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Randy Quaid and Evi Motolanez Marriage Profile


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Randy and Evi Quaid in Park City, Utah on January 18, 2008.

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While once described as a fun-loving couple, friends and acquaintances have expressed concerns over the current erratic and eccentric behavior of Evi and Randy Quaid. Here is information about their marriage.

News Updates:

1/09/2012: According to KEYT.com, "A Santa Barbara County Superior Court Judge has ruled the bail bond company, Santa Barbara Bail Bonds, that posted $500,000 bail each for Randy and Evi Quaid will lose the money."

11/24/10: After failing for the fourth time to appear in a California court for arraignment on felony vandalism charges, Randy and Evi Quaid are hoping that Canada's immigration board will okay Randy's refugee claim and find him eligible for admission to Canada. The admissibility hearing is set for December 22, 2010.


Randy Quaid aka Randall Rudy Quaid: October 1, 1950 in Houston, Texas.

Evegenia "Evi" Helena Motolanez aka Evzenya: August 2, 1963 in Vermont.

How Randy and Evi Met:

Evi and Randy met in December 1988 when Evi was a production assistant on Bloodhounds of Broadway. After a few weeks of knowing one another, Randy proposed.
"The first night they went to dinner, Randy told her he loved her. Two weeks later, he proposed. "I was sort of expecting it, actually," Evi says. "It was just so obvious that's where it was going."
Source: Cynthia Sanz, Kristina Johnson. Randy Quaid, Back from His Vacation, Finds Peace at Home." People Weekly. 12/18/1989.

Wedding Date:

Randy and Evi were married on October 5, 1989 in a private evening ceremony at the San Ysidro Ranch near Santa Barbara, California.
" The Rev. Jess Moody presided over the ceremony last Thursday at the Montecito resort, said Quaid publicist Paul Bloch. Family and close friends witnessing the rite included the groom's brother, actor Dennis Quaid, actress Meg Ryan and Amanda Quaid, the groom's 6-year-old daughter from a previous marriage."
Source: "Actor Randy Quaid Secretly Married." San Francisco Chronicle. 10/12/1989. pg. E.6.


Randy has three children.
  • Amanda Marie Quaid: Her mother is Ella Jolly.
  • Charlotte Quaid: Adopted by Randy and Evi.
  • Kaki Quaid: Adopted by Randy and Evi.

Previous Marriages:

Randy was previously married to model Ella Jolly on May 11, 1980. Their marriage ended in divorce in 1985.


Randy: Actor, producer.

Evi: Director, model, producer, production assistant, businesswoman, limousine driver.

Legal Problems:

11/02/10: The Quaids missed their latest court hearing again. According to EOnline.com, "Santa Barbara Superior Court Judge Barbara Geck cut Randy a break, agreeing not to issue a bench warrant for his arrest and not forfeit his $500,000 bond since he has no choice but to go before Canadian authorities. However, Geck wasn't as kind to Evi, slapping her with an arrest warrant while prosecutors suggested they may seek to extradite her."

11/01/10: "Randy and Evi Quaid opened up today about their increasingly bizarre behavior, saying they fled to Canada to escape a Hollywood-focused mafia that has stalked them, bugged their phones and hacked into their computers ... The couple have accused a mysterious Hollywood cult they call the "Star Whackers" of attempting to kill them for their money ... Though Randy Quaid grew frustrated with his wife during the course of the interview -- even once shouting at her "Evi will you shut up, please!" -- he said their life on the run has only brought them closer."
Source: Andrea Canning, Sarah Netter, Sheila Marikar. "Exclusive: Randy Quaid, Wife say They're 'Hollywood Refugees,' Fear for Dennis Quaid." ABCNews.go.com. 11/01/10.

10/29/10: Released from custody in Canada, Randy and Evi each posted $500,000 bond to "assure their appearance" in a Santa Barbara court on 11/2/2010.

10/22/2010: After Duane 'Dog' Chapman issued "a public challenge" urging the couple to turn themselves in, Evi Quaid mentioned the deaths of David Carradine and Heath Ledger and said she and Randy are being persecuted and believe their lives are in danger.

"Actor Randy Quaid and his wife Evi say they want to stay in Canada as refugees, after they were arrested in Vancouver on U.S. warrants that stem from vandalism charges in California. The couple appeared at a Canadian Immigration and Refugee Board hearing Friday afternoon."
Source: CTV.ca News Staff. "Randy Quaid, wife seeking refugee status in Canada." CTV.ca. 10/22/2010.

10/18/2010: Missing court dates seems to be a pattern for Randy and Evi Quaid. They did not appear in court for arraignment on residential burglary charges.

9/19/2010: Randy and Evi Quaid were arrested in Santa Barbara County in California for burglary. They were reportedly staying at a guest house on property they previously owned. Evi was also charged with resisting arrest.

4/30/2010: The "bizarre eight-month entanglement with the law" is over now that Evi and Randy Quaid agreed to a plea deal in a California court. Evi will have to do 240 hours of community service.
Source: "Randy Quaid, Wife Strike Plea Deal. Parade.com. 4/30/2010.

4/26/2010: Failure to appear in court for a hearing about a September 2009 fraud case caused a judge to have Randy and Evi Quaid arrested. Bail was set for $100,000 and they are to appear at another hearing on 4/28/2010.

4/17/2010: After the Quaids missed two more court dates, a judge issued a nationwide no-bail warrant. "Randy and Evi Quaid have run out of chances."
Source: Sara Hammel. "Randy & Evi Quaid Are Fugitives Again." People.com. 4/17/2010.

12/22/2009: Randy and Evi appeared in court pleading not guilty to felony charges. "The judge recalled the latest arrest warrants at Tuesday's hearing and re-instated the previous bail of $20,000 each, negating the later bail of $40,000 each."
Source: Sara Hammel. "Randy & Evi Quaid Plead Not Guilty to Felonies." People.com. 12/22/2009.

12/15/2009: Randy and Evi did not appear at their scheduled court date. By not showing up, they forfeited their $40,000 bond and now face a new bail of $40,000 and arrest warrants.

11/08/2009: "The Quaids will now appear in court in Santa Barbara on Dec. 15 to be arraigned on felony charges of burglary, defrauding an innkeeper and conspiracy."
Source: Sara Hammel. "Randy Quaid's Journey from Actor to Alleged Felon." People.com. 11/08/2009.

Quotes About the Marriage of Randy Quaid and Evi Quaid:

Sara Hammel: "Those who know the couple well paint a picture of a nomadic pair madly in love but prone to erratic behavior, particularly on Evi's part."
Source: Sara Hammel. "Randy Quaid's Journey from Actor to Alleged Felon." People.com. 11/08/2009.

Benjamin Svetkey: "A source once close to the 59-year-old Independence Day star and his 46-year-old wife reveals what may be the real reason the couple have been behaving (especially) oddly these days: They're convinced they're being hunted. "They think someone is out to get them," says the source. "That's why they've gone off the grid. This is hardly the first time the Quaids have acted strangely during their 20-year marriage."
Source: Benjamin Svetkey. "The Bizarre Saga of Randy Quaid." Entertainment Weekly. 10/09/2009. Pg. 14.

Evi: "My nightmare is that people are going to see National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and think, 'That's the guy Evi married.'"
Source: Cynthia Sanz, Kristina Johnson. Randy Quaid, Back from His Vacation, Finds Peace at Home." People Weekly. 12/18/1989.

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