'Bright Lights': Stars, Fans Remember Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds Through Their Documentary
"It's very hard for me to believe they're gone, watching them now, the film freezes time."
Bright Lights: Starring Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher debuted tonight on HBO, giving old friends and fans a chance to mourn the two superstars once again.
The film, directed by Fisher Stevens and Alexis Bloom, centers on the mother-daughter relationship between Carrie Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds. Star Wars star Fisher died after suffering a heart attack last month at 60. Reynolds, her mother and icon from films such as Singin' in the Rain, died one day later at 84.
The film debuted last year at the Cannes Film Festival and had originally been slated for a March premiere on HBO, but was moved up following the deaths of Fisher and Reynolds.
Leading up to the film and following the premiere, friends, colleagues and fans took the opportunity to pay tribute to the late actresses, including Ellen DeGeneres, William Shatner and Carrie's brother Todd Fisher.
Bright Lights airs tonight on HBO. I’ll be watching, and missing Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds.— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) January 7, 2017
"Bright Lights" with Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher has been on for 9 minutes and it is fantastic, moving, revelatory and funny.— John Z. (@jzanier468) January 8, 2017
Watching BRIGHT LIGHTS. Seeing Debbie Reynolds do her thing is a reminder of how much WORK she put in. All the time. Truly astonishing.— Jordan Rossman (@j_rossman) January 8, 2017
Watching the documentary Bright Lights. I love Carrie's house and the story of Debbie & Carrie.— Chef Roo (@WannaRubaDdub) January 8, 2017
"Bright Lights". More sad than bittersweet. You are 35 inside. You are!— Abbe Buck (@abbebuck) January 8, 2017
Going to miss them even more.
I'm glad we're all watching Bright Lights together. pic.twitter.com/TxyA75v4AZ— Louis Peitzman (@LouisPeitzman) January 8, 2017
Watching "Bright Lights" with Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher with my mom. Devastating --- and inspiring.— Theresa Muir (@theresasmets) January 8, 2017
Just finished Bright Lights. That was beautiful and heartbreaking all at once.— Dallas (@Dallirious) January 8, 2017