Celebrity affairs aren’t uncommon in Hollywood. They happen on the set of movies and TV shows alike. Sometimes they lead to marriage or a long-lasting relationship. But in the case of Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher, the actors only had a brief fling while filming their first Star Wars movie.
Carrie Fisher shared details about the affair in her 2016 memoir
Fisher’s third memoir, The Princess Diarist chronicled her life while filming Star Wars. After decades of keeping the affair private, Fisher finally went public. She even gave Ford a heads up that she’d be discussing it as the two were promoting 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens at the time.
Relying on journals from her 19-year-old self, the Princess Leia actor shared how she and her then-33-year-old co-star, Ford, had an affair. Back then Ford had been married to his first wife, Mary Marquardt. Per Fisher’s diary entries, Ford set the affair in motion when he kissed her in the backseat of his car. Their affair ended when filming stopped. Ford returned to his wife before getting a divorce in 1979.
The Princess Diarist hit shelves on Nov. 22, 2016. Barely a month later, Fisher had a heart attack on a flight to Los Angeles, California. She died on Dec. 27, 2016, at the age of 60. Before her death, Fisher called the affair a one-night stand that lasted three months because it was all about the sex.
Carrie Fisher’s brother says she regretted going public
In his own 2018 memoir, Fisher’s brother, Todd Fisher, discussed the affair. In My Girls: A Lifetime with Carrie and Debbie, Todd said his sister once admitted she regretted sharing the affair with the world.
Per Vanity Fair, Todd wrote in the book that Fisher told their mother, “You’re right. I shouldn’t have told that story,” after publishing her 2016 memoir. According to Fisher, she and her mother had a complicated relationship.
Todd wrote that in the final days of his mother and sister’s lives, there’d been friction between the two women. Fisher didn’t want Reynolds to throw her a big birthday party because she’d been busy promoting her memoir and filming Star Wars: The Last Jedi in London, England.
Reynolds died only one day after Fisher on Dec. 28, 2016.
Harrison Ford hasn’t mentioned much about the affair
After the release of Fisher’s 2016 memoir, the public wanted to hear what Ford had to say about the brief affair decades earlier. But the actor stayed quiet on the topic. That is until he mentioned a few words about it during a 2017 cover interview with GQ.
Ford admitted he’d been given advance notice Fisher planned on including the affair in her book “to a degree.” Not keen on giving details of his reaction, Ford said, “Oh, I don’t know. I don’t know. You know, with Carrie’s untimely passing, I don’t really feel that it’s a subject that I want to discuss.”
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