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Get Some Tissues and Watch the Trailer for Bright Lights, the Debbie Reynolds-Carrie Fisher Documentary

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“Mother and I live next door to each other,” says Carrie Fisher in the beginning of the recently-released bittersweet trailer for Bright Lights: Starring Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher, premiering January 7 on HBO.  What follows is two minutes of archival footage and home movies of the unshakeable bond of love and friendship that passed between Carrie Fisher and her mother, Debbie Reynolds.


It’s evident from that Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher loved each other fiercely and served as each other’s protectors. Accompanied by plinking, cheerful piano music, the trailer promises a love story and a portrait of a slightly eccentric Hollywood family through crisis and love, mental health and the realities of aging. I’m not a crier, but I teared up and that counts for something.

“I’m my mom’s best friend. Far more than I would ever want to, I know what my mother feels and wants,” Fisher says near the end. That kind of bond is really special. Call your mother, if you can or if you want to and call your grandma for good measure. Gather your tissues and your emotional resolve and watch the trailer below.


Senior Writer, Jezebel

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I can’t believe they’re both really gone.

I’m looking forward to this, the concept is foreign to me. Is this what a semi normal (Celebrity bits aside) mother daughter relationship is like? I can’t imagine what it’s like to have that kind of relationship with my mom. The thought of even going out to lunch with her or going shopping would be really weird. She has struggled with mental health and addiction and likes to recount stories from my childhood to passive aggressively illustrate how annoying I was and how hard working and self sacrificing she was. It bums me out a bit but I’ve wrapped myself so tight in an emotional cocoon that it’s not changing now. Give your moms a hug, if you have that kind of relationship. If you dont feel free to turn this into the parental venting thread.


Let me give you the perfect example that will also make you laugh.

On the way to my cousin’s baby shower a few months ago my mom said “your pregnancy was really hard on me.”



I’m adopted.