Eddie Fisher dies at 82

Eddie-FisherImage Credit: Popperfoto/Getty ImagesPop idol Eddie Fisher died on Wednesday due to complications from a recent hip surgery, his family announced on Thursday. He was 82. Fisher, father to actress Carrie Fisher, was one of the most successful pop singers of the 1950s. In addition to chart-topping hits, like “Thinking of You,” “Walking Behind You,” and “Oh! My Pa-Pa,” Fisher also had the TV variety show Coke Time with Eddie Fisher and The Eddie Fisher Show. He fell out of the spotlight with the advent of rock’n’roll, though he continued to record well into the 1960s.

Fisher was married five times. He had two children, Carrie and Todd, with his first wife, actress-singer Debbie Reynolds, whom he famously left for second wife Elizabeth Taylor. Carrie Fisher has compared her parents’ messy divorce and father’s re-marriage to Taylor to the modern-day Jennifer Aniston-Brad Pitt-Angelina Jolie saga. Fisher was also married to actress Connie Stevens, with whom he had two more children, actresses Joely and Tricia Leigh Fisher. His fourth marriage, at 47, was to 21-year-old beauty queen, Terry Richard. It ended after 10 months. His fifth (and longest) marriage was to Betty Lin, a Chinese-born businesswoman. She died in 2001.

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  • vicki

    What a voice he had.One of the best.I loved him My favorite song was “Thinking Of You”My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

    • Norman Meyerson

      You’re absolutely right, Vicki. From the late ’40s through the 1950s, no one could match the voice of Eddie Fisher. Marital problems and drugs – yes, drugs – took a devastating tole when Eddie Fisher entered the 1960s.

  • rebecca

    RIP. I think the only movie of his I have seen was this one called “Bundle of Joy” which he made with Debbie Reynolds. It was an amazing, cute and lovely movie!!!

  • Mary

    RIP Eddie but I’m a baby boomer and all I can think of are my mom’s comments from way back when (similar to how I feel about Brad Pitt cheating on Jennifer Aniston). My mom loved Debbie Reynolds, she was America’s sweetheart and when Eddie Fisher cheated on her, well, that’s all I ever heard whenever one’s Debbie’s movies were on TV. Later of course he was Princess Lea’s dad……and Joely Fisher’s dad. But in my mind, I’m sorry to say he will always be remembered as a cheater.

    • reason

      It is what he was known for, leaving Reynolds for Taylor, and Pitt is going to go down in history as the man who left Aniston for Jolie, no matter what movies he makes, philanthropy he does, or awards he wins.

      • Jen

        Nah, Pitt was already an Oscar- nominated international megastar and his name was synonymous with “gorgeous sexy man” before he divorced the TV actress. 50 years from now he’ll be remembered for more than her.

      • Greta

        Jen’s right — Brad was a bigger star even before he met Jennifer Aniston than Eddie Fisher ever was on his own.

      • eric

        I have to agree, he is best known to this day for having left Debbie Reynolds for Elizabeth Taylor. However talented he was (and he undoubtedly was), that is the legacy that will always loom large in the public’s memory. Still, my sympathies to his family.

    • Joyce Luciano

      I too believed exactly what your Mom did and felt bad for Debbie.
      After reading Eddie’s bio it turned out he was pressured into marrying Debbie and said he barely knew her. Didn’t say why he was pressured but barely knowing someone and then marrying is weird.

    • Tike

      That’s more than sesiblne! That’s a great post!

  • Marnie

    He lived a very long good life and my sympathies to his family. Nowadays, not too many people live to be his age. My condolences.

    • Mic

      Yes, people used to live a lot longer before advanced medical technology…

    • @Marnie

      That was one of the dumbest comments I’ve ever seen posted. The average life span is longer than its ever been.

      • Sue

        I have to agree with you on that one. When I read that, I went, “What”?

      • Laverne

        So very true people are living much,much longer thahks to God & modern medicine.

  • Barry

    Thank you Eddie for giving us “Oh My Pa Pa” My father died when I was ten and that song still brings tears to my eyes. You were one of the best crooners of the century. May you rest in peace.

  • Mori

    Surprised that this obit didn’t mention Eddie’s daughter and actress Joely Fisher by name.

    • OSCAR

      “Fisher was also married to actress Connie Stevens, with whom he had two more children, actresses Joely and Tricia Leigh Fisher. ”

      They did mention Joely… guess you miss it. :)

  • Merybarb

    They forgot to mention Jolie Fisher, who was his daughter with Connie Stevens. I loved Eddie back in the day.RIP Eddie. I so remember the Debbie / Liz mess.

    • shirley

      They did mention Jolie and Tricia, his two daughters with Connie.


    He sang on a radio show called The Macic Lady Supper Club in Philadelphia when he was a teenager. You could tell he was going to be a star. He sounded great even at tha age. I loved that voice.

    • Ceballos

      How old are you RALPH? 100?

      • Stephanie T.

        LOL @ Ceballos!

        Look, he was like Pat Boon and Bobby Darrin, a great American standards pop singer who had his share of issues in the media like most celebrities do. R.I.P.

      • Jean Genie

        Ceballos, there was a world going on before you were born. Deal with it. Just wait ’til you’re “old” & one of your favorite stars lives to be in their 80s …

      • dboh

        You must have REALLY LOW self-esteem to attack someone on their age, something no one can change. You coward.

  • Bruce

    Eddie Fisher was the

    Eddie Fisher was the #1 singer in the country in-between Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley.
    “Wish You WERE Here,” “Anytime,” and “Oh My Papa” were a few of his unforgettable hits. Farewell, Eddie. You were the greatest of your time.

  • Mike

    RIP Eddie!

  • Carol Christenholz

    Eddie had a beautiful, sweet voice and was wonderful to his many fans. I was president of Fan Club number 4721. Ah, the great music of the ’50s.

  • Charlotte Price

    Of all the pop crooners during the 50s and 60s,he was the best! While I loved Debbie and admired Liz, his marriages to them did, indeed, overshadow his career. So unfortunate for such a great talent! I was grief-stricken to read of his death. My deepest sympathy to his family. Charlotte

  • Kenn

    Mr. Fisher had one of the most beautiful voices of his or any generation. Had the pleasure of seeing him in person about 25 years ago in a private party. One of the most memorable evenings. Rest in peace Eddie – Thank you for the wonderful memories.

  • Mona

    MARY, I agree with you! What he did to Debbie was unforgivable. However, as you can see by some of these comments, he was a far better man than most.
    Eddie Fisher was great singer, actor and person. The world will miss him no matter what their memory of him is. “Oh! My Pa-Pa” is in my mind right now.
    RIP Eddie! You will be sadly missed.

    • Me

      How do these comments show that he was a far better man than most? People are praising his singing, not his character!

  • Dave

    I wonder if any of his children sing, “Oh, My Papa,” at his funeral?

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