There are those who are born to be at the front and center of greatness, to be the one that the world screams their name and whose works are spoken of with reverence. Some, on the other hand, are meant to nurture this greatness, in different roles as managers, agents, mothers, and wives. In the life of Johnny Carson, the iconic television host who passed away in 2005, that person was Alexis Maas, his wife, whom he was married to from 1987 until his death.
Sure, Alexis Maas was the fourth wife of the famous talk show host but she was married to him the longest, remaining his lover and confidant until his passing at the age 80. In this article, we take a look at the woman who was with the iconic talk show host at the end of his life.
Alexis Maas Biography
Alexis Maas lived life as a regular girl until her marriage to Johnny Carson elevated her personal profile into that of a celebrity. According to the limited available information about her background, she is believed to have been born sometime in 1952 in Pittsburgh, making her 27 years younger than her famous husband. As we have come to learn, the age difference had zero negative effect on the success of their relationship.
The dearth of information about Alexis’ background has made information regarding her education and her life prior to meeting Johnny Carson unknown to the media but it is popularly believed that she was a stock brokerage employee before she got married to her famous husband.
Alexis Maas’ life was immediately transformed from that of an unknown entity into a nationally recognized personality when she got married to Carson on the 20th of June, 1987. The couple had been dating for a few years prior to the marriage and at the time they tied the knot, Johnny Carson was 61 years of age while she was 35.
This age difference drew eyebrows in certain corners of the media but the couple, who were in love with each other, ignored the critics and continued enjoying their affection for each other, starting with an extravagant honeymoon in the Mediterranean countries.
At the age of 61, giving birth to children was no longer on the cards for Carson who just sought to enjoy the twilight of his life with his new wife. The couple lived together until his death without biological children of their own. However, Carson, over the course of his previous three marriages, had fathered three sons – Cory Carson, Richard Carson, and Christopher Carson.
At the end of Johnny Carson’s life, he left his total net worth of $300 million to his wife. Alexis Maas, in turn, donated about $156 million out of her late husband’s fortune to charity, leaving her with a personal net worth of $144 million.
Along with the financial net worth came ownership of several of the properties owned by her late husband, including a Malibu estate, which she sold for a reported $40 million before she acquired a Beverly Hills home for a comparatively low price of $14.5 million.
Other Facts About Her
1. Her Husband was an Award-Winning Television Personality
We’ve been mentioning how Alexis Maas was married to an iconic husband in the person of Johnny Carson and to those who are not familiar with the man, it might seem a little strange. Well, a brief look into the man his life shows that he was a talk show host who ran his own show, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson from 1962 to 1992.
The incredible 30 years journey saw him win several awards, including six Emmy Awards and a 1985 Peabody Award. Among his long list of individual accolades also includes a Television Academy Hall of Fame and the Presidential Medal of Freedom which was awarded to her husband in 1992.
2. She Is A Very Private Individual
Alexis Maas may have been thrown into the spotlight following her relationship with one of television’s most iconic personalities but she never sought the fame and publicity that came with the position. Through her relationship with the man and after his passing, she has maintained her private life outside of the media spotlight.