Eddie Fisher (singer)

Eddie Fisher
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c. 1960
BornEdwin John Fisher
(1928-08-10)August 10, 1928
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
DiedSeptember 22, 2010(2010-09-22) (aged 82)
Berkeley, California, U.S.
OccupationSinger, actor
Years active1948–2010
RelativesBillie Lourd (granddaughter)
Musical career
GenresTraditional pop

Edwin John "Eddie" Fisher (August 10, 1928 – September 22, 2010) was an American singer and actor. He was the most successful pop singles artist during the first half of the 1950s,[1] selling millions of records and hosting his own TV show. Fisher divorced his first wife, actress Debbie Reynolds, to marry Reynolds' best friend, actress Elizabeth Taylor, after Taylor's husband, film producer Mike Todd, was killed in a plane crash. The scandalous affair was widely reported, bringing unfavorable publicity to Fisher. He later married Connie Stevens. Fisher fathered Carrie Fisher and Todd Fisher with Reynolds, and Joely Fisher and Tricia Leigh Fisher with Stevens.

Early life

Fisher was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the fourth of seven children born to Gitte (later Katherine or "Katie"; née Winokur; 1902–1991) and Joseph Tisch (1901–1967), who were Russian Jewish immigrants.[2][3] His father's surname was originally Tisch, but was changed to Fisher by the time of the 1940 census.[4] To his family, Fisher was always called "Sonny Boy", a nickname derived from the song of the same name in Al Jolson's film The Singing Fool (1928).[5]

Fisher attended Thomas Junior High School,[6] South Philadelphia High School, and Simon Gratz High School. It was known at an early age that he had talent as a vocalist, and he started singing in numerous amateur contests, which he usually won. He made his radio debut on WFIL,[6] a local Philadelphia radio station. He also performed on Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts, a popular radio show that later moved to television. Because he became a local star, Fisher dropped out of high school in the middle of his senior year to pursue his career.[7]

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