Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher’s close bond explored in new HBO documentary

By Sharnaz Shahid

A new documentary focusing on the incredible relationship between Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher is set to air on HBO this coming Saturday (Jan. 7). Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds chronicles the duo’s day-to-day activities from 2014 to 2015. The posthumous documentary comes shortly after the sudden deaths of the beloved mother and her equally famous daughter.

Singin' In the Rain star Debbie died on Wednesday (Dec. 28) aged 84 after a suspected stroke at her son's Beverly Hills home. Her daughter and Stars Wars actress Carrie passed away the previous day from a heart attack she suffered on a plane from London to Los Angeles.


The trailer, which begins with the message "In memoriam", focuses on their close bond between the two women, and how much they cared for each other. Carrie can be seen saying: "Mother and I live next door to each other, separated by one daunting hill. I always come to her." The actress also opened up about her concerns with her mother's memory loss, confessing: "I have to go and start rehearsals for Star Wars seven... I'm concerned because my mother is not feeling well…. My mother, she'll forget that she's not 35. Age is horrible for all of us but she falls from a greater height."

Meanwhile, Debbie talks about her daughter's struggle with mental health. "Manic depression is a disease," the iconic star explains. "That was not diagnosed then, so nobody kind of knew what was going on with Carrie." Her daughter adds: "I went too fast, I was too much, I couldn't handle it."

A still from Bright Lights: with Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds
Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds will air later this week

Directed by Alexis Bloom and Fisher Stevens, the special show will provide access to unseen home movie footage as well as giving fans an insight into the lives. Speaking about their mother-and-daughter bond, the directors told Variety: "When either one entered a room, the energy changed. Quite simply, we were iron filings to their magnets. And never more so than when they were together.

"These women were more than mother and daughter. They were an expression of exquisite humanity in all its travail and triumph. They lived their days boldly. They sung every song worth singing (often together). Carrie and Debbie loved each other profoundly. We are devastated they’re gone. And so very fortunate to have known them at all."

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