Debbie Reynolds: Ever and always a trouper

"He was so cute, just adorable," Reynolds said. "He had big brown eyes, and he was a very talented young man. We were both very young -- and I was pretty cute myself!"

America's sweethearts married in 1955. The newlyweds even hammed it up for Edward R. Murrow on "Person to Person."

The marriage produced two children: actress and writer Carrie, and younger brother Todd.

Todd Fisher says of his mother's early movies, like "Tammy and the Bachelor," "Shoot, that's just her. She is an innocent, a true innocent. And she always has been. That's why she gets so horribly screwed over sometimes."

Elizabeth Taylor, left, Eddie Fisher, and Debbie Reynolds at the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas, June 19, 1958. AP Photo/Las Vegas News Bureau

That's ONE way of describing what happened with her first marriage. She and Fisher were close to Taylor and her husband Mike Todd; they were matron of honor and best man at their wedding.

When Todd died in a plane crash in 1958, Fisher rushed to comfort Taylor . . . and never came back.

"You must get tired of talking about Eddie Fisher and Elizabeth Taylor," Rocca said to Reynolds.

"No, I don't get tired of it. I'd just like to clear it up for everybody," she replied. "Everybody still seems to be so upset over it because, you know, when it happened, it just seemed to be such an explosion of people upset for me. And I appreciated it."