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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Elizabeth Taylor's Unlucky Loves: Husband #4 (Eddie Fisher)

Now comes the scandalous affair between Liz and crooner Eddie Fisher that led to their marriage and his break-up with then wife Debbie Reynolds, America's sweetheart at the time. What made this even more worse was the fact that Liz and Debbie were such good friends. Liz and third husband Mike Todd were best buddies with Fisher and Reynolds. But when Todd died tragically in that plane crash, Liz turned to Eddie for comfort. Less than a year later, they were knee deep in a scandalous affair. Once Debbie found out about the affair, she quickly wanted a divorce. And how she found out was as bad as one can find out such things. Claiming the sponsor of his variety show needed him in New York for a meeting, Fisher left Debbie behind to meet Liz at the Plaza hotel. Lonely, Debbie called her friend Liz to chat and was shocked when Eddie answered the phone. Ouch! Shortly after, Reynolds and Fisher were divorced, he married Liz.
The now married couple though had to deal with an unforgiving press and were blasted by just about everyone. Their marriage had a decent run by Liz's standards but by 1960, both were hooked on alcohol and pills. And then once Liz started filming the troubled film, Cleopatra, she met Richard Burton. That was all she wrote for Eddie. They divorced in 1964 allowing Liz to move onto Dick. Fisher would remarry four years later to singer/actress Connie Stevens and have two daughters. He would wed twice more before dying in 2010 at the age of 82. Eventually Liz and Debbie made up when they co-starred in a TV movie called These Old Broads in 2001. So in retrospect, Liz's marriage to Eddie did not have any domestic abuse but did have the stigma of the scandalous way of how they met and led to their affair. Another unlucky tryst for La Liz. Things would not get better with her next husband...Richard Burton. Coming up next.

5 comments:

Emily said...

Like!

Desiree said...

Ahhh, always hated what happened to Debbie :( And well, I just always despised that Eddie Fisher... Blaahhh!! Oh well, good read, Monty :)

Irene Palfy said...

I always had the feeling that Eddie Fisher was just a fill-in - kind of "between-marriages-husband"..

Anonymous said...

I always thought that Eddie Fisher was a better match for, Debbie Reynolds.

Dawn from N and CF.

Ginger said...

I am NOT a fan of Eddie Fisher.

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