General Facts and Figures
- Full name: Amy Elizabeth Fisher
- Net Worth: $200 000
- Occupation: Media personality, reality television star and adult entertainer
- Birthday: August 21, 1974 (age 44)
- Birthplace: Merrick, New York, Long Island
- Birth Sign: Leo
- Marital status: Divorced since 2015
- Amy Fisher came to be known as the Long Island Lolita after she attempted to shoot the wife of her alleged lover. She was 16 at the time and had allegedly developed a relationship with mechanic Joey Buttafuoco.
- The wife, Mary Buttafuoco, survived the assault and Fisher was arrested for attempted murder. She later pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and spent seven years in prison.
- She became a columnist for the Long Island Press after her release from prison.
- Her biography, If I Knew Then… was released in 2004 and reached The New York Times Best Seller list.
- She married Louis Bellera and has three children from this marriage. The couple divorced in 2015.
- Bellera and Fisher sold a sex tape of theirs to Red Light District Video, and Fisher did a few public appearances to promote this video too, including an appearance on the Howard Stern Show, which she left within a few minutes because the host took a call from Buttafuoco’s daughter.
- Fisher was an adult entertainer and star, until she announced, in 2011, that she no longer continued in that line of work.
Aggravated Assault and Prison
Amy Fisher was born in Merrick, New York, on Long Island. When she was a student at Kennedy High School, in Bellmore, New York, Fisher met and fell in love with Joey Buttafuoco, a mechanic in the Long Island area who was already married. In a fit of jealousy, Fisher showed up at Buttafuoco’s home and shot his wife Mary Jo in the temple. Fisher fled the scene, while Buttafuoco’s wife was operated on the whole night. She survived the shooting but there continues to be nerve damage as a fallout of the shooting. Buttafuoco suspected the shooter may have been Fisher and when her photograph was shown to Mary Jo, she identified her as the shooter.
Fisher was arrested for attempted murder but later pleaded guilty to aggravated assault. She was given a prison sentence of 5 to 15 years but was released on parole after serving seven years in prison. She has later gone on record to say she was high on ecstasy when she shot Mary Jo.
Buttafuoco denied having a relationship with Fisher but was subsequently charged with statutory rape, to which he pleaded guilty in 1993. He served six months in prison. In an interview to TIME magazine for her book Getting It Through My Thick Skull: Why I Stayed, What I Learned, and What Millions of People Involved with Sociopaths Need to Know, Mary Jo said about her husband: “I was married to a very, very good sociopath, I can see why I stayed. We had been married for 15 years up to that point. And I believed him. It’s as simple as that. I believed him when he said he had nothing to do with her.”
Reality Television Career
Fisher and Mary Jo came together for a televised session for Entertainment Tonight in 2006, and also in its spinoff show, The Insider. The two have given several interviews to the press separately since and have had back and forths over the years. In a New York Post interview, Fisher refused to comment on the shooting but said Mary Jo was a “wonderful lady and I was just a stupid kid”. In the same episode, Buttafuoco lost his cool at Fisher when she demanded an apology from him for having seduced her, saying “you are going to burn in hell!”
Fisher also appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show soon after being released from prison and alleged that Buttafuoco had preyed on her vulnerabilities. She spoke about her strained relationship with her father and said that Buttafuoco took advantage of this complex. Fisher and Buttafuoco reunited for the first time since the shooting in 2006, for the Legends Football League coin toss (formerly known as the Lingerie Bowl). There were also rumors that the two had gotten back together since Buttafuoco’s divorce and TV producer David Krieff said there were talks of developing a reality television show involving the two. In 2011, Fisher also appeared as a cast member in the reality television series Celebrity Rehab, along with her husband.
Fisher also published her biography If I Knew Then, in 2004, which details her life in prison and the circumstances that led her there. She published another book, titled Amy Fisher: My Story in 1994, that claimed Buttafuoco had himself helped Fisher planned the murder of his wife.
In 2007, there were allegations that Fisher’s husband Bellera had sold a sex tape of Fisher and him to Red Light District Video in Los Angeles. Fisher sued the company, claiming copyright infringements a few other damages. But a year later, Fisher announced that the couple had arrived at a consensus and that she had settled with Red Light. Fisher also appeared on the popular Howard Stern Show to promote the video but left after Stern took the first phone call, as it was from Mary and Joey Buttafuoco’s daughter, Jessica.
In 2009, Fisher released a pay-per-view adult film called Amy Fisher: Totally Nude & Exposed. She went on to sign a deal with Lee Entertainment and became a professional stripper, doing club shows every month. She starred in another adult film, released by DreamZone Entertainment, called Deep Inside Amy Fisher. The film was meant to be one in an eight-part series, but in 2011, Fisher said she was retiring from the adult entertainment business.
In Popular Culture
The ‘Long Island Lolita’ case has been the inspiration for several books and films. In 1993, Drew Barrymore played the eponymous character in a telefilm called The Amy Fisher Story. In another rendition in the same year (incidentally aired on the same night), Alyssa Milano played Fisher’s character. The Barrymore series garnered higher television ratings.
The award-winning film American Beauty is said to have been inspired by the Fisher media trial. Writer Alan Ball was developing it as a play in 1993, right in the thick of this case.
There have also been quite a few books written on the incident and the controversy. Lethal Lolita: A True Story of Sex, Scandal and Deadly Obsession, by Maria Eftimiades (1992) and Amy Fisher: Anatomy of a Scandal: The Myth, the Media and the Truth Behind the Long Island Lolita Story, by Dominguez Pier (2001) are two noteworthy works.
Where Is She Now
After a life full of turmoil, media trials and ups and downs, Fisher is said to have moved back home to Long Island, along with her three kids. In an interview with the NY Post, she has detailed how hard life had become for her and her children in Florida. Fisher said her children could not make any friends as all the parents were afraid their kids would get the “Amy Fisher gene if they hung out with them”. Fisher has since moved back to Long Island, not far from the scene of the crime. She is said to have family there that she wanted to live close to in order to also have a support system to raise her children.