As it often happens, celebrities tend to focus on their life in the limelight by keeping the things that got them there in the dark. This is understandable, given that opening up can be incredibly challenging, and people see celebrities as they are almost not human. Elisa Gayle Ritter is one of those hidden in the dark characters. The ex-wife of music producer and talent manager Narvel Blackstock, Elisa helped to build the building blocks in Narvel’s career as a talent manager. But since his rise to fame, Narvel rarely talks about his first wife. In this article, we will take a closer look at the wiki-bio of Elisa Gayle Ritter.
Early Life and Marriage:
Elisa Gayle Ritter was born on the 6th of January 1956 in Tarrant County, Texas. Born and raised in Texas, there is very little information about Elisa’s early life and parents. She met Narvel when she was quite young and the pair began dating soon after. Narvel and Elisa married when they were just 17 years old. They tied the knot on March 30, 1973, and had their first child the same year. In their time together, the pair gave birth to three children, 2 daughters, and a son. Their first child Shawna Rene Blackstock was born in 1973, he was followed by Brandon Blackstock, born in 1976, and the pair had a daughter, Chassidy Celeste Blackstock, who was born in 1978.
While the pair stayed together for 15-years, things started changing gradually. Around the time Narvel’s stature as a talent manager and musician had grown and he had to travel a lot during his work. Elisa didn’t take to long days of traveling, considering how he was rarely spending time with their kids. Fed up with his ever-busy schedule, Elisa opted for a divorce. The pair separated after 15-years of togetherness on March 31, 1988.
While it is presumed that the pair divorced due to Narvel’s busy schedule, many suspected that Narvel had been cheating on Elisa. Given that Narvel was the steel guitarist for Reba McEntire’s band and also worked as her manager, many suspected that Narvel was cheating on Elisa as he later tied the knot with Reba McEntire. During the time, Narvel denied all claims of cheating and continued his rise to fame.
A bit on Narvel Blackstock:
Narvel Blackston was born on the 31st of August, 1956, in Tarrant County, Texas. Interested in music from a young age, Narvel began working on as a producer from a young age. The first of his well-known credits came in the Television movie, The Secret of Giving. The movie starred Reba McEntire and was quite successful. Narvel continued his work as a music producer and went on to manage popular artists including Kelly Clarkson, Blake Shelton, Cale Dodds, Maggie Rose, and others. Narvel owns and runs the Starstruck Entertainment.
Life After divorce & Moving on:
Elisa Gayle Ritter did bury the hatchet and moved on swiftly from the divorce. Although she did not marry a famous person from the entertainment industry she indeed met a man for life. Elisa is together with her husband Daniel Gilbert for over thirty years. The feat is by no means a small considering her first marriage to Narvel lasted less than fifteen years. Not long after the divorce, Elisa married Gilbert in August 1989, and the pair have been together ever since.
Relationship with Reba McEntire, look alike?
Elisa Ritter and Reba McEntire are not biologically related. The only connection they have is their ex-husband Narvel Blackstock. Following his divorce from Elisa, Narvel married Reba McEntire in 1989 but the pair divorced in 2015. Since the split, Narvel has been dating Reba’s best friend, the real estate agent, Laura Putty Stroud. However, people are often confused by the appearances Elisa and Reba possesses. Are they look alike? The answer is no Elisa and Reba share very different face features and looks. By no means they are look-alike and the following picture clearly illustrates so.
Elisa Gayle Ritter
January 6, 1956
Tarrant County, Texas, United States
Narvel Blackstock (m. 1973–1988), Daniel Gilbert(m. 1989)