In an incident that caught everyone's attention, Elizabeth Taylor stole Eddie Fisher, the husband of her best friend Debbie Reynolds. At the time of this heartbreaking event, Debbie Reynolds was still grieving over the death of her famous daughter Carrie Fisher.
Debbie was popular for her part in "Singin' in the Rain," and she was married to Eddie Fisher. Elizabeth Taylor was married to Mike Todd.
Tragedy struck with Mike Todd's tragic death in 1958, and from that point, their intertwined lives began to unravel. In anexclusive interview with Fox News, Debbie Reynolds' son, Todd Fisher, opened up about the tumultuous affair between his father and the "Cleopatra" star and the profound impact it had on his mother.
The painful story continued with Eddie Fisher divorcing Debbie Reynolds in 1959 and hastily marrying Elizabeth Taylor just weeks after the divorce. Taylor, famous for "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," would later leave Fisher for her two-time husband, Richard Burton.
In Todd Fisher's words, "My father left my mother for Elizabeth Taylor, and many people were upset about that." The situation was further complicated by the perception of Taylor as the "bad girl" who had seduced Fisher away from the virtuous Debbie Reynolds, known for her role in "National Velvet."
"Liz made no bones about being the bad girl. She came a long way from 'National Velvet,'" Todd explained. "So when my mother was put in the position of being humiliated by my father… my mother was a classy person."
The messy affair brought public disgrace, with Taylor labeled a temptress and Fisher branded as the man who abandoned his family. Todd Fisher recalled, "She never talked my father down to us. She could have given us an earful about Eddie leaving her for Liz. And a lot of it, of course, was in our faces too as children growing up. And this scandal never really went away. To this day, it's still talked about."
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Despite the public humiliation, Debbie Reynolds managed to maintain her pristine image. As Todd Fisher put it, "What you saw is who she was – she really was apple pie. There was no dark side to her. I've known a lot of people [who] had one image that they portrayed to the public and a different image that was who they really are. But my mother really was that person."
In the later years, both Reynolds and Taylor reconciled their differences, with their decades-long feud turning into a bond of friendship. They even co-starred in the 2001 film "These Old Broads," putting an end to one of Hollywood's most enduring and dramatic love triangles.
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