Family members in attendance included Fisher's daughter Billie Lourd, Fisher's brother Todd and her half-sisters Joely and Tricia Leigh, and Billie's father, Bryan Lourd. This rich, brisk, bittersweet movie, directed by Alexis Bloom and Fisher Stevens, presents a kind of memorial that gives fans of both legends a chance to grieve. It's a sober yet gracious cautionary tale about fame and fandom and a powerful portrait of love in action.
Bloom and Stevens didn't miss a beat. Yet the release of Bright Lights, HBO's new documentary chronicling the stars' relationship, is an unexpected comfort for those still grieving Fisher and Reynolds. But then when Reynolds died, Nevis felt it had to air immediately. From horrifyingly high-profile terrorist attacks to the election of a certain orange-hued individual as the new American president, we're sincerely hoping that 2017 won't suck almost as much. "Your love and support means the world to me". We know the feeling; we're having it right now. It's honestly a miracle she was even able to pick herself up in order to attend the memorial service. I didn't want to be around her. "I'll have to tell you later dear", replied Debbie,"when I can draw you diagrams".
While Todd Fisher was seen carrying his sister's ashes in an urn that seemed to be shaped like a Prozac pill. It was scheduled to premiere on HBO May 8 (Mother's Day) and even when Nevins got word of Fisher's death she was wasn't going to change the airdate. Her early career is framed as a complicated rebellion.
She could not have been more different than her mother, an old-fashioned star of the studio system far more consumed by her image, who we encounter living among the ghosts of her past, from Judy Garland to Frank Sinatra, in the form of her famous memorabilia collection and her memories. If Bright Lights is, at times, a sharp reminder of what's been lost, it's also convincing evidence that wherever Fisher and Reynolds are now, they're nearly certainly together. This nod to her wonderful life and legacy has fans perplexed - it's a seriously interesting urn for one very interesting woman. The Star Wars director George Lucas also made up part of the funeral party.
"Manic-depressive is a disease", Reynolds says.
Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher during Debbie Reynolds sighting at the Town Hall, New York City for the School Benefit at Town Hall - November 6, 1972 at Town Hall, New York City in New York City, New York, United States. Reynolds' house is a model home of old Hollywood success, immaculately kept and impersonal.
Stephen Fry is believed to have delivered a eulogy too, along with Fisher's daughter and Reynolds' granddaugher, Billie Lourd. She was so much fun.
The mother and daughter will be laid to rest at Forest Lawn Ceremony following the ceremony. "Exposure!" responds Fisher with a sharp laugh, recognizing and calling out painful irony. When "Star Wars" didn't lead to a flurry of work, Fisher began writing.
Fisher wrote and most recently appeared on Broadway in her solo show, Wishful Drinking, and also appeared in Agnes of God. Reynolds continues to book performances, which wear her out, so Fisher accompanies her to a cavernous hall in CT and to a shopworn casino in Vegas, where Reynolds zips across the floor on a motor scooter, nearly unrecognizable. The very amusing and very blunt actress always knew how to make an entrance - and entered her own funeral in an urn shaped like a Prozac pill held by her younger brother, Todd Fisher.
Mother and daughter lived next door to one another, with a red brick path connecting the estates, and the camera follows Fisher as she moves from her own kooky home - a revelation of splendid eccentricities - to check up on her mother.
These are problems we're sure to hear about in the coming year, but for now let's take a moment and celebrate the lives of two great actresses.
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