Eddie Fisher, popular singer known for high-profile marriages, dies at 82

Sep 24 2010 - 11:42am

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American singer Eddie Fisher is seen at the Savoy in London, England in this Aug. 17, 1954 file photo. Fisher, whose huge fame as a pop singer was overshadowed by scandals ending his marriages to Debbie Reynolds and Elizabeth Taylor, died Wednesday night Sept. 22, 2010 of complications from hip surgery at a hospital in Berkeley. He was 82.
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Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds appear before the camera in their real roles of happy parents as they and their young daughter, Carrie Frances Fisher, pose for their first family group picture, in Hollywood, in this Jan. 2, 1957 file photo.
The Associated Press file photo
American singer Eddie Fisher is seen at the Savoy in London, England in this Aug. 17, 1954 file photo. Fisher, whose huge fame as a pop singer was overshadowed by scandals ending his marriages to Debbie Reynolds and Elizabeth Taylor, died Wednesday night Sept. 22, 2010 of complications from hip surgery at a hospital in Berkeley. He was 82.
The Associated Press file photo
Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds appear before the camera in their real roles of happy parents as they and their young daughter, Carrie Frances Fisher, pose for their first family group picture, in Hollywood, in this Jan. 2, 1957 file photo.

LOS ANGELES -- Eddie Fisher, one of the most popular singers of the 1950s who made headlines with marriages to -- and divorces from -- some of the most famous Hollywood starlets of that era, has died. He was 82.

Fisher died Wednesday at his home in Berkeley of complications from hip surgery, his daughter Tricia Leigh Fisher told the Associated Press.

Between 1950 and 1956, Fisher recorded dozens of songs that made the top 40 and four that reached No. 1 on the pop charts.

Fisher's boyish good looks and natural charisma also helped him land roles on television shows and in such feature films as "Butterfield 8," "Nothing Lasts Forever" and "Bundle of Joy."

But he may be best remembered for his failed marriages to Debbie Reynolds, Elizabeth Taylor and Connie Stevens.

Fisher was born in Philadelphia on Aug. 10, 1928.

In 1950 he recorded his first hit, "Thinking of You." In 1951, he had his first million-seller, "Any Time."

In 1955, Fisher married Reynolds -- known as "America's Sweetheart." It didn't take long for their celebrated union to fall apart.

Fisher created a tabloid scandal in 1958 when he left Reynolds, then just 26, for Elizabeth Taylor.

The move, considered in Hollywood at the time to be one of the century's biggest scandals, helped torpedo Fisher's career and launch Taylor toward superstardom.

Fisher would later acknowledge that he had been battling what would become a years-long addiction to drugs, including methamphetamine and cocaine.

In 1962, he suffered a breakdown after the collapse of his marriage to Taylor, who then married Richard Burton.

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