Who is Alexis Maas?
Alexis Maas is the widow of the famous TV presenter and talk show host Johnny Carson. Her husband was best known for his show ‘The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson’ which aired from 1962 to 1992. He had earned much fame and popularity in his extensive career and was the recipient of six Emmy Awards. He was also awarded the ‘Presidential Medal of Freedom’ and had received a Kennedy Center Honor as well. Alexis Maas was his fourth and last wife, and Carson spent the later years of his life with her. Carson got married to Maas in June 1987 and the couple remained together till his death in 2005. This marriage was the longest—and the happiest—one in Carson’s life. Though Carson’s past relationships had been full of conflicts and troubles, his marriage with Alexis was relatively peaceful. Despite the major age gap between them, the couple remained happily married until Carson died in 2005 at the age of 79.
Childhood & Early Life
Alexis Maas was born on 1952, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in the US. Her nationality is American. However, not much is known about her life prior to her marriage. According to some sources, she used to work as a stock brokerage employee before her marriage to Johnny Carson.
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Marriage & Later Life
Johnny Carson and Alexis Maas tied the knot on June 20, 1987, after dating for a couple of years. Carson, being a shy and private person outside of his onscreen persona, didn’t reveal much about their relationship to the media. Alexis was 35 at the time of their marriage, while Johnny was 61. The vast age gap between them triggered a few mild controversies. Their marriage was officiated by Superior Court Judge William P. The couple spent a huge amount of money on their lavish honeymoon in the Mediterranean countries.
Carson already had three sons from his first marriage when he tied the knot with Alexis Maas. He didn’t have any children with Alexis. The couple went on to have a loving and happy marriage that lasted for almost two decades—the longest of any of Carson’s four marriages. Maas was widowed when Johnny Carson passed away on 23rd January 2005 due to respiratory failure.
Johnny Carson had a net worth of $300 million, out of which $156 million was donated to his foundation, Johnny Carson Foundation. The remaining assets worth around $150 million were received by Alexis.
In 2012, Alexis Maas appeared in the documentary film ‘Johnny Carson: King of Late Night’. Directed by Peter Jones, an Emmy Award winning filmmaker, the film was about the life and career of Johnny Carson. It was nominated for two Emmy Awards as well as a Writers Guild of America Award. It also examined the reasons behind his success which made him a star.