After 30 years of marriage, Alex Trebek couldn’t have felt luckier to have his wife, Jean Currivan Trebek, by his side. The late Jeopardy! host and the real estate guru were inseparable up until his death in November 2020, and these fun facts about their incredible bond prove they were meant to be together forever.
The beloved TV host first crossed paths with the former project manager after being introduced by a mutual friend in the late ’80s. At the time, Alex was years off a divorce from his first wife, Elaine Trebek, whom he married in 1974.
After dating for a few years, Alex and Jean tied the knot in a romantic wedding ceremony in 1990. That same year, the lovebirds welcomed their eldest son, Matthew Trebek, followed by their youngest daughter, Emily Trebek, in 1993.
Even though Alex was one of showbiz’s biggest stars, he was never one to put his relationship with his love on full display. “Alex and Jean have one of Hollywood’s best love stories,” an insider exclusively told Closer Weekly in March 2020. “The fact that they don’t flash it in everyone’s faces, like a lot of couples in this town do, is [a true] testament [of] their confidence.”
Aside from having Jean as his partner in crime, the source noted how amazing the dedicated wife was throughout his nearly two-year battle with stage IV pancreatic cancer. “Alex says he never would have been able to get through his cancer battle without Jean,” the insider shared. “There were some very dark days when he just wanted to give up, but she has a way of lifting his spirits.”
Following Alex’s devastating diagnosis in March 2019, Jean was going above and beyond to make her husband’s cancer battle as painless as possible. Tragically, the Emmy Award winner lost his fight at age 80, Jeopardy! announced on their social media accounts in early November.
Prior to his death, a friend close to the couple credited Jean for being the reason he beat the odds for so long. “I think that’s part of it. He has the most beautiful [wife] in every way,” the pair’s pal Ruta Lee gushed to Closer in April. “She’s not only beautiful on the outside, but she’s beautiful internally, and spiritually. She’s very very much a handmaid of the Lord’s.”
Scroll through the gallery below to see touching facts about Alex and Jean’s iconic marriage.
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