Melissa Jaine Womer is particularly famous in the entertainment industry. While she may be unfamiliar to some, she is better recognized as Melissa Carrey – a result of her marriage to Jim Carrey. Melissa has dabbled in various aspects of the industry, acting in multiple films, done her time as a producer, and written pieces of her own as well.
Early Life and Family
Aside from knowing that she was born on 8 July 1960, in New York City, USA, there is little else to say about Womer’s youth. Even her birthplace is unconfirmed due to the anonymity she has rewarded her life before fame.
Melissa’s family was purportedly dysfunctional, and as a result she goes to lengths to keep the identity of her parents and any other family members out of the public eye.
Mellissa attended elementary and high school in New York, and then went on to study at the University of Kansas, but it’s unknown which subjects she studied. While at university, she started her forays into the entertainment industry, working odd jobs at radio stations and writing jokes for local papers.
Since she only really came to the public’s attention as a result of her relationship with Jim Carrey, her debut in the entertainment industry cannot necessarily be pinpointed.
However, one can trace the trajectory of her career throughout the years.
The Comedy Store
Heading out to Hollywood, Womer landed a job as a cocktail waitress at the Comedy Store on Sunset Boulevard. While this was not the most prestigious of jobs and not compatible with fame, she was granted the opportunity to participate in a mic night, and from thereon out her fame only grew. She soon became a favorite character in the comics across the board.
Melissa Womer’s career is deeply entrenched in the comedy and humor industry. Her first known film was “Petrocelli” in 1984.
After this appearance, her career experienced somewhat of a dry spell, until she was finally cast in the 1999 “Man on the Moon”, perhaps her most famous venture. She did not enjoy the slews of success that the man she would one day marry and divorce, Jim Carrey did, but she did establish herself in the entertainment community.
Writing and Directing
In 1997, Womer achieved her first producing credit, working on the film “Real Stories of the Donut Men”. Despite her work on this show, she still received little to no recognition for her contribution.
Not perturbed by this, she went on to direct the comedy series “The Yesterday Show with John Kerwin”, which ran for just one season in 2004, and didn’t return for a second season, not enjoying overwhelmingly positive ratings. This is the last we know about her professional career.
Nowadays, Womer keeps well out of the public eye, preferring to live a private life far away from the dictates of the media. However, before entering this stage of her life, she was in the spotlight for the relationship that brought her the most fame: Her relationship, marriage with and divorce from Jim Carrey.
JIM CARREY (7)El 28 de marzo de 1987, se casó con Melissa Womer, divorciándose a finales de 1995. De este matrimonio nació una niña llamada Jane Erin Carrey en 1987.
To date, her involvement with other men and relationships remains unknown. She has not publicly dated anyone since her divorce from Carrey in 1995.
Melissa Womer and Jim Carrey
Melissa and Jim’s relationship started mere weeks after the two met each other at the Comedy Store in 1986. At the time, Jim Carrey was still relatively unknown, but was already making significant headway in the eye of the media. Bonding over a shared love of comedy and an instinctive connection, the two entered a committed and loving relationship. They cemented this a year later, on 28 March 1987, when they married at the Mahi-mahi hotel in Santa Monica, California.
Six months later on 6 September 6, they welcomed their daughter Jane Erin Carrey into the world. Photographs taken at this time depict a happy and adoring couple, however, it was not to last.
The two underwent a messy divorce in 1995, after just seven years of marriage. While they cited their busy careers for destroying their marriage, the fact that Jim initiated the proceedings gave rise to rumors that he was leaving her to be with his co-actor, Lauren Holly. Womer received a whopping $3.5 million divorce settlement followed by a further $7 million in 2003 for their daughter, after years of separation.
She wanted her daughter Jane to be able to retain the life of luxury she had experienced under the auspices of her father. Melissa expressed concern about Carrey, having witnessed various depressive episodes during the marriage, stating ‘I’m nervous for him. I think creative people need to be aware of the dark side that accompanies the gifts they have. I’ve learned that the smile he wears is the biggest mask of all.”
Daughter and Grandchild
In 2009 Melissa’s daughter married Alex Santana, the lead singer of “Blood Money” – a metal band. The two had their son, Jackson Riley Santana, a year later, making Melissa Womer a grandmother. However, the two divorced soon after, citing ‘irreconcilable differences.’
Now entering the later stages of her life, Melissa has managed to maintain her appearance. She has bleached blonde hair and brown eyes, stands at 5ft 7ins, (170 cm) tall, and weighs approximately 127lbs (58 kgs), so with a slender figure. Her ethnicity is unknown due to her reluctance to talk about her parents and family.
Net Worth and Salary
As there is no information regarding her current employment, Wormer’s salary is unknown. The only money she is known to have received are the aforementioned $3.5 and $7 million from the divorce settlement. This makes it difficult to estimate her net worth, however, most sources state that it’s around $7 million.