Carried Fisher and Harrison Ford were in a three-month "intense" affair while shooting "Star Wars: A New Hope", the actress claimed many years later.
Some people prefer speaking their truth whether others like it or not. It can get them in trouble and hurt others, but it is important to those people that they are able to tell their own story authentically. Even some celebrities prefer to be open books to their fans even if it leaves them hurt in the process. They might know how to balance honesty with others' emotions.
Stars Wars actress Carrie Fisher was an icon for playing Princess Leia but she managed to upset many people when she published her memoir The Princess Diarist in 2016. In the book, she revealed she had an "intense" three-month affair with Harrison Ford while they worked together in 1976-77on the movie, Star Wars: A New Hope. Ford was 14 years older than her and was married with two kids. Fisher was only 19. While she wrote it like it was not unusual that he stepped in to save the drunk actress at a party filled with men and instead started making out with her, people were alarmed, as per The Verge.
Ford and his then-wife Mary Marquardt divorced after the Star Wars film gave him immense fame but also after his reported affair with Melissa Mathison, who later became his wife. He reportedly met her in 1976 and was dating her while he was married, as per Worldation.com.
Fisher reportedly regretted sharing that part of her life, which had been secret for 40 years, with the world. "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.
People did care about the secret more than she realized and she was taken aback. "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.
The book goes into detail about her angst about Ford and how distant he was. She shared an anecdote about doing an impression of him to make him laugh. The feeling attached to that incident, which she wrote in her diary, shows a sadder picture. "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.
Despite the teenage Fisher's hope that he would love her back, her brother says that they had no "illusions that they had a future together. They were simply acting on a strong mutual attraction while making a movie together as if that's not one of the oldest stories in Hollywood. What Harrison and everyone else may not know is that Carrie went to mom right after the book became such a big deal and said, 'You were right, I shouldn't have told that story.' For what it's worth, Harrison, she really did regret telling the story of that affair."
She had made the revelation about their three-month "intense" affair just a month before she passed away. "It was so intense. It was Han and Leia during the week, and Carrie and Harrison during the weekend," she wrote.
The actress also insisted that she had given the Indiana Jones actor enough warning before publishing the book, even then she thought of his comfort first. "I wouldn't have ambushed him like that, but it's still ... no matter if I told him or not, it probably feels like an ambush. It feels like an ambush to me, and I'm the one that wrote it. I said: 'I found the journals that I kept during the first movie and I'm probably going to publish them.' And he just sort of raised his finger and said, 'Lawyer!'"