Eddie Fisher
Eddie Fisher
Edwin John "Eddie" Fisher was an American entertainer. He was the most successful pop singles artist of the first half of the 1950s, selling millions of records and hosting his own TV show. Fisher left his first wife, actress Debbie Reynolds, to marry Reynolds's best friend, actress Elizabeth Taylor, when Taylor's husband film producer Mike Todd died. This event garnered scandalous and unwelcome publicity for Fisher. He later married Connie Stevens.
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Debbie Reynolds And Carrie Fisher Will Be Buried Together In Joint Funeral Service
Huffington Post - about 2 months
Mother-daughter duo Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher will be buried in a joint funeral service together at the Forest Lawn cemetery in Hollywood Hills, The Huffington Post has confirmed. No date has been set for the private service, but a large public memorial is also being considered. The pair will rest nearby a number of other actors and celebrities, including Bette Davis and Liberace.  After experiencing a heart attack onboard a plane, Fisher died Tuesday at age 60. Just one day later, after helping arrange plans for her daughter’s funeral with son Todd Fisher, Reynolds was rushed to the hospital and died of a stroke at age 84.  “She wanted to be with Carrie,” Todd told Variety.  A star of old Hollywood, Reynolds’ most notable film appearance is in 1952’s “Singin’ in the Rain,” although she remained in the tabloids for years thanks to continued screen appearances and famous friendships. Her marriage to singer Eddie Fisher produced two children, who both followed in th ...
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Debbie Reynolds' Son Says The Actress Died Of 'Heartache'
Huffington Post - about 2 months
Debbie Reynolds’ son has concluded that his mother died of “heartache.” Todd Fisher told ABC News that Reynolds collapsed on Wednesday while making funeral arrangements for her daughter, Carrie Fisher, who died one day earlier.  “She was very peaceful and quiet,” Todd said. “It happened very gently.” Todd said his mother, who was 84, regretted not being able to say goodbye to her daughter. Half an hour after saying she wanted to be with Carrie again, Reynolds collapsed at Todd’s home. She suffered a stroke and was rushed to the hospital. Doctors said nothing could be done to revive the “Singin’ in the Rain” star. Reynolds died a few hours later.  “She loved taking care of my sister more than anything,” Todd, 58, said. “So, she gets to do that and that’s what she wanted to do.” Reynolds and the “Star Wars” actress always had a rocky relationship, as satirized in the 1990 show-biz comedy “Postcards from the Edge,” adapted from Fisher’s semi-autobiographical novel of the sam ...
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No one could make us laugh through pain like Carrie Fisher - Channel 24
Google News - about 2 months
Channel 24 No one could make us laugh through pain like Carrie Fisher Channel 24 The daughter of Hollywood stars Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, and a survivor of early fame, drug addiction and bipolar disorder, she wrote with unsentimental wit and understanding about her private struggles and about an industry she was raised in ... 'Star Wars' actress Carrie Fisher dies at 60Eyewitness News Appreciation: Fisher found best material in her own troublesDaily Mail Carrie Fisher dies aged 60NEWS.com.au E! Online -The Guardian -Economic Times -The Indian Express all 2,703 news articles »
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A life in the stars: Carrie Fisher in pictures
Yahoo News - 2 months
Born to Hollywood stars, Carrie Fisher lived her life in lights from the beginning.  The beloved actress died Tuesday at age 60 in Los Angeles after suffering from a heart attack. The child of singer Eddie Fisher and actress Debbie Reynolds, Fisher made herself a household name starring as Princess Leia in the Star Wars series, as well as other classic films including Shampoo and Hannah and Her Sisters . Fisher's personal life was tumultuous. She was open about her struggles with bipolar disorder and drug addiction, reflecting these experiences in novels such as Postcards from the Edge .  "Hilariously – after all the drug addiction and celebration marriage and mental illness and divorce and shock treatment and heartbreak and motherhood and childhood and neighborhood and hood in general – I’ve turned out to be ... a kind of happy person (go figure!)," she wrote in the Guardian in June. She always maintained a sense of wit and an intense joy in life, all of which came through in pictures ...
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HBO's Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds Premieres at the New York Film Festival: New Meaning to the Word "Swing"
Huffington Post - 5 months
Carrie Fisher made a wildly entertaining show about her story of growing up the child of Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher: Wishful Drinking also became a popular HBO film. A casualty of her parents' divorce with a sharply bracing sense of humor, Carrie Fisher now stars with her mother in a new documentary, aptly named Bright Lights. This week, the movie, to air on HBO, premiered at the New York Film Festival. Now 84 and living in Beverly Hills in a house next to Carrie's, Debbie Reynolds missed this swell night. But she announced on the phone for the Alice Tully Hall audience: "I adore my children, and I'm not going to give up acting." And then, because she loves to, she sang "I've Got You Under My Skin." Fans of Debbie as Tammy or her hoofing it in Singin' in the Rain, or Carrie as Star Wars' Princess Leia, or those eager for details of Eddie Fisher's leaving sweet Debbie for flamboyant Elizabeth Taylor when her husband Mike Todd was killed in a crash, will be dazzled by the intimat ...
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Everything We Know About Love, We Learned From Liz Taylor
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Sure, she was married eight times, but there's no denying that Elizabeth Taylor was a woman who knew how to live and love. With her joie de vivre and insatiable appetite for the opposite sex, Taylor had the kind of love life most of us can only dream about -- and taught us quite a bit about relationships before she died at age 79 in 2011. Scroll down the list below for 9 things we learned about love from Liz: 1. DO play by your own relationship rules, society's expectations be damned. "I don't pretend to be an ordinary housewife. I am not and couldn't be," Taylor once remarked. And it was true -- the actress was anything but ordinary. While her peers played the perfect housewife in photo spreads for Life and Look magazines, La Liz made no bones about her career ambition and racked up husbands like it was NBD at a time when divorce wasn't nearly as accepted as it is now. She was seriously a woman before her time. 2. DO marry someone who thinks you are God's gift to huma ...
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Regina Weinreich: Hamptons Journal: Hall & Oates Rock Rydell High Evoking Nostalgia for the Mid-Century
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Among the many pleasures of the Grease-themed benefit for the Prostate Cancer Foundation this weekend in Wainscott, was seeing Michael Milken in a letter sweater like the reformed Danny Zuko at the end of that 1978 movie set in 1959. At East Hampton Studio, a vintage Chevy parked outside, women channeled either Sandy in bobby socks and saddle shoes or edgy Rizzo in tight black capris and off the shoulder tops with red neckerchiefs. Like many a felt flare skirt, Colin Cowie's table treatments featured cut out poodles. Formica and steel chairs and gym bleachers went far to keep the 'fifties fantasy going. Only the white bling of an Elvis impersonator seemed to come out of another era. Many talents went into the production of this special night including those of guest chef David Burke who created a cafeteria style buffet dinner for the occasion: chicken, mashed potatoes, coleslaw, onion rings, chocolate pudding--comfort food. But the entertainment, the band Hall & Oates, per ...
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10 "Songs of the Summer" Going Back a Century
Mother Jones - over 3 years
As the amount of time we spend debating which track is truly the song of the summer swiftly approaches the amount of time spent listening to said tracks, it can be helpful to turn backward for guidance. How can we argue about 2013 without first arguing about 1993? 1953? 1913? Using Billboard chart performance as well as more subjective measures, let's get our summer hit house in order. 1913: "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling," Chauncey Olcott Going by Tsort's chart consolidations (which will be the main standard for here for the years Billboard was only publishing sheet music and vaudeville charts), "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling" was a number one hit in 1913, entering the charts in June and remaining for 16 weeks. Olcott—who was from New York—meant to evoke the serenity and peacefulness of Ireland when she wrote the song for the musical The Isle O'Dreams. (Also considered: "When I Lost You" by Henry Burr and  "The Spaniard That Blighted My Life" by Al Jolson.) 1923: "Down Hea ...
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Watch: OneRepublic on Going Home to Start Upcoming Tour
ABC News - over 3 years
Ryan Tedder, Zach Filkins, Drew Brown, Brent Kutzle and Eddie Fisher chat about upcoming tour.     
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James Scarborough: Hollywood Fringe: Frank and Ava, Three Clubs, Hollywood
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Two stars; one falling, one ascendant. The falling one is Frank Sinatra (Rico Simonini), the ascendant one is Ava Gardner (Stefany Northcutt). That's the background of Willard Manus's Frank and Ava, directed by Kelly Galindo at Three Clubs in Hollywood. Even if they weren't so damn glamorous it would be a compelling story of how couples deal with the vicissitudes of their teeter-totter lives. As they are glamorous, and, with the July 2nd publication of Ava Gardner: The Secret Conversations, the production offers a fascinating, behind the scenes, and relevant look at Ol' Blue Eye's 1950s resurrection. Set in an actual bar -- talk about verisimilitude; some of us have seen Sinatra perform in a club, so why not watch his story unfold in one as well? -- it shows a downcast Sinatra. He's frustrated because his latest album didn't do well; because singers like Eddie Fisher and Perry Como were grabbing the hearts of young women; because he'd made a slew of bad movies; and because ...
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Debbie Reynolds Says She's the Original Jennifer Aniston!
Perez Hilton - over 3 years
You know Debbie Reynolds. She’s the one Lindsay Lohan didn’t play in Liz & Dick. (Small favors, Debs!!!) Debbie was America’s Jen Aniston-level sweetheart in the 1950s, but, sadly, her husband, ladies’ man singer Eddie Fisher, who died in 2010, didn’t feel the same, leaving Debbie for the late femme fatale Elizabeth Taylor -- the Angelina Jolie before Angelina Jolie. While promoting her current film, HBO's Behind the Candelabra, Debbie explained: "I stood no chance against her. I was just like Jennifer Aniston with Brad Pitt when he fell in love with Angelina Jolie. If Angelina wants someone, then that is that. Certain women have that power. What chance did I have against Elizabeth, a woman of great womanly experience, when I had no experience at all?" Debbie also revealed that though her accomplishments are many -- a decades-long movie career, giving birth to Princess Leia -- she regrets not having had a more exciting sex life. She says: "I wish I had enjoyed mo ...
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What This Icon Wishes She Knew About Sex At 18
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Everyone has regrets about their youth, and Hollywood icon Debbie Reynolds is no exception, as she explained in a recent interview. "I wish I had enjoyed more sex," the 81-year-old actress told the UK's Mirror. "I have only ever slept with my three husbands and one friend -- and he was my one and only good lover. "I was a virgin when I married my first husband, Eddie Fisher, and I was stupid and innocent. I was raised to think that if you behaved badly with men, you went to hell. I realize now it is puritanical and not very adult." Reynolds was America's sweetheart in the 1950s -- appearing in "Singing in the Rain" with Gene Kelly among other hit films -- before becoming tabloid headline fodder after Fisher left her for her friend, the late Elizabeth Taylor. In the interview with the Mirror, Reynolds details that break up, comparing herself to a more recent celebrity love triangle. "I stood no chance against her. I was just like Jennifer Aniston with Brad Pitt whe ...
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Jason Mannino: Andrew Rannells, Kimberly Locke, Alex Newell, Tyne Daly Raise $385k for APLA in the 29th Star Studded S.T.A.G.E Gala
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
A constellation of Broadway, television and film stars lit up the stage of the historic Saban Theater in Beverly Hills this past Saturday for the 29th annual S.T.A.G.E. (Southland Theater Artists Goodwill Event) Gala. The event, Broadway My Way raised $385,000.00 for AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA). Billed as the world's longest running AIDS benefit, S.T.A.G.E. is an all-star musical revue, organized in 1984, that has raised more than five million dollars for AIDS service organizations across Southern California. "I started this fundraiser when it was still a gay disease, and we didn't have a name for it," director David Galligan said. Legendary Carole Cook supported this sentiment, saying of her 27 year contribution to S.T.A.G.E., "I have been involved since its inception. When we lost one of our first chorus boys while I was starring in 42nd Street we didn't expect hundreds, and thousands of deaths to follow, and the work still needs to be done, so I am still here." S ...
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A Look Back At Elizabeth Taylor
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
It's been two years since the legendary Elizabeth Taylor died of congestive heart failure at the age of 79. The classic Hollywood actress had been suffering from health issues for a number of years. In addition to osteoporosis and scoliosis, Taylor underwent cardiac surgery in 2009 to replace a leaky heart valve. She spent the last month of her life in the hospital, punctuating years of physical problems that finally turned off the long-standing Hollywood spotlight that shone brightly on her career. In addition to winning two Oscars, one in 1961 for "Butterfield 8" and the other in 1967 for "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?," Taylor was perhaps best known for the revolving door of men who came and went from her life. She was married eight times, twice to Richard Burton, whom she met in 1960 on the set of "Cleopatra." The two began an illicit affair that was condemned by the pope, marking her second marital scandal after previously embarking on a romance with Eddie Fisher wh ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Eddie Fisher
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2010
    Age 81
    Fisher broke his hip on September 9, 2010, and died 13 days later on September 22, 2010 at his home in Berkeley, California, from complications from hip surgery.
    More Details Hide Details He was 82 years old. After his death, he was cremated and his ashes were buried alongside the grave of his wife, Betty (who died on April 15, 2001), at Cypress Lawn Memorial Park in Colma, California.
  • 1999
    Age 70
    He wrote another autobiography in 1999 titled Been There, Done That (ISBN 0-312-20972-X).
    More Details Hide Details The later book devotes little space to Fisher's singing career, but recycled the material of his first book and added many new sexual details that were too strong to publish before. His daughter Carrie declared, upon publication: "That's it. I'm having my DNA fumigated." When interviewed, Debbie Reynolds said that she could understand being dumped "for the world's most beautiful woman (Taylor)", previously a close friend. Taylor and Reynolds later resumed their friendship, and mocked Fisher in a TV movie written by Carrie Fisher, These Old Broads, wherein their characters ridiculed the ex-husband they shared, named "Freddie". Fisher suffered from knee, back, hearing, and eyesight problems in his later years, the last of which were worsened by complications stemming from cataract removal surgery, and so he rarely appeared in public. According to friends, he remained mentally vigorous and kept himself busy following news and politics, and singing his old songs while friend George Michalski played the piano. Michalski had worked on several occasions over the years to help Fisher get his name back on the music charts. He said 'The '60s passed Eddie by; he missed that entire era of music. I'd play a Beatles song like "Something" for him and he'd think I wrote it.'
  • 1995
    Age 66
    His final recordings (never released) were made in 1995 with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
    More Details Hide Details According to arranger-conductor Vincent Falcone in his 2005 autobiography, Frankly: Just Between Us, these tracks were " the best singing of his life." Fisher performed in top concert halls all over the United States and headlined in major Las Vegas showrooms. He headlined at the Palace Theater in New York City as well as London's Palladium. Fisher created interest as a pop culture icon. Betty Johnson's "I Want Eddie Fisher For Christmas", containing references to a number of hit songs, reached #28 in the Music Vendor national survey during an 11-week chart run in late 1954. Fisher has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one for recording, at 6241 Hollywood Boulevard, and one for television, at 1724 Vine Street. Fisher had five marriages and four children: In 1981, Fisher wrote an autobiography, Eddie: My Life, My Loves (ISBN 0-06-014907-8).
  • FIFTIES
  • 1984
    Age 55
    Eddie Fisher's last released album was recorded around 1984 on the Bainbridge record label.
    More Details Hide Details Fisher tried to stop the album from being released, but it turned up as After All. The album was produced by William J. O'Malley and arranged by Angelo DiPippo. DiPippo, world renown arranger worked with Eddie countless hours to better his vocals but it became useless.
  • 1983
    Age 54
    In 1983 he attempted a comeback tour but this was not a success.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1968
    Age 39
    His last album for RCA Victor was an Al Jolson tribute, You Ain't Heard Nothin' Yet, released in 1968.
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  • 1966
    Age 37
    The Dot contract was not successful in record sales terms, and he returned to RCA Victor and had a minor single hit in 1966 with the song "Games That Lovers Play" with Nelson Riddle, which became the title of his best selling album.
    More Details Hide Details When Fisher was at the height of his popularity, in the mid-1950s, singles, rather than albums, were the primary recording medium.
  • 1960
    Age 31
    In 1960, he was dropped by RCA Victor and briefly recorded on his own label, Ramrod Records.
    More Details Hide Details He later recorded for Dot Records. During this time, he had the first commercial recording of "Sunrise, Sunset" from Fiddler on the Roof. This technically counts as the biggest standard Fisher can claim credit for introducing, although it is rarely associated with him. He also recorded the albums Eddie Fisher Today and Young and Foolish (both 1965).
  • 1959
    Age 30
    Beginning in fall 1959, he established two scholarships at Brandeis University, one for classical and one for popular music, in the name of Eddie Cantor.
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    Because of the unfavorable publicity surrounding the affair and divorce, NBC canceled Fisher's television series in March 1959.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1956
    Age 27
    In 1956, Fisher costarred with then-wife Debbie Reynolds in the musical comedy Bundle of Joy.
    More Details Hide Details He played a dramatic role in the 1960 drama BUtterfield 8 with second wife Elizabeth Taylor. His best friend was showman and producer Mike Todd, who died in a plane crash in 1958. Fisher's affair and subsequent marriage to Taylor, Todd's widow, caused a show business scandal because he and Reynolds had a very public divorce.
  • 1952
    Age 23
    From 1952 to 1953, he was the official vocal soloist for The United States Army Band (Pershing's Own) and a tenor section member in the United States Army Band Chorus (an element of Pershing's Own) assigned at Fort Myer in the Washington, D.C. Military District.
    More Details Hide Details During his active duty period, he also made occasional guest television appearances, in uniform, introduced as "PFC Eddie Fisher". After his discharge, he became even more popular singing in top nightclubs. He also had a variety television series, Coke Time with Eddie Fisher (NBC) (1953–1957), appeared on The Perry Como Show, Club Oasis, The Martha Raye Show, The Gisele MacKenzie Show, The Chesterfield Supper Club and The George Gobel Show, and starred in another series, The Eddie Fisher Show (NBC) (1957–1959, alternating with Gobel's series). A pre–rock and roll vocalist, Fisher's strong and melodious tenor made him a teen idol and one of the most popular singers of the early 1950s. He had 17 songs in the Top 10 on the music charts between 1950 and 1956 and 35 in the Top 40.
  • 1951
    Age 22
    Fisher was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1951, sent to Fort Hood, Texas for basic training, and served a year in Korea.
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  • 1949
    Age 20
    He was heard in 1949 by Eddie Cantor at Grossinger's Catskill Resort Hotel in the Borscht Belt.
    More Details Hide Details Cantor's so-called discovery of Fisher was later described as a totally contrived, "manipulated' arrangement by Milton Blackstone, Grossinger's publicity director. After performing on Cantor's radio show he was an instant hit and gained nationwide exposure. He then signed a recording contract with RCA Victor.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1946
    Age 17
    By 1946, Fisher was crooning with the bands of Buddy Morrow and Charlie Ventura.
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  • 1940
    Age 11
    His father's surname was originally Tisch, but was changed by the time of the 1940 census.
    More Details Hide Details To his family, Fisher was always called "Sonny Boy", a nickname derived from the song of the same name in Al Jolson's film The Singing Fool (1928). Fisher attended Thomas Junior High School, South Philadelphia High School, and Simon Gratz High School. It was known at an early age that he had talent as a vocalist and he started singing in numerous amateur contests, which he usually won. He made his radio debut on WFIL, a local Philadelphia radio station. He also performed on Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts, a popular radio show that later moved to television. Because he became a local star, Fisher dropped out of high school in the middle of his senior year to pursue his career.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1928
    Born
    Born on August 10, 1928.
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