Harrison Ford has been a star for multiple generations. During that time, he has kept his personal life close to the vest while establishing a reputation as someone who doesn’t like to get very emotional in public. That detail only makes his latest revelation all the more touching.
The 73-year-old “Force Awakens” star appeared Tuesday (March 8) at the NYU Langone Medical Center’s Find a Cure for Epilepsy and Seizures Gala — and put his heart on display as he revealed that his daughter is epileptic.
“When you have a loved one who suffers from this disease, it can be devastating,” the actor tells The New York Daily News. “You know how it affects their lives, their future, their opportunities and you want desperately to find mitigation. You want to find a way that they can live a comfortable and effective life.”
Ford’s 26-year-old daughter Georgia, an actress, had her first seizure as a child during a sleepover — at the time, the cause was diagnosed as acute migraines.
“A few years later she had another big one, this one on a beach in Malibu, where a Hollywood director found her, luckily,” Ford says of his daughter at a speech following the fundraiser. “I said to myself this is Los Angeles, we have some of the best doctors in the world, they must know what’s wrong with her. But nothing was diagnosed as epilepsy.”
Later, while studying in London, Georgia suffered another attack — and that’s when the doctor who Ford credits with Georgia’s present quality of life came into the picture. Described as “fighting back tears,” the star expressed his thanks to a physician his family discovered at NYU.
“Dr. Orinn Devinsky, who is a dear friend, made the diagnosis: epilepsy,” Ford explains. “He prescribed the right medication and therapy; she has not had a seizure in eight years.”