Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart Reveal the Secret to Their Nearly 20-Year Relationship

Calista Flockhart and Harrison Ford are one of Hollywood’s golden couples. Most people remember Flockhart from the hit comedy Ally McBeal. Ford is probably best known for his work in Star Wars and the Indiana Jones films.

The two actors have been able to maintain a happy relationship for roughly two decades. And Flockhart and Ford have shared their perspective on the secret to success when it comes to love and marriage. Take a stroll down memory lane, and reflect on how these two ended up in each other’s arms.

Calista Flockhart’s romantic past

Calista Flockhart
Calista Flockhart | Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic

For five seasons, Flockhart worked as the main character of the drama series Ally McBeal. What some fans might not have realized was that Flockhart spent the first few years of the show in an on-and-off relationship with the show’s creator, David E. Kelley. But the two were not destined to work out. 

Shortly after, Flockhart began dating English film director and screenwriter Sam Mendes. This was around the same time Mendes directed the award-winning movie American Beauty. Their fleeting relationship quickly ended, but Flockhart did not let that get her down when it came to dating.

Though there aren’t many details surrounding their dynamic, it seems Flockhart got together with Robert Downey Jr. in 2000. Downey has made a reputation for himself in the movie business as one of the highest-paid actors of his time. Since the relationship was a bit of a mystery, no one is sure what happened between them.

Harrison Ford’s past dating life

Harrison Ford at the premiere of 'The Call of the Wild'
Harrison Ford at the premiere of ‘The Call of the Wild’ | Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

Ford was married twice before he finally settled down with Flockhart.

Ford’s first wife, Mary Marquardt, resulted in the birth of two of his sons, Benjamin and Willard. It is rumored that Ford’s marriage to Marquardt ultimately came to an end in 1979 due to another woman in Ford’s life. That woman was most likely Melissa Mathison.

Ford met Mathison, a well-known screenwriter, in 1976. In 1983, she married Ford, and they eventually had two children, Malcolm and Georgia. After several years together, the couple separated and filed for divorce. In 2004, the divorce was finalized.

Throughout his married years, it has been reported that Ford has had affairs with celebrities, including Carrie Fisher and Eve Babitz. Though Fisher was candid about her time with Ford, she did admit that she eventually regretted being so open with her revelation. Nonetheless, Ford continued on his trek for true love.

In 2001, Ford was with Minnie Driver for a short time. The two stars both found themselves newly single and started exploring the option of being a couple. But the relationship lasted just a few weeks before coming to an end.   

How Harrison Ford met Calista Flockhart

Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart arrive at a movie premiere.
Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart | Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Everything changed for Ford and Flockhart at the 2002 Golden Globes. Both seemed to be completely smitten after meeting each other for the first time at the award ceremony. It wasn’t long after that the two started dating.

When they first started dating, Ford and Flockhart had to try their hardest to keep their relationship quiet because Ford’s divorce was still in the works. However, the first chance he got, Ford was beyond excited to share his new relationship with the world. The couple finally got married in 2010.

Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart’s secrets to a happy marriage

From their photos to the way they live their lives, the love between Ford and Flockhart is extremely evident. When fans question how the couple has managed to stay together for so long, Flockhart has shared that laughter and humor are at the heart of their marriage.

When asked by Closer Weekly about the secret to her marriage, Flockhart said: “Harrison and I laugh a lot, and humor is everything to me.”

But there’s more to their relationship than humor and good times. The two stand by each other through thick and thin.

Case in point: In 2015, Ford was involved in a near-fatal plane crash, and Flockhart was reportedly very supportive through his recovery. “Calista spent most of the weekend on Harrison’s side. She arrived early every morning and returned home late every night. She was under stress,” a source told People.

In spite of her stress, Flockhart has been understanding of her husband’s passion for aviation.

“My wife, who is a wonderful lady, understands my passion for aviation, she understands what it means to me and flies with me to this day,” Ford said after the crash, according to People.

Correction: An earlier version referred to their 20-year marriage, rather than their relationship. Flockhart and Ford married in 2010.