. (Scott Renshaw)

Date: Nov 9, 2012
Time: 7:30 pm
Phone: 801-355-2787
Address: 138 W. Broadway, Salt Lake City, 84101
Where: Rose Wagner Center