CALIFORNIA, United States, Thursday February 28, 2013 – Actress Carrie Fisher, best known for her role as Princess Leia in the first three “Star Wars” movies, was briefly hospitalised after delivering an unusual stage performance in a show aboard a cruise ship in the Caribbean last week.
The episode came to light after being captured on video and subsequently posted on celebrity website TMZ, which also reported on the incident.
The video clip depicts the seemingly disoriented actress singing “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and “Skylark”, intermittently appearing to slur her words and struggle to remember the lyrics.
Fifty-six-year-old Fisher also appears to use paper as an improvised poop-scoop to clean up after a dog that accompanies her on stage, and then stuff the paper and its contents into a couch behind her.
In a statement on Tuesday, Fisher’s spokesperson Carol Marshall attributed the strange episode to the actress’ bipolar disorder.
“There was a medical incident related to Carrie Fisher’s bipolar disorder,” Marshall said. “She went to the hospital briefly to adjust her medication and is feeling much better now.”
The actress’ struggle with bipolar disorder is well documented, and in her 2009 memoir “Wishful Drinking,” she also described her alcoholism and drug abuse.
Fisher is also the author of the bestselling novel “Postcards from the Edge” about an actress recovering from drug addiction, and went on to write the screenplay for a 1990 movie adaptation of the book.
The actress/author is the daughter of Hollywood star Debbie Reynolds and vocalist Eddie Fisher. In addition to starring in the original “Star Wars” trilogy, she has had a recurring role on the animated comedy “Family Guy” and has made guest appearances in several other television shows. Click here to receive free news bulletins via email from Caribbean360. (View sample)