Eddie Fisher, Singer and TV and Movie Star and Father of Joely and Carrie Fisher, Dies at 82

Sep 24, 2010  •  Post A Comment

Eddie Fisher, who sold millions of records and had high-profile marriages to Elizabeth Taylor and Debbie Reynolds, has died, reports the Associated Press. He was 82. 

Fisher died on Wednesday evening at his Berkeley, Calif., home from complications due to hip surgery, the story says. Fisher’s children became stars in their own rights. Carrie Fisher, a daughter from his marriage with Reynolds, went on to star in the first three "Star Wars" movies as Princess Leia, while Joely Fisher, one of his children from his marriage with actress Connie Stevens, has starred in television shows such as "Ellen" and "Desperate Housewives."

After getting out of the Army in 1953, Eddie Fisher had his own television show, the variety program "Coke Time With Eddie Fisher," which ran on NBC from 1953 to 1957, and made appearances on other TV shows such as Perry Como’s program. Later, he starred in movies such as "Butterfield 8" with Elizabeth Taylor, although that film marked the end of his movie career, the story says.

After he was left by Taylor for her "Cleopatra" co-star Richard Burton, Fisher became the punchline for comedians’ jokes and started using drugs to get through performances, the obituary says.


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