WATCH: Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds

HBO recently announced that Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, a documentary chronicling the famous pair’s real-life mother-daughter story, will make an early debut on Saturday, January 7. Bright Lights is co-directed and produced by Alexis Bloom, a graduate of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.

“Debbie isn’t from a ‘verite documentary era,’” said Bloom in a June interview with the J-School. “She’s definitely more used to performing, preferably with a script. She wasn’t super keen on granting us access. She likes a bit of distance, and to be in the driver’s seat. But we respected that, and worked around it.”

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I grew up as a classmate of Carrie in Beverly Hills. I really appreciated the documentary which was a very accurate portrayal of both Carrie and Debbie. I had an opportunity to have a private luncheon with Carrie five years ago. I was saddened to see her struggles on so many fronts. The film highlighted her loving and caring side which was such a fine tribute to her while we were all grieving.
A Phi Beta Kappa Cal Graduate ’69, Jonathan Reinis, produced Carrie’s theatrical production, Wishful Drinking, which started here in Berkeley at BRT and traveled throughour the country and ran on Broadway in 2009-10.

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