• Debbie Higgins was Dr. Phil's first wife, they married in 1970 and divorced in 1973
• Debbie passed away after a long battle with cancer in 2014
• Dr. Phil is a renowned TV host and psychologist with a net worth of $400 million
• He has been married to Robin Jo Jameson since 1976 and they have two children
• Dr. Phil is popular on social media platforms, with over 4.4 million followers on Facebook
Who was Dr. Phil’s first wife, Debbie Higgins?
You have certainly heard of Dr. Phil McGraw and his hit tabloid talk show “Dr. Phil”, which has aired since 2002, among many other differing accomplishments, but have you heard about his ex-wife, Debbie Higgins? What do you know about her?
Debbie Higgins was born in Kansas City, Missouri USA, in 1950, but never revealed her specific birth date to the media, and also hid details about her professional career, so she remained virtually unknown to the world, except as the first wife of the famous Dr. Phil.
Debbie Higgins and Dr. Phil Love Story, Wedding, Divorce
Debbie and Phil met when they were 20 years old, and soon decided to marry; the wedding ceremony was held at Roeland Park, Kansas, USA on the 27th November 1970. However, as their marriage developed, Phil allegedly became violent towards Debbie, confining her to house and house choirs, not letting her go out without him. Also, he would cheat on her with other women, and when she asked him of those allegations, he didn’t deny cheating, but stated that it was normal for him to date other women. Debbie couldn’t keep up with his infidelities, and before they welcomed any children together, decided to file for divorce. Their marriage officially ended in 1973. Even before their marriage their marriage was over, Phil started dating Robin Jo Jameson, who became his second wife in 1976, and with whom he has two children – they are still married.
Is Debbie Higgins Dead? Cause of Death
Following the divorce, Debbie decided not to appear publicly for some time, but eventually disclosed the reasons for the divorce. She subsequently lead a rather quiet life, as the proprietor of a liquor store in Kansas City. No one heard of her publicly again, until she became involved as an editor of the documentary “Christy Mathewson’s Day” in 2011, and then the horror film “Demon Hunters: Fear of Silence” in 2013.
The following year her brother, Bill Higgins shared information about her untimely death with National Enquirer. Debbie passed away after she lost a long battle to cancer. Further details of her death have been kept from the media.
Even authoritative sources are vague regarding Debbie’s wealth at the time of her death. Her income from her involvement in the aforementioned films wasn’t disclosed. She apparently didn’t press Dr. Phil for any alimony at the time of their divorce, so the best estimate is that her net worth was less than $1 million.
Debbie Higgins Ex-Husband, Dr. Phil
Now that we have covered all there is available on Debbie, let’s share some information about her ex-husband, Dr. Phil, from his early life to most recent career endeavors.
Born Phillip Calvin McGraw on the 1st September 1950 in Vinita, Oklahoma USA, he is the only son of Anne Geraldine and Joseph J. McGraw Jr., and has two older sisters and one younger sister. He went to Shawnee Mission North High School, and after matriculation enrolled at the University of Tulsa on a football scholarship, but after his team lost 100-6 to the University of Houston, Phil transferred to Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and then an M.A. in experimental psychology in 1976, and a Ph. D degree in clinical psychology in 1979 at the University of North Texas.
Career Beginnings and Rise to Prominence
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— Dr. Phil (@DrPhil) October 30, 2018
Once he earned his doctorate, Phil joined his father in private practice at a clinic in Wichita Falls, but would then start Courtroom Sciences Inc., a full-service trial sciences firm, of which he served as the President. He would travel across the US, Europe and the Far East, making clients of Fortune 500 companies, airlines and major TV networks, only to be chosen by Oprah Winfrey to prepare her for the Amarillo Texas beef trial. After his initial success, he would guest appear in Oprah’s show, which after several years resulted in his own show, “Dr. Phil”. Since its premiere on the 16th September 2002, Dr. Phil has become a prominent TV personality, and has also guested in a number of other television shows, including “The View”, “The Talk”, “Today”, “Conan”, “Steve Harvey”, and “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”, among many others, contributing with insights and analyses – his show has been renewed until 2023.
In addition to his television work, Dr. Phil has also published several books, including “Life Strategies” (1999), “Relationship Rescue” (2000), then “The Family First Workbook: Specific Tools, Strategies, and Skills for Creating a Phenomenal Family” (2005), among others.
Dr.Phil Net Worth, Salary, and Personal Life
Since launching his career, Dr. Phil has become a renowned TV host and psychologist, which has significantly increased his wealth. So, have you ever wondered how rich Dr. Phil is, as of late 2018? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Dr. Phil’s net worth is as high as $400 million, while his annual income is is reputed to be $88 million. Pretty impressive don’t you think?
Following his divorce from Debbie, Dr. Phil married Robin, with whom he has two children, Jay and Jordan. Jay is now a TV producer and writer, having written several books for young people. He has also started the company, Stage 29 Production. Jay has been married to Playboy model Erica Dahm since 2006, with whom he has two children.
Dr. Phil Internet Fame
Dr. Phil has become extremely popular on social media platforms, especially Facebook and Twitter, though he is also no stranger on Instagram. His official Facebook page has over 4.4 million followers, while on Twitter, he has more than 1.35 million fans. Dr. Phil can also be found on Instagram, on which he has just over 425,000 followers. He has used his social media influence to promote his career, but also to share details from his personal life.
So, if you aren’t already a fan of this prominent TV personality and psychologist, then this is a perfect opportunity for you to become one, just skip over to his official pages.