Eddie Fisher, the 1950s pop singer and father of Carrie Fisher known for his high-profile Hollywood romances, has died. He was 82.
Fisher died Wednesday in his Berkely, Calif., home, from complications from hip surgery, his daughter, actress and singer Tricia Leigh Fisher, told The Associated Press.
"Late last evening the world lost a true America icon," the family said in a statement Thursday. "One of the greatest voices of the century passed away. He was an extraordinary talent and a true mensch."
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A Philadelphia native, Fisher rose to fame in the early '50s with hit songs like "Thinking of You" and "Wish You Were Here." He also headlined his own variety series, Coke Time with Eddie Fisher and The Eddie Fisher Show, both on NBC.
In 1955, he married film actress Debbie Reynolds, and the couple had two children, Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher and son Todd.
In 1959, Fisher created a tabloid scanal when he left Reynolds to marry his BUtterfield 8 co-star, Elizabeth Taylor. Five years later, Taylor left Fisher for her Cleopatra co-star, Richard Burton. Fisher went on to marry Connie Stevens, with whom he had two daughters, Tricia Leigh and actress Joely Fisher. Fisher and Stevens divorced in 1969, and he married two more times.
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Fisher continued to record throughout the '60s. His last album, After All, was released in 1984.
In 1981, Fisher released an autobiography, Eddie: My Life, My Loves. In the book he wrote that he had been bullied into marrying Reynolds, became a nursemaid to Taylor, and only married Stevens because he got her pregnant. He followed up with another autobiography in 1999 called Been There, Done That, which was further damaging to his exes.