-• Melissa Jaine Womer is an American actress and producer.
-• She has an estimated net worth of over $7 million.
-• She attended the University of Kansas and discovered her passion for comedy.
-• She was the first wife of comedian Jim Carry, whom she married in 1986.
-• She has a daughter, Jane Erin Carrey, who competed in the reality singing competition “American Idol” in 2012.
Who is Melissa Womer?
Melissa Jaine Womer was born on 6 July 1960, in the United States of America, and is an actress as well as a producer, known for her work in project such as “Man on the Moon” and “Real Stories of the Donut Men”. However, she is probably better known for being the first wife of comedian Jim Carry.
The Net Worth of Melissa Womer
How rich is Melissa Womer? As of early-2019, sources estimate a net worth that is over $7 million, earned largely through a successful career in the entertainment industry, but no doubt elevated thanks to the success of her former husband, who has a net worth estimated at $150 million. As she continues her endeavors, it is expected that her wealth will also continue to increase.
Early Life, Education, and Career
While there is little information about her childhood, it is known that Melissa’s family moved to Kansas when she was young, and where she grew up and attended a high school in the locality. After matriculating, she enrolled at the University of Kansas, where she discovered her passion for comedy.
During her time there, she wrote jokes for a morning radio show, and also performed in stand-up comedy shows in local clubs as well as in school. After graduating, she moved to Hollywood hoping to have a career in comedy and acting. During the 1980s, she worked at the Comedy Store in Sunset Boulevard, while waiting for her breakthrough. She got one of her first notable projects in “Real Stories of the Donut Men” in 1997, which is a spoof of the television series “Cops” focusing on a filmmaker as he makes a mockumentary of the police because the police harassed him at the start of the film.
Her first role got her a lot more attention and led to further projects, including appearing in the film “Man on the Moon” which aired in 1999, and is about the late entertainer Andy Kaufman portrayed by Jim Carrey. The story follows Kaufman from childhood up to his rise in fame. The film itself was unsuccessful but Carrey received a lot of critical acclaim for his role. During this period, the two were already in a relationship.
In 2004, she was cast in the television series entitled “The Yesterday Show with John Kerwin” which starred Kerwin alongside Dick Chavet, but the show was short lived, only airing two episodes. In 2007 she became a part of the series “S.O.B.: Socially Offensive Behavior” which starred comedian D. L. Hughley in a hidden camera show intended to film the reactions of unsuspecting participants; the show ran for six episodes before being discontinued. Since then, she has remained mainly out of the spotlight, and has not been involved in any new projects.
Ex-Husband Jim Carrey
James Eugene Carrey found fame in the 1990s, thanks to his energetic slapstick performances. Some of his most notable projects during this period included “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective”, “Dumb and Dumber”, and “The Mask”. He also had a lead role in “Liar Liar”, and a supporting role in “Batman Forever”. Wanting to show that he had more capabilities aside from comedy, he had serious roles in “The Truman Show” – which earned him critical acclaim – and also worked on “Man on the Moon” which earned him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor.
He continued his popularity into the 2000s with “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”, “Me, Myself & Irene”, and “Bruce Almighty”. He was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role thanks to his work in “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”, and also starred in “Yes Man’, “Horton Hears a Who!” and “Fun with Dick and Jane”. A few of his latest projects include “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” and “Kick-Ass 2”, besides a reprise of his role as Lloyd Christmas in the film “Dumb and Dumber To”, and starring in the Showtime series entitled “Kidding”.
Relationship, Marriage, and Divorce
It is known that Jim met Melissa in 1986 while she was working as a waitress at The Comedy Store, and began their relationship. The duo dated for a year before deciding to marry, the ceremony held in Santa Monica’s Hotel Mahi-Mahi. Their relationship managed to stay out of the spotlight, despite her husband’s growing success, but things did not last long, as the two eventually divorced in 1995 after seven years of marriage. Since then, Womer has mainly stayed out of the spotlight and it is not known if she has remarried or has had any relationships since the divorce.
They had a daughter during their marriage, Jane Erin Carrey who found a bit of attention in 2012 when she became a contestant for the reality singing competition “American Idol”. Carrey moved on a year after their divorce, marrying “Dumb and Dumber” co-star Lauren Holly but that marriage lasted for less than a year. He was also romantically involved with actresses Renee Zellwegger and Jenny McCarthy, and was also in a relationship with Cathriona White, who passed away from an overdose. His current relationship is with Ginger Gonzaga with whom he appeared publicly during the Golden Globes 2019 party, in January 2019.