Love story

Trailer for HBO’s Carrie Fisher & Debbie Reynolds doc ‘Bright Lights’ is gruelingly bittersweet

“It’s a love story. Carrie wanted to make ‘Bright Lights’ for Debbie and Debbie wanted to make it for Carrie.”

That’s HBO Documentary Films president Sheila Nevins, talking to Variety about the upcoming Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, who died last month only a day apart from each other.

Related: Carrie Fisher dies at age 60

The trailer features Fisher and Reynolds riffing on cell phones and memory loss while pawing through old photos and touches upon Fisher’s well-documented bouts of mental illness, chronicled in her books Shock-a-holic and Wishful Drinking. 

Fisher died at the age of 60 following a heart attack on a flight from London to LA, and 84-year-old Reynolds was hospitalized and died the next day.

Related: Film legend Debbie Reynolds dies at 84, one day after daughter Carrie Fisher

The documentary’s premiere date has been moved up to January 7 following the loss. And as you’ll see below, the footage is quite gutting, even for the callow.


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  • DavidThomasCurran

    Sobbing ridiculously now.

  • MediaGuy

    who were these people?

  • stadacona

    Carrie Fisher looked AWFUL. Haggard and with one foot in the grave. That’s what a druggie lifestyle gives you. Her mother looked fantastic though.


    Do I defect a Grey Gardens vibe..only more optimistic?



  • McBlee

    It is amazing how close they were. I’ve loved both from the first time I saw each one on screen.
    Debbie Reynolds in “Singing In The Rain” Carrie in “Shampoo” So very sad they are both gone, but the afterlife is filled with laughter along with Robin Williams.

  • jbone14

    I’m absolutely ecstatic about this! Two of my favorites.

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