Sometimes working together can ruin your marriage, and this is apparently what happened to famed business duo Jeff and Paige Dunham. You probably all know Jeff from his comedy skits and puppet Walter, but how much do you know about his ex-wife, Paige, and their marriage ended on good terms?
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Early life and education
Paige Dunham was born Paige Brown on March 13, 1968 in Savannah, Georgia, USA – nothing is known about her parents or possible siblings.
She grew up on Amelia Island, Florida, but when she was in high school, she moved with her family to West Palm Beach, Florida, where she completed her high school classes, while learning to dance at her family’s dance school. After graduating, Dunham enrolled at Clemson University in South Carolina, USA, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. She had a daughter, Bree Aleece Brown, with an unknown man, and raised her as a single parent during her early years.
Marriage to Jeff Dunham
After returning to West Palm Beach with her daughter, Paige met stand-up comedian Jeff Dunham, who was known for his comedic puppet characters. It is not known when exactly the two started dating, but their wedding took place on June 13e August 1994 in Los Angeles, California, where the new family moved; Jeff adopted Dunham’s daughter and became her legal guardian. In 1995, the couple welcomed their first daughter together, Ashlyn Evelyn, and two years later, their second daughter, Makenna Paige, was born.
However, the two started having marital problems around the time their business started to flourish. In 2008, Jeff filed for divorce, but Dunham filed for divorce and the process ended in 2012. That same year, Jeff remarried personal trainer, certified nutritionist and competitive bodybuilder, Audrey Murdick, and the two became parents to twins, James Jeffrey and Jack Steven. in October 2015.
During her marriage to Jeff, Dunham was not only his wife but also his colleague; in fact she is said was responsible for most of its success at the time.
She helped him write material and create show ideas, and also ran the merchandise store and online store that brought them a lot of income. She was the one responsible for creating the database of Jeff’s fans in 1994, and this helped Jeff win the Best Male Stand-Up Comic Award at the American Comedy Awards in 1997. Paige was the one who created newsletters and other promotional work, and in 1999 she launched Brasma Publications as a continuation of the family business – it published the book “Dear Walter” in 2003, which was a collection of questions asked by Jeff’s audience, along with live answers from Walter, a grumpy old doll who was controlled by Jeff.
Dunham launched the Jeff and Paige Dunham Foundation in 2006, which focused on helping those in need. For a time, $1 from a ticket sale from Jeff’s comedy shows and 100% of their eBay store’s profits went to the foundation. That same year, their foundation and the Ronald McDonald House of Houston presented a check for $35,000 to the Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund.
After the end of her marriage in 2012, Dunham became a motivational speaker for women going through a divorce process.
She also has her own charitable organization, The Paige Dunham Foundation.
Dunham also works as an executive film producer; her movies include the romantic movie “The Face of Love” which aired in 2013, as well as the history movie “Last Days in the Desert” in 2016.
Dunham supports numerous children’s charities and humanitarian causes.
She is a fan of running and considers it a therapeutic hobby for her. She even ran the San Francisco half marathon, raising $6,000 which she donated to the National Institution for Mental Health.
In 2015, Jeff’s wife Audrey filed a lawsuit against Dunham, because Dunham registered several domains without permission under the name ‘Audrey Dunham’ – even before Audrey took her husband’s surname! Audrey filed a lawsuit for damages of $100,000 per domain name and filed a claim for unfair competition. As of May 2020, the outcome of the lawsuit is still unknown to the public.
Dunham is fairly active on several social media platforms. She has official Instagram and Twitter accounts where she posts regularly.
Dunham made a fortune while working behind the scenes with her ex-husband. She also earned a lot herself, through her various business endeavors. As of May 2020, her net worth is estimated around $20 million. On the other hand, her ex-husband’s net worth is reportedly an astonishing $140 million! In 2011 alone, he reportedly made $20 million from his business and acting career.
Paige is a woman with dyed blond hair and blue eyes. Her height is 1.65 m, but her weight and other body measurements and shoe and clothing measurements have not been disclosed.