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09/28/2010

Liz Smith looks back on Eddie Fisher

September 28, 2010 |  3:16 pm

Eddie 

Longtime entertainment columnist Liz Smith recalls Eddie Fisher's personal and professional life in Monday's column, calling him "Poor Eddie."

Eddie Fisher died last week, age 82. All the obits pictured him with Miss Taylor, or else ran the famous shot of Eddie standing in between the opulent Widow Todd and his pert, trim wife, Debbie. Within weeks of this picture being taken, Eddie had been "taken." He was the property of Miss Elizabeth Taylor. His wonderful singing voice and huge pre-scandal popularity were duly noted, but the collapse of his career and reputation overshadowed all tributes.

Not only does Smith recount the 1950s pop music idol's marriages to Debbie Reynolds, Elizabeth Taylor and Connie Stevens, but she also has an Eddie Fisher-Jackie Kennedy anecdote. Read the rest of Liz Smith's column here, and click here for Dennis McLellan's obituary of Fisher that appeared in The Times.

-- Claire Noland

Photo: At the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas on April 3, 1957, Eddie Fisher poses with his current wife, Debbie Reynolds, right, and his future wife, Elizabeth Taylor, left. Credit: AFP/Getty Images

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