One of the funniest individuals in Hollywood was Carrie Fisher. A characteristic she obviously inherited from her mother, Debbie Reynolds, was her irreverent sense of humor.
When it came to public comments about their personal lives, the mother-daughter pair were hilariously frank and apologetically critical, and one of the best examples of this is when Reynolds once said in an interview that she wished no good for her third ex-husband.
Debbie Reynolds has been married 3 times.
The first marriage of Reynolds was to Eddie Fisher’s singer, and the union famously ended in scandal.
In 1955, the pair married, accepted Carrie and Todd Fisher in 1956 and 1958, and divorced after Fisher had a torrid affair with Elizabeth Taylor, Reynolds’ best friend, in 1959.
At the wedding of Taylor and Mike Todd, Reynolds and Fisher were the maids of honor and the best guy. Fisher, as Carrie explains in Wishful Drinking, “rushed to her side and gradually moved to her front.” when Todd was killed in a plane crash in 1958.
It wasn’t long before the Unsinkable star Molly Brown remarried, too. In 1960, she married Harry Karl, and until 1973, they remained together. In a 2011 interview, Reynolds told The Daily Beast that Karl “was a very sweet man, but he had no sense of money.”
“He was addicted to gambling and lost all his money, which was millions and millions, and all my money, which was millions,”He was gambling-addicted, and he lost all his money, which was millions and millions, and all my money, which was millions.
And then Hamlett came.
I had a tragedy with my third husband [Richard Hamlett, married 1984-96],”My third husband [Richard Hamlett, married 1984-96] was a tragedy,”
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In the romantic context, she did not call Hamlett a tragedy.
Far from that. In fact, Reynolds wrote in her 2013 memoir, Unsinkable, “I married the devil.” And she had good reason to give the real estate developer that epithet.
To fund his deals, Hamlett effectively used Reynolds as a cash cow. He persuaded her to help him purchase and open a hotel in Las Vegas that would ultimately come under Reynolds and bankrupt him.
Reynolds performed to attract an audience the night the hotel opened. Her husband left the show halfway through and, presumably to meet his mistress, vanished for several hours. According to her novel, when he returned to her room, Reynolds was afraid he would kill her because of a “look in his eyes [that]frightened her.”
She wrote, “Why did he seem so intent on getting me out onto the balcony, which is only about 3 feet wide – not enough room to have a friendly conversation,” “Was he thinking about my million-dollar life insurance policy with him as the beneficiary? I could practically see the dollar signs floating above his head.”
She added, “I was sure he was going to throw me off the balcony,” “One push and all his problems would be over. I imagined myself falling from the twelfth floor onto the asphalt.”
That, luckily, didn’t happen.
“And in 1996, Reynolds and the “Devil” separated following years of chaos created by Hamlett.
And when thinking about her ex in her interview with “Singin’ in the Rain” the “The Daily Beast.” star did not mince words.
“I’m waiting to read that someone is going to throw him off a cliff somewhere,”I’m waiting to read that somebody’s going to throw him somewhere off a cliff.
By performing more stage shows, featuring in movies and television, and selling her vast array of Hollywood costumes and memorabilia for a cool $25 million, Reynolds was finally able to replenish her finances. Originally, she was hoping to display them in a museum, but that never materialized. If something has been proved in her life, it’s that no matter how hard her husbands try, you can never hold Debbie Reynolds down.