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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 10 August 1928Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Date of Death 22 September 2010Berkeley, California, USA  (complications after hip surgery)
Birth NameEdwin John Fisher
Height 5' 4½" (1.64 m)

Mini Bio (2)

Young crooner, protege of Eddie Cantor; got first wide exposure as frequent guest performer on Cantor's early-50's TV broadcasts. Later responsible for million-selling records during the 50's, including "Any Time" (his signature song), "O My Papa!" and many others.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Bill Takacs <kinephile@aol.com>

In 1953 Eddie Fisher was given his own fifteen minute TV show called Coke Time (1953), sponsored by the Coca-Cola company. This show proved to be so popular that Coke then offered Eddie a $1 million contract to be their national spokesperson. A deal of that magnitude was almost unheard of at this time and helped push Fisher towards being one of the most popular singers by 1954. In 1955 Eddie married Debbie Reynolds and daughter Carrie Fisher was born a year later, followed by son Todd Fisher in l958. Later that year, the scandal of the decade broke when stories of Eddie's affair with Elizabeth Taylor were made public. She had been widowed earlier that year when her husband Michael Todd, Eddie's best friend, died in a plane crash. The bad publicity that followed did a great deal of damage to Eddie's career, while it actually increased the amount of money Elizabeth was offered for films. He and Liz did the movie BUtterfield 8 (1960), which actually earned Taylor an Academy Award, though it was received with mixed reviews. From there Liz went on to star in Cleopatra (1963), with Richard Burton, another scandal and divorce for Liz. . With his TV show long gone and hit records a thing of the past, his career in the sixties consisted mainly of stage shows in Las Vegas, New York, and smaller venues as time went on. For a few years he was married to Connie Stevens and they had two daughters, Joely Fisher and Tricia Leigh Fisher before divorcing in 1968. Eddie Fisher has written two autobiographies, the latest "Been There, Done That" published with great controversy. It seems some of the women in his past, including Debbie Reynolds, did not care for his portrayal of them. He must be given credit however, for owning up to his own actions, which led to the degradation of his career. His fifth wife, Betty Lin, passed away from lung cancer on April 15, 2001.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Sheryl Reeder <sherry@reeder.com>

Spouse (5)

Betty Lin (14 July 1993 - 15 April 2001) (her death)
Terry Richard (29 October 1975 - 1976) (divorced)
Connie Stevens (9 February 1967 - 1969) (divorced) (2 children)
Elizabeth Taylor (12 May 1959 - 6 March 1964) (divorced)
Debbie Reynolds (18 September 1955 - 1959) (divorced) (2 children)

Trivia (19)

Father, with actress Debbie Reynolds, of actress Carrie Fisher and Todd Fisher who was named after Michael Todd.
Father, with singer-actress Connie Stevens of actresses Tricia Leigh Fisher and Joely Fisher.
Ex-father-in-law of Paul Simon.
Father-in-law of Christopher Duddy.
Ex-brother-in-law of John Megna.
At the height of his popularity, during the 1950s, Fisher was, along with Perry Como and Elvis Presley, RCA Victor's top-selling pop vocalist. His many hits during this period, all well remembered, include: "Anytime" (his first big hit), "Oh, My Pa-Pa", "Wish You Were Here", "I Need You Now", "Dungaree Doll", "I'm Walking Behind You", "Heart", "Games That Lovers Play" and "Somebody Like You".
The son of Russian Jewish immigrants, according to Eddie, the family's surname was originally either Tisch or Fisch. Between Ellis Island and Philadelphia, it had become Americanized as Fisher.
The first person to ever make a fan club for him was a then thirteen-year old Rona Barrett, who later became his life-long friend.
His manager was Bill Trowbridge.
During an April 2007 Entertainment Tonight (1981) interview with Mary Hart, ex-wife Elizabeth Taylor revealed that she recently telephoned him and they spoke for the first time in over 40 years.
Received billing as 'Stage Manager' in the film All About Eve (1950), although his scenes were cut out of the film.
When he declared bankruptcy in 1970 in San Juan, Puerto Rico he listed $916,300 in debts and $40,000 in assets in municipal bonds held by the Bank of America as security on a loan.
Around 1956, Eddie Fisher and his agent Lew Wasserman were discussing roles for Fisher's acting debut. A project being discussed at the time was "What Makes Sammy Run?" by Budd Schulberg and Stuart Schulberg. Fisher wanted to play aggressive producer Sammy Glick, "the ultimate Jewish hustler. I knew a lot of real Sammy Glicks and I felt confident that was a character I could play." Lew Wasserman decided that the character was too much of a classic negative Jewish stereotype and that it would be bad for Fisher to play it. So Fisher went in the complete opposite direction (in retrospect, perhaps too far) with then-wife Debbie Reynolds in the squeaky clean comedy that Fisher hated, Bundle of Joy (1956), a film made to capitalize on the birth of their daughter, future Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) "Princess Leia" Carrie Fisher. The Schulberg project "What Makes Sammy Run?" was eventually produced in two parts for Sunday Showcase (1959): Sunday Showcase: What Makes Sammy Run?: Part 1 (1959) and Sunday Showcase: What Makes Sammy Run?: Part 2 (1959).
In Suddenly, Last Summer (1959), he appeared uncredited as a street urchin begging for food from Catherine Holly, the character played by his wife at the time, Elizabeth Taylor.
He was awarded 2 Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6241 Hollywood Boulevard for Television at 1724 Vine Street in Hollywood, California.
Left first wife Debbie Reynolds for second wife Elizabeth Taylor who was the widow of his close friend Michael Todd.
He was interred at Mount Sinai Memorial Park in Los Angeles, California.
In 1951, he was drafted into the United States Army where he was singing with the Army Band and touring bases overseas.
He is survived by six grandchildren.

Personal Quotes (4)

Debbie Reynolds was indeed the girl next door. But only if you lived next door to a self-centered, totally driven, insecure, untruthful phony.
By the time I was thirty-three years old I'd been married to America's sweetheart and America's femme fatale and both marriages had ended in scandal; I'd been one of the most popular singers in America and had given up my career for love; I had fathered two children and adopted two children and rarely saw any of them; I was addicted to methamphetamines and I couldn't sleep at night without a huge dose of Librium. And from all this I had learned one very important lesson: There were no rules for me. I could get away with anything so long as that sound came out of my throat.
[on Richard Burton] Who could take that scruffy arrogant buffoon seriously?
On his service in the United States Army: The Army gave me a lot more than I gave it. Why I did shows I never would have done. In the rain, the mud, off the backs of trucks, without a mike and sometimes without even music.

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