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Been There, Done That: An Autobiography Hardcover – 7 Oct 1999


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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Hutchinson; First Edition, First Impression edition (7 Oct 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091793718
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091793715
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 315,290 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kona TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Oct 2008
Format: Hardcover
I was never an Eddie Fisher fan but I still enjoyed reading this autobiography. A lot. In it, Fisher comes across as the most egotistical man ever to write a book; according to him he had the best voice, was the biggest star, and greatest lover in history. His never-ending hubris gets to be quite comical, actually, as he never tires of singing his own praises.

He cheerfully admits to being the world's worst father ("I didn't see my kids for years at a time.") and blames all his troubles on his decades-long drug addiction. But his famous marriages and non-stop love affairs are what make this a real page-turner. He happily names names and sullies the reputations of practically every well-known (at the time) star in Hollywood, while simply saying he was as irresistible to women as they were to him. Married five times, he dishes the dirt on Elizabeth Taylor and Connie Stevens and is especially unkind to Debbie Reynolds.

The book is written in a happy-go-lucky, chatty style designed to show how vulnerable he was through most of his career, while laughing off the endless bad choices he made. I was surprised at how fascinated I became with his story and how much I enjoyed this tell-all book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wingate on 10 July 2012
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Once upon a time Eddie Fisher had it all.Good lucks a singing career that took him to the top,fortune and marriage to some of the most beautiful and famous women of his era.Yet it all slipped away from him.In many ways he was unfortunate in his timing.His rise in the 50s coincided with the rise of rock and roll.Almost overnight his style became passe.He clearly was a bad choser when it came to women.He has not one good word to say about Debbie Reynolds.His pen is definately dipped in vitriol.He is barely civil about Connie Stevens and he acknowledges the many mistakes he made with Elizabeth Taylor.He became hooked early on on drugs and this really took him under.However he manages to emerge as a likeable character and he has written in a refreshingly frank way about his life.I really enjoyed reading this book.
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I agree that this a very readable book, You will need to detach yourself from the fact that Eddie thinks he's god's gift to the world though, which does really grate at times. There's a strong argument here too that actually he's a real heel for all the kiss and tell stories and sexual exploits in the book. He claims that Elizabeth Taylor was the true love of his life and he was devastated when she left. Yet she remarked on several occasions that he himself was no great shakes and nowhere in Todd or Burton's league. He was heart-broken he says when Taylor left him and felt betrayed ; pity he didn't feel like that when he did the same to Debbie Reynolds! Incidentally, she comes in for a real demolition job from Eddie, which makes you wonder where all that bile really came from.

To sum up, a readable account, but I couldn't empathise at all with Fisher. He comes across as a very selfish individual who got lucky when one of the world's most beautiful women needed a shoulder to cry on.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
fascinating 7 Dec 2007
By Kindle Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have never been interested in Eddie Fisher for any reason. All i know of him is that Elizabeth Taylor says he is the only husband she ever hated, that he was Married to connie stevens ( who i had even LESS interest in) that he was Carrie Fishers father and Debbie Reynolds husband and He sang, and he was Jewish. That was about it. This book was a breath of fresh air. It was candid, funny, witty, had enough insight to be interesting and enough regret to make this man highly likable.
So what if he exaggerated? at one time he WAS a big star, and say what you will, he obviously DID get many of these women to fall in love with him, and he probably did it with that tremendous ego and charm. How else did this Little Jewish boy from Philly end up as one of the biggest players of Hollywood for Decades? The only bitter note of the whole book is His feelings about Debbie Reynolds, and even that i believe is honest and from his perspective understandable. I do believe most of what he has written. It has the ring of truth throughout the entire book. If you find it outrageous its because most autobiographies are completely edited and even bio's are edited for salacious content. These people really did live that way and the more i read about old hollywood, the more astounded i am.
So eddie fisher bragged about himself, so what? Why would anyone read about Eddie Fisher's life and then complain that he lacked morals? Did you NOT know this going into it? Did you think you were reading Eleanor Roosevelt's Bio? Frankly he has quite the life story even if HALF of what he says was true. Wish he'd write another.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Eddie's Life a Fun Read 7 April 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Yes the book is tell-all sleaze, but I literally couldn't put it down!!! He spares noone, not Debbie, not Liz, not Burton, not Connie and especially not himself. The book had me laughing outloud at times. His descriptions of "La Scandale" the Burton and Liz affair is a hoot, and I appreciated his honesty. He portrays himself as a no good father and drug addict. He does reveal perhaps too much of his sexual conquests, but it makes for an interesting read nonetheless. Eddie, you may be a bum for telling everything, but keep writing and I will keep reading.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
"There was a meth to my madness." 14 Oct 2008
By Kona - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I was never an Eddie Fisher fan but I still enjoyed reading this autobiography. A lot. In it, Fisher comes across as the most egotistical man ever to write a book; according to him he had the best voice, was the biggest star and greatest lover in history. His never-ending hubris gets to be quite comical, actually, as he never tires of singing his own praises.

He cheerfully admits to being the world's worst father ("I didn't see my kids for years at a time.") and blames all his troubles on his decades-long drug addiction. But his famous marriages and non-stop love affairs are what make this a real page-turner. He happily names names and sullies the reputations of practically every well-known (at the time) star in Hollywood while simply saying he was as irresistible to women as they were to him. Married five times, he dishes the dirt on Elizabeth Taylor and Connie Stevens and is especially unkind to Debbie Reynolds.

The book is written in a happy-go-lucky, chatty style designed to show how vulnerable he was through most of his career, while laughing off the endless bad choices he made. I was surprised at how fascinated I became with his story and how much I enjoyed this tell-all book.
20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
One interesting and troubled man 16 Jan 2003
By C2015 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is one of the hardest reviews I've written because I honestly wasn't sure when I finished this book if half of what I had just read was true or said merely for revenge. While the story of Eddie Fisher's career is interesting there is so much malicious gossip that it detracts from the basic story.
Starting as a talented child and then through a very up and down career Mr. Fisher never had any doubts about his abilities professionally. Through his version of his marriages to Debbie Reynolds, Elizabeth Taylor, Connie Stevens and so forth we get all the dirt that we ever wanted to hear and then some. While I like a good "Hollywood" biography as much as the next person I've never read one that gave me so many details on people that I really didn't WANT to hear. Sometimes petty, sometimes shocking and frequently doubtful there's a lot of stuff in this book that really could and should have been left unsaid. A strong proponent of freedom of speech I also believe that much of what Mr. Fisher had to say was simply unkind and people who have since died like Montgomery Clift and Roddy McDowell are no longer able to defend themselves and to deny what is printed about themselves.
Although he never had any doubts about his singing ability Mr. Fisher is also quite self-effacing about his shortcomings as a husband, father and speaks openly about his addictions. What is probably the best aspect of the book is when the reader realizes how much Eddie Fisher has learned along his journey.
I wish him peace but I wish he didn't have to be so just plain mean in this version of his life.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A Book Without Heroes 25 July 2001
By topthecharts - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This volume has no heroes: not Connie Stevens, not Debbie Reynolds and especially not Liz Taylor. And you won't feel sorry for Eddie who across the three marriages was a terrible father, a serious drug offender, and in pursuit of lust, threw away what could have been the ultimate singing career of the last half century. Still, I could not put this book down. Highly engrossing.
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