Eddie Fisher: The Marrying Man

"I am truly a product of Hollywood in-breeding," Carrie Fisher wrote in her 2008 autobiography "Wishful Drinking." "When two celebrities mate, someone like me is the result."

Her father Eddie Fisher died Wednesday at 82 due to complications from hip surgery. In the 1950s, he was a pre-Elvis, teen-beloved crooner who sold millions of records, but was eventually better known for divorcing Fisher's mother, "Singin' In The Rain" actress Debbie Reynolds to marry Elizabeth Taylor.

"Her dad and Elizabeth Taylor were the Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt of their day," said E! Online's Marc Malkin. "But while Pitt's career hasn't suffered, Fisher lost jobs because of the divorce. At that time people were having affairs and leaving their wives, but not in such a public way. Debbie Reynolds was America's sweetheart. At the time you just didn't talk about these things. That was scandalous."

Although Fisher had no relationship with her father for many years after the divorce, which happened when she was one and a half, they reconciled in 2006. On Thursday morning, Fisher tweeted, "My Puff Daddy…was an extraordinary talent and a true mensch." (She called him Puff Daddy because of his four-joints-a-day cannabis habit, she told The New York Times in 2008.)

The Divorce

In "Wishful Drinking," Fisher described the split, writing that her mom and dad had been great friends with Taylor and her husband Mike Todd. In 1958, when Todd died in a plane crash, her dad "flew to Elizabeth's side, making his way slowly to her front."

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"He first dried her eyes with his handkerchief, then he consoled her with flowers, and he ultimately consoled her with his penis," Fisher wrote. "This made marriage to my mother awkward." He'd left the family within the week.

Early Memories

During her childhood, Fisher wrote, "I saw more of Dad on television than in real life."

One notable episode was her dad asking the actor Cary Grant to give Fisher a call about a drug problem he thought she had. He approached Grant at Princess Grace's funeral in Monaco.

"He was at the funeral of one of the few beautiful women of his generation he hadn't slept with when he spied Mr. Grant," Fisher wrote. "He walked up to my hero and said the first thing that popped into his head, something along the lines of: 'My daughter Carrie is addicted to acid, and I'm very worried. Would you mind maybe having a talk with her?'"

When Grant called Fisher she was "humiliated." "I explained to Mr Grant, after thanking him, that my mother would probably be in a much better position to determine whether or not I was tripping my brain out on a daily basis than my father, with whom I'd spent, on average, one day a year," she wrote.

Taylor As Stepmom

Fisher has only faint memories of her father's relationship with Taylor. "I remember my father taking me over to the Beverly Hills Hotel and Elizabeth was in a baby-doll negligee," she told the Los Angeles Times in 2001. "We went in the back and her sons were in the pool, and I remember thinking, 'Oh, they get him as a father now.' "

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