Melissa Womer and Jim Carrey had quite a relationship. The pair were so in love during the early years that when Carrey was about to make things big, they often discussed the pitfalls of Hollywood’s marriages and vowed it would never happen to them. But, lo and behold, it happened to Womer, and the result was an ugly divorce that did more than hurt the people on both sides. For Womer, things went from bad to worse as Carrey denied everything that she had done up to the point to support his career. Carey’s denial was so strong that Womer barely gets a mention when talking about his life and early success. So, for this article, we will try to uncover the truth behind the life of Melissa Womer and her relationship with Jim Carey.
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Melissa Jaine Womer was born on the 8th of July 1960, in New York City, USA. Not much is known about Womer’s early life. She rarely talked about her parents and it is believed that Womer didn’t have the best of childhood. On the education side of things, Womer attended a local high school before going on to study at the University of Kansas. Not much is known about her university years and it is believed that it was during her time at the University that Womer began her career in the entertainment industry.
Much of what Womer has done over the years has been closely tied to her relationship with Jim Carrey. During her early years, Womer started working as a cocktail waitress at the comedy store on Sunset Boulevard. Despite working as a cocktail waitress, Womer was granted the opportunity to perform at open mic nights, something that helped her build confidence and move forward as a comic. She made her on-screen debut in the movie, Petrocelli in 1984. But despite landing a debut role and nailing it, Womer’s career never took off. She was last seen on the big screen in the 1999 movie, Man on the Moon.
Besides acting, Womer also invested herself in production. Her first work behind the scenes was as a producer for the movie, Real Stories of the Donut Men which was released in 1997. Her career never took speed and while Womer was executive producer for The Yesterday Show with John Kerwin, which aired for 1 season, things never worked out for her.
Melissa Womer was previously married to Jim Carey. The pair first met at a comedy store in 1986. At the time, Carey was unknown to the media and was making just around USD 150 a week. While Womer worked two jobs to support the family and her then boyfriend’s career. The pair tied the knot on the 28th of March 1987. Six months after their marriage, the pair welcomed their daughter, Jane Erin Carrey, who was born on the 6th of September. The pair called things off in 1995 and underwent a messy divorce. It got to a point when Carrey flat out denied Womer’s help in building his career and the pains she went through. And while Carey moved on with his life, Womer struggled to come to terms with it.
“I wake up every day in shock that he is doing this. This is a man I went to church with, a man who used to have lunch with our minister.’ Just before he left to do ‘Ace Ventura,’ he celebrated our sixth anniversary by renting the ballroom of the Peninsula Hotel. He hired a band and had just one table put in – for the two of us.”
Following the divorce, Womer disappeared from the media with her daughter, Jane Erin Carrey, who is trying to make things work as an actress.