Inside The Life of Betty Seinfeld, The Late Jerry Seinfeld’s Mother

Betty Seinfeld was the mother of Jerry Seinfeld, a popular American stand-up comedian, actor, writer, and producer. She was born on December 12, 1915, in Aleppo, Syria, and she was 98 years old at the time of her death on April 18, 2014. Jerry Seinfeld’s mother gave birth to just two children while she was alive. She was married to her husband Kalman Seinfeld for about 35 years before his death.

Betty and her husband, Kalman, owned a sign making business called Seinfeld Signs, where she worked as the co-owner with her husband for several years. She was also believed to be a fashion designer sometime in the course of her life. Betty had four grandchildren at the time of her passing: Joshua Keith Liebling, Sascha Seinfeld, Shepherd Kellan Seinfeld, and Julian Kal Seinfeld.

Betty Seinfeld’s Biography Summary

  • Full name: Betty Hosni Seinfeld
  • Gender: Female
  • Date of birth: December 12, 1915
  • Betty Seinfeld’s Age: 108 year old
  • Ethnicity: Middle East
  • Nationality: Syrian-American
  • Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius
  • Sexual Orientation: Straight
  • Religion: Jewish
  • Marital Status: Widow
  • Betty Seinfeld’s Husband: Kalman Seinfeld
  • Betty Seinfeld’s Children: Carolyn Seinfeld (now Carolyn Liebling) and Jerry Seinfeld
  • Betty Seinfeld’s Parents: Selim Hosni (father) and Salha Hosni (mother)
  • Siblings: Nasar “Jimmy’ Hosni (brother), Grace Hosni  (Half-sister), and Sarah Anastasio (half-sister)
  • Betty Seinfeld’s Net worth: About $ 1 million
  • Famous for: Being the mother of popular comedian and actor Jerry Seinfeld

Betty Seinfeld Was Born In 1915

Betty Seinfeld was born on December 12, 1915, in Aleppo, Syria. She grew up as an orphan, having lost both of her parents while she was very young. She spent most of her early childhood in foster homes and in orphanages and grew up as a loner. Asides from this, nothing much is known about her early life and education.

Jerry Seinfeld’s Parents Were Married For 35 Years

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Jerry Seinfeld’s mother, Betty Seinfeld, was married to only one man throughout her entire lifetime and his name was Kalman Seinfeld.  It is not clear exactly when and how they met and fell in love, but it must have happened sometime between the mid-1940s and late 1940s. They were both residents in the United States of America and it is not clear in which state they met exactly.

Betty Seinfeld and her husband, Kalman, got married sometime in 1950 in Brooklyn, Kings County, New York in the United States of America. As stated earlier, Kalman was the only man that Betty Seinfeld got married to till death pulled them apart. They were married for exactly three and half decades before Kalman died on January 31, 1985.

The marriage between Kalman and Betty Seinfeld did not experience any trauma, infidelity, or abuse as their children stated in interviews that both parents seemed always to be on the same page in the manner and style that they raised their children. Their love was described as very special and one that was filled with mutual respect for each other till Kalman died. After his death, Betty Seinfeld did not remarry, rather, she chose to remain a widow and dedicate her life to her children and her grandchildren.

The exact cause of Kalman Seinfield’s death is not known. There are some who said he died of natural causes at 67 years, and others that say he died of a heart attack. At the time of his death, his two children were both grown and already independent and gave their father a befitting burial. Though he died in Palm Beach Florida, he was laid to rest in New York.

Betty Seinfeld’d Husband Fought In The Second World War

Jerry Seinfeld’s father, Kalman Seinfeld, was born on January 31, 1918, in Palm Beach, Florida in the United States of America. Nothing is really known about his parents or siblings, but according to Jerry Seinfeld, his father came from a broken home, was a loner for most parts of his life before he got married, and never really had both his parents around.

Kalman Seinfeld fought for his country of birth – the United States of America in the Second World War, and he is a World War II veteran. He was said to have been a man with a very healthy sense of humor, who made everyone around him laugh at the slightest opportunity that he had – probably this was his secret to a long, happy marriage.

While he was on active duty in World War II, he was said to have collected jokes from other soldiers that he fought alongside, and he recorded them all and filed them when he got back home from the war. It is clear to see where Jerry Seinfeld got his humor and jokes from – possibly he has used some of his father’s filed materials in the course of his career.

Betty Seinfeld Managed A Sign Making Business With Her Husband

Jerry Seinfeld’s mother had two very important jobs while she was alive. First, she was a homemaker – who took care of the children she had with her husband, Kalman Seinfeld, and secondly, she worked as a co-owner in the sign-making business that she had with her husband.

Betty was said to have also worked as a fashion designer and tailor during her marriage to her husband, and she worked from the basement of their home at the early stages of their marriage – whether she continued this profession after the fame and fortune of her son and the death of her husband is not known.

Betty Seinfeld’s husband, Kalman Seinfeld, was a Sign Maker and the name of his business was Seinfeld Signs. Betty and her husband were co-owners of the company, and they dedicated most of their time and energies to the business, and made it a very successful one.

It is, however, not clear what exactly Betty did in the business – whether she was a sign maker herself just like her husband, or whether she handled the administrative or logistics side of the family-owned business. She had a very excellent working relationship with her husband, making their business just as successful as their long-lasting marital union.

Betty Seinfeld Had Two Children

Betty Seinfeld was happily married to Kalman Seinfeld for about 35 years till he died. During their long marriage, they gave birth to two biological children – a daughter and a son. So let us get to know her children a bit more.

Carolyn Liebling

Jerry Seinfeld’s mother had her first child on October 12, 1952, in Brooklyn, Kings Court, New York City in the United States of America, with her husband Kalman Seinfeld. Not much is known about Carolyn’s upbringing, except for the fact that her parents gave her the opportunity to grow up and be herself. She is currently 71 year old and lives with her family somewhere in the United States of America.

Carolyn currently works as the talent manager of her famous brother Jerry Seinfeld, and she has been working very assiduously in this capacity for a few decades now. Apart from managing her brother’s career, she is also the Vice President and Senior Director of the Seinfeld Family Foundation which is based in New York City in the United States of America.

She has been actively involved in the running of the foundation since it was created by her brother in 1999. The Seinfeld family has donated more than $100 million to help less privileged families in the United States fight poverty and get better opportunities to make something of their lives and family.

Carolyn is a happily married woman. She is currently married to Timothy Liebling whom she tied the knot with sometime in the early 1980s, and on June 1, 1984, their marital union produced a son they named Joshua Keith Liebling. There are no records that they had another child after they had Joshua.

Jerry Seinfeld

Betty Seinfeld is better known as the mother of one of America’s richest and funniest stand-up comedians, Jerry Seinfeld. Jerry Seinfeld was born on April 29, 1954, in Brooklyn, Kings County, New York in the United States and he is currently 69 year old.

Though he was born in the New York City borough of Brooklyn, Jerry actually spent most of his early life in Massapequa, New York. He attended Massapequa High School in Long Island, New York, and thereafter proceeded to the State University of New York in Oswego.  He decided to transfer after his second year to Queens College City University of New York, and he graduated with a degree in Communications and Theater in 1976.

Jerry loves baseball passionately, and he is a fan of the New York Mets. He met Jessica Sklar on August 1998 at the Reeboks Sports Club and asked her out on a date without realizing that she was married and had just returned from Italy after her 3-week honeymoon to her husband at the time – Eric Nederlander.  He was embarrassed when she informed him of her marital status.

As his luck would have it, Jessica Sklar sought divorce from her newlywed husband just 2 months after she met Jerry Seinfield, and they continued dating after her divorce. On December 25, 1999, Jerry and Jessica got married and a year later, they bought a house that once belonged to Billy Joel.

Jerry and Jessica’s marriage has been going on blissfully for more than 2 decades now, and they have three children together. Their first child, Sascha Seinfeld, was born on November 7, 2000, while their next child, Shepherd Kellan Seinfeld – whose real date of birth is not known, is believed to have been born sometime in 2004. Their last child, Julian Kal Seinfeld, was born sometime in 2006.

Betty Seinfeld’s Interesting Relationship With Her Son, Jerry

Betty Seinfeld and her son, Jerry Seinfeld, had an exciting mother-son relationship while she was still alive. Jerry himself described the relationship that existed between him and his mother – and in fact with his father as well, as a very loving one which had the “I don’t care what you really do with your life’ kind of vibes, but one that was held in a very good way.

He stated that when he told his parents that he wanted to become a comedian, they did not fume or fuss at his career choice, neither did they try to convince him to pursue a more “serious” career, they told him that they were fine with his decision and looked forward to seeing what he made of his life and chosen career in the future. His parents had a hands-off kind of approach to parenting their kids.

The reason for his parent’s laid-back approach was probably based on and shaped by their own experiences as children. They both did not have their parents around much while they were growing up, but through hard work and some good luck in life, made something good out of their challenging childhood and upbringing.

How Old Was Betty Seinfeld When She Died?

Betty Seinfeld died on April 18, 2014, in her home in Palm Beach Gardens, Palm Beach County, Florida in the United States of America, and this puts her exact age at the time of her death at 98 years, 4 months and roughly 6 days.

Betty Seinfeld was said to have passed away peacefully in her sleep on the day her death was announced. She was already 98 years old and had already lived to a very ripe old age – old enough to see her grandchildren. No foul play was suspected or discovered at her autopsy, and she was certified to have died of natural causes by the coroner. Her remains were cremated as per the family’s wish, and no one knows exactly where her cremated ashes lie or rest presently.

List Of Jerry Seinfeld’s Mother, Betty Seinfeld’s Grandchildren

As we already know, Jerry Seinfeld’s mother, Betty Seinfeld, had two children when she was alive – Carolyn Liebling and Jerry Seinfeld. Her two children had 4 children between them and gave her four grandchildren in all, their names are –

  • Joshua Keith Liebling
  • Sascha Seinfeld
  • Shepherd Kella Seinfeld
  • Julian Kal Seinfeld


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