Carrie Fisher and Oprah
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Carrie says she didn't realize her parents were famous until she was 2 or 3 years old. "Someone said to me, 'What's it like to have a movie star as a mother?' And I had no idea what they were talking about," she says. "I raced home to see if I'd find out what this was." 

Watch Carrie reflect on growing up with famous parents

Because her parents were famous, Carrie says the balance of her family was shifted. The focus was on the parents, not the children. "Normally a family's organized raising the child," she says.

In fact, Carrie says she never wanted to go into show business because of what she saw her parents go through. "Celebrity is just obscurity biding its time. Eventually, all fame will disappear. And I watched that happen," she says. "My mother was no longer wanted in movies by the time she was 40. My dad, I didn't see as much of, but also his career. So I always knew what was coming."

FROM: Living Legend Debbie Reynolds and Her Daughter, Icon Carrie Fisher
Published on February 15, 2011


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