Eddie Fisher (singer)

Eddie Fisher
Eddie Fisher - still.JPG
c. 1960
Born Edwin Jack Fisher
(1928-08-10)August 10, 1928
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died September 22, 2010(2010-09-22) (aged 82)
Berkeley, California, U.S.
Occupation
  • Singer
  • actor
Years active 1948–1968
Spouse(s)
Children
Parent(s) Joseph Tisch (later Fisher)
Katherine Winokur
Relatives
Musical career
Genres Traditional pop
Labels

Edwin Jack "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, when 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 he fathered Joely Fisher and Tricia Leigh Fisher with Stevens.

Early life

Fisher was born in Philadelphia and was the fourth of seven children. He was the son of Russian-born Jewish immigrants, Gitte (later Katherine "Katie"; née Winokur; 1902–1991) and Joseph Tisch (1901–1967). [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]