As Eddie Fisher counts them, he's well into his ninth comeback this month. But his marriages still number only three.
Fisher, 61, talks about his loves and his work with equal alacrity. They affect each other, he's convinced.
"All those romances took too much energy," said the graying singer, who underwent a liposuction operation last fall to avoid having to go on stage with a potbelly.
"I was only married three times (to Debbie Reynolds, Connie Stevens and Elizabeth Taylor) for a total of 6 1/2 years," Fisher said. "But living with a woman is just like marriage."
Among the women he's been involved with, but not married: Judy Garland, Ann-Margret and his current sweetheart, Betty Lin.
"It's good to be romantic," Fisher said. "But before you do anything, you've got to work. Romance is for kids. There are times when everything is perfect, but it doesn't last."