Jeopardy host Alex Trebek has been with his lovely wife, Jean Currivan Trebek, for 27 years, since they got married in 1990. However, he was actually married to another woman before — a businesswoman and former Playboy bunny named Elaine Trebek Kares! Read on to have all of your burning questions about the former Mrs. Trebek answered.

When was Elaine married to Alex Trebek?

Elaine and Alex were married for eight years from 1974 until 1982. Elaine didn’t have any kids with Alex, but he did become the adoptive father of her daughter Nicky Callei, from her first marriage to Louis Callei.

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Elaine Trebek Kares (right) in 2009

What does Alex Trebek’s first wife Elaine do for a living?

Elaine is a businesswoman that owns several companies, including a perfume packaging company Scent Seal, a multimedia music distributor Mag-A-Music, and Gallery GO, an art gallery in LA. However, Elaine has had a very interesting career path, which included being a Canadian talk show host, party planner, and Playboy bunny.

Who is Elaine Trebek Kares’ husband?

Elaine married for a third time after divorcing Alex, and this one seems to have stuck! Elaine married film producer Peter Kares in 2001, and they are still very much together. As a matter of fact, Peter started many of Elaine’s companies with her!

Where is Elaine from?

Elaine is from Columbus, OH originally. She moved to Toronto, Canada to run a party planning business and then get into TV hosting. She moved back to American with Alex so he could further his career, and she now lives in Los Angeles with her husband Peter.

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Alex Trebek

Is Nicky Trebek still close with Alex?

Despite divorcing her mother, Alex has stayed very close with Elaine’s daughter Nicky, who still uses his last name. She actually worked on the production side of Jeopardy, along with other TV specials and films. She’s dabbled in modeling and appeared in Vogue, Cosmo, and Glamour, plus she’s a singer/songwriter!