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Brenda Hosbrook and George Carlin


George Carlin in 2001

George Carlin receives the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 15th Annual American Comedy Awards at Universal City in Los Angeles, CA on Sunday, April 22, 2001.

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George Carlin and Brenda Hosbrook were married for 36 years before her death in 1997.

Here is information about their long-lasting marriage.

Fast Marriage Facts - George and Brenda
Met: 1961.
Married: July 4, 2004.
Marriage Ended: 1997 when Brenda died.

Did You Know?
George's mother showed up on their honeymoon.


George Dennis Carlin: May 12, 1937 in New York, New York.

Brenda F. Hosbrook: August 5, 1936 in Dayton, Ohio.


George Carlin: June 22, 2008 at the age of 71 in Santa Monica, California from heart failure.

Brenda Carlin: May 11, 1997 in Los Angeles, California from liver cancer.

How George and Brenda Met:

Brenda and George met in Dayton, Ohio in 1961 when he was performing there.
George about proposing to Brenda: "January 1961 -- Impulsively drives from New York to Dayton to ask Brenda to marry him. She accepts."
Source: "Timeline." GeorgeCarlin.com

Wedding Date:

George about marrying Brenda: "June 3, 1961 -- Married in Brenda's parents' living room in Dayton. Honeymooned in Miami while Burns & Carlin play the Miami Playboy Club. George's mother shows up at honeymoon."
Source: "Timeline", GeorgeCarlin.com

According to Clark County records, Brenda and George renewed their wedding vows in Las Vegas in May 1969.


George and Brenda had one daughter, Kelly Carlin McCall, born in 1963. George's comment about the birth of Kelly, "God smiles."
Source: "Timeline." GeorgeCarlin.com


George: Stand-up comedian, actor, writer.

Brenda: Producer, CEO.


George and Brenda lived most of their marriage in the Brentwood/Los Angeles area.

George Carlin Quotes About Marriage:

George about Brenda's death: "May 11, 1997 - BRENDA HOSBROOK CARLIN dies on Mother's Day. Thirty-six great years together even with all the shit we put ourselves through in the '70's. See ya, Dink. Miss you a lot."
Source: "Timeline." GeorgeCarlin.com

George about his marriage to Brenda: "Lest you wonder, personally, I am a joyful individual with a long, happy marriage and a close and loving famiy."
Source: George Carlin. Brain Droppings. 1997. page xii.

George about marriage: "Sex without love has its place, and it's pretty cool, but when you have it hand in hand with deep commitment and respect and caring, it's nine thousand times better ... Given the right reasons and the right two people, marriage is a wonderful way of experiencing your life."
Source: Larry Getlen. "George Carlin: comedian, 64, Venice, California -- What I've Learned."Esquire. January 2002. page 58.

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