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5.0 out of 5 starsHighly Entertaining
Reviewed in the United States on September 22, 2017
Although Eddie Fisher's singing career highs were way before my time, I was curious about the man whose marriage to Elizabeth Taylor caused a national scandal when he left "America's Sweetheart" Debbie Reynolds. I found this book highly entertaining, from Eddie Fisher's over-inflated ego early in his career, to his being humbled decades later when his singing career was killed by the Beatles & other rock bands impacting musical tastes. A few surprises in these pages--according to Mr. Fisher, wife Liz Taylor enjoyed being knocked around by men, & was addicted to painkillers. This chronicle of his career moves at a steady pace, includes some gossipy tidbits about some of Hollywood's biggest female stars Eddie met & loved. I totally enjoyed reading about "the Jewish Sinatra's" life, & suspect you will too.
3.0 out of 5 starstitle should have been 'Been There, Done Her'
Reviewed in the United States on May 8, 2018
should have been titled 'Been There, Done Her'. It's mostly about all the women he slept with. Somewhat entertaining, lots of names dropped. Pathetic how messed up most of the Hollywood types were - alcoholics, drug addicts, promiscuous, etc...
First, I couldn't put the book down. It was a fascinating read. One thing I have to correct here and that is Eddie's opinion that he was bigger than Elvis. Eddie - NOBODY except God is bigger than Elvis. Eddie Fisher, according to what he reveals in his memoir, was his own worst enemy. Yes, he bedded many beautiful and famous women, but the business decisions he made were atrocious! Ye gads! this man never learned his lesson! His drug addiction was his downfall and of course, his marriage to Liz Taylor didn't help either. But, I do understand how he felt about Liz. When you fall hopelessly in love with someone and they end up cutting your heart out, you are never quite the same again. I didn't realize Debbie Reynolds was so devious. He does tell why they broke up - she was too prim and proper and needed to loosen up a bit. However, if he had stayed with her he might not have had such a sad life. Who knows. The one thing that you will get out of this book is that lots of women loved Eddie and Eddie loved Eddie too.
5.0 out of 5 starsA Very Believable Depiction of Eddie's Life & Times
Reviewed in the United States on March 21, 2011
In this book, Eddie Fisher holds nothing back. He is honest about his addictions, his rise to fame and his fall. I will ALWAYS remember him as a tremendous talent and a superstar of the 50s...because he was indeed. And he had "class." But he was a man who was unfortunate enough to fall in love so deeply, that it destroyed him. And if anyone has EVER experienced a love that great, then you will relate completely to his relationship & marriage to Elizabeth Taylor. I also agree & believe him when he writes of his marriage to Debbie Reynolds & the "publicity machine' ... how it fabricated so much of what appeared to be ideal....much like Bobby Darin & Sandra Dee. There were many underlying flaws that the public were not made aware of in the 1950's. In the end, despite all his addictions and all his failings with women, I feel Eddie Fisher lived one hell of a life. Oh, I can clearly understand why the "women" in his life might be disturbed about what he writes, but hey, sometimes the truth hurts. A very good read from a man whose "voice"... never failed him.
I enjoyed this book only in a sick, superficial way. I felt dirty after reading it. The majority of the book focuses on Fisher's sexual conquests. Each girl is super-willing to hop in the sack with him and is more beautiful than the last. Pages and pages of this book follow the same pattern: this star or starlet had the perfect body and face and I got her into bed and she loved it! I was the best she ever had! She threatened to kill herself if I left her! You start to feel bad for all of the people he bad-mouths (Debbie Reynolds and Richard Burton), and you can't blame the people who leave him for leaving him.
A riveting account of one of the great lives of the 20th Century, an unremarkable man with the luck to have a pleasant voice to whom the most beautiful women in the world were inexplicably drawn and yet was never satisfied and squandered his career, his wealth and his happiness in a fruitless and restless search for the next feeling of falling in love
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 9, 2015
He doesn't come across as the nicest chap but I have a grudging respect for his honesty and by the end of it, I was surprised to find I didn't hate him.
His relationship with Debbie Reynolds is a touching stone throughout the book. It also goes into details of Elizabeth Taylor's first husband & Eddie's friend Mike Todd (-of Around the World in 80 Days fame), and the making of Cleopatra & Elizabeth's subsequent affair with Richard Burton. He really doesn't paint Richard Burton in a kind light, and despite his excessive declarations of how great Elizabeth was, almost childishly ends up feeling he won in the end.
I was surprised with how little he mentioned his son with Debbie Reynolds, but he does talk some about Carrie Fisher.
There are some things he says about Debbie Reynolds that I just fail to believe. In particular what he claims she told his mother about herself sometime after they'd broken up.
There's a phrase he repeats throughout the book because his mother used to say it. When I say repeats, I mean he runs it into the ground. It lost the effect of a pleasant recall from earlier in the book, to "oh no, he's saying it again". Perhaps if it's read more casually, it would be more charming in that regard.
A good accompanying read to Debbie: My Life by Debbie Reynolds. I've yet to read Unsinkable: A Memoir, but given that Eddie's book was written after Debbie's first book, I look forward to reading it to see if it addresses anything. Not to mention how Eddie's passing affected her & her children.
I'm still reading and liking everything i discover about anyone who was so close to Elizabeth Taylor, and a big star himself for some time, also found some interesting interviews of Eddie on youtube. i have zero interest in judging Eddie as others have, i'm simply fascinated by Elizabeth Taylor and enjoying all genuine insights into aspects of her life, so this book is very high on the list for anyone wishing to know more of Elizabeth.