Carrie Fisher’s ex-assistant masters the tell-a-lot novel

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Byron Lane, ex-assistant to Carrie Fisher and author of "A Star Is Bored." <span class="copyright">(Byron Lane / Henry Holt and Co.)</span>
Byron Lane, ex-assistant to Carrie Fisher and author of “A Star Is Bored.” (Byron Lane / Henry Holt and Co.)

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Having covered the movie business for longer than I care to remember, and used to seeing stars routinely treated like royalty, their every whim indulged, I always wondered about the lives of the personal assistants who are at their beck and call 24/7, subject to humiliations that only Trump’s staff could know, with the sole reward being no more than a modest salary and the momentary flicker of reflected fame that lights their lives.

Details about the love-hate relationship that must exist between assistants and their wards are hard to come by, however — whether quashed by nondisclosure agreements or the prospect of being blackballed, thus faced with the

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