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Pam Hurn and Ed McMahon Marriage Profile

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Ed McMahon and wife Pam Hurn on August 22, 2006 in Los Angeles, California.

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Reading Ed's description of meeting Pam and their marriage, it is apparent that he believed the third time was the charm for him. Here is information about how they met, their marriage, and more.

Born:

Edward Leo Peter McMahon, Jr: March 6, 1923 in Detroit, Michigan.

Pamela Hurn: Abt. 1955.

Died:

Ed: Ed died at the age of 86 on June 23, 2009 at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, California.

Wedding Date:

Pam and Ed were married on February 22, 1992 at the Ed McMahon Child Care Center at St. Jude's Ranch in Boulder City, Nevada. Ed's daughter Katherine was their best person at the wedding. Ed was 69 and Pam was 37 when they married.

Children:

Ed had six children.
  • Claudia McMahon: Born in 1946. Her mother is Alyce Ferrell.
  • Linda McMahon: Her mother is Alyce Ferrell.
  • Jeffrey McMahon: His mother is Alyce Ferrell.
  • Michael Edward McMahon: Born in 1951, Michael was a counselor for abused children. He died of liver cancer at the age of 44 on July 28, 1995. His mother is Alyce Ferrell.
  • Katherine Mary McMahon: Ed and Victoria adopted Katherine when she was a few days old.
  • Lex McMahon: His mother is Pam Hurn. Lex was adopted by Ed.

Occupations:

Ed: Television announcer, Johnny Carson sidekick, comedian, game show host, fighter pilot in U.S. Marines, author, producer, spokesman, and actor.

Pam: Fashion designer, advertising executive.

Residence:

Pam and Ed lived in Beverly Hills, California. Their home had six bedrooms and five bathrooms.

Quotes About the Marriage of Pam and Ed McMahon:

Pam about their financial difficulties: "It's been tough," agreed Pam, "but somehow our marriage is strong." She also noted that her husband's neck injury has been "a little tough on the sex life, too."
Source: Stephen M. Silverman. "Ed McMahon Explains 'Embarrassing' Money Woes." People.com. 6/06/2008.

Ed: "I called Pam Hurn and we made a blind date, lunch at the Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel ... From our first moment together she was so easy to be with."
Source: Ed McMahon, David Fisher. For Laughing Out Loud: My Life and Good Times. 1999. pg. 303.

Previous Marriages:

Pam had one previous marriage.

Ed had two previous marriages.

  • Alyce Ferrell: Ed and Alyce were married on July 5, 1945 in Atlantic City in a new Catholic church on a naval base that had not been consecrated. The couple divorced in 1976. They had four children.
Ed: "Alyce Ferrell was adorable. She was working at the St. John's Shipyards as a secretary. We had met at the Officers' Club, where she was serving as a Junior Chamber of Commerce volunteer hostess ... We couldn't have been any more different ... There was a sweetness about her that I found irresistible."
Source: Ed McMahon, David Fisher. For Laughing Out Loud: My Life and Good Times. 1999. pgs. 62-63.

Ed: "The Tonight Show certainly contributed to the end of my first marriage. Alyce raised our children while I was out building my career ... There was no such thing in our home as a family dinner ... Being forced to move to Los Angeles [1972] was the breaking point for our marriage."
Source: Ed McMahon, David Fisher. For Laughing Out Loud: My Life and Good Times. 1999. pg. 223.

Ed: "And there was a time when being married became a burden. I just wasn't being married very well. I wasn't running around, I wasn't having affairs, but it seemed as though I was always traveling or always busy."
Source: Ed McMahon, David Fisher. For Laughing Out Loud: My Life and Good Times. 1999. pg. 272.

  • Victoria Valentine: Ed met Victoria in Houston, Texas when she was a VIP hostess for National Airlines in 1974. They were married on March 6, 1976 in San Francisco by Father Ward. Their divorce was final in 1989 after Victoria had an affair. They had 1 child.
  • Ed: "Four weeks later [after first date], on Valentine's Day, I told her, 'you are the valentine of my life.' A year later I proposed."
    Source: Ed McMahon, David Fisher. For Laughing Out Loud: My Life and Good Times. 1999. pg. 290.

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