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Life In The Hollywood Petri Dish: In 1966 Eddie Fisher Married Connie Stevens And Liz Taylor Looked On

By on 26 April 2014 | comments 0

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ON January 30, 1967, singer Eddie Fisher and actress Connie Stevens (nee Concetta Anna Ingolia) announced their engagement at New York’s Plymouth Theatre.

He wore hair oil. She wore furs.

Eddie was the former TV show called Coke Time.

 

 

In 1955, Eddie had married Debbie Reynolds, resulting in two children Carrie Fisher and Todd Fisher.

 

Singer Eddie Fisher, 26, feeds a piece of wedding cake to his bride, actress Debbie Reynolds, 23, following their marriage at Grossinger, N.Y., on Sept. 26, 1955. (AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler) Ref #: PA.8692524  Date: 26/09/1955

Singer Eddie Fisher, 26, feeds a piece of wedding cake to his bride, actress Debbie Reynolds, 23, following their marriage at Grossinger, N.Y., on Sept. 26, 1955. (AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler)
Date: 26/09/1955

 

 

They were America’s sweethearts:

 

 

 

Singer Eddie Fisher, out of the hospital in time for Father's Day, cuddles his two youngsters four-month old Todd, left, and 19-month-old Carrie. Looking on is their equally famous mother, actress Debbie Reynolds. Eddie spent ten days in the hospital following an appendix flare-up. (AP Photo) Ref #: PA.8554988  Date: 14/06/1958

Singer Eddie Fisher, out of the hospital in time for Father’s Day, cuddles his two youngsters four-month old Todd, left, and 19-month-old Carrie. Looking on is their equally famous mother, actress Debbie Reynolds. Eddie spent ten days in the hospital following an appendix flare-up. (AP Photo)
Date: 14/06/1958

 

 

It didn’t last. In 1958, news broke of his affair with Elizabeth Taylor, widowed when Michael Todd, Eddie’s best friend, had died in a plane crash.

 

rrival of Elizabeth Taylor in car with Michael Todd, her husband, driving to the Carlton hotel on May 2, 1957 at Cannes in France. (AP Photo/Pierre Godot) Ref #: PA.7665478  Date: 02/05/1957

rrival of Elizabeth Taylor in car with Michael Todd, her husband, driving to the Carlton hotel on May 2, 1957 at Cannes in France. 
Date: 02/05/1957

 

 

- Elizabeth Taylor, Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, from left to right, are shown attending the opening show starring Fisher at the Tropicana, in this June 19, 1958 file photo taken in Las Vegas, Nev.

– Elizabeth Taylor, Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, from left to right, are shown attending the opening show starring Fisher at the Tropicana, in this June 19, 1958 file photo taken in Las Vegas, Nev.

 

A quartette of film folk stroll along the turf on Epsom Downs, on June 5, 1957 during the 178th Derby Stakes in England. Left to right, Mike Todd and his wife Elizabeth Taylor, singer Eddie Fisher, and his wife actress Debbie Reynolds. (AP Photo) Ref #: PA.7566521  Date: 05/06/1957

A quartette of film folk stroll along the turf on Epsom Downs, on June 5, 1957 during the 178th Derby Stakes in England. Left to right, Mike Todd and his wife Elizabeth Taylor, singer Eddie Fisher, and his wife actress Debbie Reynolds. (AP Photo)
Date: 05/06/1957

 

 

In 1959, Fisher divorced Reynolds and married Taylor. They would remain together for four years, divorcing in 1964.

 

Liz Taylor and Eddie Fisher flash happy smiles through the window of their auto on May 12, 1959 in Las Vegas, as they were driven off from the county courthouse where Fisher first divorced Debbie Reynolds and then obtained a license to marry Miss Taylor. The wedding was to take place a couple of hours later in a Jewish synagogue. (AP Photo) Ref #: PA.7334972

Liz Taylor and Eddie Fisher flash happy smiles through the window of their auto on May 12, 1959 in Las Vegas, as they were driven off from the county courthouse where Fisher first divorced Debbie Reynolds and then obtained a license to marry Miss Taylor. The wedding was to take place a couple of hours later in a Jewish synagogue. (AP Photo)

 

Elizabeth Taylor, right, and Eddie Fisher, left, discuss wedding plans with Sammy Davis, Jr. shortly before dawn at the Hotel Tropicana, April 2, 1959, Las Vegas, Nev. The actress and Fisher said where they will marry depends on what Debbie Reynolds Fishers ex-wife, says. If Miss Reynolds agrees to a quickie Nevada divorce, Liz and Eddie will wed here, otherwise Mexico.

Elizabeth Taylor, right, and Eddie Fisher, left, discuss wedding plans with Sammy Davis, Jr. shortly before dawn at the Hotel Tropicana, April 2, 1959, Las Vegas, Nev. The actress and Fisher said where they will marry depends on what Debbie Reynolds Fishers ex-wife, says. If Miss Reynolds agrees to a quickie Nevada divorce, Liz and Eddie will wed here, otherwise Mexico.

 

Debbie Reynolds married twice more. And she twice more divorced.

 

 

 Singer Eddie Fisher, left, with actress Elizabeth Taylor, right, posing for the media after their marriage in this May 12, 1959 file photo taken Las Vegas, Nev.

Singer Eddie Fisher, left, with actress Elizabeth Taylor, right, posing for the media after their marriage in this May 12, 1959 file photo taken Las Vegas, Nev.

 

Debbie would say:

“Eddie had been best man at their wedding and I had been a bridesmaid. We saw a lot of each other and I never suspected that she was going to entice my husband away.  I might not have been as surprised were it anyone else. But how it all happened was rather scandalous in that they didn’t take more care to avoid hurting me. I understand when I look back on it. Who would pass by Elizabeth? No woman living was as beautiful as her. And Eddie had even tried to act like Mike Todd, smoking big cigars.  I was the last to find out about the affair. There had been hints in the papers and I had noticed that when I turned up at functions or parties on my own my friends were whispering. Although I didn’t want to find out the truth, I had to face up to it. Even so, it was a great shock to find them together. It left me shattered… I was a virgin when I married Eddie, but Elizabeth had been married three times. I was devastated because I had two children.  I was very religious so I didn’t believe in divorce, but they laid guilt on me that I was keeping them and true love apart. So, I finally let Eddie off the hook. I told him to go.”

Taylor would cheat on Fisher with Richard Burton.

 

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Taylor married Larry Forenzky in 1991. And divorced him in 1996. Before that she married these men:

 

Actress Elizabeth Taylor, who turns 50 Saturday, Febr. 27, 1982, is shown through the years with her six husbands. Top row, from left: Conrad Hilton Jr. in 1950; actor Michael Wilding in 1951; producer Mike Todd in 1957; Bottom row, from left: singer Eddie Fisher in 1959; actor Richard Burton in 1972 and John Warner in 1976.

Actress Elizabeth Taylor, who turns 50 Saturday, Febr. 27, 1982, is shown through the years with her six husbands. Top row, from left: Conrad Hilton Jr. in 1950; actor Michael Wilding in 1951; producer Mike Todd in 1957; Bottom row, from left: singer Eddie Fisher in 1959; actor Richard Burton in 1972 and John Warner in 1976.

 

By the time Eddie the crooner married Connie Stevens, his reputation was sullied.

She was the actress, who had starred as Wendy Conway in the sitcom Wendy & Me:

 

 

In the series (a slight variation of The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show), Burns plays a somewhat fictionalized version of himself. He is the owner of an apartment building, while Stevens plays his tenant, Wendy Conway. Episodes typically revolved around Wendy pulling Burns into comedic situations mostly involving her husband, played by Ron Harper, and other people in the building.

She had been married before, divorcing actor James Stacy in 1963.

 

Connie Stevens, 28, singer and actress, enters Superior Court in Los Angeles, Nov. 2, 1966 to obtain a default divorce decree from actor James Stacy, 29. She accused him of using "abusive and vulgar language" and told of arguments in public. They were married three years ago and have no children.

Connie Stevens, 28, singer and actress, enters Superior Court in Los Angeles, Nov. 2, 1966 to obtain a default divorce decree from actor James Stacy, 29. She accused him of using “abusive and vulgar language” and told of arguments in public. They were married three years ago and have no children.

 

Wikipedia:

On September 27, 1973, a drunk driver struck Stacy and his girlfriend, waitress Claire Cox, while they were riding tandem on a motorcycle. Cox died of her injuries, and Stacy lost his left arm and leg. Stacy’s ex-wife, actress and singer Connie Stevens, organized a 1974 celebrity gala to raise money for his expenses. The gala, whose attendees included Frank Sinatra and Barbra Streisand, raised $118,000 for his expenses.  In 1976, he won a $1.9 million landmark lawsuit against the bar that had served the drunk driver…

After his recovery, Stacy appeared in roles created to accommodate his handicap. His comeback film was the 1975 Kirk Douglas Western Posse, in which he was cast as newspaper editor “Harold Hellman”, a part Douglas had written for him. In 1977, he starred in the TV movie Just a Little Inconvenience, playing a double-amputee Vietnam veteran. The role earned him his first Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama or Comedy Special…

In November 1995, Stacy pled no contest to a charge of molesting an 11-year-old-girl[4] and entered a Ventura County rehab facility… Stacy, who is required to register as a sex offender under Megan’s Law, currently resides in Ventura, California.

Stevens and Fisher had two daughters, the actresses Joely Fisher and Tricia Leigh Fisher. They divorced in 1968. Eddie would go on to marry twice more.

These pictures are evocative of the time. Eddie has the pallor of a hard drinker with a cocaine habit. She is powdered and glowing.

But it is the last photo in this set that makes us look and look again. What is he saying to her? Her expression is choice…

 

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