Addiction and Mental Illness
DESCRIPTION & BIOGRAPHY:
Behind the Scenes: Mental Illness and Addiction
In this refreshingly candid presentation, director, bestselling author, and Hollywood insider Todd Fisher sheds light on what it was like to spend more than five decades alongside two icons of the silver screen… along with the joys and heartbreaks that were part of the journey.
In a presentation based largely on his book My Girls, Fisher shares stories and lessons from his own life. He moves past tabloid myths and shows audiences what it was really like to see his mother and sister – legends Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher – struggle with addiction, mental illness, and numerous setbacks while maintaining careers as Hollywood royalty. He also shares how the wisdom he gained along the way can help not only the millions of people fighting their own personal demons, but also the friends and family members who love them.
This hour-long presentation is filled with laughs, amazing personal stories, and a powerful message of hope. For an even better event, moderator-driven Q&A sessions are available following his speech.
About Todd Fisher
Todd Fisher is an author, director, and speaker who shares a unique perspective with every audience. Born into Hollywood royalty – son to Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds and brother to Carrie Fisher – he is a veteran of the entertainment industry who has thrived under the media limelight his entire life.
His 2018 book My Girls: A Lifetime With Carrie and Debbie gave a firsthand account of the years he spent as a companion to the pair of iconic women in his life. It also shed light on the personal sides of fame, addiction, and mental illness that followed the family for decades.
Unlike his parents and sister, Todd is best known for his work behind the camera. His lifelong passion for storytelling was apparent early on when he became one of the youngest-ever members of the International Alliance of Theatrical State Employees (IATSE) labor union at the age of fifteen. As a director, he has since received acclaim for his work on Find Your Way Back: A Salute to the Space Shuttle, Blue Angels: A Backstage Pass, and the TBN series Nightlight.
When he’s not working on films, books, or speaking engagements, Todd serves as the CEO of Hollywood Motion Picture Experience (HMPE). In addition, he is a pilot, an ordained minister, and an avid collector of classic film equipment and memorabilia. He enjoys spending time with his wife – award-winning actress and entertainer Catherine Hickland – at the couple’s home in Las Vegas.