Following the death of Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds at the end of 2016, HBO made the decision recently to move up the air date of their documentary movie “Bright Lights” to earlier tonight — based on some of the social-media traffic out there, this seems to have been a wise decision. The documentary is offering up fans of the two to heal and see them more in their natural element; basically, it’s allowing them to celebrate them precisely as they were.
Also, it seems as though the doc is drawing praise from someone who knew them best. In a post on Twitter below, you can see a touching message from Carrie’s brother and Debbie’s son Todd Fisher, who reflected on how hard it’s been recovering from losing them, but also how “magical” he found watching the documentary to be. It was raw at times, funny at others, and also of course deeply moving.
What makes the timing of “Bright Lights” airing now all the more emotional is that there is likely going to be a flood of tributes to both actresses coming over the course of the next several weeks. After all, the Golden Globes are tomorrow, and the Academy Awards are coming in February. We’ve also got the SAG Awards on the other side of the horizon, and that is also something that could feature some sort of proper tribute to them.
Regardless of how much the two women are featured, the important thing here ultimately is that we remember their legacy, and take away some of the lessons that they strove to teach about independence, hard word, and taken ownership of your life and your brand. These are ways to help further ensure that neither one of them will be forgotten in the years down the road.
Feel free to share your thoughts on the documentary, if you’ve had a chance to see it, in the comments below.