(Last Updated On: June 26, 2020)
Mary Marquardt is a former American illustrator and currently a chef who came into the limelight thanks to her marriage to Hollywood actor Harrison Ford. He is famous for his role as Han Solo in the original Star Wars trilogy that started in 1977. He has also had a role of Indiana Jones franchise. He is among the highest grossing domestic box office stars of all time.
Mary was born in 1945 in the US. She went to a liberal arts college known as Ripon College located in Ripon, Wisconsin and there she was one of the most popular cheerleaders at the time. She went ahead to graduate with a degree in Culinary Arts. Afterwards, she decided to pursue her passion for food hence her decision to become a professional chef working in restaurants.
Harrison and Mary met back when they were in college. At the time he was in the quarter of his senior college years and had started to take interest in drama class to get over his shyness that blossomed into a successful acting career. The two dated for a while and ended up getting married on June 18, 1964. Mary had played a key supportive role in the early years of Ford’s career. He struggled to get any acting gigs so Mary encouraged him to travel to Los Angeles to apply for a job doing voice overs on radio. He ended up not getting the job by signed a deal worth $150 a week with Columbia Pictures new talent program.
The couple got their first son, Benjamin Ford, on September 22, 1966. 3 years later on May 14, 1969, they were blessed with their second child Willard Ford. Benjamin went ahead to become a chef while Willard became a successful clothier. The couple’s marriage lasted 14 years until issues began to creep in. Harrison Ford had an extra marital relationship with his co-star Carrie Fisher when shooting “Star Wars”. The divorce was finalized in 1979.
In the early 2000s, Mary was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. She has received a lot of care from her family as she kept away from the lime light.