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Also Known As: Edwin Jack Fisher Died: September 22, 2010
Born: August 10, 1928 Cause of Death: Complications from hip surgery
Birth Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Profession: singer, actor

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From 1950 to 1956, singer Eddie Fisher was arguably among the most popular entertainers in America. Blessed with matinee idol looks and a honeyed voice, he enjoyed over 15 Top Ten hits on the music charts, as well as favored-nation status among the public thanks to his marriage to actress Debbie Reynolds. Like Icarus, he plummeted from the uppermost ranks of stardom to persona non grata when he indulged in an affair with Elizabeth Taylor shortly after the death of her husband, producer Mike Todd. The resulting scandal was irrevocably linked to Fisher's career for the remainder of his life; by the time of his death in 2010, obituaries devoted more space to the details of the affair than to his music and acting careers. Fisher remained, even in death, one of the most harrowing cautionary tales about the price of fame in Hollywood.

From 1950 to 1956, singer Eddie Fisher was arguably among the most popular entertainers in America. Blessed with matinee idol looks and a honeyed voice, he enjoyed over 15 Top Ten hits on the music charts, as well as favored-nation status among the public thanks to his marriage to actress Debbie Reynolds. Like Icarus, he plummeted from the uppermost ranks of stardom to persona non grata when he indulged in an affair with Elizabeth Taylor shortly after the death of her husband, producer Mike Todd. The resulting scandal was irrevocably linked to Fisher's career for the remainder of his life; by the time of his death in 2010, obituaries devoted more space to the details of the affair than to his music and acting careers. Fisher remained, even in death, one of the most harrowing cautionary tales about the price of fame in Hollywood.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Nothing Lasts Forever (1984) Himself
3.
 BUtterfield 8 (1960) Steve Carpenter
4.
 Bundle of Joy (1956) Dan Merlin
5.
 All About Eve (1950) Stage manager
6.
 Intimate Portrait: Joely Fisher (2003) Interviewee
7.
 Gossip: Tabloid Tales (2002) Interviewee
8.
 Perry Como: The Singing Barber (2000) Interviewee
9.
10.
 Operation Entertainment (1954) Guest
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Started singing in several amateur contests
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Made his radio debut on WFIL, a local Philadelphia radio station
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Performed on "Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts," a popular radio show
1949:
Discovered by Eddie Cantor while performing at Grossinger's Resort in the Borscht Belt
1949:
Signed with RCA Victor
1950:
Feature acting debut, "All About Eve"
1951:
Drafted into the U.S. Army and served a year in Korea
1952:
Was the official vocal soloist for The United States Army Band (Pershing's Own)
1952:
Released debut album, <i>Eddie Fisher Sings</i>
1952:
Substitute host for "The Scott Music Hall" (NBC)
1953:
Hosted his own variety series, "Coke Time with Eddie Fisher" (NBC)
1956:
Co-starred with then-wife Debbie Reynolds in the musical comedy "Bundle of Joy"
1957:
Starred in the series, "The Eddie Fisher Show" (NBC)
1960:
Offered a serious turn in the drama "Butterfield 8" with second wife Elizabeth Taylor
1960:
Dropped by RCA Victor and briefly recorded on his own label, Ramrod Records
1964:
Recorded "Sunrise, Sunset" from "Fiddler on the Roof"
1965:
Recorded the album <i>Eddie Fisher Today</i>
1966:
Returned to RCA Victor and released the hit single "Games That Lovers Play" with Nelson Riddle
1968:
Last album for RCA was an Al Jolson tribute, <i>You Ain't Heard Nothin' Yet</i>
1981:
Published his autobiography, <i>Eddie: My Life, My Loves</i>
1984:
Released final album on the Bainbridge record label, <i>After All</I>
1999:
Penned a second autobiography, <i>Been There, Done That</i>
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Education

South Philadelphia High School: Philadelphia , Pennsylvania -
Simon Gratz High School: Philadelphia , Pennsylvania -

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wife:
Debbie Reynolds. Actor. Married September 26, 1955, divorced May 1959.
wife:
Elizabeth Taylor. Actor. Married 1959, divorced March 6, 1964.
wife:
Connie Stevens. Married 1966, divorced.
wife:
Betty Linn. Fifth marriage; married July 1993.
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father:
Joseph Fisher.
mother:
Kate Fisher Stupp. Died June 12, 1991; Soviet immigrant.
daughter:
Carrie Frances Fisher. Actor, writer. Born October 21, 1956; mother Debbie Reynolds.
son:
Todd Emanuel Fisher. TV commercial director, film producer. Born February 24, 1958; mother Debbie Reynolds; produced first feature film, "Twogether" (1992).
daughter:
Joely Fisher. Actor, singer. Born October 29, 1967; mother Connie Stevens.
daughter:
Tricia Leigh Fisher. Actor, singer. Born 1970; mother Connie Stevens.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Eddie: My Life, My Loves"
"Been There, Done That" St. Martin's Press

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