Though she has an impressive résumé, Melissa Womer is best recognized as a former celebrity spouse. Before her marriage, the talented and hard-working actress traversed the rocky path to fame, working both behind and in front of the camera. Though Womer is no longer married to Jim Carrey, the A-list comic actor’s success story would be incomplete without mentioning his first love. Find out lesser-known facts about the actress and producer.
Melissa Womer Biography
Melissa Womer from New York City was born on July 8, 1960. Other than her birthdate, details regarding her parents, siblings, family background, early life, and basic education have not been made public knowledge. Thus, it is apparent that Womer is a private person who prefers to live her life away from the spotlight. For her tertiary education, it is common knowledge that Melissa is a University of Kansas graduate, although her field of study is unknown.
Facts About Jim Carrey’s First Wife
- Professional Accomplishments
Going by Melissa Womer’s career profile, it is safe to say that she is art-inclined. Her earliest recorded jobs were during her college days where she took up odd jobs in order to make ends meet. After graduation, Melissa relocated to Hollywood in search of greener pastures and still continued with her side jobs. Her first job after college was as a comedy store waitress. Since she was blessed with a good sense of humour, Melissa put her talents to good use and began featuring at the store’s open mic night and gradually warmed her way into the hearts of the audience.
Having gained confidence as an entertainer, Melissa later began auditioning for roles. She debuted as an actress in the year 1974 after landing a role in the movie Petrocelli and has since followed up with other features including the 1999 film Man on the Moon. Womer’s acting and comic career gained momentum in the late 1980s. She later stepped behind the camera to produce the popular reality TV shows Real Stories of Donut Men (1997) as well as The Yesterday Show with John Kerwin (2004). One of Melissa Womer’s notable screen features is the BET’s Socially Offensive Behavior with D.L. Hughley.
Despite her efforts in the entertainment industry, Melissa Womer is best recognized as Jim Carrey’s ex-wife. The former lovebirds met while Melissa was still working at the Comedy Store, while her future husband was an upcoming actor and stand-up comedian struggling to carve a niche for himself in the ever competitive industry. Among other interests, the pair bonded over their flair for comedy and officially became an item in the year 1986. The couple stepped things up a notch about a year later when they exchanged nuptial vows at a Santa Monica hotel on March 28, 1987. Melissa and Jim became parents that same year after they welcomed a daughter Jane Erin on September 6, 1987.
However, just when many thought the celebrity couple was truly settled in forever, news emerged that their relationship had hit the rocks. After eight years together as man and wife, Melissa and Jim were officially divorced in 1995. Although her husband who filed for the divorce stated that the decision was as a result of their busy careers which got in the way of their relationship, reports later revealed that the real reason was that Carrey had already fallen in love with actress Lauren Holly while still married to his wife. As part of their divorce proceedings, Carrey later settled Womer and his daughter Jane with a cumulative sum of about $10.5 million. After their divorce, Melissa disappeared from public glare, living mostly under the radar. Thus, it remains uncertain if she later gave love a second chance or remarried.
Melissa Womer’s family has also been expanded down generational lines. She is a proud grandmother to Jackson Riley, a son her daughter Jane, a 2012 American Idol alumna had with Alex Santana, a lead vocalist of the metal band Blood Money. Though Jane and Alex are no longer together as man and wife, both parents have joint custody of Melissa’s grandson.
The blonde-haired actress/producer stands at an average height of 5 feet 7 inches, complemented by the weight of about 58 kg. Her other body measurements are unknown.
- Net Worth
There is a scarcity of information regarding Womer’s means of livelihood after Jim Carrey. It is difficult to ascertain Melissa’s earnings and net worth given the uncertainty of her career endeavours in recent years.
- Social Media
Melissa Womer has mostly led a reclusive lifestyle and it is unsurprising that she is inactive on social media. Our investigations reveal that she is absent from popular social networking sites such as Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.