Who is Mary Marquardt?

Mary Marquardt is an American chef and illustrator; however, she is best known to the world as the first wife of the famed actor, Harrison Ford. The two were married from 1964 until 1979.

Harrison Ford e Mary Marquardt, 1985

Posted by Cinema amore mio on Monday, August 20, 2012

If yes, then stay with us for the length of the article, as we bring you closer to Harrison Ford’s first wife.

Where is Harrison Ford’s 1st Wife Now?

Following her divorce from Ford, Mary continued her career as a chef and worked at a Culver City, California Filling Station, which is owned by her ex-husband Harrison Ford. Later, it was discovered that she has multiple sclerosis, but since then, there has been no news of her passing. Nevertheless, she has retreated into obscurity, and is supported by her son, Benjamin Ford, who takes care of her.

Mary Marquardt Wiki: Age, Childhood, and Education

Mary’s personal information is relatively unknown, only that she was born in 1945, somewhere in the USA; there is no information about her parents, such as their names and profession. For her education, after matriculation, she enrolled at the prestigious liberal arts Ripon College, in Ripon, Wisconsin. Her life changed when she was in college, as she met her first husband, Harrison Ford. At the time, Harrison was nowhere near to starting his acting career, let alone become a successful actor.



Following her graduation, Mary went on to launch her career as a cook, and as her career and her husband’s career developed, they bought restaurants across the US, in which she served as a chef. Later, when they divorced, she remained in the position, and was helped by her son Benjamin Ford. She has since retired due to her illness.

Marriage to Ford, Children, and Divorce

Mary and Harrison met while at university and soon started a romantic relationship. After a few years of dating, the couple tied the knot in a wedding ceremony held on the 18th June 1964.

Two years later, their first child son Benjamin was born, while their second son Willard Ford appeared in 1969. In Harrison’s early career, Mary had a crucial role in supporting him in his endeavors, encouraging him to continue his career. It was in 1977 that Ford secured his breakthrough role, as Han Solo in the film “Star Wars”, however, his success brought the end to their marriage, as he started an extramarital affair with his co-star Carrie Fisher. He didn’t deny the relationship, and he and Mary divorced in 1979 after fifteen years of married life.

Mary Marquardt Ex-Husband, Harrison Ford

Mary became famous thanks to the viral success of her ex-husband, so let’s share a bit of his life and work with you.

Harrison Ford

Harrison Ford was born on the 13th July 1942 in Chicago, Illinois, USA, the older child of Christopher Ford and his wife, Dorothy, and of mixed Jewish, Irish and German ancestry. He went to Maine East High School, located in Park Ridge, Illinois, and later enrolled at Ripon College, where he met his first wife. He studied philosophy, but eventually took drama classes in his senior year, just to overcome his shyness. However, Ford became fascinated with acting, and once he was out of college, Harrison joined Belfry Players.

Career Beginnings and Rise to Prominence

Before he made his breakthrough, Harrison struggled with minor roles in such films as “Luv” and “A Time For Killing”, both in 1967, among others, but then signed a contract with Universal Studios, and made appearances in such TV series as “Gunsmoke”, “The Virginian”, and others. However, he wasn’t happy with the roles he was getting and decided to switch his focus to becoming a professional carpenter. He needed any job just to support his children and Mary.

Nevertheless, he got a big breakthrough when he auditioned of the role of Bob Falfa in the film “American Graffiti” in 1973, directed by George Lucas. He and Lucas struck-up a friendship, and Lucas offered him the lead role in “Star Wars” in 1977. Since then, Harrison featured in the franchise as Han Solo in all films, including “The Empire Strikes Back” (1980), “Return of the Jedi” (1983), and recently “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and others.

The role of Han Solo made him a star, and he has since emerged as a successful actor with a number of high-profile roles as Indiana Jones in the “Indiana Jones” franchise, then as Rick Deckard in the “Blade Runner” franchise and numerous other roles he has secured in his career.

Harrison Ford Net Worth

Do you know how rich Harrison Ford is, as of mid- 2019? Sources have estimated that Ford’s net worth is as high as $230 million. Being a certified pilot, Harrison owns several planes, and also has a car collection, all of which you can see if you follow this link.


Benjy is currently a reporter for BiographyPedia based in Adelaide, Australia. Prior to joining BiographyPedia in July 2019, he was a Bizarre TV reporter and theatre critic at TheSun. Benjy has also written for DailyMail and TMZ. Benjy studied journalism at Goldsmiths University of London, graduating in 2009. You can contact him at [email protected]

Write A Comment

Pin It