Mary Marquardt – Bio & Facts About Harrison Ford’s Former Spouse

After a six-decade-long Hollywood career that saw him feature in several Blockbuster movies, Harrison Ford is no doubt a name to reckon with in the industry. The Star Wars has five of his movies among the top-grossing projects of all time at the US box office. Suffice it to say the veteran American actor is certainly well-known, but how many people know about his first wife Mary Marquardt whom he was married to for 15 years?

Although Mary has endeavored to lead a low-profile existence over the decades, she is someone who could never have avoided the spotlight. This is because she has always been surrounded by famous people. The American woman who is also the mother of the famous chef Ben Ford has been averse to media attention, but here is all you should know about her.

Who Is Mary Marquardt?

Mary Marquardt’s public image and life have been relentlessly tied to Harrison Ford. Although she started dating Harrison from her college days, she came to be known only through the rising profile of the actor. As a result, virtually nothing is known about her except what is known through her association to Harrison. Her birth date, city of birth, early life, and details about her parental background are a total mystery.

Regarding her education, Mary is a college graduate. She holds a degree in culinary arts from Ripon College Wisconsin, same school her husband Harrison Ford graduate from. Indeed, it was there that the couple met for the first time and eventually fell for each other.

Mary Marquardt and Harrison Ford tied the knot in 1964, the same year that the latter made his Hollywood debut. While her ex-husband went on to pursue a great acting career, she plied her trade as a famous chef. After their wedding which held on June 18, 1964, the couple welcomed their first child (a son) Benjamin Ford on September 22, 1967. Then their second son Willard Ford was born on May 4, 1969.

The couple had one of the most blissful celebrity marriages ever. But that was until their relationship and Mary Marquard’s life itself began to experience several ups and downs. First, she claimed she caught her husband cheating with TV personality Melissa Mathison, which eventually led to the crumbling of their blissful relationship in 1979. Then, over time, the veteran chef was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis with which she has been battling for years.

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Mary’s Son Owns A Famous Restaurant

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Mary Marquard and her son Ben: Image source.

The chef did not only cook great meals. Instead, she also inspired many to do as she did. One of those she inspired is her first son Benjamin (better known as Ben Ford) who went ahead to achieve a pedigree as a world-renowned chef. He owns a restaurant chain known as Ford’s Filling Station with branches in Culver City, California and right inside Los Angeles International Airport (Terminal 5).

She Was Rumored Dead

The rumor was in the air that Mary Marquardt died sometime in 2018. People kept searching for traces of her obituary online. However, we have not found any certain proof that the veteran chef actually died.

Mary Marquard Never Had A Social Media Presence

She never created or maintained any account on any social media platform such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and more.

Net Worth

Mary Marquardt certainly earned a sizeable pay from her career as a chef. However, her net worth is not known. But her ex-husband Harrison Ford’s estate is estimated at $230 million. Harrison gathered his net worth from his acting career. He has been part of some of the most important projects in Hollywood history. For instance, he was on the cast of Star Wars in 1977; the epic war film Apocalypse Now in 1979 and the political action thriller Air Force One in 1997 among many more.

Mary Marquardt Is Single Now

Her marriage to Harrison Ford ended in divorce in 1979 after they had been together for about 15 years. Since then, Mary Marquardt is not known to have ever married again. As for her ex-husband Harrison, he has married two times after that. First, he married the TV personality Melissa Mathison 4 years after his relationship with Mary ended officially. It may interest you to know that this same Melissa is the one Mary accused Harrison of dating while they were still married. Harrison later divorced Melissa in 2004 and married again in 2010, this time to the actress Calista Flockhart.

Chinedu Nweke
A graduate of Pontifical Urbaniana University, Rome, Italy, Chinedu Desmond Nweke is a computer teacher, writer and a humanist.


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