15Harrison Ford & Carrie Fisher
Because of their undeniable chemistry in 1977’s Star Wars, fans long suspected a real-life romance, but it wasn’t confirmed until Carrie Fisher revealed the ghastly particulars in her 2016 memoir, The Princess Diarist. Fisher was only 19 when she landed the iconic role of Princess Leia, a
tough-talking space politician with a soft spot for scruffy looking mercenaries. It’s hard to blame one so young and inexperienced for falling for a man 14 years her senior, known for his dashing heroics and roughneck charm.
At the time, Harrison Ford was married and had 2 children with his high school sweetheart, Mary Marquardt. In one of Hollywood’s only known examples of discretion, the actors agreed to keep their dalliance confined to production, ending things when they boarded their flight home. The 3 month affair would have been lost to the failings of human memory, had Fisher not kept a diary. Of course, it’s just one side of the story, but Fisher convincingly blames her part on youthful indiscretion. Ford eventually divorced Marquardt, but it wasn’t because of Fisher.