Carrie Fisher was only 19 when a 33-year-old Harrison Ford, who was married with kids, wooed her on the set of their film.
Some people are not fated to have lasting love in their lives. It's possible that they fall for the wrong person, who doesn't value them as much or can't be there for them because of their own reasons. The subsequent heartbreak might be so intense that they end up never making lasting relationships even in the future.
Star of the Stars Wars franchise Carrie Fisher was known for her high-spiritedness. She was also an honest person who opened up to the world about things that ended up hurting others. In her 2016 memoir, The Princess Diarist, the woman who played the iconic Princess Leia in the science fiction universe opened up about her tragic romance with co-star Harrison Ford.
The Indiana Jones actor was married with two kids in 1976-77 when they started working on the George Lucas film. Fisher was only 19 while Ford was 14 years her senior. Instead of being a mentor, he became her lover, according to The Verge. In 1977, when she was attending Lucas’ birthday party, she’s “essentially the only girl” in the room that was full of drunk men.
They teased her and got her drunk even though she was unwilling. "It makes me stupid, sick, and unconscious really fast. I’ve never actually been drunk—just senseless and inert," she added. She further said that the situation became unsafe and the crew tried to take her out "to wherever movie crews take young actresses when they want to establish that the actress belongs to them."
Eventually, Ford swooped in and saved her but made a move on her himself, which is how their affair began. It lasted only for three months but they kept it a secret for 40 years. It was also important enough for Fisher to write about it in her memoir when she could have glossed over it.
Other than Fisher, Ford cheated on his then-wife Mary Marquardt with another woman as well. This woman was Melissa Mathison, who he later married. After the release of Star Wars: A New Hope, he and Marquardt ended up getting a divorce. His marriage with Mathison, which was his second, also didn't last. Six years after his divorce to Mathison, he got married a third time, to actress Calista Flockhart.
Fisher, too, had been married between 1983 and 1984 to musician Paul Simon. "Then we dated again," Fisher wrote, according to Vanity Fair. "We were together for more than 12 years (off and on) and we traveled a lot. The last place we went to was the Amazon, which I recommend if you like mosquitoes."
She was also in a relationship with Bryan Lourd, with whom she had a daughter Billie in 1992. While she had moved on, the actress who died at the age of 60, had created some controversy by revealing about her old affair with Ford.
"The only part she regretted was the part where she spoke about Harrison and the affair that they had together. My mother warned her, by the way, not to write that, not to publish that part, because my mother had seen the book before it was published and said, 'Don't do that.' And Carrie was like, 'Ah, nobody cares. You know, this is the 21st century,'" her brother Todd said, as per Asiaone.
"It isn't something that needed to be in there and Carrie kind of regretted that that was in there. She didn't regret what happened, it was a beautiful sort of innocent love affair, people in their 20s, it wasn't that big of a deal. But there is a huge world and an issue of morality that does exist on earth and some people don't like it when you put that in their face, and I think that is what she felt. So she did regret that," he added.
Fisher poured her heart into revealing her heartbreak when Ford stopped giving her the attention she wanted.
In her diary, she wrote, "If I’d never succeeded in coaxing this coveted laughter of his out into the waiting world, I would never have known what I was missing — just that I was missing something, besides his not being single or accessible or, for the most part, warm. I wouldn’t have been able to imagine his laughing wholeheartedly, or known how amazing it felt to actually be with the person you were with and feel that he liked you!" she wrote, as per The Verge.
Even as a teenager, she knew that they had no future together and yet she pined for him. Eventually, when the book was published, which happened to be a month before she passed away, she said that Ford lawyered up pretty quickly.