Eddie Fisher Dies; Singer Married to Connie Stevens, Debbie Reynolds
by Brian Willett
Eddie Fisher, a popular 1950s pop singer, died Wednesday night in Berkeley, CA. He was 82. Fisher is the father of four children, among them actress Carrie Fisher, who gained famed in the Star Wars saga.
“He was loved & will be missed by his four children as well as his six grandchildren,” Carrie Fischer posted on her Twitter account.
Fisher died from complications related to hip surgery. Fisher was known for selling millions of records, powered by singles such as “Wish You Were Here,” “Lady of Spain” and “Any Time.” However, the affairs of Fisher’s private life at times threatened to tarnish the legacy of his talent.
Fisher married actress Debbie Reynolds in 1955, and the couple had two children, Carrie and Todd. However, Fisher then divorced Reynolds and married Elizabeth Taylor, whom he had met while consoling her following the death of her husband, Mike Todd.
Taylor then fell in love with Cleopatra co-star Richard Burton, and divorced Fisher and married Burton. After that relationship failed, Fisher was publicly humiliated and began gambling and abusing drugs. Fisher married Connie Stevens in 1967, claiming later that it was only because she was pregnant. They divorced in 1969.