The Trailer for the Carrie Fisher–Debbie Reynolds Documentary Will Break Your Heart
Less than two weeks after the deaths of Carrie Fisher and her mother, Debbie Reynolds, a new HBO documentary will share their fierce bond with the world. "Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds" is set to air January 7, but watching the trailer and knowing the backstory — Reynolds passed away a day after her daughter, possibly of a broken heart — makes it highly emotional viewing.
Billed as "an intimate portrait of Hollywood royalty in all its eccentricity," "Bright Lights" rolls home movies of Reynolds in her high-glamour heyday with Fisher's father, the renowned singer Eddie Fisher, who later left her for Elizabeth Taylor. But the trailer will really break your heart with the mother-daughter banter between Reynolds and her daughter.
"Mommy, Mommy, I'm home," Fisher calls in the opening moments, bringing a tray of food to Reynolds, who lived next door to her in Los Angeles. The pair are a bit like a sitcom duo, trading barbs about Reynolds's old-school flip phone and taking meals with the family dogs. "I share everything with my daughter, especially the check," Reynolds jokes in one scene. Later, she quips: "Just do what your mother says. It makes life easier."
But the trailer also hints at what now feels like Fisher's prescient concern for her aging mother. "I'm concerned because my mother is not feeling well," Fisher says. "Age is horrible for all of us, but she falls from a greater height." In another scene, she tells the camera, "I am my mom's best friend." Just this week, Fisher's half sister, actress Joely Fisher, confirmed as much, saying that in the day after Fisher's death, it appeared Reynolds "would not last without [Carrie] on the planet." The mother and daughter will be buried alongside each other on Friday. Grab your tissues, call your mother, and watch the trailer here.
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