• Debbie Higgins was a famous editorial worker
• She was born in 1950 in Las Vegas, Nevada
• She married Phil McGraw in 1970, who was a famous American television personality
• Debbie passed away in 2014, with cause of death undisclosed
• Her ex-husband Phil McGraw has a net worth of $400 million
Who is Debbie Higgins?
Debbie Higgins was famous for her editorial work; her highly respected works include “Christy Mathewson Day” in 2011 and “Demon Hunters: Fear the Silence” which she did in 2013. Her fame is linked to her ex-husband Phil McGraw who is a famous American television personality. Debbie passed away in 2014.
Debbie Early Life and Education
Debbie was born in 1950 in Las Vegas, Nevada USA, to a father who was a farmer, and a housewife mother, so is an American by nationality and of the White ethnicity.
As a young child, Debbie loved playing volleyball, football, dancing and singing. She went to New York High School where she was a cheerleader before joining the Massachusetts Institute of Commerce from where she graduated. Debbie also holds a fashion technology diploma. While in college, Higgins was the lead singer in the school band.
Debbie Professional Career
Debbie didn’t manage to have an extensive career but she made her mark. Her big break as an editor came when she worked on the movie “Demon Hunters: Fear the Silence” which featured Mary Bonczek, Brian Gildea and Rob Dimension. The movie brought great fame for her and opened more doors in her career. Before this, Debbie had been featured in the “Christy Mathewson Day” where she worked alongside Tony Borgia and Edward G. Boehm among many others.
Debbie Huggins Marriage to Phil McGraw
Debbie was the first wife of Dr. Phil, as he is fondly known. The couple met when they were just 20 years of age and fell in love before tying the knot in 1970 in the Roeland Park Southridge Presbyterian Church. Apparently both Debbie and Dr. Phil hailed from Kansas City, where the latter spent over a decade playing football. Debbie married Dr. Phil at 20 years of age and although as a boyfriend Phil was known to be nice and loving, this allegedly changed after the two married. Phil is said to have wanted his wife to maintain her physique, and therefore asked her to start lifting weights in order to ensure she looked good. Phil was insecure about his wife’s looks and was constantly worried about what people would say if they saw him with an unattractive woman.
The couple divorced in 1973, just three years after they married. When Newsweek interviewed the couple, they talked about their failed marriage – Dr. Phil confessed that he was a huge football player who fell in love with a beautiful cheerleader, Debbie. However, he said that the union did not work out without offering any more details. Debbie, on the other side, was willing to open up and share her side of the story. According to her, Dr. Phil was a dominating person who always made her feel like a very tightly coiled spring. Each time they would interact, Debbie felt like a wound up person. Although she confessed that everything was fine at the beginning, that changed and she felt like she was in a mental prison. Dr. Phil would cheat on Debbie with other women, and each time she tried to confront him, he would become defensive and tell her that it was the norm.
Even before the two finalized their divorce, Dr. Phil was already dating Robin Jameson who he later married in 1976 and had children with. There is no news of Debbie ever remarrying.
Philip is now a renowned television psychologist who rose to fame through Oprah Winfrey, due to her massive number of followers.
Dr. Phil holds a PhD in clinical psychology which he uses well in his career. Although everyone expected him to go into practice after he graduated, he made a decision to branch out and started assisting trial lawyers to build their cases based on their investigation subject. He would use the accused, plaintiffs, and suspects’ behavioral patterns in order to determine how to best prepare defenses or prosecuting arguments.
In 1989, Phil became a co-founder of Courtroom Sciences Incorporated alongside Gary Dobbs, a lawyer. This firm was tasked with handling top global company’s cases by helping to win lawsuits and recover debts in multi-millions. It was while working at CSI that Dr. Phil was able to meet with Oprah Winfrey who he helped win a case, after which Oprah hosted Dr. Phil on one of her many shows as a thank you present. However, in 2006 Dr. Phil retired his practice license.
He runs a daytime show that is rated among the most successful films on the TV market right now. On the show, he offers advice and therapy to siblings faced with disputes, and boyfriends with roving eyes that make their girlfriends angry.
Debbie Higgins Death, Cause of Death
As per Debbie’s brother, she died in 2014, but little is known about the cause of her death, other than that it was apparently from a form of cancer, unidentified. Whatever the cause, the crucial information still remains a secret.
Debbie Higgins Net Worth
Through her cheerleading and editing jobs, Debbie managed to earn a handsome amount of money, and apparently received a considerable amount as a divorce settlement. However, Debbie Higgins net worth has not been disclosed, although her ex-husband is reputed to earn $80 million per year in salary, and has a net worth of $400 million.