Elizabeth Taylor’s Biggest Marriage Regret

British born actor Elizabeth Taylor and her fourth husband American singer and actor Eddie Fisher arrive at a formal event, c. 1962
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The new HBO documentary called Elizabeth Taylor: The Lost Tapes is currently premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival ahead of its premiere on Max on August 3, 2024. Although Taylor died in 2011, the documentary was pieced together in her own words from old interviews and features previously unseen videos and photos, sharing the tale of the glamorous star’s life and career. The documentary details her often tumultuous relationships and her eight marriages (to seven men).

In the footage, Taylor expresses regret for one marriage in particular, her union to singer Eddie Fisher. Fisher was the best friend of her third husband, Mike Todd, who died in a plane crash in 1958. When Taylor and Fisher started dating, he was still married to actress Debbie Reynolds. Just three hours (!) after the divorce was finalized between Fisher and Reynolds, Fisher and Taylor got married and Taylor admitted that she regrets all of it.

1958: American singer Eddie Fisher, wearing a tuxedo, stands with arm around his wife, American actor Debbie Reynolds (R) and smiles while looking at British-born actor Elizabeth Taylor, smoking a cigarette, Las Vegas, Nevada. The next year Fisher left Reynolds and married Taylor.

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She says in the documentary, “I was keeping Mike alive by talking about him because Eddie, he was a great friend of Mike’s. That was the only thing we had in common, was Mike. I never loved Eddie. I liked him. I felt sorry for him. And I liked talking [to him]. But he was not Mike.”

She added, “As a matter of fact, I don’t remember too much about my marriage to him, except it was one big, friggin’ awful mistake. I knew it before we were married and didn’t know how to get out of it.”

26th August 1960: American actress Elizabeth Taylor with her husband, singer Eddie Fisher attending the opening ceremony of the Olympic games in Rome

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Learn more about Taylor’s marriages, her career, and AIDs activism before her death in the documentary, premiering on August 3. Will you be watching?

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