The Trailer For HBO’s Upcoming Documentary ‘Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher And Debbie Reynolds’ Will Leave You In Shambles

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by daniel barna

A lot has been written about the relationship between actress Carrie Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds after their sudden deaths, within a day of one another, rocked the Hollywood community last week. Now, we'll get a window into that relationship thanks to HBO's upcoming documentary Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds

In an exclusive first look at the trailer, courtesy of People magazine, we see archival footage of shot by directors Alexis Bloom and Fisher Stevens in 2014 and 2015. It features Fisher and Reynolds hanging out in their Beverly Hills compound, as Reynolds gets set to receive her Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award. 

In a new interview with People, Stevens and Bloom described what it was like spending time with the Hollywood icons. "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,” they said. “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." 

Fisher and Reynolds' relationship was a tumultuous one, as both women suffered personal hardships while trying to balance the pressures of Hollywood. But through it all, they endured, and that's what shines through in Bright Lights, according to the filmmakers themselves. “We started out making a film about Hollywood royalty,” they said. “And we ended up making a film about love.” 

Bright Lights: Starring Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher, premieres January 8 on HBO. Watch the trailer above.