"She has been more than a mother to me. Not much, but definitely more. She's been an unsolicited stylist, interior decorator and marriage counselor ... Admittedly, I found it difficult to share my mother with her adoring fans, who thought of her as part of their family."
— presenting the SAG Life Achievement Award to her mother Debbie Reynolds in 2015
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"Because I grew up in a public family, I never really had a private life. And so if those issues are going to be public, I would rather them to be public the way I've experienced them rather than someone else assuming things about me. It's freeing to do it. Shame is not something I aspire to."
"The family is normally organized with the parents raising the child, but the scary thing about it is watching celebrity fade. You're part of their audience. Celebrity is just obscurity biding its time. Eventually, all fame will disappear. I watched that happen. I never wanted to go into show business, because I watched that heartbreak."
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"I loved my father. The man was beyond fun to hang out with, appreciative, playful and eccentrically sweet. But this was also a man who — though he genuinely meant to give bona fide diamonds of only the finest color, cut, and clarity – ultimately was only able to offer cubic zirconium."
— describing her father Eddie Fisher, in her book, Shockaholic
"I discovered fairly early on that it was not like what other people's situation was. My family was who I was looking at, and I was trying to protect myself if I could. There should be a term for what celebrity children go through, which is narcissistic deprivation. The family is organized around the parents or parent and not around the children. The children are what's swept aside by the paparazzi, literally. I could never really be with my mother in public because she belongs to the public, and as a kid I resented it."
"All I was aware of was that daddy met a pretty lady and left mommy, and that a short while after that, the pretty lady met someone else and left daddy, who met another pretty lady, ad infinitum. So what?"
— on her parents' infamous divorce (and her father leaving to marry Elizabeth Taylor)