Dan Aykroyd Writes Touching Tribute to Former Fiancee, Carrie Fisher
"She was also in love with Paul Simon. She married him but I hope she kept my ring."
Dan Aykroyd opened up about his love for the late Carrie Fisher in a letter he penned for a recent issue of London's Empire magazine.
Fisher and Aykroyd met when she hosted Saturday Night Live in 1978, and they fell in love while working together on 1980's Blues Brothers.
"Carrie embraced my friends and I was embraced in warmly human and Hollywood-glamorous emotional comfort, elegance and excitement," Aykroyd wrote. "Debbie [Reynolds] 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, Jose Ferrer and Donna Ebsen."
Fisher and her mother, Debbie Reynolds, died a day apart last month. Fisher was 60. Reynolds was 84.
Aykroyd remembered the whirlwind relationship and how serious it got between the two of them.
"While in Chicago we obtained blood tests for compatibility from an East Indian female doctor," he wrote. "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 Ghosbusters creator closed by reminiscing about his and Fisher's final romantic weekend together, before she went back to musician Paul Simon, with whom she was also in love at the time.
"The next morning she asked me to drive her to the airport and she flew to New York," Aykroyd wrote. "Architectural reservations notwithstanding, 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."
"Our beautiful brilliant funny wise kind and generous Blues Sister -so ironic - Xmas was Carrie's favorite thing next to babies."— Dan Aykroyd (@dan_aykroyd) December 27, 2016