Many male celebrities and moguls find professional success, but they don’t always have successful relationships. With more than one marriage under many of their belts, their first wives played a big role in each of their lives. Some of these women spoke well of their ex-husbands, while others recount the moments that killed their marriages.
Here are the ladies who first stole the hearts of 18 famous, powerful men.
1. Mary Marquardt, first wife of Harrison Ford
It’s hard to believe a time existed when Harrison Ford wasn’t synonymous with Han Solo. When he wed Mary Marquardt in 1964, it was still 13 years from the first Star Wars debut. They divorced two years after the movie premiered, so his new high-profile life may have had something to do with their divorce.
It also may have had something to do with his second wife, Melissa Mathison. Apparently, the two met in 1976 (three years before his divorce from Marquardt) and wed in 1983.
A third suspect is Carrie Fisher, who wrote in her memoir, The Princes Diarist, that she and Ford had an affair while filming Star Wars IV — A New Hope. Considering Ford was married to Marquardt at the time, with children Willard and Ben, he addressed Fisher’s claim but didn’t admit to it publicly.
Next: She supported him before his breakout TV role.