An upcoming issue of Empire includes a 24-page farewell to the legendary Carrie Fisher, who passed away suddenly at the end of December. The feature includes a very personal commemoration by Dan Aykroyd, original SNL cast member and Fisher's one time fiancé.
The couple fell in love during the filming of Blues Brothers. Fisher actually played John Belushi's girlfriend, but she soon "moved in with me into a penthouse suite in the futuristic, aluminum-clad Astro Tower, which I knew to apologise for," writes Aykroyd.
"Carrie had the most refined eye for art and design."
That theme would come up again.
But one of the most intriguing anecdotes is Aykroyd's description of, as he puts it, "one of the planet's greatest occasions where LSD was a factor." To put it simply: they tripped balls together, spending three days "full-on weeping to Christmas classics."
As mentioned above, Fisher's attention to architectural detail is something of a recurring theme in the essay, as another discerning artistic moment from Fisher actually preceded their breakup.
Carrie and I went home to a house which Judy [Belushi] had purchased for me but unseen by me until the moment of our arrival. It was a fixer-upper, mid-century oil-guzzler, albeit designed by Hideo Sasaki. Carrie said, "It looks like it was abandoned by Fred and Wilma Flintstone." The next morning she asked me to drive her to the airport and she flew to New York.
Aykroyd ends his piece by clarifying "Carrie wasn't shallow, we had a great time," but she was also—sadly for Aykroyd—"in love with Paul Simon."
"She married him but I hope she kept my ring."
Oh, she also told him to keep his "chin up otherwise you look like a tuna." It inspired him to call himself Tuna Neck from then on.
Read Aykroyd's full piece here.