Being a serial divorcee, Mohammad Ali had a total of 4 wives in his lifetime and Veronica Porsche Ali was his 3rd wife.
After his short lived fantastical romance and marriage to Sonji Roi, the late legendary boxer married Belinda Boyd who later changed her name to Khalilah Camacho-Ali after their Islamic wedding in 1967. The couple divorced in 1976 and a year later Ali married Veronica Porsche.
Beyond her acting/TV career, nothing gave Veronica Porsche Ali popularity than her marriage to the superstar boxer, Ali.
Veronica Porsche Ali Bio
Veronica is an American actress, psychologists and of course the former wife of boxer Muhammad Ali.
She was born on December 16, 1955 in Lake Charles. Her parents are Ethel and Horace Porché. Veronica is of Louisiana Creole descent.
While in Louisiana she attended Holy Rosary Catholic boarding school in Lafayette. Later she moved with her family to Echo Park, Los Angeles, California.
In 1973, Veronica graduated from Belmont High School in Los Angeles and proceeded to the University of Southern California.
At the age of 18, her path crossed with the famous Mohammad Ali and the rest became history. While married to his second wife, together with whom he had 4 children, Ali started an affair with the young model and pre-med student.
The two tied the knot in 1977. After 9 years and 2 daughters, they divorced in 1986. Veronica in time remarried as she worked to boost her career as an actress and psychologist.
Veronica Porsche Ali First Marriage
Some reports have it that the couple started their romance in 1974 while in Kinshasa, Zaire (Democratic Republic of the Congo). Porsche was one of the poster girls who promoted the Rumble in the Jungle fight.
The Rumble in the Jungle fight was one of the anticipated tournaments in boxing history. Mohammad Ali had challenged “undefeated” world heavyweight champion George Foreman, to a fight which took place at 20th of May Stadium (now the Stade Tata Raphaël).
Ali won by a knockout in the presence of 60,000 spectators.
Just like with Sonji Roi when he won his first heavyweight title, Ali won another title and got the girl as well.
A recent revelation from Porsche revealed that they had a secret Islamic wedding back then in Zaire. She kept it a secret because Ali would face the law for legally marrying 2 women.
On that, Ali’s second wife, Khalilah Camacho-Ali says the marriage was fake.
“It wasn’t a real marriage, Islamicly or non-Islamicly,”
“Whatever he concocted to connive her was a scam. That wasn’t legal.”
Though Camacho says they had a lovely union, they separated in 1976. Camacho also insists it was a peaceful separation.
After the divorce, Ali publicly and officially got married to Porsche in Los Angeles, in 1977. Together they had 2 daughters- Hanna and Laila Ali- whom Porsche spent most time with in the course of parenting.
The 61-year old in an interview says Ali’s weakness was women. According to her it got to a point where she could no longer bear his unapologetic infidelity.
“It was too much temptation for him, with women who threw themselves at him,”
“It didn’t mean anything. He didn’t have affairs – he had one-night stands. I knew beyond a doubt there were no feelings involved. It was so obvious, It was easy to forgive him.”
Nonetheless she says there was always a place in her heart for the late boxing champ.
“I have felt guilty to this day for divorcing him because I knew it hurt him,”
“We hurt each other. And I still love him. He’s had a profound effect on everyone.”
Veronica Porsche Ali Second Marriage
6 years after the divorce, Porsche remarried. She married jazz artist and actor Carl Anderson in 1992.
They lived together for about 12 years till the death of Carl Anderson in 2004. The Jesus Christ Super Star star died of leukemia. She has remained unmarried since then.
Veronica Porsche Ali Daughters
Before their marriage in Los Angeles, Porsche and Ali already had their first daughter, Hana. Later Laila came along. Hana is now an author while Laila like her father is an undefeated boxing champion as well as a television personality.
Veronica Porsche Ali Career
Porsche worked as a model and actress in her younger days.
Her acting history is not quite lengthy. She featured in the 1986 film Terror on Alcatraz and later in Freedom Road. In time she became a host for the TV show Good Morning, NewYork. Veronica has appeared in some TV series.
In 2001, she made an appearance as herself in a made-for-TV documentary, Intimate Portrait: Laila Ali.