Bright Lights


Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds. HBO 2016.

This documentary of a mother and daughter joined at both the hip and the heart is made even more poignant by their dying within one day of each other. Vintage newsreels, home movies, and film clips of their most famous roles (the ingénue in Singin’ in the Rain, Molly in The Unsinkable Molly Brown for Debbie and Princess Leia in Star Wars  for Carrie) remind us just how large they loomed in the world of entertainment. As one reviewer said, they “loved, resented, wounded, and sustained each other” and theirs was “not just a bond, but a mother-daughter marriage.” We’ll return to Debbie and Carrie in future posts.

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