September 20, 2021

1950s Teen Idol Eddie Fisher Dies

Eddie Fisher

Eddie Fisher on His 1950s TV Show

Former teen idol, Eddie Fisher, whose Top 40 hits sold millions of records in the 1950s, has died of complications from surgery.  He was 82.

Fisher sold millions of records with hit songs such as “Oh My Pa-Pa”, “Any Time” and “Thinking of You”. In all, he had 17 songs in the Top 10 on the charts between 1950 and 1956 and 35 in the Top 40. He also hosted his own television show on NBC from 1957 to 1959. Thousands of teenage girls were Fisher’s devoted fans during his heyday.

He married actress Debbie Reynolds and the couple quickly became “America’s favorite”. However scandals surrounding his marriages eventually overshadowed his singing career. After four years of marriage, Fisher divorced Debbie Reynolds, generating sensational gossip columns and headlines, in order to marry Elizabeth Taylor, his best friend’s widow. Fisher was back in the news a few years later when Taylor left him for Richard Burton.

While married to Debbie Reynolds, Fisher had two children. His daughter, Carrie Fisher, starred as Princess Leia in the Star Wars films.

Fisher was married five times, including a two year marriage to actress Connie Stevens, and had a total of four children.

In a statement issued on Thursday, the Fisher family said “Late last evening the world lost a true America icon. One of the greatest voices of the century passed away. He was an extraordinary talent.”