Eddie Fisher: The Marrying Man

The Marrying Man

"My parents have about eight marriages and divorces between them," Fisher told the Houston Chronicle in 1995. "My father does everything to excess. He's now on his fourth -- or sixth.''

In total, Fisher was married five times. His union with Taylor lasted only five years, ending when Taylor fell in love with co-star Richard Burton while the two were filming "Cleopatra" in Rome.

Fisher then married actress Connie Stevens in 1967, and they had two daughters, one of whom is the actress Joely Fisher.

After they divorced, he married twice more. His marriage to a 21-year-old beauty queen, Terry Richard, at age 47, ended after 10 months, while his fifth marriage to Betty Lin, a Chinese-born businesswoman, ended in 2001.

In March, Reynolds told The Daily Telegraph that Frank Sinatra told her not to marry Fisher. "When we worked together on 'The Tender Trap,' I was engaged to Eddie, and Frank took me to lunch and said, 'Sweetie, don't get married. Don't marry a singer. We're nice guys, but we're not good husbands,'" she said. "But Eddie was a darling boy, and at the time I loved him very much. Of course, Frank was right."

Dad's Influence on Her Love Life

Fisher has blamed her dad for her own romantic trials. In 1995, she told The Independent, "When my father left, my heart was broken and that has forever stuck."

Still, she wrote in "Wishful Drinking" that her first marriage, to singer Paul Simon, was an attempt to marry a guy just like him. "Let's recap: Eddie and Debbie have me," she wrote. "I grow up, sort of, and I marry Paul Simon. Now Paul is a short, Jewish singer. Eddie Fisher is a short, Jewish singer. My mother makes a blueprint, and I follow it to the letter."

Horrified by Dad's Tell-All

Fisher was furious after reading her dad's 1999 autobiography "Been There, Done That" in which he wrote explicitly about his sex lives with Reynolds and Taylor.

"He called it an autobiography, but I thought of it more as a novel," his daughter wrote in her own book. "I like to call it 'Been There, Done Them' because it really was just about the women he'd slept with and how the sex was and what their bodies were like (so it is a feelgood read). But after I read it, I wanted to get my DNA fumigated."

E! Online's Malkin said, "She really was thinking of changing her name to Reynolds."

Taylor was also incensed. "I think Eddie Fisher must have been in another world when he wrote his book," she said in a statement at the time. "Have you ever noticed he is the only ex-husband I don't talk about?"

The Book Begats a Friendship

Still, the book made her better friends with her mom—and, surprisingly, with her former step-mom, Taylor.

"My father's book was very upsetting for all of us, and it made all of us better friends," she told the Los Angeles Times in 2001. "I understand on a certain level that he really felt like he lost his career because he left my mother for Elizabeth Taylor, but what he did in writing the book was something you don't do. He was incredibly unkind."

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