Eddie Fisher

Born - Aug 10, 1928 in Philadelphia, PA  |   Died - Sep 22, 2010 in Berkeley, CA  |   Genres - Music [nf], Comedy, Science Fiction

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Biography

As a singer in the '50s Eddie Fisher became a teen idol, starring in his own radio and TV shows; he also appeared in three films. His greatest notoriety stems from his romantic life: in 1959 he divorced actress Debbie Reynolds to marry actress Elizabeth Taylor, and in 1964 Taylor left him to marry her Cleopatra co-star, Richard Burton. Later he married and divorced actress/singer Connie Stevens. Fisher starred in two films, Bundle of Joy (1956) with Reynolds, and Butterfield 8 (1960) with Taylor. He was the father of actress and novelist Carrie Fisher. In 1981 Eddie Fisher authored his autobiography, Eddie: My Life, My Loves.

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  • Nickname was "Sonny Boy," after the song of the same name from the Al Jolson film The Singing Fool (1928).
  • Made his radio debut on Philadelphia radio station WFIL on a children's program called When I Grow Up.
  • Was discovered and thrust into the national spotlight in 1949 by entertainer Eddie Cantor, who saw Fisher performing at a resort in the Catskills in New York.
  • Was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1951; he served a year in Korea.
  • Hosted two variety shows for NBC: Coke Time with Eddie Fisher (1953-57) and The Eddie Fisher Show (1957-59).
  • Penned his autobiography, Eddie: My Life, My Loves, in 1981.
  • Has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame: one for recording and one for acting.