Mary Marquardt: Harrison Ford’s First Ex-Wife, Divorced Amid His High-Profile Affair with Co-Star

PersonalityMary Marquardt: Harrison Ford's First Ex-Wife, Divorced Amid His High-Profile Affair with Co-Star

After marrying a man who would go on to become one of Hollywood’s biggest names, achieving fame yourself is only a matter of time. That’s exactly what happened to Mary Marquardt, the ex-wife of Harrison Ford.

Born in 1945, Mary attended Ripon College in Wisconsin to get a degree in culinary arts. It was there that she met Harrison Ford. She married Ford at 21 years old and helped him achieve his dream of being a world-famous actor. They had two kids during their 13-year marriage.

Read on to learn more about May Marquardt’s early life, career, net worth, and relationship with Harrison Ford. We’ll also tell you where you can find Mary on social media.

Who Is Mary Marquardt?

Mary Marquardt

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Mary Marquardt is an accomplished chef who’s famous for being Harrison Ford’s ex-wife.

Mary and Harrison had two children together during their marriage.

Here are some basic facts about Mary Marquardt:

Full Name Mary Marquardt
Date of Birth 1945
Age 78 years old
Place of Birth United States
Nationality American
Ethnic Background Caucasian
Height 5 feet 5 inches
Weight 128 pounds
Religion Christianity
Hair Color Blonde
Eye Color Blue
Relationship Status Divorced
No. of Children Two, Benjamin Ford and Williard Ford 
Spouse Harrison Ford (Ex-husband)
Profession Chef
Educational Background Bachelor’s Degree in Culinary Arts, Ripon College, Wisconsin
Net Worth $2 million

Mary Marquardt’s Early Life

Mary Marquardt

Mary Marquardt was born in the United States in 1945. We don’t know much about her parents or siblings, but everything points to her having a normal childhood amidst a loving family.

Mary stayed close to home for her high school education, attending the local school. After her senior prom, she went on to pursue her college degree at Ripon College in Wisconsin. Mary didn’t study medicine or business, she dived head-first into her passion for culinary arts.

Not only did she graduate with a bachelor’s degree, but she was also one of the university’s most beloved cheerleaders.

Mary Marquardt’s Career

Harrison Ford

Mary didn’t get a degree in culinary arts just for show. She put it to good use after finishing college.

This is both surprising and impressive considering the era Mary grew up in. With her husband being a more than capable breadwinner, she didn’t need to work. But, she wanted to be independent and was way ahead of her time. 

Her career as a chef really took off, and she made a lot of money in the process, as we’ll see later. Mary’s passion for cooking also rubbed off on her son!

Mary Marquardt’s Husband

Harrison Ford

If you’re a fan of Indiana Jones or Star Wars, Harrison Ford needs no introduction.

The legendary actor wasn’t always a charismatic Hollywood heartthrob. He came from humble beginnings in Chicago, and going to college in Wisconsin was the first time he left Illinois.

After college, Ford moved to Los Angeles to follow his dream of being an actor. It didn’t go well in the beginning. He actually left acting and went after his plan B for a while – a career in carpentry.

His big break came in 1973 when he featured in George Lucas’ American Graffiti.

Ford’s fame skyrocketed four years later when he starred as Han Solo in the first Star Wars movie. His role in the rest of the trilogy immortalized him as a Hollywood icon forever.

At 81 years old, Harrison Ford is still alive and well. He’s revered by millions for his roles in some of the most successful movies in history.

Mary Marquardt’s Relationship With Harrison Ford


Mary and Harrison met during their college days at Ripon. She caught Ford’s eye as a cheerleader, and they fell for each other hard.

They then tied the knot in 1964, and the journey began.

It was Mary who encouraged Harrison to move to the City of Angels and get a job at a radio station while he was trying to get his acting career going. He eventually got a gig at Columbia Pictures, and that catapulted his legendary career.

Two years after their marriage, Mary and Harrison brought their first son into the world, Benjamin. They went on to have their second kid, Willard, in 1969.

Although the launch of the Star Wars franchise was great for Ford’s career, it was catastrophic for his marriage. He got tangled in an affair with Carrie Fisher, who co-starred with him as Princess Leia.

When Mary found out, she was deeply hurt, and understandably wanted a divorce. That divorce became a reality in 1979.

We don’t know much about Mary’s romantic life after she and Harrison split because she decided to keep a low profile since then.

As for Harrison, he got married twice after leaving Mary. His second and third wives were Melissa Mathison and Calista Flockhart. He had three more kids with them, Georgia, Liam, and Malcolm Ford. 

Mary Marquardt’s Net Worth


Mary Marquardt’s net worth isn’t published officially, but we believe it’s around $2 million.

She can thank her cooking skills for her wealth. Mary used to be an amazing chef. She made waves in the food industry spearheading the kitchen at a high-end restaurant in California owned by her ex-husband.

Her son, Benjamin, also found his passion in cooking and has carried on her legacy ever since she was tragically diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in the early 2000s.

Mary Marquardt’s Social Media Presence

Mary Marquardt

If you look up Mary Marquardt on social media, you won’t find much. That’s understandable since she comes from a generation way before social media was a thing.

Yet, Mary does have an Instagram profile. She only has 29 followers, though.

Her son, Benjamin is more active on social media. His Instagram account has almost 17,000 followers. He mainly posts about his career as a chef.


Harrison Ford, AKA Indiana Jones, needs no introduction. But, you probably didn’t know much about his ex-wife Mary Marquardt before you read this guide.

Mary and Harrison were married for 13 years. During their union, they had two sons together. Through her unwavering support, Mary also played a huge part in putting Harrison on track to become a Hollywood legend.

He didn’t exactly repay the favor when he was unfaithful to her with Carrie Fisher. He and Mary eventually got a divorce, which was expected after Mary got the news.

Mary is now 78 years old and is living a quiet, low-profile life.

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