As we all continue to mourn her loss, it’s comforting to hear from those who knew her best. And now, Carrie Fisher’s ex-fiancée Dan Aykroyd is opening up about the genius, openly troubled Star Wars legend in an essay honoring “one of the most brilliant and hilarious minds of our eon.”
The essay, which will appear in Empire magazine’s farewell to Fisher on Thursday, January 26th, details Aykroyd’s 1980 relationship with Fisher — whom he calls a “one-off, broke-the-mould woman” — which began when they met on Saturday Night Live.
“She and John Belushi became instant pals,” Aykroyd writes. “I remember how much she made him laugh. Later, while filming Blues Brothers, Carrie and I fell in love and during the shoot she moved in with me into a penthouse suite in the futuristic, aluminium-clad Astro Tower, which I knew to apologise for. Carrie had the most refined eye for art and design.”
Their story only got more wacky — more Fisher — from there, with Aykroyd writing,
Aykroyd then warmly describes Fisher’s famous Hollywood family. The son of “a government family in Hull, Quebec,” Aykroyd was dazzled by Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, but he added that they always made him feel loved and welcome in “Hollywood-glamorous emotional comfort, elegance and excitement.”
“Debbie would cook for us and Carrie’s tech-wizard brother Todd would take me on high-intensity cruises in muscle cars and on motorcycles through Beverly Hills with great young people,” Aykroyd explains.
He also dropped LSD with Fisher, detailing a private weekend in Lake Tahoe in which the two “obtained some original Owsley” and experienced “three days of full-on weeping to Christmas classics” as a couple.
“At this point our love was soaring on laugh-filled exhilaration and a vibrant, wholly satisfying physical intimacy,” he writes. “Certainly one of the planet’s greatest occasions where LSD was a factor.”
Of course, their engagement was very short-lived, with Fisher reuniting with — and eventually, marrying — her ex Paul Simon. Their final weekend was spent in Aykroyd’s Martha’s Vineyard home, purchased for him by Judy Belushi, John’s now widow.
We’ll probably never know if Fisher kept that ring — surely, she had other impressive jewelry — but still. Even though Fisher was so refreshingly candid about her life and struggles in her books, her theater, and in countless interviews, it’s a dazzling, wild ride to read about her from the people who knew her best.