Thursday, September 23, 2010

Eddie Fisher,1928-2010. R.I.P.

Singer Eddie Fisher died yesterday of complications from hip surgery. He was 82.

Fisher achieved stardom in the 1950s both with a nightclub act as well as hosting his own variety show on NBC. But the stardom dimmed by the end of the decade after he divorced actress Debbie Reynolds and left her for Elizabeth Taylor.

Today, such an indiscretion would barely merit a yawn (unless you are dumping Sandra Bullock.)

Fisher and Taylor would divorce five years later. Fisher would marry Connie Stevens and then marry twice more. Taylor would marry Richard Burton (and then again) plus two more husbands over the next quarter century.

Fisher pretty much disappeared from the public limelight in the mid-1980s. To most people, he is probably best known as the father of Carrie Fisher of Princess Leia fame in Star Wars.

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