First Trailer for the HBO Documentary “Bright Lights” With Carrie Fisher And Debbie Reynolds

Star Wars fans and people around the world are still mourning the deaths of Carrie Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds. Now they have the opportunity to get an insight into their complicated personal and professional relationship, and deep familial love in the documentary “Bright Lights”.  After its Cannes premiere, the documentary will debut on HBO on January 7th at 8PM EST.


People Magazine has an exclusive first look and a brief interview with directors Alexis Bloom and Fisher Stevens.




“At the one end of the family compound in Beverly Hills lived Debbie Reynolds, star of Singin’ in the Rain, with Dorothy’s red slippers from The Wizard of Oz on the mantelpiece,”Stevens and Bloom tell PEOPLE in the new cover storyThe directors shared exclusive written memories with PEOPLE. “Adjacent was Princess Leia, in a house where Bette Davis once lived. You don’t get more Hollywood royalty than that. Storytelling magic lived around them… They had what Carrie called ‘rampant empathy’ for each other.”

“We started out making a film about Hollywood royalty,” they added. “And we ended up making a film about love.”


Vintage family films and archival footage were used in the documentary and the directors got access to their adjacent homes. The documentary was filmed for more than a year in 2014 and 2015 leading up to Reynolds’ preparation to receive her Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award — which Fisher presented to her.


The two vibrant women are surely going to bring both laughs and tears in this documentary made more poignant by their passing.


Carrie Fisher died on December 27th, after she went into cardiac arrest on her flight from London several days prior. Her mother, Debbie Reynolds, died a day later on December 28th. According to ABC News, a private joint memorial has been set for family members and close friends in Los Angeles on Thursday. A public event is also in the works.



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7 thoughts on “First Trailer for the HBO Documentary “Bright Lights” With Carrie Fisher And Debbie Reynolds

  • January 4, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    Looks like it will be worth watching. Watching Carrie joke around could never be bad.

    • January 4, 2017 at 11:15 pm

      Re: Carrie joke around
      Will definitely miss her wit & cutting/biting/raw sense of humour.
      Wonder if she truly knew how much joy & laughter her humour gave people?

  • January 4, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    I’ll check it out. Though i question HBO moving up the premiere, but that’s probably my cynical side thinking they are trying to capitalize on the timing.

    • January 4, 2017 at 6:30 pm

      Of course they are. They’ll try and pass it off as a tribute, but clearly it’s for the ratings. Strike while the iron is hot, as they say.

      • January 4, 2017 at 6:42 pm

        Part of me definitely believes that. Part of me hopes, the side that doesn’t want to be so cynical, that those behind the documentary wanted it moved up so that many more people would see whats now a tribute.

    • January 4, 2017 at 7:40 pm

      Worse was “This is it”: the company who killed Michael Jackson scheduling way too much concerts, capitalizing the concerts he couldn’t do with a movie that basically tries to hide the hell of a last month he had.

  • January 4, 2017 at 8:27 pm

    I have not read any of her books.
    I have watched one show from 6 years ago or more about a theatrical show/monologue Carrie Fisher had.
    She showed naked her life and her relatives, even a bit about George Lucas… some parts are hilarious.
    And also we can understand in it that she was truly the most similar to a Princess or Aristocracy in a Republic (USA) who avoided from foundation monarchy and nobility…
    She talks about it in the show, he grew up in a silver spoon enviroment but also probably toxic/poisoned or may be spoiled, that last is my personal interpretation of her sarcastic speech in the show.

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