Jillie Mack is the stunning beauty that married actor Tom Selleck. She is a British-American actress and dancer who has also done well for herself in the entertainment industry. Her husband Tom was a very famous man in the 1980s. From starring in hit comedies like Three Men and a Baby to playing the lead character in the famous Magnum I.P. series, it is not up for debate that Tom was one of the most successful actors of the 80s.
So you know Tom, but how well do you know his wife, Jillie Mack? The elegant beauty hasn’t just been a regular fixture on his arm at red carpet events, she is also the mother of his daughter and has been Tom Selleck’s heartthrob for over three decades.
Jillie Mack Was Born In The United Kingdom
A blue-eyed, blond-haired baby named Jillie Joan Mack was the perfect Christmas gift her parents could ever ask for. She was born on 25 December 1957 to middle-class British parents in a small market town called Devizes in Wiltshire County, England. Information gathered shows that not much is revealed about her parents except for the fact that they supported her dreams in every possible way they could.
When Jillie developed a strong interest in dance, they enrolled her in after-school dance classes. Jillie Mack did all of her schoolings in Wiltshire, however, the names of the particular schools she attended have not been revealed to the public. When Jillie was in high school, she fell in love with acting and decided to look into it as a possible career option. She began to combine her dancing with acting and took her extracurricular activities seriously. By the time she graduated high school, Jillie had featured in almost all her school’s theatrical productions and she was well on her way to becoming a movie star.
After high school, Jillie began to travel around the United Kingdom in search of acting jobs. She started her career by featuring in mainly theatre stage productions. In 1982, she starred in a children’s TV series titled No. 73. Her most famous role was at Rumpleteazer, a rambunctious character in the 1983 London musical, Cats. It was around this time that she began dating Tom Selleck and she decided to move to the US to see if she could land better roles because she wanted to expand her acting horizons.
Since then, Jillie has featured in numerous American productions including, Tales from the Darkland (1983), The Wizard (1986), Biography (1987), Hooperman (1987), Silverfox (1991), Frasier (1993), Stephen King’s Golden Tales (1993), The Queen’s Nose (1995) and Fired Up (1997).
How Did Jillie Mack Meet Her Husband Tom Selleck?
Jillie and Tom’s first meeting looked like a scene from a typical whirlwind romance story. You know the one where a boy meets a girl, becomes love-struck and suddenly realizes the girl was “The One”. Well no, it didn’t quite go like that… not exactly anyways. During that period, a recently-divorced Tom was filming for his Lassiter movie when he and his colleague, Jane Seymour, decided to take a detour to check out the latest show in town. He was mesmerized by the vibrant kitten in a leotard and kept going back over and over to see the show. Still, he couldn’t muster the courage to ask her out.
Jillie decided to rise to the occasion by asking him out for a drink when he came to talk to her backstage and he accepted. By the end of 1983, the two had begun a serious relationship and they began to appear together at several red carpet functions, including Tom’s Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony in 1986.
When Did They Get Married?
It isn’t exactly certain when the two lovebirds got engaged but they were secretly married in a Nevada chapel on the 7th of August in 1987. They got married under the aliases, ‘Tom Jenkins’ and ‘Suzie Mark’, and the only people invited were Tom’s parents, three siblings, and the officiating priest. Tom even went as far as ensuring that only Polaroid photos were taken to avoid any leakage to the press. Jillie and Tom arrived at the wedding venue casually dressed to avoid any suspicion.
They changed in separate rooms in the church and were wedded under a canopy of white flowers. Tom said that he was a bit worried that Jillie might not be very satisfied since the wedding was so obviously devoid of any flamboyance and he wanted the ceremony to be a heartfelt and meaningful one. The secret wedding was so perfectly done that nobody from the media knew about it until Tom’s brother announced it 27 days later.
Their marriage has been an amazing one with both parties constantly making compromises for each other. In the first year of their meeting, Jillie packed up everything she was doing, her contract with Cats having ended, and moved from London to Hawaii so she could be with her new beau. It might sound like a very crazy thing to do, especially for someone you just met, but after their wedding, Selleck decided to reciprocate by taking a break from his massively popular hit series, Magnum, I.P. He made this decision because the breakdown of his first marriage had taught him that compromise was the key to any successful relationship.
He impishly admitted to getting up very early every morning to make her a cup of tea stating that that was one of the secrets to his long-lasting marriage. Tom and Jillie have also said that they do not take family decisions separately, always ensuring that they get the other party’s input before any major decision was made. Their romance has been referred to as one of the greatest love stories in Hollywood because the couple has been together for 33 years and still counting.
The perfect marriage didn’t just fall from the sky for these two. Tom has said in various interviews that he knew he had to make major changes in his lifestyle if he was going to have a happy family. Based on this decision, he decided to opt for a quieter life on his 65-acre ranch in California. This was why he quit his very successful show, Magnum P.I., and began to feature in smaller TV series. Jillie also decided to take a step back from her blossoming acting career, choosing instead to look after her growing family. By this time, she was already pregnant with their first child.
The Couple Have Two Children
Jillie Mack and Tom Selleck are blessed with two children; an adopted son and a daughter. Their son Kevin Selleck (adopted from Tom’s previous marriage), and daughter Hannah Margaret, were both raised in California.
Hannah Margaret Selleck
- Full Name: Hannah Margaret Selleck
- Date of Birth: 16th December 1988
- Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California
- Age: 33 years old
- Occupation: Equestrian, Businesswoman
It seems like the Selleck family tradition loves Christmas birthdays, because a year after their wedding, they welcomed their baby girl, Hannah Margaret, on the 16th of December, 1988. She was the couple’s first and only biological child. Little Hannah grew up on her parents’ massive ranch which consisted of a ranch house, a horse corral, and an avocado plantation that was over 20-acres long.
It wasn’t surprising that she became extremely fond of horses and began participating in horseracing competitions as early as 8. Hannah learned how to ride horses at the Foxfield Riding School in Westlake village and in 2008 she won the North American Junior and the Young Rider Championships. She attended college at the Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and later interned at a Beverly Hills PR company. She is a professional equestrian who owns her own horse breeding company called Descanso Farm. The company was set up with the assistance of her father and her former training coach. Hannah has also appeared on magazine covers like Equestrian Today as a cover model.
- Name: Kevin Selleck
- Place of Birth: USA
- Date of Birth: 1966
- Age: 56 years old
- Occupation: Singer, Actor, and Musician
- Spouse: Annabelle Selleck
The couple also has an adopted son from Selleck’s previous marriage. Kevin Selleck, originally Kevin Shepherd, was the son of Tom’s ex-wife, Jacqueline Ray, whom she had from a relationship she was involved in before she married Tom. Tom decided to adopt the boy when he was 19 years old following his marriage to Ray and even after the end of his marriage to his mother, Kevin remained a part of the family with Jillie as his stepmother.
Kevin followed in his father’s footsteps and became an actor featuring in movies like Scream 2 (1997) of which he wrote the soundtrack and his father’s hit series, Magnum, P.I. Prior to his stint as an actor, he was a member of a rock band called ‘Tonic’, which he formed together with four other young men, including Emerson Hart (lead vocal and rhythm guitarist), Jeff Russo (lead guitarist and backup vocals), Dan Lavery (bass guitarist and also backup vocals), and Dan Rothchild (bass guitarist and backup vocals).
The 5-man band released their debut album titled Lemon Parade in July 1996 and it sold over a million copies and spawned three billboard hits, eventually becoming platinum. The band later broke up as a result of a misunderstanding that arose between Kevin and another group member, according to some reports. Consequently, he left the group in December 1996 but said his departure was due to some family and personal issues.
Meanwhile, at the age of 22, Kevin was checked into rehab – the Betty Ford Rehabilitation Center, due to his addiction problems which were beginning to ruin his life. It was reported that he initially did not want to go and this led to a very big fight between father and son. He eventually decided to get help and this decision marked a turning point in his life as it helped him gain his freedom from addiction. Later in 2011, Kevin got entangled in financial problems and was sued by a credit card company for an accumulated bill of $6,000. Some reports have it that his addiction problem was the cause of Tonic’s breakup.
When he was clean again, he tried to regroup by forming another band with a friend of his, but it was a fruitless venture as he couldn’t break into the market despite the massive financial and moral support from his family. Thanks to his father’s influence, he ventured into Hollywood but ended up not doing much there. As of now, nothing is known about his career as he is living his life off the public eyes.
He later got married to a woman named Annabelle and their union is blessed with six kids.
Who Was Tom Married To Before Jillie?
Tom Selleck’s happy marriage to Jillie wasn’t the actor’s first experience with nuptial bonds. About five years before his marriage to Jillie Mack, Tom was married to Jacqueline Ray, a famous model and actress. They met each other in the year 1970 on the set of Magnum, P.I., they fell in love and decided to tie the knots. The couple got married the year after. It was quite an agreeable marriage for about a decade until Tom began to get really famous due to the success of the Magnum series.
In the beginning, it seemed resolvable but as time went on, things began to escalate when Jacqueline began to feel extremely jealous due to the increased attention he was getting from female fans and colleagues alike. Further sources revealed that Jacqueline was most likely seeing another man and that Tom found out about it. It is believed that the Blue Bloods actor took the chance to move to Hawaii on the excuse of having other movies to shoot.
Whatever might have been the reason for their estrangement, they couldn’t resolve it and in 1982 Tom and Jacqueline were divorced after 11 long years of being married. It seems that Tom took the lessons from his first failed marriage seriously and decided he wasn’t going to repeat the same mistakes in his second one.