We have lost many beloved icons in the entertainment industry this year, and it never gets easier to accept. This week, we lost an icon in popular music who was a teen-idol and a lover of many women.
According to ABC News, 1950s singer Eddie Fisher died at age 82 Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010, from complications from hip surgery. Eddie is perhaps best-known for his famous family, including celebrity ex-wives, Elizabeth Taylor and Debbie Reynolds, and daughter, Carrie Fisher. Eddie is also known for selling millions of records and hit the music scene as a teen-heartthrob before Elvis Presley. Eddie might have been a musician,but most people were more intrigued with his love life and his famous daughter, Carrie.
Eddie was beloved by his family and friends, and his daughter sent out a message through Twitter regarding her loss. Carrie tweeted, “My Puff Daddy…was an extraordinary talent and a true mensch.” This is an extraordinary loss for everyone because Eddie was such a talented man; he was one of the first teen-heartthrobs from the music industry. Eddie was also known for being a man who loved women, and had many famous relationships through his time. Eddie wrote an autobiography in 1999 titled “Been There, Done That,” where he divulged details of his sex life with Reynolds and Taylor. Carrie was pretty upset about the autobiography and the various details about his love life he chose to write about, which created a rift between the two until 2008.
One thing I will remember most about Eddie was the fact he was able to work past his relationship troubles with Carrie to sing a duet with her. Eddie would appear as a partner while Carrie was on a tour and they sang together; the crowd just loved hearing them together. The performances with Carrie were so great because you could see in his face that he enjoyed singing with her and being beside his daughter. Eddie was able to put the bad things behind him with Carrie and have a good time with her until he died.
Eddie was also a very good singer, which is something I will remember about him. Eddie was like a teen-idol before the term was even coined; he just had this mesmerizing aspect to his voice. Eddie was a very good performer, and I remember being stunned at his stage presence when I watched old videos of him. Eddie could be compared to the modern-day Brad Pitt because he had the women, the look and the talent to get him anywhere he wanted to go. Eddie is truly a man of many talents, but so much of that was lost when he was with his famous ex-wives. Eddie took a big professional hit when he divorced Reynolds — he lost many jobs because of it — but he still remained a pop-singing icon. Eddie will always be remembered to me as someone who knew what he wanted and was not afraid to get it; his voice will always be singing words of wisdom.
Kayleen Schaefer, “Eddie Fisher: The Marrying Man”, ABC News
Carrie Fisher Twitter @CarrieFFisher