It's no secret that celebrity feuds are fascinating and capture the attention of the general public. Fans are eager to see the real side of their idol, and what's more real than a public confrontation? While Ryan Murphy explored the feud between Betty Davis and Joan Crawford in his FX series, there's an even more complicated and fascinating past between icons Debbie Reynolds and Elizabeth Taylor. The movie legends had a friendship and strong feud which spanned decades, eventually concluding with Taylor's passing in 2011. And it's a relationship that was heavily documented every step of the way.

Debbie Reynolds and Elizabeth Taylor started out as friends, as the pair of actresses began to rise in the world of Hollywood. Taylor was a sex symbol and arguably a bigger star, while Reynolds made a name for herself in movies like Singin' In The Rain. The ladies were both also married, and would frequently double date. Debbie was married to crooner Eddie Fisher (the father of Carrie and Todd) while Liz wed Mike Todd. But when Taylor was widowed after Todd's sudden death via plane crash, it was Eddie Fisher who comforted her, albeit in a NSFW way.

Elizabeth Taylor and Eddie Fisher began a famous affair while he was still married to Debbie Reynolds, a story that circulated around in the news and papers at the time. But it wasn't until she called Liz Taylor's hotel room and her husband picked up the phone that she knew it was real. Reynolds spoke to The Daily Mail about the revelation back in 2010, saying:

Suddenly, a lot of things clicked into place. I could hear her voice asking him who was calling - they were obviously in bed together. I yelled at him, 'Roll over, darling and let me speak to Elizabeth.'

Talk about drama. That's a serious pill for Debbie Reynolds to swallow, especially regarding her best friend and the father of her children. Carrie Fisher famously spoke about the affair and her parents' various marriages in her memoir and HBO special Wishful Drinking. Fisher has always been known for her trademark wit and snark, and she certainly didn't hold back when it came to her father's decision to start the affair. As she told it,

Naturally, my father flew to Elizabeth's side, gradually making his way slowly to her front. He first dried her eyes with his handkerchief, then he consoled her with flowers, and he ultimately consoled her with his penis Now this made marriage to my mother awkward, so he was gone within the week.

While Debbie Reynolds didn't believe in divorce, she ultimately let Eddie Fisher go, and he and Elizabeth Taylor promptly wed. Years later, Taylor would claim she only married him due to the death of her last husband, and they ultimately didn't end up having a very long romance. Because while working on Cleopatra, Liz began having an affair with frequent co-star Richard Burton. "Liz and Dick" were born, and Liz and Eddie were officially over. But that unfortunately didn't help mend things between she and Debbie Reynolds. At least not yet.

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