Dan Aykroyd has paid tribute to his friend Carrie Fisher, who passed away on Tuesday at the age of 60, in a post to his Twitter page.
The actor wrote: “Our beautiful brilliant funny wise kind and generous Blues Sister – so ironic – Xmas was Carrie’s favorite thing next to babies.”
His tweet’s first comment features an animation of Carrie sandwiched between Dan and John Belushi on Saturday Night Live, where she hosted in 1978 with The Blues Brothers (Aykroyd and John Belushi) as the musical guests.
Fisher joined The Blues Brothers again as the machine gun wielding ex lover of Belushi’s BB character, in the duo’s self-titled 1980 hit film. It was also where Kingston area resident Dan Aykroyd and Carrie Fisher got engaged.
She told the AV Club how that relationship came about:
“You know, Belushi set us up by calling me and saying, “Come down. There’s this thing at my apartment.” And I arrived there, and he passed out and left me alone with Danny. That’s the Belushi blind date.”
In a 2008 Chicago Tribune interview, Fisher revealed how they became engaged:
“He proposed in the trailer on set. He was forcing me to eat because I was very thin in those days — no longer — and I inhaled a Brussels sprout, and I started choking.
He thought I was laughing, and then he saw that I was dying, and he did the Heimlich maneuver, and then like 10 minutes later he asked me to marry him, and I thought, “I better marry him. What if that happens again?”
We had rings, we got blood tests, the whole shot. But then I got back together with Paul Simon.”
Fisher and Simon married in 1983, divorced a year later but continued dating for another 8 years.
Simon tweeted his own tribute earlier today, writing: “Yesterday was a horrible day. Carrie was a special, wonderful girl. It’s too soon.”
Yesterday was a horrible day. Carrie was a special, wonderful girl. It's too soon."
— Paul Simon (@PaulSimonMusic) December 28, 2016
Carrie Fisher suffered a heart attack while flying from London to Los Angeles on Friday, December 23rd. The actress, screewriter and author had been in London to promote her new book “The Princess Diarist”
She can be seen one final time as the iconic Princess Leia when Star Wars VIII is released on December 15, 2017.
See Carrie Fisher in this scene from The Blues Brothers.
Carrie later said that when she was going to have the kissing scene with John Belushi, he went around the set singing “My Best Friend’s Girl”.
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