After their tumultuous divorce, Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher never reconciled.
After four years of marriage, the singer left his acting wife for Elizabeth Taylor, one of Reynolds’ best friends. Though their relationship was finally patched up by Reynolds and Taylor, Reynolds and her first husband never worked out.
And for the rest of her life, she made it clear in interviews that it would not happen.
From 1955 to 1959, Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher were married.
During their brief union, Reynolds and Fisher were America’s sweethearts.
After giving birth to Carrie and Todd in 1956 and 1958, they became even more famous.
However, when Fisher left Reynolds for Taylor in 1958 after the death of her third husband, Mike Todd, their idyllic Hollywood picture was broken.
In 1959, the two were together, and it was the age scandal, and perhaps the most surprising thing about it was how transparent the three of them were about the press affair.
Commenting on their relationship drama is unusual for high-profile celebrities these days, but Taylor, Reynolds and Eddie all talked openly about the notorious love triangle.
According to InStyle, “Eddie is not in love with Debbie and never has been,” Taylor once said. “You can’t make a happy marriage break up.
With Debbie and Eddie, that was never the case.
Basically, Reynolds agreed with Taylor – you can’t break up a happy marriage.
But that doesn’t mean she felt she was content with Taylor and Fisher.
Reynolds said, ‘I was never bitter about Elizabeth,’ in a 1983 interview with People, decades after the dust had settled.
Unless he wants to leave, a man should not leave a woman for another woman. I sent Eddie to support Elizabeth when Mike Todd died. I don’t think she really really loved Eddie. During her mourning time, he was an in-between attraction.’
Carrie Fisher wrote a film about the Eddie Fisher affair with Debbie Reynolds and Elizabeth Taylor
In his 2000 memoir, Eddie Fisher scolded Debbie Reynolds.
However, Fisher was the most critical, by far. Fisher berated his first ex-wife, calling her “Been There, Done That,” in his 2000 book, “the iron butterfly.”
‘Debbie’s entire life was an act,’ continued the singer. “When I left her for Elizabeth Taylor, she should have won an Oscar for her portrayal of the battered woman.”
The remarks didn’t go over well. He seemed to have forgotten that most people felt that leaving his wife and the babies they shared was wrong for him. Not to worry, however, Reynolds did her own part.
In a 2011 interview with The Daily Beast, during an appearance on Oprah, Reynolds reflected on the moment she said Fisher was not well-endowed.
She accused her ex at that time of being an absentee father who, after the divorce, never revealed his face.
“Yeah, and also his brain wasn’t that big either,” The Daily Beast told her. He was the nicest of my husbands, says Carrie.
But he didn’t take care of the kids. He didn’t call them or send them Christmas or birthday presents or care about their education or their lives. Why should I respect that? I married very badly. If I knew why, I would go back and do it all over again.”
Carrie repeated the sentiment in her own interview with Oprah (in which Reynolds made an appearance).
“I was defined more by his absence than his presence,” she told Oprah Winfrey.
In her 2016 memoir “The Princess Diarist,” Carrie announced that she had an affair with Harrison Ford during the shooting of the first Star Wars movie. In the book, she called Ford her “ideal partner” because he was “unavailable, disinterested, attractive and bored with my company” – traits that she explained subconsciously reminded her of her absent father.
Although Reynolds and Carrie’s relationship was not always perfect (based on her own experiences with affairs, Reynolds did not approve of Carrie revealing her affair with Han Solo), they were still very close.
In their varied appearances, their respect and affection for each other was evident.
After Carrie died on December 27, 2016, and Reynolds died the next day, Todd said that the heartbreak of losing Carrie was too much for his mother.
As Todd told Variety, “She wanted to be with Carrie.”