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General Facts and Figures
- Full name: Alexis Maas
- Net Worth: $300 million
- Occupation: Socialite & Heiress
- Birthday: July 15, 1952 (66 Years) old
- Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- Birth Sign: Cancer
- Nationality: American
- Ethnicity: Caucasian
- Marital status: Married to Johnny Carson
About Alexis Maas
Alexis Maas is an American socialite and heiress who was born in 1952. She is popularly known as the wife of Johnny Carson, the well-known talk show host. Maas is Johnny’s 4th wife and both of them were married for 18 years. Maas was unknown before her marriage to Carson. She came into the spotlight after her marriage and became famous as the wife of a well-known celebrity.
Early Life and Career
Alexis Mass is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, although, there is not a lot of information about her education, family and personal life. Unlike several other celebrity wives, Maas is media-shy and has kept a very low media profile and she preferred to keep her life before her marriage to Carson private. Maas was employed in a stock brokerage company started by the famous Jordan Belfort (The Wolf of Wall Street was a true story based on him) before she met Carson and this was her main source of income. However, not much is known about her career.
According to reliable sources, Maas’s net worth is estimated to be around $300 million as of late 2018. She acquired her wealth after her marriage to Johnny Carson. However, she donated half of her income, around $156 to the Johnny Carson Foundation, which was started in 2008 and organizes several fundraising events that help to support people with special needs.
The huge age gap of 26 years between Maas who was 35 and Carson who was 61 years drew plenty of negative views. However, their relationship ended up with them getting married and they tied the knot in Malibu, California on June 20, 1987. The marriage was attended by family and friends and was solemnized by Judge William P. of the Superior Court.
The couple honeymooned in the Mediterranean, where they reportedly spent over $6.5 million, which made headlines. Although Maas and Carson did not have any children, they enjoyed a very happy marriage for 18 years. After Carson’s death, Maas did not remarry and is currently single.
While they were married, Maas and Carson led a very lavish lifestyle and lived luxuriously. They had many lavish properties including a mansion of 14,000 square feet in Beverly Hills and an oceanfront 16-bedroom mansion in Malibu, spread across 4 acres. Maas sold both the mansions for a combined amount of approximately $55 million after Carson’s death. She made millions of dollars from the death of her husband but donated half her wealth to the Johnny Carson Foundation.
Maas, who was fairly unknown became quite famous after her marriage to Carson and was featured in many publications. The couple was photographed everywhere they went while attending high profile events and traveling around the world. They were spotted dining at Spago in Hollywood, on a cruise on their yacht, attending the premiere of Les Miserables, joining the special of the Television Academy Hall of Fame, attending the American Cinemateque Awards and watching the US Open Tennis in Flushing Meadows.
Johnny Carson, Alexis Maas’ Husband
The show was a huge success and it was ranked 12th on the 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time by TV Guide. The show received several awards including 6 Emmy Awards, the Governor’s Award of the Television Academy in 1980, the Peabody Award in 1985 and in 1987, Carson made it into the Television Hall of Fame. In 1992, Carson received the Presidential Medal of Freedom and in 1993, he received the Kennedy Center Honor.
The casual approach of Carson and his entertaining interaction with the guests on the show made Carson a well-loved host and an American icon. He retired from show business in 1992 and spent most of his time traveling around the world with Maas.
Carson joined and served in the Navy during World War II and later, he started his career by working as a radio show host. In his lifetime, Carson married 4 times. In 1948, he married Jody Wolcott, his first wife. The couple had 3 children together, Richard, Christopher and Cory and they got divorced in 1963. Carson’s son Richard died in June 1991, when he was taking photos along a service road in San Luis Obispo when a car ran him down.
Carson then married for the 2nd time to Joanne Copeland in 1963 but they got divorced in 1972. He then got secretly married for the 3rd time to Joanna Holland, a former model. Carson and Holland’s marriage were revealed at the 10th anniversary party of The Tonight Show. Their marriage lasted for 10 years and in 1983, Holland filed for a divorce, which was finalized in 1985.
As we already know, Carson met Maas in 1987 and got married to her and their marriage lasted for 18 years before Carson died in 2005. Carson was a heavy smoker and this eventually led to his death after he suffered from respiratory failure due to emphysema. Carson died on January 2005 at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center at the age of 79 and during his final hours, Maas was by his side.