John Cleese rose to fame for his role in the hilarious Monty Python movies, along with iconic movies like A fish named Wanda with Jamie Lee Curtis Y die another day with Pierce Brosnan. He was introduced to a whole new generation with his role as Nearly Headless Nick in two of the Harry Potter movies, and even did animated voice work in the last three Shrek movies like King Harold. He is a screenwriter and producer to boot.
Behind the camera and between roles, however, the 83-year-old English actor has had quite a personal life, having been married no fewer than four times and once losing millions to an ex-spouse. He is also the proud father of two grown daughters.
Here’s everything you need to know about John and his marriages, including his current wife. jennifer wade.
John and his first wife connie’s booth they met in the United States and married in 1968. The duo later became famous for writing the scripts for and starring in both versions of the sitcom. Fawlty Towers. But before divorcing in 1978, they did their most enduring work together: welcoming their daughter. Cynthia Cleese, now 51, in 1971 in England. Cynthia would go on to star alongside her father in 1983. A fish named Wanda. According to the actor’s Wikipedia page, John and Connie are said to remain friends even after their split.
And his legacy continues through two grandchildren as well! Cynthia welcomed two children, Evan Y oliviawith her husband, writer and director Ed Solomon (men in black, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure.)
A few years later, John married the model and actress. Barbara Trentham in 1981. The British beauty was notably featured on the covers of UK versions of major magazines, including seventeen Y Fashionand appeared in the 1975 science fiction film roller ball. Barbara and John met in 1980 Monty Python show and married the following year. Their only child together, camilla cleesewas born in 1984.
The duo separated in 1987 and divorced in 1990. Sadly, Barbara passed away on August 2, 2013, after a battle with leukemia.
Alyce Faye Eichelberger
In 1992, John took a completely different direction and married the psychotherapist Alyce Faye Eichelberger. They divorced 16 years later, and according to CTV News, walked away with a whopping $12.2 million in the California-based deal. To begin with, he took 600,000/year for seven years. The actor did not hold back as he recalled how the punitive amount hurt him. “What seems so unfair to me is that if we both died today, your children would receive much more than mine… I got off lightly,” he said of the volatile split, according to a report in the The Telegraph in 2009. “Think of what I would have had to pay Alyce if she had contributed anything to the relationship, like kids or a conversation.”
He also joked, “At least I’ll know in the future if I go out with a lady, I won’t be hounded for my money.” “My other two divorces were very peaceful affairs,” she said later.
John took a few years off before giving marriage another chance. In August 2012, he married the model and jewelry designer. jennifer wade, now 51, at an intimate ceremony on the Caribbean island of Mustique. By HELLO! via CTV NewsJohn was overwhelmed with happiness and “fought back tears”.
“I knew from the first moment I met her that this could be something very serious,” he said of their 2009 meeting through mutual friends. “She is extraordinarily unique. I never felt there was anything wrong with the institution of marriage; the only thing wrong was my ability to choose the right person. He couldn’t imagine being with anyone but Jenny right now. And with my track record, to say that is quite an extraordinary thing.”
“It was quite overwhelming in a lighthearted way,” Jennifer told the magazine at the time. “We are twin souls. When people see us together, they immediately understand.” She continued, saying that they didn’t “need” to get married. “John and I didn’t need to get married, but we wanted to,” she added. “We felt like we were already married. We will have a party for our friends and family in London early next year.”
While John seems to have found his love forever, he spoke out in later years about his ongoing relationship problems and blamed his “tyrannical” mother. Muriel. “My ingrained habit of walking on eggshells when dealing with my mother dominated my romantic relationships for many years,” she said, according to the independent in 2014. He criticized Muriel for her alleged “totally selfish drives” and “emotionally difficult” nature and blamed her entirely for their relationship and marital problems. “It can’t be a coincidence that I spent much of my life in some form of therapy and that the vast majority of the issues I was dealing with involved relationships with women,” she said.
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