Eddie Fisher passed away in September 2010 at age 82. Because Carrie was so young when her father divorced her mother, she says she doesn't remember much about the scandal. "I was defined more by his absence than his presence," she says.

To have a relationship with her father, Carrie says she had to take an untraditional approach. "I realized he's not a parent. If I wanted a relationship with him, he needs to be taken care of," she says. "So I could have a relationship with my dad if I didn't wait for him to be my dad in the traditional sense."

It worked. "The great thing was that my father really appreciated it," she says. "He knew he didn't deserve it."


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