In 1990’s Postcards from the Edge, Meryl Streep portrayed Suzanne Vale – a semi-autobiographical tale about Carrie Fisher and her relationship with her mother, Debbie Reynolds. Streep took on Fisher’s role, while Doris Mann – a loose incarnation of Reynolds – played Shirley MacLaine.
In an interview with Larry King, Reynolds once said that the postcards were not about her and her daughter. Over the years, Still, Streep and Fisher spoke about the practical basis on which the dramatized story for Postcards was constructed.
Edge Postcards was a step in Streep and Fisher’s close friendship.
Fisher talked about their friendship during AFI’s 32nd Lifetime Achievement Award Ceremony, where Streep was honoured, and listed the day she learned not to mess with the Iron Lady star.
Carrie Fisher speaks about the ‘vicious mosquito swatter,’ Meryl Streep
Fisher told a little story about the time she visited her friend for a few days while celebrating Streep at the Lifetime Achievement Awards. She had shared:
“So, I was visiting Meryl for a few days last summer when she asked me to help her in her garden. It seemed that a certain type of beetle was shamelessly eating her raspberry plants, and something needed to be done, and quickly. It seemed that Meryl and I needed to kill some insects. She was this vicious bug-buster with no conscience. I learned something that day: don’t mess with Meryl.”
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Who would have thought that Streep would have something in common with her eventual character, the “Into the Woods” witch: “Never, ever mess with [her]greens.” Except with her raspberries in real life, particularly.
Fisher thanked the actress for her inspiring performance, after joking about the bug crusher.
Carrie Fisher speaks about Meryl Streep and ‘The Edge Postcards’
Fisher clarified that she learned the “hard way” that people are not trying to outdo Streep. She had shared:
I had to figure out the hard way out. Not because I bumped into her, well, I was her, in my semi-autobiographical screenplay Postcards from the Brink, in the sense that she was basically playing me. I started to see the pain and disappointment in the eyes of my family and friends every day after Postcards debuted, every time I wasn’t Meryl.
It turns out that there is a term for this condition: Meryl-noma Streep-tococcus. Meryl, you are either the best friend a person might have or the world’s best goddamn actress. Fisher | AFI Lifetime Achievement Awards
And if awards and nominations mean something, as Streep has racked up 21 Oscar nominations and three wins, she might be the “best damn actress in the world,”