added: Tue, Jan 3rd '17
In a year of shocking celebrity deaths, their untimely departures may have been the most heartbreaking.
When news broke out that iconic "Star Wars" actress Carrie Fisher passed away last week on Tuesday, December 27, four days after suffering a major stroke while on an airline flight from London to Los Angeles, the world was stunned beyond belief. The news only got more tragic and gut-wrenching when a day later Fisher's 84-year-old mother, the legendary entertainer Debbie Reynolds, also died from a stroke, seemingly due to complications of a broken heart.
What people may not have known is that Carrie and Debbie had completed work on a new retrospective documentary for HBO, titled "Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds," which is directed by award-winning documentary producers Alexis Bloom (We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks) and Fisher Stevens (The Cove).
Filmed over a year ago, the 95-minute documentary chronicles Carrie and Debbie's incredible mother-daughter relationship, charting their personal struggles from Carrie's mental issues to Debbie's health problems.
HBO is planning to premiere "Bright Lights" this weekend, beginning on Saturday, January 7. And the network has just released a trailer, which offers a look at Carrie and Debbie's unbelievable bond.
Sidenote: Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds will have a joint funeral and will be laid to rest together with a private memorial service set for Thursday and Friday.
In light of the recent and unexpected deaths of both Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, HBO Documentary Films presents this intimate portrait of Hollywood royalty in all its eccentricity. Carrie Fisher and her mother, Debbie Reynolds, live in the same Beverly Hills compound. The 83-year-old grand dame still has a Las Vegas act, but performing is taking its toll. Carrie's response is both hilarious and heart-rending. Featuring vintage family films that bring iconic old-world Hollywood to life, as well as extensive verite footage, the film is directed by Alexis Bloom and Fisher Stevens.
directed by Alexis Bloom, Fisher Stevens
release date January 7, 2017 (on HBO)