Alex Sykes’ popularity soared when she became the wife and partner of ace Hollywood actress, writer, and comedienne, Wanda Sykes. When Wanda Sykes went public about her sexuality in November of 2008, it sent shock waves right from her immediate family to thousands of fans, who loved and had been following her work. As the LGBT community sang her praises, the next question was, who is her lesbian partner?
About a month earlier, Sykes had tied the knot with her French lover, Alex Niedbalski—now Alex Sykes—in a private ceremony, but too few knew the nitty-gritty of their union until the big announcement. Even fewer fans know about her first, seven-year marriage to Dave Hall. This post drags the spotlight off Wanda to her partner Alex Sykes.
Alex Sykes Age and Early Life
Alex Sykes was born and raised in France. Until her marriage to Wanda Sykes, she went by the name, Alex Niedbalski. No credible sources have mentioned any detail about her date of birth, early childhood, education, and family. Plus, there are almost no details as to where she had her early education or what career she was into before meeting Sykes in 2006. However, we do know about her partner. Wanda Sykes was born in Portsmouth, Virginia, on March 7, 1964, to the family of Harry and Marion Sykes. Her father, Harry Ellsworth Sykes worked as a U.S. Army colonel at the Pentagon while her mother, Marion Louise, worked as a banker.
Growing up, Sykes attended Arundel High School, Gambrills, Maryland, and then proceeded to Hampton University, where she graduated with a bachelor of science degree in marketing. She also became a member of the group Alpha Kappa Alpha, a Greek-lettered society; first established by African-American college-educated women. Following her graduation from college, she took a job as a contracting specialist at the National Security Agency. Sykes worked there for five years before moving on to begin a stand-up career at a Coors Light Super Talent Showcase in Washington, DC. At CSTS, she had her first performance in front of a live audience in 1987.
Before Alex Sykes met her partner, Wanda had been working as a comedienne with one foot in the NSA, until she left Washington DC for New York in 1992. From the early nineties, she began making appearances on comedy shows like Russell Simmons’ Def Comedy Jam. At around the same time, Sykes began her literary work at Hal Leonard publishing house, where she edited a book, Polyrhythms – The Musician’s Guide, by Peter Magadini.
However, her breakthrough came in 1998 when doing the opening for Chris Rock at Caroline’s Comedy Club. In 1997, Wanda Sykes joined the writing team on The Chris Rock Show and also appeared severally on the show. The Chris Rock Show’s writing team was nominated for four Emmys, and in 1999, they won the prize for Outstanding Writing for Variety, Music, or Comedy Special.
Since that time, Sykes have gone on to star in several movies alongside the likes of Eddie Murphy and Janet Jackson in Nutty Professor II: The Klumps. She also starred with Jane Fonda and Jennifer Lopez in Monster-In-Law. In the years that followed, Sykes would go on to star in widely watched movies like My Super Ex-Girlfriend, License To Wed, Bad Moms, A Bad Moms Christmas, Snatched and Evan Almighty. But that’s not all of it. Sykes have also appeared on shows like The Drew Carey Show, Wanda At Large, Chapelle’s Show, Will & Grace, Drop Dead Diva, Futurama, The Simpsons, Alpha House, Black-ish, Real Husbands of Hollywood, Bob’s Burgers and Broad City.
This stint has not only won her many hearts, but has racked up several nominations and awards including the American Comedy Award for “Outstanding Female Stand Up Comic” (2001), a Comedy Central Commie Award for “Funniest TV Actress” (2003), a BET Comedy Awards for “Outstanding Vaudevillian in a Theatrical Film” for her role in Monster-in-Law (2005), and GLAAD Media Awards in 2010. It was in one of these events in that she met Alex Sykes in 2006, and their love story had begun ever since.
Facts About Wanda Sykes’ Wife
1. Her Spouse – Wanda Sykes and Kids
Falling in love with a fellow woman is one thing, but telling that to your highly conservative family is a different ball game altogether. Especially when you’re forty at the time of speaking up. Well, even for a “made” woman like Wanda Sykes, coming out plain about her sexuality wasn’t so easy after all. But it turned out fine in the end.
They married at a private Las Vegas wedding held on October 25, 2008. Then a month later the couple became the talk of the town after Sykes revealed her sexuality at an anti-proposition 8 rally in Las Vegas which banned same-sex marriages. A few months later on April 27, 2009, the couple welcomed twins after Alex Sykes gave birth to a boy and a girl they christened Lucas Claude Sykes and Olivia Lou Sykes, respectively.
The family resides in Los Angeles, California, but also share some time working in Pennsylvania. Alex Sykes’ marriage to Wanda has not only put her under the spotlight. But it also gave her the amazing moment of meeting pro-LGBT U.S President, Barack Obama, and the First Lady.
2. Salary and Net Worth
At the time of writing, sources reveal that Alex has a net worth of over $1 million. While that’s no small deal, it becomes six times less than her partner’s $6 million fortune.
3. Height and Body Measurements
Alex Sykes has a graceful slim build. Although her exact height is not known, we do know she stands inches taller than her partner, Wanda Sykes; who stands 5 feet 2 inches (1.57 meters) tall and weighs 121 pounds (55 kg). Also, Alex’s body measurement is not known, we know that she has dark brown eyes and wears dark brown hair. In addition, the details of her shoe and dress sizes are also not available.