When Jacqueline first broke into the acting scene, she made quite a name for herself. One of the most beautiful models of her time, Ray was not only blessed with good looks but also acting abilities. Over the years, Ray worked on several movies while also taking on a few modeling gigs. But for all her work in the entertainment industry, Ray is best known for her marriage to Tom Selleck. An instantly recognized face in the entertainment industry, Selleck is best known for his appearances in the hit sitcom, Friends. In this article, we will take a closer look at the wiki-bio of Selleck’s first wife, Jacqueline Ray.
Jacqueline Mary Ray was born on the 17th of July 1952 in Burbank, California, USA. Born and raised in California, Ray has never revealed details of her early life to the media. It is believed that Ray was interested in acting from a very young age. Ray graduated from her local high school, but never went to college. Instead, Ray opted to pursue her career as a working actor.
Ray’s first noticeable role came in the 1967 movie, In Like Flint. While Ray enjoyed a short role in the movie, it opened new doors for Ray. In the same year, Ray played the role of Gnome Maiden in the movie, The Gnome-Mobile. Things slowed down for Ray since Gnome-Mobile and her next appearance came in the 1973 movie, Fraiser, the Sensuous Lion. In the same year, Ray was cast as a model in the TV series, Marcus Welby M.D. After a hiatus of 7 years, Ray appeared on the big screen with a role in the movie, The Killings at Outpost Zeta. In 1981, Ray was featured in the movie Beyond the Universe.
Her most renowned appearance came in the TV series, Magnum, PI. She stayed on the series for two years from 1981-1983. Around the same time, she met her future husband, Tom Selleck. In 1983, Ray signed up for two other TV series, Dallas and Matt Houston. After a year, Ray worked in the TV series The New Mike Hammer. Roles died for Ray who was last seen on-screen in 2007. She was invited to make an appearance in the 2007 TV series, Unfabulous.
Ray has faced some serious problems in her personal relationships. Way before meeting Tom, Ray was married to Shepard. Little is known about her first husband, save the fact that they have a baby boy, Kevin who was born in 1996. She later met and tied the knot with Tom Selleck. The pair tied the knot on the 15th of May, 1971. After their marriage, Tom decided to adopt Ray’s son Kevin. However, after 11-years as a married couple, Ray filed for divorce. It is believed that she grew jealous of all the attention Tom was getting from his role in Magnum, P.I.
After the divorce, Ray tied the knot once more to Clarence Barry Witmer. The pair married on 21 March 1992 but later divorced. While Ray never confirmed the fact, it is believed that Clarence is the father of Umeko.
In 2014, Ray hired a hitman to kill her son-in-law, Leon Bauchum. She paid a professional hitman USD 12,000 to kill Leon. When brought to court, Ray pleaded guilty and was sent to jail for 14-years. Ray mentioned that she did it to protect Umeko, who was abused by her husband. As of 2020, Ray is still serving her sentence.