What happened to Harrison Ford’s first wife? Mary Marquardt Wiki Bio

Mary Marquardt was born in the USA in 1945, specific date and place unknown, but her zodiac sign is said to be Sagittarius and she holds American nationality. She is a retired illustrator and a chef, but probably best known for being the first wife of famous American actor Harrison Ford.

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Early life and education

Mary was raised an only child by her father who was a bus driver and her mother who was a housewife. She grew up interested in modelling after becoming a cheerleader in high school, however, as she was very good at drawing, she started taking drawing and painting lessons too, and changed her focus.

Mary Marquardt and Harrison Ford, 1985

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Upon matriculation, she enrolled at Ripon College, Wisconsin, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in liberal arts in 1967. While she was still attending college, Mary started cooking, and enjoying it so much that she changed her mind again, deciding to become a chef.

Mary’s career

Mary has been working as an illustrator for years now, while she has mostly been focused on her job as a chef. She’s worked as a chef at many popular restaurants in the US, including one owned by her now ex-husband Harrison Ford. She retired from work in 2001 due to illness, and has since been unemployed.

Love life and marriage with Harrison Ford

Mary met Harrison in 1962 while she was still attending high school, and they married two years later on 18 June 1964. She supported Harrison while he was working his way up in the film industry, and she suggested that he try to become a voice-over actor in Los Angeles – although Harrison did not get the job, he was hired by Columbia Pictures, and soon landed his first movie role. In 1966 Mary gave birth to their son Benjamin, while their second son Willard followed in 1969.

It was in 1977 that Harrison became famous worldwide, after portraying Han Solo in the critically acclaimed movie “Star Wars”.

In the same year, he secretly started seeing Carrie Fisher who was appearing in the same film portraying Princess Leia. Mary found out about the two’s affair, which led to her and Harrison’s divorce in 1979.

Mary is still very close to both of her sons – Benjamin has decided to become a chef as well, and Willard is a clothes designer. Benjamin and Mary were working together at a restaurant in Culver City in California before Mary was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2001, and had to stop working. Benjamin has a son Ethan from his first marriage, and a son Waylan from his second marriage.

Hobbies and other interests

Mary has been a fan of the film industry since a very early age, and some of her favorite actors and actresses are Robin Williams, Will Smith and Meryl Streep, while some of her favorite movies include “Patch Adams”, “Seven Pounds”, and “The Devil Wears Prada”. She is a fan of jazz and blues music, with some of her favorite singers being Frank Sinatra and Louis Armstrong. She enjoys being outdoors, spending her free time in nature, and she is a family person as she is very close to her two sons.

Mary is a philanthropist, who has worked with several charity organizations such as Compassion International, United Way, and World Vision International among others. She is a big lover of animals and has had several pet dogs and cats.

Mary Marquardt and Harrison Ford

Appearance and net worth

Mary is 74 years old. She has long blonde hair and blue eyes, is 5ft 5ins (1.65m) tall, and weighs around 128lbs (58kgs). As of March 2020, her net worth is estimated at over $2 million.

Who is Harrison Ford? Wiki Bio

Harrison Ford was born in Chicago, Illinois USA on 13 July 1942 – his zodiac sign is Cancer and he holds American nationality. He is an actor popular worldwide, best known for his roles in movies such as “Star Wars”, “Blade Runner”, and as Indiana Jones, among many other appearances.

Harrison was raised with his younger brother Terence born in 1945, in Chicago by their father John William Ford who was an actor, and his mother Dorothy Nidelman who was working as a radio actress.

Harrison became a boy scout at a very early age and this later inspired Steven Spielberg to show Indiana Jones in the film “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” as a Life Scout. Harrison attended Maine East High School before enrolling at Ripon College, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in philosophy.

He launched his career when he signed his first contract with Columbia Pictures worth $150 per week, and was credited for his first role in the movie “A Time for Killing” in 1967. He stopped working for Columbia Pictures in 1969, switching to Universal Studios and playing support roles in movies such as “Gunsmoke”, “The Virginian”, and “American Style” among others.

Harrison became famous after he was invited to portray Han Solo in the first of the “Star Wars” movies in 1977. He was praised for his performance, and then appeared in sequels such as “The Empire Strikes Back” shot in 1980, “Return of the Jedi” in 1983, and “Star Wars Holiday Special”. Harrison could have also be seen starring in the latest “Star Wars” movies such as “The Force Awakens” in 2015 and “The Rise of Skywalker” in 2019.

He is also known for portraying archaeologist Indiana Jones in several movies such as “Raiders of the Lost Ark” released in 1981, “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” in 1984, and in “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” which came out in 1989.

He has recently been cast to appear in another Indiana Jones movie set to be released on 10 July 2020. Harrison has appeared in numerous other movies such as “Blade Runner”, “Clear and Present Danger”, and “The Hunt for Red October” among others.

He married his second wife Melissa Mathison in March 1983, and the two were together until 2008 when they divorced. Melissa gave birth to two of their children Malcolm Ford and Georgia Ford born in 1987 and 1990, respectively. His third wife is Calista Flockhart, whom he married on 15 June 2010 and they adopted their son Liam who was born in 2001.


  1. N. B. Oddie Reply

    “The Hunt for Red October” ?
    What role did Harrison Ford portray as Sean Connery ?

  2. The photos on this web page are photos of Harrison Ford and his second wife, Melissa Mathison.

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