The world has not been the same since Carrie Fisher died in December. Many beautiful tributes from her loved ones (like her daughter, half-sister, and co-star Debra Messing) were published shortly afterward. Recently, her ex Dan Aykroyd wrote a strangely sweet and funny tribute to her in Empire. Aykroyd dated Fisher before she famously got married to Paul Simon.
Aykroyd described how the two met at “Saturday Night Live,” then fell in love on the set of “Blues Brothers,” and subsequently moved in together. They were so serious that he proposed and they underwent blood tests:
“While in Chicago we obtained blood tests for compatibility from an East Indian female doctor. 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. One of the most brilliant and hilarious minds of our eon, Carrie would say things like: “I love tiny babies. When they cry they turn red and look like screaming tomatoes.” OR “This romance is finished the second you let out even a threep. I’ll be sick for a year.” AND “You have a jawline, hold your chin up otherwise you look like a tuna.” From then on I would identify myself on the phone as Tuna Neck.”
Aykroyd spoke highly of Fisher, but also comically mentioned an LSD trip they both went on together (I mean, are you really shocked he went there?):
“Before Christmas one weekend Carrie asked Debbie to call Harrah’s security to arrange for her daughter and I to have a private weekend in a guest house on Bill Harrah’s legendary Lake Tahoe estate. At this point our love was soaring on laugh-filled exhilaration and a vibrant, wholly satisfying physical intimacy. 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.”
Of course, the whole tribute ended on a sweet and somewhat casual note, stating:
“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.”
In short, Fisher was so awesome that you couldn’t even be upset when she broke your heart.