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Fisher offers sage advice to Hilton, Lohan and young Hollywood

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Dec 29, 2010 | 4:00am EST

The Star Wars icon, who has tackled her fair share of problems, is calling on the new wave of troubled stars to learn from her bad example, clean up and stop throwing away amazing opportunities they're given.

Her missive, published in the new issue of style magazine Black Book, comes at the end of a year when Lohan hit the headlines for violating probation and bouncing from jail to rehab and socialite Hilton was caught with drugs in her purse in Las Vegas.

In her caustic letter the actress and author writes, "(Lindsay's) a mess. She should back out of the whole scene and move to the f**king south of France.

"Life in the spotlight can be cruel. It sets you apart from other people, so that life becomes more about what you are than who you are. That's what happened to me. It's a privileged job, which is why everyone wants it, but it used to mean you earned those privileges based on talent. Now you can become famous for being a spectacle...

"Acquiring celebrity can be an exciting thing, but there never comes a time, once you have it, when you can relax and say, 'Okay, I'm famous now. Isn't this great?' Fame is something you have to maintain, like a weird garden... Don't imagine that Julia Roberts is just kicking back in her house with her kids.

"My advice to Young Hollywood? If you're an actor, learn another skill. Write a book or play an instrument - at the very least, learn to manage your own finances... I wish I'd known all of this earlier, and I wish I'd paid more attention to my life as it was going by."

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