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Been there, done that
Fisher, Eddie.
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First edition.
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New York : St. Martin's Press, 1999.
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341 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
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"Thomas Dunne books"--T.p. verso.
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ML420.F513 A27 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Biography

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This work tells the story of Eddie Fisher's life. He married Debbie Reynolds, and then left her for Elizabeth Taylor. He watched his marriage fall apart when she got together with Richard Burton. There were wild parties with Sinatra and the Rat Pack, and lots of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll.

Author Notes

David Fisher collaborated with baseball umpire Ron Luciano on his two best sellers. Both "The Umpire Strides Back" & "Strike Two" were "New York Times" best sellers. "Umpire" was excerpted two consecutive weeks by "Sports Illustrated", the first time that magazine ever did so. Fisher also collaborated with baseball manager Tommy Lasorda on his best selling autobiography "The Artful Dodger", as well as with San Diego Chargers former owner Gene Klein on the extremely well-reviewed football story, "First Down & a Billion". He also wrote the recent "New York Times" best sellers "Been There, Done That" with Eddie Fisher and "Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship with a Remarkable Man" with William Shatner.

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Booklist Review

Crooner-actor Eddie Fisher may be ripe for rediscovery. In his 1950s^-60s heyday, he spewed out hit after hit and was a serviceable actor and a skirt chaser supreme. Ignoring his father's advice to "never fall in love with a shiksa," Fisher romanced a succession of gentile Hollywood lovelies and married Debbie Reynolds, Elizabeth Taylor, and Connie Stevens, which is enough to make him notable. Of course, he recorded that monument of musical kitsch, "Oh! My Papa," too, but today the most pop-culturally significant thing about him is tabloid memories of his very public dumping of Reynolds for Taylor and his own even more public dumping when Taylor shed him for Richard Burton. Oh, and he is the father of Carrie and Joely Fisher. He tells his stories crisply and confidently, as if he has a good time setting the record straight, and delivers Hollywood dirt with panache and authority. Nowadays, when the Hollywood Rat Pack and its discredited swagger constitute a retro fashion statement, Fisher's book affords a chic learning experience. --Mike Tribby

Publisher's Weekly Review

Teen idol Fisher tells the story of his rise from poverty to 1950s crooner stardom and beyond in this alternately self-delighted and repentant new memoir (his second, following Eddie: My Life, My Loves, Harper & Row, 1981). Born in Philadelphia in 1928, Fisher was a star by age 21, launching his own TV show, Coke Time, in 1953, with such hits as "Outside of Heaven" and "Oh, My Papa": "I had more consecutive hit records than the Beatles or Elvis Presley," Fisher writes. But, he says, with characteristic melodrama, "the music simply became a means to the drugs and the women." Despite warnings from friends (and from the Coca-Cola company, which informed Fisher that he was "married" to them), he wed movie star Debbie Reynolds, and here one reads of the various conflictsÄsexual and otherwiseÄof the couple who were widely hailed as "America's Sweethearts." The death of his friend Mike Todd and Fisher's passion for Elizabeth Taylor created a dilemma: "I had to figure out how to announce to the world that I was leaving sweet little Debbie for my best friend's widow without destroying Elizabeth's and my careers." The backlash brought 7000 pieces of hate mail weekly and fans organized an "Eddie-Liz boycott." Fisher was "madly in love" with Taylor, and the book offers an intimate glimpse into his anguish after her Cleopatra costar, Richard Burton intervened. In the final chapters, Fisher recalls his battle to get off drugs, his numerous affairs with a lengthy parade of beautiful women, his desperate efforts to keep his career afloat, his relationships with his famous children Carrie and Joely Fisher and his 1993 marriage to Betty Linn. The title of this memoir seems to suit the autobiography of a has-been. But Fisher offers his regrets, insights and anecdotes with so much verve, wit and candor that one can see that the crooner of yesteryear is still very much alive. 16 pages of b&w photos unseen by PW. Author tour, excerpt booklets. (Sept.) FYI: Dove's abridged audiobook features Eddie Fisher as the reader. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

From a singer with more consecutive hits than the BeatlesÄand more women, too. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.