Obi Wan Kenobi Is Not Our Only Hope

America has lost a princess. When Carrie Fisher passed, most Americans were quick to point out the impact Fisher had on cinema in the pivotal Star Wars role of Princess Leia; in theater, with her quirky one woman show; and in print, with numerous bestsellers laced with wit, humor and candor. But the mental health community has lost its queen, a vocal, ruthlessly honest and vulnerable advocate, who normalized mental illness and provided a hopeful example of a person living with bipolar disorder and working her recovery. One of Fisher’s greatest lines came in a 2009 interview with the Associated Press when she said, “We are only as sick as our secrets. That just makes me really healthy.” An example of the heart that would ultimately fail her: Singer-songwriter James Blunt told me he was introduced to Fisher in London and described to her the album he hoped to create. At that point in his career, he was broke and without options. Fisher put him up in her Los Angeles home and allowed him to stay rent free until “Back to Bedlam” was born. James described it as one of the most creative, life-affirming experiences he’d ever had, a generosity he hadn’t experienced previously. She asked for nothing in return. There was good food, great humor and Fisher even placed a cardboard cutout of her character of Princess Leia outside James’s guest bedroom. “Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi, you’re my only hope.” Fisher had long conversati...
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