Carrie Fisher Kept the Secret for 40 Years That She Dated Harrison Ford

Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford, beloved by multiple generations of fans, are forever etched in memory as Princess Leia and Han Solo. This iconic duo, brought to life on the silver screen, unexpectedly kindled a passionate love amidst their valiant struggles against the formidable Empire. However, for years following the debut of the initial Star Wars trilogy, enthusiasts remained under the impression that this affection was confined solely to their fictional personas.

She was 19 and he was 33.

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In 2016, a surprising revelation shook the Star Wars fandom when Carrie Fisher candidly disclosed that she and Harrison Ford had indeed engaged in a romantic affair during the production of the inaugural 1977 Star Wars film. Fisher delved into the intricacies of their behind-the-scenes connection in her memoir, “The Princess Diarist,” and elaborated on this intriguing aspect during interviews aimed at promoting her book.

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During that period, Carrie Fisher, a 19-year-old aspiring actress, found herself entangled in a clandestine romance with Harrison Ford, who was 33 years old and a married father of two at the time. This surprising revelation unfolded against the backdrop of their shared experiences on the set of the groundbreaking 1977 film, Star Wars.

In her memoir, “The Princess Diarist,” Fisher vividly recalled a particular evening during the filming when both she and Harrison attended a birthday celebration for the film’s director, George Lucas. As she gazed at Harrison, she described his visage as that of a hero, with a few strands of hair gracefully framing his noble and slightly furrowed brow.

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In her own words, she pondered, “How could you ask such a shining specimen of a man to be satisfied with the likes of me? I was shocked by the fact that he fancied me. I was a very insecure girl and had only one boyfriend.”

Carrie confessed to becoming “obsessed” with the charismatic actor and harbored hopes that he would leave his then-wife, Mary Marquardt, for her. However, destiny took a different course, and their clandestine romance concluded with the completion of filming.

They married to other people.

Following the release of the first Star Wars film, Harrison did eventually part ways with his wife, Mary Marquardt. However, despite the changing circumstances, he and Carrie never rekindled their affair during the filming of the sequel, The Empire Strikes Back.

Carrie’s personal life took its own turns as well. She married musician Paul Simon in 1983, although their union lasted only a year. Subsequently, she embarked on a relationship with talent agent Bryan Lourd from 1991 to 1994.

Harrison Ford, on the other hand, entered into a lasting marriage with actress Calista Flockhart in 2010. Throughout the years, he has chosen not to publicly comment on the affair that once captivated the imaginations of Star Wars fans worldwide.

Life is an unpredictable journey filled with twists and turns, but within this ever-changing tapestry, every person you encounter weaves their own unique and meaningful thread into the fabric of your existence.

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