Remembering her as “One of the most brilliant and hilarious minds of our eon”, Dan Aykroyd has penned an emotional tribute to the late Carrie Fisher that appears in the March issue of Empire magazine.
“I met Carrie at Saturday Night Live. She and John Belushi became instant pals. I remember how much she made him laugh. 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. Carrie had the most refined eye for art and design.”
After meeting in their 20s, Dan and Carrie were briefly engaged to be married.
“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.”
Aykroyd candidly discusses their recreational drug use.
“Having obtained some original Owsley from our friend Tom Davis, 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.”
Eventually, the couple’s engagement came to an end, but it’s apparent that Dan will always remember Carrie Fondly.
“I grew up as a simple Catholic kid from a government family in Hull, Quebec, so you can imagine how much of a privilege and honour it was for me to have known this one-off, broke-the-mould woman as a great friend.”
The essay can be read here. Rest easy, Princess!