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Been there, done that
Fisher, Eddie.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Press, 1999.
Physical Description:
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

Sounding every bit like an old man in an armchair, singer Eddie Fisher dishes out his kiss-and-tell life story haltingly, at times stumbling over the details. He comes across affable, honest, direct as he lays out his "maelstrom of passion and betrayal" as plain narrative. First comes the standard celebrity bio: poor Philadelphia Jewish kid has incredible voice, becomes an instant sensation. But the story's real meat is Fisher's love life. He tells of being seduced by Marlene Dietrich in her Park Avenue love nest. He relates how he was wowed by Debbie Reynolds, wooed her and won herÄonly to find her "a phony." Most people will get the tape just to hear the dish on Elizabeth Taylor, with whom Fisher had a hot affair, then wed. He delivers gamely, telling how Liz mourned husband Mike Todd's plane-crash death in a pill-induced stupor. He soon became her full-time nurse, as she bounced from movie sets to hospital rooms. Fisher is tawdry and tender at once, bringing a sweetness to his account of the often ugly scenes inside the high life. Based on the 1999 St. Martin's hardcover. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

With no vocal training, teenaged Eddie Fisher jumped from poverty to fame in the 1950s. As a leading pop vocalist, he said, "I was bigger than the Beatles, bigger than Elvis, hotter than Sinatra." While Fisher lacks sound bites, his still available CD hits are powerful and accomplished. Been There, Done That expands on his early career and media-blitz marriages to Debbie Reynolds and Elizabeth Taylor. He praises Reynolds for her career drive but otherwise demeans her. Passionate Taylor fares better, except for her excesses with pills and booze. For 20 years Fisher's energy for nightclub gigs depended on shots of amphetamines or cocaine. After losing his big voice, health, and money, he recovered at the Betty Ford Center. Fisher's clear reading is lax at drama and better at ironic humor. These stories are good for "golden oldie" fans who enjoy gossip.--Gordon Blackwell, Eastchester, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.