According to Reynolds (via Daily Mail), a year before she married the crooner, Fisher, was warned about him by Frank Sinatra. She ignored the advice, and married the singer anyway. They had two children. Fisher’s best friend was Mike Todd, the man who would soon become Taylor’s third husband. Reynolds would be the Matron of Honor and Todd the best man in that 1957 wedding.
Sadly, Todd died in a plane crash in 1958, and Fisher moved in with Taylor as friendly support. One month later, however, Fisher left Reynolds for her best friend. A year later, they were married. In the memoir, My Girls, Todd Fisher (named after his dad’s best friend, Mike Todd) wrote, “The world was stunned. … Eddie and Elizabeth were vilified. Eddie was declared a philandering, opportunistic loser, and Elizabeth was labelled a bad girl, home-wrecking sl*t. Debbie, the good girl, the innocent, unsuspecting victim and single mum, was globally embraced with love and sympathy.”