It’s still hard to comprehend that we now live in a world where Carrie Fisher isn’t living and breathing and being all kinds of delightful.
The tributes from those closest to the inimitable writer, humourist, actress, and princess have helped the worldwide grieving process, and now Dan Aykroyd might have just penned the best.
Aykroyd and Carrie Fisher were briefly engaged after he proposed to her on the set of ‘The Blues Brothers’, which he co-wrote and starred in, while she played the former girlfriend of John Belushi’s Jake Blues.
In his beautiful tribute for Empire Magazine to the ‘Star Wars’ icon, who he first met on the set of ‘Saturday Night Live’, Aykroyd recalls being “associated as intimates” with Fisher and “occasionally co-habitating in her New York apartment, Hollywood Cottage, and Debbie’s [Reynolds] house.”
“Later, while filming Blues Brothers,” Aykroyd continues, “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.”
In the piece, Aykroyd praises Fisher as “one of the most brilliant and hilarious minds of our eon,” explains how he got the nickname Tuna Neck, and even details an LSD trip they had over a weekend in Reno, writing, “We flew up to Reno, rented a wagon and checked in for three days of full-on weeping to Christmas classics. Certainly one of the planet’s greatest occasions where LSD was a factor.”
Ultimately, though, Akyroyd concedes that “she was also in love with Paul Simon,” who Fisher ended the engagement to reunite with. Dan Aykroyd himself went on marry actress Donna Dixon, with whom they’ve had three daughters But clearly Fisher had a huge impact on him, as well as on the rest of the world, too.