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DiedSeptember 22, 2010, Berkeley, California, United States
SpouseOh My Pa-Pa, I'm Walking Behind You, I Need You Now, Betty Lin, Terry Richard, Connie Stevens, Elizabeth Taylor, Debbie Reynolds
FactMarried Elizabeth Taylor 3½ hours after divorcing Debbie Reynolds. Taylor was the widow of his close friend Michael Todd.

Eddie Fisher was born on August 10, 1928, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His parents, Kate and Joseph Fisher, were Russian Jewish immigrants. He had four siblings: Rose, Jack, David, and Florence. Fisher was raised in a poor neighborhood and dropped out of high school in order to help support his family. He began his career as a singer with the Paul Whiteman Orchestra. In 1950, he signed a contract with RCA Victor and released his first hit single, “Thinking of You.”

Fisher’s career took off in the early 1950s. He appeared on numerous television shows and had his own radio program. He also starred in two movies, “Mr. Music” (1950) and “Bundle of Joy” (1956). In 1956, he divorced his first wife, Debbie Reynolds, and married Elizabeth Taylor. The couple had two children together, Liza and Maria.

Fisher’s career began to decline in the 1960s. He divorced Taylor in 1964 and married Connie Stevens in 1967. The couple had two children together, Joely and Tricia Leigh. Fisher’s career continued to decline in the 1970s and 1980s. He appeared in a few made-for-television movies and made occasional guest appearances on television shows.

Fisher died on September 22, 2010, at the age of 82. His cause of death was complications from hip surgery. At the time of his death, he was survived by his fourth wife, Betty Lin; his children, Joely, Tricia Leigh, Liza, and Maria; and his grandchildren.

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Full NameEddie Fisher
DiedSeptember 22, 2010, Berkeley, California, United States
Height1.64 m
ProfessionSinger, Entertainer, Spokesperson, Oh My Pa-Pa, I'm Walking Behind You, I Need You Now
EducationThomas Junior High School, South Philadelphia High School, Simon Gratz High School, Oh My Pa-Pa, I'm Walking Behind You, I Need You Now


SpouseOh My Pa-Pa, I'm Walking Behind You, I Need You Now, Betty Lin, Terry Richard, Connie Stevens, Elizabeth Taylor, Debbie Reynolds
ChildrenCarrie Fisher, Todd Fisher, Joely Fisher, Tricia Leigh Fisher, Oh My Pa-Pa, I'm Walking Behind You, I Need You Now
ParentsJoseph Fisher, Kate Winokur, Oh My Pa-Pa, I'm Walking Behind You, I Need You Now


AwardsGolden Globe Award for Television Achievement
NominationsNME Award for Favourite US Male Singer, Primetime Emmy Award for Best Male Singer, Oh My Pa-Pa, I'm Walking Behind You, I Need You Now
MoviesBundle of Joy, BUtterfield 8, Nothing Lasts Forever, Eddie Fisher Sings the Hits, In Concert Series: Eddie Fisher
TV ShowsCoke Time with Eddie Fisher, The George Gobel Show

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1On 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.
2[on Richard Burton] Who could take that scruffy arrogant buffoon seriously?
3By 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.
4Debbie Reynolds was indeed the girl next door. But only if you lived next door to a self-centered, totally driven, insecure, untruthful phony.


1He is survived by six grandchildren.
2In 1951, he was drafted into the United States Army where he was singing with the Army Band and touring bases overseas.
3He was interred at Mount Sinai Memorial Park in Los Angeles, California.
4Married Elizabeth Taylor 3½ hours after divorcing Debbie Reynolds. Taylor was the widow of his close friend Michael Todd.
5He 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.
6In 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.
7Around 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).
8When 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.
9Received billing as 'Stage Manager' in the film All About Eve (1950), although his scenes were cut out of the film.
10During 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.
11His manager was Bill Trowbridge.
12The 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.
13The 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.
14At 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".
15Ex-brother-in-law of John Megna.
16Father-in-law of Christopher Duddy.
17Ex-father-in-law of Paul Simon.
18Father, with singer-actress Connie Stevens of actresses Tricia Leigh Fisher and Joely Fisher.
19Father, with actress Debbie Reynolds, of actress Carrie Fisher and Todd Fisher who was named after Michael Todd.




Carol2015performer: "That's the Chance You Take"
The Deep Blue Sea2011performer: "Anytime"
Wishful Drinking2010TV Movie documentary performer: "If I Loved You", "Oh! My Papa", "Tweedle Dee Dee"
Gossip Girl2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
Saving Grace B. Jones2009performer: "I'm Yours"
That's Amore!: Italian-American Favorites2008TV Movie performer: "Oh! My Papa" - uncredited
Nothing Lasts Forever1984performer: "Oh! My Pa-Pa"
Porky's1981performer: "Anytime"
The Last Picture Show1971performer: "Wish You Were Here" - uncredited
Jack Benny's Bag1968TV Special performer: "Mrs. Robinson" - uncredited
Scent of Mystery1960performer: "SCENT OF MYSTERY"
The 31st Annual Academy Awards1959TV Special performer: "To Love and Be Loved"
The Eddie Fisher Show1958TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Frank Sinatra Show1958TV Series performer - 1 episode
The 28th Annual Academy Awards1956TV Special performer: "Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing"
Coke Time1953-1954TV Series performer - 2 episodes


Spotlight1967TV Series
BUtterfield 81960Steve Carpenter
Suddenly, Last Summer1959Street Urchin (uncredited)
The George Burns Show1958TV SeriesEddie Fisher
The George Gobel Show1957TV SeriesRegular Performer
Bundle of Joy1956Dan Merlin
The Eddie Cantor Comedy Theater1955TV Series


Wishful Drinking2010TV Movie documentary dedicatee
The Last Picture Show1971for their music we thank: courtesy of RCA Records


Intimate Portrait2002TV Series documentaryHimself
Biography2000TV Series documentaryHimself
Ellen1996TV SeriesHimself
Carrie on Hollywood1995TV Series documentaryHimself
Carrie Fisher: The Hollywood Family1995TV SpecialHimself
Vicki!1993TV SeriesHimself
A Closer Look: Elizabeth Taylor1991TV Short documentaryHimself
Hour Magazine1987TV SeriesHimself
Nothing Lasts Forever1984Himself
A Tribute to the Jukebox Award Winners1980TV MovieHimself
Horas doradas1980TV SeriesHimself
The 4th Annual American Music Awards1977TV SpecialHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1966-1975TV SeriesHimself - Co-Host
The Joey Bishop Show1968-1969TV SeriesHimself
Jack Benny's Bag1968TV SpecialHimself
The Ed Sullivan Show1952-1967TV SeriesHimself / Singer / Himself - Singer
The Dean Martin Show1965-1967TV SeriesHimself
The Andy Williams Show1965-1967TV SeriesHimself
The Hollywood Palace1965-1966TV SeriesHimself - Host
The Milton Berle Show1966TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1962-1965TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
The 37th Annual Academy Awards1965TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member
Heavyweight Championship of the World: Muhammad Ali vs. Floyd Patterson1965Himself - National Anthem Singer
Danny Thomas Special: 40th Anniversary of the Coconut Grove1964TV SpecialHimself
What's My Line?1952-1964TV SeriesHimself - Mystery Guest / Himself - Mystery Guest #2 / Himself
The 35th Annual Academy Awards1963TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member
Here's Edie1963TV SeriesHimself
The Merv Griffin Show1962TV SeriesHimself
The 33rd Annual Academy Awards1961TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member
The Jack Paar Tonight Show1960TV SeriesHimself
The 32nd Annual Academy Awards1960TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member
World's Heavyweight Championship Fight: Ingemar Johansson Versus Floyd Patterson1960ShortHimself - National Anthem Singer
Premier Khrushchev in the USA1959DocumentaryHimself
The 31st Annual Academy Awards1959TV SpecialHimself - Performer
The Eddie Fisher Show1957-1959TV SeriesHimself - Host / Himself
The George Gobel Show1954-1959TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest / Himself - Guest Star
The Frank Sinatra Show1958TV SeriesHimself
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall1958TV SeriesHimself
Club Oasis1957TV SeriesHimself
The Gisele MacKenzie Show1957TV SeriesHimself
A Private Little Party for a Few Chums1957TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Bob Hope Show1957TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show1957TV SeriesHimself - Singer
The Steve Allen Show1957TV SeriesHimself
Val Parnell's Sunday Night at the London Palladium1957TV SeriesHimself
The Jackie Gleason Show1954-1957TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest Host
The Walter Winchell Show1956TV SeriesHimself
Atlantic City Holiday1956TV MovieHimself
Salute to Baseball1956TV MovieHimself
The 28th Annual Academy Awards1956TV SpecialHimself - Performer
Person to Person1954-1956TV Series documentaryHimself / Himself - Singer
Ford Star Jubilee1955TV SeriesHimself - Narrator / Host
Dateline: Disneyland1955TV Special documentaryHimself
The Colgate Comedy Hour1951-1955TV SeriesHimself - Singer / Himself - Host / Himself - Cameo Appearance
Texaco Star Theatre1950-1955TV SeriesHimself - Singer
Producers' Showcase1954TV SeriesHimself
Coke Time1953-1954TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Host / Host
Light's Diamond Jubilee1954TV Movie documentaryHimself
Look Up and Live1954TV SeriesHimself
The Martha Raye Show1954TV SeriesHimself
This Is Your Life1953TV SeriesHimself
The George Jessel Show1953TV SeriesHimself
I've Got a Secret1953TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Ford 50th Anniversary Show1953TV MovieHimself
Songs for Sale1951-1952TV SeriesHimself
Cavalcade of Stars1950TV SeriesHimself - Guest Vocalist

Archive Footage

Elizabeth Taylor: A Tribute2011TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards2011TV SpecialHimself - In Memoriam
Wishful Drinking2010TV Movie documentaryHimself
That's Amore!: Italian-American Favorites2008TV MovieHimself
20 to 12007TV Series documentaryHimself
Eddie Fisher Sings the Hits2004VideoHimself
Biography2003TV Series documentaryHimself
Hollywood Legends: Elizabeth Taylor and Shirley Temple2001Video documentary
The Nightclub Years2001TV Special documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Cleopatra: The Film That Changed Hollywood2001TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Art of Amália2000DocumentaryHimself - Singer
E! True Hollywood Story1998TV Series documentaryHimself
Great Romances of the 20th Century: Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton1997TV Short documentaryHimself
Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's1997DocumentaryHimself (with Debbie Reynolds) (uncredited)
Good Old Days Part II1978TV SpecialHimself
The Hollywood Palace1970TV SeriesHimself
Hollywood My Home Town1965DocumentaryHimself
Hollywood: The Great Stars1963TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)


Won Awards

1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameTelevisionOn 8 February 1960. At 1724 Vine Street.
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameRecordingOn 8 February 1960. At 6241 Hollywood Blvd.
1958Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USATelevision AchievementCoke Time (1953)

Nominated Awards

1956Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsBest Male Singer
1955Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsBest Male Singer

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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