Elizabeth Taylor and Eddie Fisher’s marriage started with scandal, but they stayed together for longer than expected. The actor and the singer were married from 1959 to 1964 following Fisher’s messy, prolonged divorce from Debbie Reynolds. While Reynolds and Fisher’s children—Carrie Fisher and Todd Fisher—lived their lives in the spotlight, did Taylor and Fisher have kids?
Eddie Fisher had two children with Debbie Reynolds
Carrie was the most famous of Fisher’s children. She became a Hollywood icon in her own right when she starred as Princess Leia in the Star Wars franchise, and went on to act in more films and author several memoirs detailing her life in Hollywood.
Todd also worked in the industry as a director and producer. Following the unexpected deaths of Carrie and Debbie in December 2016, he preserved their legacies by producing the documentary Bright Lights and the 2018 memoir My Girls: A Lifetime with Carrie and Debbie.
After Fisher’s 1964 divorce from Taylor, he remarried three times. He was married to Connie Stevens from 1967 to 1969, Terry Richard from 1975 to 1976, and Betty Lin from 1993 to 2001. He had two children with Stevens—Joely Fisher, born in 1967, and Tricia Leigh Fisher, born in 1968.
Elizabeth Taylor had four children
For her part, Taylor also had four children. But none of them were with Fisher. Taylor married seven men in her lifetime, and married Richard Burton twice. And unlike Fisher and Reynolds’ children, Taylor’s four kids stayed largely out of the spotlight.
Taylor was married to Michael Wilding from 1952 to 1957. In that time, they had two children—Michael Howard Wilding and Christopher Wilding. Taylor married film producer Mike Todd in 1957, and they had a daughter, Liza Burton Tivey (née Liza Todd Burton) the same year. Liza’s father died in a plane crash in 1958, and later considered Burton to be her father.
Taylor and Burton adopted a daughter, Maria Burton, during their first marriage.
Elizabeth Taylor kept her children out of the spotlight
Taylor was one of the most famous women in the world for most of her life. Although her personal life was splashed across tabloid headlines for years, she tried to keep that from happening to her four children.
William J. Mann, author of “How to Be a Movie Star: Elizabeth Taylor in Hollywood,” had a theory as to why that was.
“I don’t think we heard a lot about her as a mother because we don’t tend to think of mothers as so glamorous,” he said. “She was this globetrotting beautiful siren who kept them out of the spotlight—she wasn’t pushing them onto TV shows as some famous parents do. there wasn’t a lot of use of her children in the media.”