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Carrie Fisher honored for sharing her story

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Writer-actress Carrie Fisher has been honored for her candor in dealing with her bipolar disorder and for raising awareness about the condition.

Fisher received the Utah Film Center's Kim Peek Award for Disability in Media on Friday night in Salt Lake City.

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The Deseret News reports film center founder Geralyn Dreyfous praised Fisher for sharing her bipolar disorder with a mix of humor, defiance and grace.

Fisher says people face a choice of being a victim of bipolar disorder or "taking it on and flying in the face of it."

Fisher, who starred as Princess Leia in the Star Wars trilogy and is the daughter of late singer Eddie Fisher and actress Debbie Reynolds, shared her journey during "An Evening With Carrie Fisher," sponsored by the film center.

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Nov 11, 2012 6:01AM
Love........ Carrie Fisher she's got balls and very funny...
Nov 11, 2012 6:07AM
Nov 12, 2012 9:00AM
Kudos for Carrie Fisher.  She is a great actress..brave l ady.
Nov 12, 2012 9:01AM
A "public" figure such as an actress can bring a lot of attention to the disease.  That way MORE people are aware and will give more to charity.
Nov 11, 2012 11:50PM
it seems to me their calling her disabled by giving her that award..she's not disabled
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