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Singer Eddie Fisher topped the charts in the 1950s and made headlines when he left wife Debbie Reynolds to become Elizabeth Taylor's fourth husband.
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He also wrote two autobiographies, Eddie: My Life, My Loves (1984) and Been There, Done That: An Autobiography (2000); the latter spawned controversy over its graphic personal details and its scathing attacks on past lovers Debbie Reynolds and Connie Stevens.
Nevertheless, despite his precipitous fall from fame, for a brief time during the early 1950s Eddie Fisher was the unquestioned king of American popular music. "I was bigger than the Beatles," he remembers fondly. "Bigger than Elvis. Hotter than Sinatra." Decades later, Fisher still marvels that the man who reached such heights was only, "Me, 'Sonny Boy,' the skinny Jewish kid from the streets of Philadelphia, and all because I had this gift, an incredible, powerful sound."
Eddie Fisher, well known for his 1950s singing career, as well as his tumultuous romantic life, died on September 22, 2010 at the age of 82. He passed away at his home in Berkeley, California, after health complications from hip surgery. He is survived by children Carrie, Todd, Joely, and Tricia Leigh, as well as six grandchildren.
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