Less Known Facts About Jim Carrey’s First Wife Melissa Womer

April 18, 2024
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The American writer, producer and actress Melissa Womer, is known widely for her appearance in the comedy film “Man on the Moon.” She really came to notice when she married – and later divorced – the famed Canadian-American comedian and actor Jim Carrey.

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Age, Early Life, and Education Background

Melissa Jaine Womer is a native of New York City, USA, and was born under the Cancer zodiac sign on 8 July 1960, which makes her 62 years old as of 2022. Her mother was a housewife and her father was a mechanic, but she hasn’t revealed their names. She’s hinted that she had a troubled childhood, but specific details of her dysfunctional family and early life remain a mystery.

Womer attended a local high school in New York before she matriculated to the University of Kansas, in Lawrence, Kansas. During her college days, she did several odd jobs to sustain her studies, including writing down jokes for Q104 Radio’s morning show. She graduated in 1982 then relocated to Los Angeles, California, where she began her career in the entertainment industry.



Melissa is very keen on philanthropy, and has partnered with various non-governmental organizations to donate to underprivileged children and poor families.


Melissa was 15 years old when she made her first TV appearance, in an episode of the acclaimed mystery drama “Petrocelli.” She later began working as a waitress in the widely known club, The Comedy Store, which is situated in West Hollywood, California, working for several years before she began performing stand-up comedy there.

Womer rose to prominence as the executive producer of the film “Real Stories of the Donut Men” in 1997 – the Beeaje Quick-written and directed comedy was ranked the Best Comedy Feature at the Long Island Film Festival in 1998. In 1999, she landed the role of a waitress in the biopic comedy-drama “Man on the Moon,” which was about the late famed performance artist and entertainer Andy Kaufman, and starred Jim Carrey, Courtney Love and Danny DeVito.

2004 saw Womer producing two episodes of “The Yesterday Show with John Kerwin,” but which was shortly afterward discontinued. She then took a long hiatus from producing and acting, until she recently landed a voicing role in “The Rise of King Asilas” (2017), which was based on J.V. Torres’ eponymous novel.


Personal Life

Melissa and Jim Carrey first met in 1985, when she was a cocktail waitress at The Comedy Store club; at that time, Jim was a struggling stand-up comedian, who reportedly worked for $25 per night. They began dating soon afterwards, and eventually exchanged wedding vows at an unnamed Santa Monica hotel two years later, and shortly afterwards, Womer and Carrey welcomed daughter Jane Erin Carrey, on 6 September 1987. Jane is now an actress who is perhaps best known for her role in “Dumb and Dumber To”, and is also famous for participating in “American Idol” in 2012. She walked the aisle with Salex Santana in late 2009, and welcomed a son, Jackson Riley Santana, but the couple ended their relationship with a divorce in 2010.


Despite maintaining a cheery and bright persona on screen, Carrey had serious mental health issues that put a toll on their marriage. Womer described him as an ‘extremely depressed person’ saying during an interview with Daily Mail that she used to console him every night. The couple separated in mid-1993 and finalized their divorce in 1995. The trouble had begun shortly after Jim rose to stardom, and Melissa revealed that she felt that he wished to enjoy his fame from the perspective of an unmarried man. Jim claimed fault when he was asked about his relationship with Melissa during an interview with The New York Times in 1994, saying ‘Look, I’m a hard guy to live with… I’m like a caged animal. I’m up all night walking around the living room. It’s hard for me to come down from what I do.’ Melissa and Carrey continued working together even after their divorce, briefly collaborating in the 1999 drama “Man on the Moon.”


Previously, Carrey dated the singer Linda Ronstadt for almost a year. He married the American-Canadian actress, Lauren Holly after divorcing Womer, but their wedding was short-lived, only lasting for nine months in 1996 and ‘97) Subsequently, he became engaged to the American actress Renee Zellweger in 1999, but they parted ways a year later. After that, Carrey dated Jenny McCarthy in 2005 and later Cathriona White, who committed suicide in 2015.

Height, Weight, and Physical appearance

Melissa is 5ft 7ins (1.70m) tall, and weighs approximately 130lbs (58kgs), with vital statistics of 36-25-36. She’s of White ethnicity, has long blonde hair and a pair of brown eyes..

Net Worth

Womer has appeared in several hit films and series, which has made her famous and rich. Her divorce settlement, which reportedly amounted to around $3 million plus monthly child support of $25,000 has also contributed to her income. She is reputedly worth approximately $7 million as of 2022. Her ex-husband, Jim Carrey, has a net worth of a whopping $182 million.

Who Is Melissa’s Ex-Husband, Jim Carrey?

Jim Eugine Carrey hails from Newmarket, Toronto, Canada, and was born under the Capricorn zodiac sign on 17 January 1962, making him 60 years old as of 2022. His mother, Kathleen Oram was a homemaker, whereas his father, Percy Carrey, was an accountant and musician; he’s of Irish, French and Scottish ancestry, and and his siblings are Rita, John and Patricia. Interestingly, he grew up worried and ruled by fear that his parents were not going to live for long, because they were heavy smokers. His family also struggled financially and he worked as a janitor to help out his parents. Luckily, his acting talent caught the attention of several agents when he was still young, and he had begun earning as a comedian by the time he was 15.


Jim began his comedic career at the Canadian Yuk Yuk comedy club, and later relocated to the US, where he began working at The Comedy Store. 1982 saw him appearing in the televised stand-up comedy show “An Evening at the Improv”, and he was later seen in “The Tonight Show” in 1983. He also appeared in “Sunday Night Live,” which aired on NBC, before he was cast in the TV series “In Living Color” from 1990 to 1994. 1994 saw him starring in “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective,” “Dumb and Dumber,” and “The Mask”, and before the decade ended, he played Truman in the satirical comedy movie, “The Truman Show” (1998). He has won several awards including a Golden Globe, Kid’s Choice, and Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award, among others.

Jim is active on Instagram (@jimcarrey_) with over 1.1 million followers and on Twitter (@JimCarrey) with almost 19 million followers.

He’s 6ft 2ins (1.88m) tall, weighs approximately 195lbs (88kgs), and has brown eyes and dark brown hair.

Martha Clifford

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