Ginny Newhart Biography

Ginny Newhart is an American socialite and homemaker, who has been married to stand-up comedian and actor, Bob Newhart. Check out this biography to know about her birthday, childhood, family life, achievements and fun facts about her.

Quick Facts

Birthday: December 9, 1940

Nationality: American

Famous: Socialites American Women

Age: 79 Years, 79 Year Old Females

Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Born in: New York City, New York

Famous as: Socialite, wife of Bob Newhart

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Spouse/Ex-: Bob Newhart (m. 1963)

father: Bill Quinn

mother: Mary Catherine Roden

children: Courtney Newhart, Jennifer Newhart, Robert William Newhart, Timothy Newhart

City: New York City

U.S. State: New Yorkers

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Ginny Newhart is an American socialite and homemaker, who has been married to stand-up comedian and actor, Bob Newhart for over five decades. She is also the daughter of actor Bill Quinn, known for films like 'Star Trek V: The Final Frontier' and sitcoms such as 'All in the Family'. While she is not directly involved in the showbiz like her father and her husband, she has often influenced the works of her husband. Most notably, she conceptualized the final episode of his CBS sitcom 'Newhart', titled 'Newhart: The Last Newhart' (1990), which showed the series as a dream that psychologist Dr. Bob Hartley of 'The Bob Newhart Show' (1972) woke up from. She was a celebrity contestant on 'Super Password' in 1986 and 1988. She appeared as herself on shows like 'It's Your Bet' (1970) and 'Tattletales' (1975-76). Her children have also worked in the entertainment industry as actors and production assistants.

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Childhood & Early Life
  • Ginny Newhart was born as Virginia 'Ginnie' Quinn on December 9, 1940 in New York City, New York, to character actor, Bill Quinn, and his wife Mary Catherine Roden. She has two sisters named Eileen Quinn and Mary Ellen Wire.
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Rise to Stardom
  • Despite being born to a film actor, Ginny Newhart was never interested to have a career in films or on television. During her early youth, she used to babysit the children of her acquaintances from the industry. Since her marriage to Bob Newhart in 1963, she took up the responsibility of raising her children as a homemaker. She did mention during an interview with 'People' that she occasionally felt insecure for not having a 9-5 job like Bob Newhart’s onscreen wives, referring to Suzanne Pleshette and Mary Frann who played Bob’s wives on 'The Bob Newhart Show' and 'Newhart' respectively. However, she was happy to support his husband in his endeavors and accompany him on his tours whenever he needed her to be by his side. Her occasional appearances on television also happened after her marriage.
Relationship with Bob Newhart
  • Ginny Newhart first met her future husband, Bob Newhart, on a blind date, set up by comedian Buddy Hackett, in Los Angeles in 1962. She was serving as the babysitter for Hackett's children at the time when one day he told her that he had met a young comic actor, adding that "he’s Catholic and you’re Catholic, and I think maybe you should marry each other". However, Ginny did not want to marry someone from the showbiz like her father who would not get a paycheck every week. Nevertheless, they soon met, had dinner together and played pool at Hackett’s house. They eventually married on January 12, 1963. She was unsure even on the day of her marriage, when her father reportedly had joked that he could still get her out of it if she wanted. Fortunately, she never had to regret marrying Bob, and after spending five decades together with him, she told 'City and Shore Magazine' in an interview in January 2013 that "it turned out fine".
  • Ginny and Bob Newhart have four children together; Robert, Timothy, Jennifer, and Courtney, whom they raised as Catholics. They also have ten grandchildren. During their long marriage, Bob often had to go out to shoot for his films and TV shows, while she took care of the children in their Bel Air home. However, she and the kids often accompanied him during lengthy gigs during summertime at places like Las Vegas and Lake Tahoe nightclubs. She mentioned in the interview that she respected him for being a good person, and also for the personal and professional choices he made, even though she would not admit it to him.
  • Talking about the secret behind their successful marriage, she said, "Like anybody we had fights, and we had some pretty good ones", but also added that "divorce was just not in our vocabulary" and that they both felt "miserable" being apart from each other. The couple still enjoys "alone time" with each other and occasionally go out with friends and family for dinner.
Battle with Cancer
  • Ginny Newhart is a cancer survivor who was diagnosed with liver cancer in 2008. She subsequently had to undergo liver transplant operation in Los Angeles, California in December that year. She has since then recovered quite well, and feels that the ordeal has brought her and her husband closer. She told 'City and Shore Magazine' that while the incident made them more aware of their mortality, it also made them appreciate the days they had left. They now have fun with each other more than ever. While she was still in the hospital, recovering from her operation, she became a fan of the action police procedural television series 'NCIS' which was broadcast there regularly.

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