Back when scandalous Hollywood behavior and romantic tomfoolery were pretty much limited to high-profile divorces instead of coke busts and crotch photos, Eddie Fisher was the man everyone loved to talk about. In the '50s Fisher was not only known as one of the most popular singers in the world who sold millions of records, but also provided endless fuel for the gossip columns with his busy love life.
He married Elizabeth Taylor in 1959, creating all kinds of drama at the time since not only did he dump wife Debbie Reynolds in the process, but Elizabeth had been married to Fisher's best friend (producer Mike Todd, who had died in a plane crash one year prior).
Elizabeth left Fisher in 1964 for her Cleopatra co-star, Richard Burton, and Fisher went on to marry the third of what would eventually be five wives.
Fisher reportedly enjoyed the company of many famous Hollywood women, including Judy Garland, Mia Farrow, Bette Davis, Marlene Dietrich, and Angie Dickinson. In 1981, he published his first autobiography, titled Eddie Fisher: My Life, My Loves.
Eddie Fisher died on Wednesday at his home in Berkley, California. He was 82. He's survived by his four children, who include actress Carrie Fisher and son Todd from his marriage to Debbie Reynolds, and daughters Joely and Tricia from his third wife Connie Stevens.
Daughter Carrie Fisher, who you may remember from her famous role as Princess Leia, or better yet, her amazing books and general awesomeness, posted to her Twitter account this afternoon:
My Puff Daddy passed away Wednesday night due to complications following his hip surgery. He was an extraordinary talent and a true mensch.
R.I.P., Mr. Fisher. May there be plenty of lovely women waiting for you in the afterlife, and a gold-plated microphone or two.
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