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.”
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.”