American socialite and stay-at-home mom Ginny Newhart has been married to actor and stand-up comedian Bob Newhart for more than 50 years. She is also the daughter of actor Bill Quinn, who starred in comedies like “All in the Family” and movies like “Star Trek V: The Final Frontier.” Despite not being as actively involved in show business as her husband and father are, she has had a significant impact on her husband’s creative output. The most famous thing she did was write the script for the last episode of his CBS comedy “Newhart,” which aired in 1990 and depicted the program as a dream that the psychologist Dr. Bob Hartley of “The Bob Newhart Show” (1972) awoke from. She competed on ‘Super Password’ as a celebrity in 1986 and 1988. She performed in character on television programs such as “Tattletales” (1975–1976) and “It’s Your Bet” (1970). Her kids have also held roles as production assistants and actresses in the entertainment business.
Early Life & Childhood
Virginia ‘Ginnie’ Quinn, the wife of character actor Bill Quinn and Mary Catherine Roden, gave birth to Ginny Newhart on December 9, 1940 in New York City. Mary Ellen Wire and Eileen Quinn are her two sisters.
Ginny Newhart Ascent to Fame
Ginny Newhart never wanted to work in movies or television, even though her mother was an actress. She used to watch the kids of her friends in the business when she was younger. She assumed homemaker duties after marrying Bob Newhart in 1963 in order to raise her children. In an interview with “People,” she did acknowledge that she sometimes felt uneasy about not working a 9 to 5 like Bob Newhart’s on-screen wives, Suzanne Pleshette and Mary Frann, who portrayed Bob’s wives on “The Bob Newhart Show” and “Newhart,” respectively. But if her husband needed someone to be by his side, she was happy to help him with his projects and travel with him. She continued to make sporadic television appearances after getting married.
Connection to Bob Newhart
In 1962, comedian Buddy Hackett arranged for Ginny Newhart to go on a blind date with Bob Newhart, who would become her husband. When he informed her one day that he had met a young comedy actor and that “he’s Catholic and you’re Catholic, and I think maybe you should marry each other,” she was watching Hackett’s kids at the time. But Ginny had no desire to wed a member of show business, like her father, who would not receive a weekly salary. Nevertheless, they quickly got together, went to Hackett’s place for dinner, and played pool. Ultimately, on January 12, 1963, they were married. Even on her wedding day, when her father supposedly made fun of the fact that he could still pull her out if she so desired, she was doubtful. Luckily, she never had to regret being married to Bob. In fact, she told ‘City and Shore Magazine’ in a January 2013 interview that “it turned out fine” after spending five decades with him.
Robert, Timothy, Jennifer, and Courtney are Ginny and Bob Newhart’s four children together, whom they brought up as Catholics. In addition, they have 10 grandkids. For much of their lengthy marriage, Mary looked after the kids at their Bel Air home while Bob had to go to film and television sets. But she and the children frequently went with him when he played long summer engagements at nightclubs in areas like Lake Tahoe and Las Vegas. Despite her refusal to acknowledge it to him, she stated in the interview that she respected him for being a good man and for the decisions he made in both his personal and professional life.
“Like anybody we had fights, and we had some pretty good ones,” she stated while discussing the key to their happy marriage. However, she also mentioned that “divorce was just not in our vocabulary” and that they both felt “miserable” being apart from one another. The pair still cherishes their “alone time” together and occasionally goes out to eat with friends and relatives.
Ginny Newhart Fight Cancer
In 2008, Ginny Newhart, a cancer survivor, received a liver cancer diagnosis. Later that year, in December of that year, she had to have a liver transplant in Los Angeles, California. Since then, she has recovered rather well and believes that her husband and she have become closer as a result of the experience. She said to “City and Shore Magazine” that although the experience increased their awareness of their impending death, it also made them grateful for the time they had left. Now more than ever, they enjoy spending time together. She developed an interest in the action police procedural television series “NCIS” when she was still resting in the hospital from her surgery. The show was aired there on a regular basis.
Net worth of Ginny Newhart
The estimated net worth of Ginny Newhart is about $1 million.