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Joy Senese and Regis Philbin Marriage Profile


Regis and Joy Philbin

TV personality Regis Philbin and his wife Joy Philbin attend the 2011 Rita Hayworth Gala at The Waldorf-Astoria on October 25, 2011 in New York City.

Photo: Michael Loccisano / Getty Images
Regis and Joy Philbin not only often work together, they enjoy it. Regis' retirement from his talk show Live with Regis and Kelly could be a bit of a challenge for the very busy and involved couple.


Regis Francis Xavier Philbin: August 25, 1931 in New York City, New York.

Bette Joy Senese: February 1, 1941 in New York City, New York.

How Joy and Regis Met:

Regis met Joy in the late sixties when she was Joey Bishop's executive assistant.
Regis: "She was extrememly attractive and very efficient and more or less ran the office ...[a] gorgeous redhead who was sweet and charming and always in charge."
Source: Regis Philbin. How I Got This Way. 2011. pg 301.
Joy: "I mean, he was just very flirtatious."
Source: Regis Philbin. How I Got This Way. 2011. pg 303.

Wedding Date and Info:

Joy and Regis were married on a rainy March 1, 1970 "around four in the afternoon" at Forest Lawn Cemetery in California.
Regis: "I wondered if that [the cemetery] was an omen. But the wedding chapel was charming ... It was all ahead of us from there. The next twenty-five years. And now, a quarter century later, she remains exactly the same as I found her. Only sweeter. And savvier. And sexier."
Source: Regis Philbin. How I Got This Way. 2011. pg. 305.


Regis has four children.
  • Amy Philbin: Born abt. 1961. Her mother is Catherine Faylen.
  • Daniel Philbin: Born abt. 1967 with serious birth defects. His mother is Catherine Faylen.
  • Joanna Philbin: Born in 1973. Her mother is Joy Senese.
  • Jenifer Joy Philbin: Born in 1974. Her mother is Joy Senese.


Regis and Joy have a home in Greenwich, Connecticut and an apartment on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, New York.


Regis: Actor, producter, television personality, singer, author.

Joy: Interior decorator, actress, television show co-host.

Previous Marriage:

Regis was previously married for 13 years to Catherine (Kay) Faylen. Their marriage ended in divorce in 1968.
Regis: "I was in my early twenties when I married my first wife, Kay. We did it hastily. The truth is, we probably didn't know each other well enough. That marriage was painful for both of us."
Source: Regis Philbin, bill Zehme. I'm Only One Man! 1996. pg. 239.

Quotes About the Marriage of Joy and Regis Philbin:

Regis about Joy: "Well, to put it simply, she is my life ... And it's really an understatement to say that she's been a great wife, a great mother, a great cook, and loyal as the day is long ... She wins all the arguments ... She sees right through all the baloney ... She is the complete package."
Source: Regis Philbin. How I Got This Way. 2011. pgs. 298-299.

Regis: "Yes, the years roll by, but Joy just gets more beautiful. She's still the greatest joy of my life."
Source: Regis Philbin. How I Got This Way. 2011. pg. 352.

Joy: "I love working with you [Regis]! When I do the show with him it's like going to a party. It's fun because we don't do it often! ... There's just something about Regis. There's always something new on the horizon and it keeps our lives active and fun. I'd rather be with Regis than any other person in the world."
Source: Erin Hill. "Joy and Regis Philbin Share Their Secret to a Long, Happy Marriage." Parade.com. 9/22/2011.

Regis: Let me tell you something: When you marry a woman, you're not only marrying her -- you are marrying her family. Her entire family. Make no mistake about it."
Source: Bill Zehme, Regis Philbin. Who Wants to Be Me? 2000. pg. 163.

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