Our (perhaps unrelenting) fascination with stars is the one thing that will endure the ages. Celebrities are there.
We love to see inside the lives of Hollywood stars, musicians and sports heroes. Do they look like us? We were able to learn so much about their lives. We have compiled a list of the top (relatively recent) celebrity documentaries that you can stream right now.
What Happened, Brittany Murphy? (2021)
- Brittany Murphy – the celebrity
- Where can you watch? – HBO Max
Brittany Murphy is best known for her romantic comedies, such as Clueless or Uptown Girls. However, her real life was much darker. She died at 32 from severe pneumonia, iron deficiency, and multiple drug intoxication. True-crime documentary will investigate Murphy’s erratic behavior and drug use towards the end. It will also shed new light on her final days.
Controlling Britney Spires (2021)
- Britney Spears – the celebrity
- Where can you watch? – Hulu
Britney’s father was removed from the conservatorship she had held for 13 years that controlled her finances and life. This arrangement was made public after the Hulu documentary Framing Britney was released in February. The chronological dive into the rise of the pop star, along with the unfavorable media attention and scrutiny that followed, is part of The New York Times Presents series. There have been many Britney-related documentaries since then (including Britney Vs Spears on Netflix, and CNN’s Toxic Britney Spears’ Battle for Freedom), but we chose Controlling Britney Spears, the Hulu follow-up journalistic installment.
Naomi Osaka (2021)
- Naomi Osaka – the celebrity
- Where can you watch? Netflix
Naomi Osaka is a soft-spoken, accomplished sports star who we love. This beautiful portrait of the young biracial tennis star explores her life off the court, including her defeat by Serena Williams in the US Open Final 2018. It also reveals her Haitian and Japanese heritage and how she lives at home. This is a fascinating insider look at a hugely talented athlete.
Demi Lovato: Dancing with The Devil (2021)
- Demi Lovato – the celebrity
- Where can you watch? YouTube
This documentary inspired the article, believe it or not. Demi Lovato’s 2018 documentary Demi Lovato – Simply Complicated is a favorite topic in our office. It sheds light on the ex-Disney star’s nearly fatal overdose, their recovery, and their substance abuse as well as other traumas they have experienced in the music and acting industries.
Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry (2021)
- Billie Eilish – the celebrity
- Where to watch? Apple TV+
You can see the rapid journey of Billie Eilish, a teenage music sensation, from a Soundcloud upload to a Grammys sweep (11 Awards! It’s not surprising that she is so closely followed and constantly at the top of the charts. This documentary gives us a glimpse at the person behind the legend, and shows her in her quietest moments.
This is Paris (2020)
- Paris Hilton – the celebrity
- Where to Watch? YouTube
One interesting trend in documentaries lately is to show a different side of a highly scrutinized and misunderstood 2000s starlet. Paris Hilton is a regular fixture in the media and a star on many reality TV shows. This is why you should see This is Paris. It details her rise in fame, her childhood traumas, and her journey to healing.