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Edwin Jack Fisher

Hebrew: אדי (אדווין) ג'ק פישר
Also Known As: "Eddie"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania
Death: September 22, 2010 (82)
Berkeley, Alameda, California, United States (Hip Surgery)
Place of Burial: Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, CA, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Joseph P. Fisher and Kate Fisher
Husband of Betty Fisher
Ex-husband of Debbie Reynolds; Elizabeth Taylor; Connie Stevens and Private
Father of Carrie Fisher; Todd Fisher; Joely Duddy and Tricia Leigh Fisher
Brother of Private; Private; Miriam Hannah Paul; Janet Wernovsky; Private and 1 other

Occupation: Singer, Entertainer, Country Singer, Actor, singer
Managed by: David William Stein
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About Eddie Fisher

Edwin Jack Fisher "Eddi" (August 10, 1928 – September 22, 2010) was an American singer and actor. He was one of the most popular artists during the first half of the 1950s,[1] selling millions of records and hosting his own TV show. Fisher divorced his first wife, actress Debbie Reynolds, to marry Reynolds' best friend, actress Elizabeth Taylor, after Taylor's husband, film producer Mike Todd, was killed in a plane crash. The scandalous affair was widely reported, bringing unfavorable publicity to Fisher. He later married Connie Stevens. Fisher fathered Carrie Fisher and Todd Fisher with Reynolds, and Joely Fisher and Tricia Leigh Fisher with Stevens.

Edwin "Eddie" Jack Fisher was one of the most popular American singers of the 1950s. However, his divorce from his first wife, Debbie Reynolds, to marry his best friend's widow, Elizabeth Taylor, garnered unwelcome publicity at the time.

In 1953 Eddie Fisher was given his own fifteen-minute TV show called Coke Time (1953), sponsored by the Coca-Cola company. This show proved to be so popular that Coke then offered Eddie a $1 million contract to be their national spokesperson. A deal of that magnitude was almost unheard of at this time and helped push Fisher towards being one of the most popular singers by 1954. In 1955 Eddie married Debbie Reynolds and daughter Carrie Fisher was born a year later, followed by son Todd Fisher in l958. Later that year, the scandal of the decade broke when stories of Eddie's affair with Elizabeth Taylor were made public. She had been widowed earlier that year when her husband Mike Todd, Eddie's best friend, died in a plane crash. The bad publicity that followed did a great deal of damage to Eddie's career, while it actually increased the amount of money Elizabeth was offered for films. He and Liz did the movie BUtterfield 8 (1960), which actually earned Taylor an Academy Award, though it was received with mixed reviews. From there Liz went on to star in Cleopatra (1963), with Richard Burton, another scandal and divorce for Liz. With his TV show long gone and hit records a thing of the past, his career in the sixties consisted mainly of stage shows in Las Vegas, New York, and smaller venues as time went on. For a few years he was married to Connie Stevens and they had two daughters, Joely Fisher and Tricia Leigh Fisher before divorcing in 1968. Eddie Fisher has written two autobiographies, the latest "Been There, Done That" published with great controversy. It seems some of the women in his past, including Debbie Reynolds, did not care for his portrayal of them. He must be given credit, however, for owning up to his own actions, which led to the degradation of his career. His fifth wife, Betty Lin, passed away from lung cancer on April 15, 2001.

Fisher, fourth of seven children, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Russian-born Jewish immigrants Kate (née Winokur) and Joseph Fisher. His father's surname was originally Tisch or Fisch, but was anglicised to Fisher upon entry into the United States. To his family, Fisher was always called "Sonny Boy", a nickname derived from the song of the same name in Al Jolson's film The Singing Fool (1928). His siblings were Sidney, Nettie, Miriam, Janet, Alvin, and Eileen. Kate and Joseph divorced when Fisher was an adult, after 33 years of marriage, and Kate married Max Stup.

Fisher attended Thomas Junior High School, South Philadelphia High School, and Simon Gratz High School. It was known at an early age that he had talent as a vocalist and he started singing in numerous amateur contests, which he usually won. He made his radio debut on WFIL, a local Philadelphia radio station. He also performed on Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts, a popular radio show which later moved to TV. Because he became a local star, Fisher dropped out of high school in the middle of his senior year to pursue his career.

At the height of his popularity, during the 1950s, Fisher was, along with Perry Como and Elvis Presley, RCA Victor's top-selling pop vocalist. His many hits during this period, all well remembered, include: "Anytime" (his first big hit), "Oh, My Pa-Pa", "Wish You Were Here", "I Need You Now", "Dungaree Doll", "I'm Walking Behind You", "Heart", "Games That Lovers Play" and "Somebody Like You".

The son of Russian Jewish immigrants, according to Eddie, the family's surname was originally either Tisch or Fisch. Between Ellis Island and Philadelphia, it had become Americanized as Fisher. The first person to ever make a fan club for him was a then thirteen-year old Rona Barrett, who later became his life-long friend.

His manager was Bill Trowbridge.

During an April 2007 Entertainment Tonight (1981) interview with Mary Hart, ex-wife Elizabeth Taylor revealed that she recently telephoned him and they spoke for the first time in over 40 years.

Received billing as 'Stage Manager' in the film All About Eve (1950), although his scenes were cut out of the film. When he declared bankruptcy in 1970 in San Juan, Puerto Rico he listed $916,300 in debts and $40,000 in assets in municipal bonds held by the Bank of America as security on a loan.

Around 1956, Eddie Fisher and his agent Lew Wasserman were discussing roles for Fisher's acting debut. A project being discussed at the time was "What Makes Sammy Run?" by Budd Schulberg and Stuart Schulberg. Fisher wanted to play aggressive producer Sammy Glick, "the ultimate Jewish hustler. I knew a lot of real Sammy Glicks and I felt confident that was a character I could play." Lew Wasserman decided that the character was too much of a classic negative Jewish stereotype and that it would be bad for Fisher to play it. So Fisher went in the complete opposite direction (in retrospect, perhaps too far) with then-wife Debbie Reynolds in the squeaky clean comedy that Fisher hated, Bundle of Joy (1956), a film made to capitalize on the birth of their daughter, future Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) "Princess Leia" Carrie Fisher. The Schulberg project "What Makes Sammy Run?" was eventually produced in two parts for Sunday Showcase (1959): Sunday Showcase: What Makes Sammy Run?: Part 1 (1959) and Sunday Showcase: What Makes Sammy Run?: Part 2 (1959).

In Suddenly, Last Summer (1959), he appeared uncredited as a street urchin begging for food from Catherine Holly, the character played by his wife at the time, Elizabeth Taylor.

He was awarded 2 Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6241 Hollywood Boulevard for Television at 1724 Vine Street in Hollywood, California.

Married Elizabeth Taylor 3½ hours after divorcing Debbie Reynolds. Taylor was the widow of his close friend Mike Todd.

He was interred next to the ashes of his last wife, Betty Lin, at Cypress Lawn Memorial Park, Colma, California,.

In 1951, he was drafted into the United States Army where he was singing with the Army Band and touring bases overseas.

He is survived by six grandchildren.

According to Carrie Fisher (featured in Richard E Grant on Ealing comedies) he once slept with Princess Margaret, (the sister of Queen Elizabeth the second).

Born on the same date as country/western impresario Jimmy Dean.

Dated Stefanie Powers, Lana Wood and Ann-Margret in the '60s. In his autobiography he claimed to have had an affair with Michelle Phillips, which she categorically denied.

Debbie Reynolds was indeed the girl next door. But only if you lived next door to a self-centered, totally driven, insecure, untruthful phony.

By the time I was thirty-three years old I'd been married to America's sweetheart and America's femme fatale and both marriages had ended in scandal; I'd been one of the most popular singers in America and had given up my career for love; I had fathered two children and adopted two children and rarely saw any of them; I was addicted to methamphetamines and I couldn't sleep at night without a huge dose of Librium. And from all this I had learned one very important lesson: There were no rules for me. I could get away with anything so long as that sound came out of my throat.

[on Richard Burton] Who could take that scruffy arrogant buffoon seriously? On his service in the United States Army: The Army gave me a lot more than I gave it. Why I did shows I never would have done. In the rain, the mud, off the backs of trucks, without a mike and sometimes without even music. [about his ex wife Debbie Reynolds] Debbie has to dominate every situation in which she finds herself.

By 1946, Fisher was crooning with the bands of Buddy Morrow and Charlie Ventura. He was heard in 1949 by Eddie Cantor at Grossinger's Resort in the Borscht Belt. After performing on Cantor's radio show he was an instant hit and gained nationwide exposure. He then signed with RCA Victor.

Fisher was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1951, sent to Texas for basic training, and served a year in Korea. From 1952 to 1953, he was the official vocal soloist for The United States Army Band (Pershing's Own) and a tenor section member in the United States Army Band Chorus (an element of Pershing's Own) assigned at Fort Myer in the Washington, D.C. Military District. The photos of him in uniform during his time in the service did not hurt his civilian career. After his discharge, he became even more popular singing in top nightclubs. He also had a variety television series, Coke Time with Eddie Fisher (NBC) (1953–1957), appeared on Perry Como's show, The Gisele MacKenzie Show, The Chesterfield Supper Club and The George Gobel Show, and starred in another series, The Eddie Fisher Show (NBC) (1957–1959, alternating with Gobel's series).

Fisher's good looks and strong and melodious tenor voice made him a teen idol and one of the most popular singers of the early 1950s. He had 17 songs in the Top 10 on the music charts between 1950 and 1956 and 35 in the Top 40. In 1957 he signed a then record $1 million deal with the newly opened Tropicana Las Vegas to appear there a minimum of 4 weeks a year for 5 years.[16]

A pre-Rock and Roll vocalist, Fisher's strong and melodious tenor made him a teen idol and one of the most popular singers of the early 1950s. He had seventeen songs in the Top 10 on the music charts between 1950 and 1956 and thirty-five in the Top 40.

In 1956, Fisher costarred with then-wife Debbie Reynolds in the musical comedy Bundle of Joy. He played a serious role in the 1960 drama Butterfield 8 with second wife Elizabeth Taylor. His best friend was showman and producer Mike Todd, who died in a plane crash in 1958. Fisher's affair and subsequent marriage to Taylor, Todd's widow, caused a show business scandal because he and Reynolds had a very public divorce. It was because of the unfavorable publicity surrounding the affair and divorce that NBC cancelled Fisher's television series in March 1959.

Beginning in fall 1959, he established two scholarships at Brandeis University, one for classical and one for popular music, in the name of Eddie Cantor.[18]

In 1960, he was dropped by RCA Victor and briefly recorded on his own label, Ramrod Records. He later recorded for Dot Records. During this time, he had the first commercial recording of "Sunrise, Sunset" from Fiddler on the Roof. This technically counts as the biggest standard Fisher can claim credit for introducing, although it is rarely associated with him. He also recorded the album Eddie Fisher Today which showed that he had more depth than his singles from earlier years had shown. The Dot contract was not successful in record sales terms, and he returned to RCA Victor and had a minor single hit in 1966 with the song "Games That Lovers Play" with Nelson Riddle, which became the title of his best selling album. were the primary medium for issuing recordings. His last album for RCA Victor was an Al Jolson tribute, You Ain't Heard Nothin' Yet, released in 1968. In 1983 he attempted a comeback tour but this was not a success. Eddie Fisher's last released album was recorded around 1984 on the Bainbridge record label. Fisher tried to stop the album from being released, but it turned up as After All. The album was produced by William J. O'Malley and arranged by Angelo DiPippo. DiPippo, a world-renowned arranger, worked with Eddie countless hours to better his vocals but it became useless. His final recordings (never released) were made in 1995 with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. According to arranger-conductor Vincent Falcone in his 2005 autobiography, Frankly: Just Between Us, these tracks were "the best singing of his life." Fisher performed in top concert halls all over the United States and headlined in major Las Vegas showrooms. He headlined at the Palace Theater in New York City as well as London's Palladium. In the culmination of his return to the concert stage in 1962, Fisher headlined a five week Broadway show at Winter Garden, calling it a dream of his since youth to perform in the venue Al Jolson had made famous. During the time Fisher was the most popular singer in America[citation needed], in the mid 1950s, singles, rather than albums, were the primary recording medium. His last album for RCA was an Al Jolson tribute, You Ain't Heard Nothin' Yet. Eddie Fisher's last album was recorded around 1984 on the Bainbridge record label. Fisher tried to stop the album from being released, but it turned up as After All. The album was produced by William J. O'Malley and arranged by Angelo DiPippo.

Fisher created interest as a pop culture icon. Betty Johnson's "I Want Eddie Fisher For Christmas", containing references to a number of hit songs, reached #28 in the Music Vendor national survey during an 11-week chart run in late 1954.

Fisher has performed in top concert halls all over the United States and headlined in major Las Vegas showrooms. He has headlined at the Palace Theater in New York City as well as London's Palladium.

He has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one for Recording, at 6241 Hollywood Boulevard, and one for TV, at 1724 Vine Street.

Fisher suffered from knee, back, hearing, and eyesight problems in his later years, the last of which were worsened by complications stemming from cataract removal surgery, and he rarely appeared in public. According to friends, he remained mentally vigorous and kept himself busy watching television and following news and politics, and singing his old songs while friend George Michalski played the piano. Michalski had worked on several occasions over the years to help Fisher get his name back on the music charts. He said "The '60s passed Eddie by; he missed that entire era of music. I'd play a Beatles song like "Something" for him and he'd think I wrote it."

Fisher broke his hip on September 9, 2010 and died 13 days later on September 22, 2010 at his home in Berkeley, California, due to complications from hip surgery. He was 82 years old.

Eddie Fisher Sings (10-inch album) (RCA Victor 1952)

I'm in the Mood for Love (RCA Victor 1952/55)

Christmas with Eddie Fisher (10-inch album) (RCA Victor 1952)

Eddie Fisher Sings Irving Berlin Favorites (10-inch album) (RCA Victor 1954)

May I Sing to You? (RCA Victor 1954/55)

I Love You (RCA Victor 1955)

Eddie Fisher Sings Academy Award Winning Songs (RCA Victor 1955)

Bundle of Joy (film soundtrack) (RCA Victor 1956)

As Long as There's Music (RCA Victor 1958)

Scent of Mystery (film soundtrack) (Ramrod 1960)

Eddie Fisher at the Winter Garden (Ramrod 1963)

Eddie Fisher Today! (Dot 1965)

When I Was Young (Dot 1965) (re-recordings of his RCA Victor hits)

Mary Christmas (Dot 1965)

Games That Lovers Play (RCA Victor 1966)

People Like You (RCA Victor 1967)

You Ain't Heard Nothing Yet (RCA Victor 1968)

After All (Bainbridge Records 1984)

Compilations

Thinking of You (RCA Victor 1957)

Eddie Fisher's Greatest Hits (RCA Victor 1962)

The Very Best of Eddie Fisher (MCA 1988)

All Time Greatest Hits Vol.1 (RCA 1990)

Eddie Fisher – Greatest Hits (RCA 2001)

About Eddie Fisher (עברית)

אדווין ג'ק "אדי" פישר (באנגלית: Edwin Jack "Eddie" Fisher‏; 10 באוגוסט 1928 – 22 בספטמבר 2010) היה שחקן, זמר ובדרן יהודי אמריקאי. מכר מיליוני תקליטים במחצית הראשונה של שנות ה-50 והתפרסם אז עקב נישואיו המתוקשרים לאליזבת טיילור.

קורות חיים פישר נולד להורים יהודיים שהיגרו מרוסיה. כבר מגיל צעיר התבלט בקול טנור רך והחל להופיע ברצועת הבורשט בהרי הקטסקיל. ב-1951 גויס לצבא ארצות הברית ושירת בקוריאה כסוליסט של תזמורת צבא ארצות הברית.

לאחר שחרורו החל להופיע כזמר פופולרי במועדוני לילה בלאס וגאס וכן ברדיו ובטלוויזיה שם הייתה לו תוכנית משלו בשם "The Eddie Fisher Show".

במחצית הראשונה של שנות החמישים, לפני הופעת הרוק אנד רול, היה פישר לאליל נוער והיו לו להיטים רבים.

ב-1955 נישא לשחקנית דבי ריינולדס ונולדו להם הבת קארי פישר והבן טוד פישר (על שם מייק טוד, חברו הטוב של פישר שהיה בעלה השני של אליזבת טיילור).

ב-1956 הם הופיעו ביחד בסרט המוזיקלי "צרור של אושר".

לאחר מותו של מייק טוד בתאונת מטוס ב-1958 החל פישר ברומן עם אליזבת טיילור שהסתיים בנישואים שהיו שערוריה תקשורתית בעסקי השעשועים ובגירושים מכוערים מדבי ריינולדס. פישר הופיע לצד טיילור בסרט באטרפילד 8 ב-1960. הם התגרשו ב-1964, וטיילור נישאה לריצ'רד ברטון אותו הכירה בהסרטת הסרט קלאופטרה. פישר נישא שלוש פעמים נוספות לקוני סטיבנס (1969-1967), לטרי ריצ'רד (1976-1975) ולבטי לין (1993 ועד מותה ב-2001).

פישר חיבר שתי אוטוביוגרפיות שהרגיזו את בני משפחתו עד כדי כך שבתו קארי שקלה לשנות את שם משפחתה מפישר לריינולדס.

הוא נפטר בגלל סיבוכי ניתוח לאחר שבר בצוואר הירך.

לפישר יש שני כוכבים בשדרת הכוכבים של הוליווד, אחד על הקלטות שירים והשני על הופעותיו בטלוויזיה.

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Eddie Fisher's Timeline

1928
August 10, 1928
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania
1956
October 21, 1956
Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States
1958
February 24, 1958
Beverly Hills, Los Angeles County, California, United States
1967
October 29, 1967
Burbank, CA, United States
1968
December 26, 1968
Burbank, CA, United States