Dan Aykroyd pens tribute to '80s love Carrie Fisher
Somehow, perhaps lost in all the tributes and memorials to the late Carrie Fisher, one fact probably escaped many ‘80s fans: She and Dan Aykroyd were once engaged.
In the March 2017 issue of Empire magazine, Aykroyd pens a fascinating remembrance of Carrie, how they met and what ultimately doomed their relationship. Here are some highlights:
“I met Carrie at Saturday Night Live. She and John Belushi became instant pals. … 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.”
“Contemplating marriage, I gave Carrie a sapphire ring and subsequently in the romance she gave me a Donald Roller Wilson oil painting of a monkey in a blue dress next to a tiny floating pencil, which I kept for years until it began to frighten my children.”
“The romantic relationship ended the weekend of our final evacuation from Chicago by Lear 24 with Judy and John Belushi to our homes in Martha’s Vineyard. … Carrie wasn’t shallow, we had a great time. She was also in love with Paul Simon. She married him but I hope she kept my ring.”