You might have known him as private investigator Thomas Magnum from the hit 80s TV series ‘Magnum, P.I.’ or as Monica’s love interest Richard from ‘Friends’ or might have seen him as a bachelor architect in the hugely successful comedy movie ‘Three Men and A Lady’, there is no denying that actor Tom Selleck is one of the most decorated actors in Hollywood. During his prime days, he was regarded as one of the hottest men in Hollywood by many people.
But despite that, he did have a string of bad lucks when it came to his relationships with women. However, destiny came calling for Selleck in the form of the musical ‘Cats’ where he found his soulmate, Jillie Joan Mack. Now you might be wondering who really is Jillie Mack? Let’s find more about the beautiful woman who along with Tom Selleck, has one of the strongest marriages in Hollywood.
How Did Jillie Mack Meet Her Husband Tom Selleck?
Jillie and Tom have spent nearly three decades together by now. But, how did their great love story start? By the time the duo met, Tom was a divorcee who was previously married to model Jacqueline Ray. Tom was in London filming for his movie when the duo got to know each other for the first time in 1983.
While in London, his crew members took him to the production of ‘Cats’ and there his heart stuck at one of the kittens. The 25-year-old Jillie was playing the role of Rumpleteazer where Mack won Tom’s attention at first sight. In an interview with Ryan Seacrest and Kelly Ripa, Tom shared a few words about the moment and said:
“I was fascinated by this one kitten on stage. She looked good in a leotard but she had too much personality.”
His frequent visits to watch the musical led him to crack a dinner date with Jillie. The couple eventually hit off and started dating. Mack then finished her contracts with Cats and moved to Hawaii where the actor was shooting for his upcoming movie Magnum P.I. Soon then, Mack and Tom started appearing together everywhere from the award shows to Tom’s Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Becoming the Bride of Tom Selleck: Romantic Saga Turned into Blissful Marriage
Mack and Selleck surprised everyone when they got hitched in a secret wedding in 1987 arranged by Selleck’s brother Bob. The couple said ‘I Do’ in Lake Tahoe, Nevada with they disguised themselves as Tom Jenkins and Suzie Mark on August 7, 1987.
As reported by People, the minister didn’t know their real identity until the last moment. The duo only revealed their real identities before the recital of the wedding vows. The groom and bride arrived at the venue in casual clothes and changed into their wedding dress in the venue. The pair entered the oaken, Victorian-style chapel, and walked down the aisle under a white trellis covered in fresh red roses, and took part in a double-ring ceremony. A source close to People stated:
“They were both nervous like any other couple about to get married. He was very concerned that the service be heartfelt, very concerned for her that the service be meaningful. He is a very warm, caring man.”
Further, the actor only had polaroid photos of the wedding so that photos from the negatives couldn’t be leaked to the press. Their wedding was a low-key affair attended only by their family members. The two now have spent more than three decades together and are still going strong. In an interview with New York Daily News, Tom shared the secret behind his happy marriage. He told:
‘Jillie and I have a pretty good partnership. We don’t do anything or make any decision without consulting each other. And if one of us makes a decision involving Hannah, the other parent completely supports that position, even if you disagree.”
A Balanced Childhood
Jillie Joan Mack was born on 25th December 1957 in Wiltshire, England. Though born into a middle class family, her family fulfilled all her wishes. As she was interested in dance since her childhood, her parents admitted her to dance classes. Apparently, she also developed interest in acting. By the time she completed her high school, she participated in many theatrical plays in the high school theatrical productions.
She is a mother to Hannah Selleck
Mack and Tom welcomed their first child Hannah Margaret Selleck on December 16 1988 after one year they got hitched. Jillie’s life took a new turn with the arrival of the baby. Mack along with her daughter and husband moved away from the Hollywood limelight and moved to Ventura County, California on a 65-acre ranch. Meanwhile, Tom took a back seat in his career to spend more time with his family. In 2012, in an interview with People, he said:
I quit Magnum to have a family. It took a long time to get off the train, but I try very hard to have balance, and this ranch has helped me do that.’
Her daughter Hannah is now grown up and is pursuing a career as an Equestrian. Besides, Jillie is also a stepmother to Kevin Selleck, the son of Tom with his first wife Jacqueline Ray.
Jillie Has Made a Bit of a Name For Herself in the Town
Jillie always had an interest in acting ever since she came to her senses. She began showcasing her acting talent by participating in theater plays while she was a college-going girl. She then climbed the ladder of fame with her appearance in the theater production of ‘Cats‘. The musical witnessed a massive success in London and this is where she met her husband Tom.
After getting into a relationship with Tom, she moved to the United States and began appearing in movies. She has appeared in two episodes of Magnum P.I portraying the role of Sally. Her credits also include the hit series, Frasier. She appeared in one of the episodes of the series titled ‘Police Story’.
Apart from these, she is also known for the series Silverfox where she played the lead as Joanie alongside actor James Coburn. Mack has also made few guest appearances in series like ER, Tales from the Darkside and Adventures of Nicholas at Roaring Camp.
Though Jillie couldn’t have a successful career like that of her husband, Tom has always credited Jillie for his success. With Tom’s popularity reaching new heights, Jillie Mack also enjoyed the limelight being the wife of one of the most successful stars in Hollywood.
Rumors of Trouble in 32 years of marriage
In the world of Hollywood where marriages are a short-lived story, Tom and Jillie have been together for so long. But, recent rumors of their separateness are being aired around the town. As tabloids reported, Mack and Tom were living separately for the sake of goodness. As per reports, Jillie and Tom realized they have very little in common after 32nd years of togetherness. Therefore, the two agreed to give each other some space and Tom moved out for some time and were together back again.
However, those rumors turned out to be false when the couple’s spokeperson released a statement and said:
“It is an outright lie on all fonts. All is well with them and the whole family.”