Less Known Facts About Tom Selleck’s First Wife Jacqueline Ray

April 18, 2024
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Who is Jacqueline Ray?

A former actress and model, Jacqueline Mary Ray was born under the zodiac sign of Aquarius on 26 January 1945, in Burbank, California USA; she holds American nationality, and her ethnicity is Caucasian. She has ten acting credits, and is perhaps still known best for her role as Denise in the movie “In Like Flint”, while she’s also known as the ex-wife of the famous actor, producer and director, Tom Selleck.

Early life and education

Jacqueline was raised in Burbank by her parents, although she hasn’t shared any information regarding their names and occupations, and also hasn’t spoken about having any siblings, so it’s assumed that she was raised as the only child.


She attended a local high school, and upon matriculating in 1963, she didn’t enroll at college but launched her modeling career.

Career as a model and actress

Jacqueline began her career as a model gracing numerous magazine covers and runways – she was a stunning beauty, with her natural blonde hair and piercing blue eyes, and so one of the best-paid models back in the ’60s.

She made her acting debut in the 1967 movie “In Like Flint”, acting alongside Lee J. Cobb, Jean Hale and James Coburn, followed by her roles in “The Gnome-Mobile” and “Frasier, the Sensuous Lion” in 1973, when Jacqueline also made her first appearance as Model in an episode of the series “Marcus Welby, M. D”.


In 1980, she was cast to play Linda in “The Killings at Outpost Zeta”, starring alongside Jackson Bostwick and Gordon De Vol, followed by her role in “Beyond the Universe” before she made an appearance in two episodes of the series “Magnum P. I.”, alongside Tom Selleck, Roger E. Mosley and John Hillerman.

In the following years, she was cast to play Marie Walker in the series “Dallas”, and Margot in “Matt Houston” both in 1983, and then she portrayed Doctor Marcia Forrest in “The New Mike Hammer”.

In 2007, she made her last appearance as Dancer in the Nickelodeon series “Unfabulous”, a comedy family drama starring Emma Roberts, Jordan Calloway and Melise.

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Love life and marriage with Tom Selleck

There were various rumors concerning Jacqueline’s love life, as one of the sex symbols in the ’60s, being surrounded by suitors, however, she hasn’t spoken about her relationships with men who wanted to win her heart.

It’s widely known that she was married to Tom Shepard from 1964 until 1968, with whom she has a son Kevin, born in 1966.

When Jacqueline married Tom Selleck, he adopted her son; the two met a year before they tied the knot on 15 May 1971, and became one of the favorite Hollywood couples. They were seen together at various red-carpet events, and even worked together for the series “Magnum P. I.” which brought Tom huge popularity – some rumors were saying that Jacqueline was jealous of his success, and the attention which he was getting from his female fans.


However, after 11 years of marriage, Jacqueline filed for divorce in 1982, soon after Tom moved to Hawaii to film his new movie.

Ten years later in 1992, she married Clarence Barry Witmer, but this marriage may not have lasted long, although the exact date of their divorce hasn’t been revealed, and they are still listed as married by some sources.

As of February 2022, it is assumed that Jacqueline is single, since she withdrew from public life, she hasn’t shared any information regarding her subsequent love life.


Is Jacqueline Ray in prison?

There were rumors that Jacqueline gave birth to her daughter Umeko, whose father’s name is unknown, and some rumors were saying that the father of Umeko is a mysterious man with whom Jacqueline was cheating on her then-husband, Barry; none of this has been confirmed.

In 2014, news about Jacqueline Ray being arrested flooded the internet and newspapers; she was accused of hiring a hitman to kill her son-in-law who was known for domestic violence, to protect her daughter and grandchildren, Jacqueline paid $12,000 to the hitman, namely Luis Barker, to kill her daughter’s husband, and was sentenced for 18 years of prison for that.

Finally, it was announced that the African-American woman who was sentenced had the same name as the former model and actress, and it was a big misunderstanding.


Age, height, and net worth

Jacqueline is 77 years old, she has no social media accounts, and there are no photos of her except while she was a model and an actress – she stood at a height of 5ft 7ins (1.7m) and weighed around 120lbs (55kgs) with almost perfect vital statistics of 36-26-35.

As of February 2022, her net worth has been estimated at $500,000.

Who is Tom Selleck?

Thomas William ‘Tom’ Selleck was born under the zodiac sign of Aquarius on 29 January 1945, in Detroit, Michigan USA; he holds American nationality, and his ethnicity of mixed Croatian and English descent. He has over 85 acting credits to his name but is perhaps still known best for his role as Dashiell Hammett/Magnum in the popular ’80s series “Magnum P. I.”, while the younger audience perhaps knows him best as Frank Reagan in “Blue Bloods”.

Tom spent most of his childhood in Sherman Oaks, California, since his family moved from Detroit in 1948; he was raised alongside his brothers Robert and Daniel and sister Martha, by their parents Martha and Robert Dean Selleck.

He attended Grant High School, and upon matriculating in 1963, enrolled at Los Angeles Valley College, and then transferred to the University of Southern California, but he dropped out and began studying acting at the Beverly Hills Playhouse – his acting teacher was Milton Katselas.

Tom made his acting debut in 1969, portraying Dobie in the series “Lancer”, while he made his first appearance on the big screen in the 1970 movie “Myra Breckinridge”, and since the list of his roles is too long to enumerate, we will mention some of his most notable.


His role as Magnum brought him the Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 1984, and Golden Globe Award Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama in 1985, and besides these, during his career he’s had 23 award nominations and 19 wins.

Tom was seen as Doctor Richard Burke, Monica’s boyfriend in the popular ‘90s series “Friends”, and in the following years he portrayed Ivan Tiggs in “Boston Legal”, and A. J. Cooper in “Las Vegas”, while since 2010 he’s playe Frank Reagan in “Blue Bloods”.


Speaking about his roles in movies, he was seen in “Three Men and a Baby” and its sequel “Three Men and a Little Lady”, and was then cast to play Peter Malloy in “In & Out”, followed by his roles in “The Love Letter”, “Killers”, and “Jesse Stone” franchise, among others.

After Tom and Jacqueline’s divorce, he married Jillie Joan Mack in 1987, with whom he has a daughter, Hannah, born in 1988; the two are still in a marriage.

Tom is 77 years old; he has dark brown hair and hazel eyes, while his trademark is his moustache. He weighs around 198lbs (90kgs) and is 6ft 4ins (1.93m) tall.

As of February 2022, his net worth has been estimated at over $50 million.

Olivia Wilson

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