LOS ANGELES (CBS) – They weren’t movie co-stars and they didn’t have six kids, but Eddie Fisher and Elizabeth Taylor ignited a scandal that went unrivaled until 2005 when Brad Pitt divorced Jennifer Aniston to take up with his “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” co-star, Angelina Jolie.

PICTURES: Elizabeth Taylor
PICTURES: Taylor’s many marriages
PICTURES: Eddie Fisher

It wasn’t a shared movie, but a shared tragedy that led Fisher to divorce first wife, Debbie Reynolds, to marry Taylor.

That tragedy was the death in a plane crash of producer Mike Todd, who was Taylor’s husband and Fisher’s best friend. The two couples were often pictured together in gossip columns and movie magazines.

Fisher comforted the widow. Then, amid sensationalist headlines, Fisher divorced Reynolds, the mother of his two children, and married Taylor in Las Vegas in 1959.

That marriage lasted five years. Taylor dumped Fisher to marry her “Cleopatra” co-star, Richard Burton.

Fisher went on to marry three more times. In September 2010, Eddie Fisher passed away in his Berkeley home of complications from hip surgery.

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Taylor had seven husbands in all. She and Reynolds co-starred in the 2001 TV movie “These Old Broads” with Joan Collins and Shirley MacLaine.

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Comments (8)
  1. Winners says:

    It Is marvelous what happened in the life of Liz Taylor And Eddie Fisher It Is A Great Lesson to the wise!

  2. Gilver L says:

    How can you compare Fisher to Brad Pitt. Brad is gorgeous and a bigger star that Jolie. Fisher was minor. Pitt and Jolie have a lot of kids together, fisher and Taylor had a short childless marriage.

  3. Anna says:

    Brangelina is really artificially enlarged. Brad and Jennifer had NO KIDS. Brfngelina have six. If there were no crazt Oprah Winfrey involved, it would have stopped long ago, and maybe, Aniston would have found anybody for herself permanently, if man or woman. but this is this crazy arrogant high handed and stupid Oprah is involved, and it can’t be forgotten.

  4. d says:

    Elizabeth has angelic yet sexy face and body. Angelina has fierce and untidy look. No comparison. Brad was not a poppy dog like Eddie Fisher. Angelina worked on him, Elizabeth did not

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