Deirdre Campbell Jones was a Scottish redheaded student of London University where her mother, Joanna Campbell, was head of the Archaeology Department. She later became the first wife of Indiana Jones. Although a happy marriage, it was a short one, which ended with her death during a plane crash in South America in 1926.
Studying at London University in the summer of 1925, at age twenty, Deirdre piqued Professor Indiana Jones' interest with a paper exploring the historical underpinnings of the Merlin legend. The adventure that followed led the pair to Stonehenge and a fatal confrontation with Deidre's secret half-brother from a different father, Adrian Powell, a member of Parliament and the chief of the mysterious Order of the Hyperboreans. Joanna was killed as a result of prolonged exposure to chlorine gas.
Deirdre and Indy's relationship continued to blossom, however, and they were married in March 1926 on the ship Mauretania while journeying to Rio de Janeiro.
The loss of Deirdre affected Jones deeply. Not only had he been the sole survivor of the plane crash that took Deirdre's life, but his memory of their final moments together were mostly gone, and he was unable to remember enough details to return to the crash site. His journal contained just one reference to Deirdre, mentioning their time together on a dig in Tikal, Guatemala, and several years later when asked if he had a wife, Jones replied that he had never been married.
While Jones' journal was in KGB possession, research into the contents of Jones's failed to uncover any information about Deirdre's background other than that she was a fellow archaeologist friend of Jones'.
Behind the scenes
Deirdre Campbell was created by Indiana Jones author Rob MacGregor, and debuted in the novel Indiana Jones and the Dance of the Giants before being killed off in the follow-up Indiana Jones and the Seven Veils. MacGregor developed Deirdre as "sort of a dream woman".
While writing his prequels, MacGregor had no pushback to establishing that Indiana Jones had been briefly married before the events of Raiders of the Lost Ark, later stating that he felt Lucasfilm Ltd.'s corporate chiefs didn't take the novel content too seriously and treated books as marketing items.
However, shortly before the release of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull when MacGregor was approached to write the – ultimately cancelled – novelization of Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings, he met with an unnamed Indiana Jones "historian" who, according to MacGregor, said that the marriage "was a mistake that wouldn’t be included in the Indiana Jones bible" and, not having read the books, had been unaware of Deirdre's existence until someone notified him about it.
- Indiana Jones and the Dance of the Giants (First appearance)
- Indiana Jones and the Seven Veils
- Indiana Jones and the Genesis Deluge (Mentioned only)
- Indiana Jones and the Unicorn's Legacy (Mentioned only)
- Indiana Jones and the Sky Pirates (Mentioned only)
- Indiana Jones and the White Witch (Mentioned only)
- Indiana Jones and the Secret of the Sphinx (Indirect mention)
- The World of Indiana Jones
- The Lost Journal of Indiana Jones
- "No Time for Love?" – Indiana Jones: The Official Magazine 5
- "Indiana Jones and the Novels of Doom" – Indiana Jones: The Official Magazine 5
- Grail Diary