Success and fame tear Jeff Dunham and his long-time wife Paige Brown apart. Only time will tell if his second marriage to his fitness and personal trainer Audrey Murdick was worth it all. Audrey sues Paige over purchase of various domain names.
Texan Jeff Dunham, who was born on the 18th of April, 1962 can be justifiably credited with putting the art of ventriloquism back on the world central stage. But despite Jeff’s many successes as a top notch stand-up comedian and his array of ventriloquist dummy personalities and specials, he has not shown an equal amount of success in his marital journey. A freshly divorced Jeff gave credence to all the rumors that were swirling around town post his divorce from his wife Paige and confirmed his relationship with new girlfriend Audrey by putting a ring around her finger!
Not much is known about Jeff’s earlier romances; presumably because the girls were either non celebrities or they were of a very short duration.
‘America’s favorite comedian ‘as polled by Slate.com had a whirlwind courtship with his then first wife-to-be, Paige Brown after meeting her in West Palm Beach. They obviously swept each other off their feet for they dated for a mere three months before soon calling themselves ‘fiance’ and ‘fiancee’. It’s interesting to note that Paige, a smart businesswoman in her own right and a single mother of a baby girl, Bree, agreed to get engaged after such a short period of knowing one another despite an earlier unsuccessful relationship with her daughter’s father. This advocate of divorced women, who had helped many women through traumatic break-ups and divorces, forgot everything in the first hectic flush of love and agreed to a quickie engagement. She showed equal haste in getting hitched; in 1994, Paige found herself married to Jeff after being engaged to him for just one year. All was hunky-dory in their marital life and Jeff even adopted Bree. In a span of fourteen years they added to their family with the birth of their daughters Ashlyn and Kenna.
Paige turned homemaker to look after the girls, and soon started focusing her business skills on her husband; she has been in fact, credited to being the major driving thrust behind Jeff’s success. She not only helped with his scripts and show ideas, but also supervised his brand merchandise and expanded his many business and philanthropic interests, including setting up the Jeff and Paige Dunham Foundation to help people in need.
Ironically, it was this very ever increasing success of Jeff’s, his incessant travelling for his shows, that began the cracks in their relationship, which soon became a deepening rift between them.
Though many at that time, point fingers at his rumored growing fondness for another fellow Texan Audrey Murdick, now wife, who was his fitness and personal trainer and nutritionist, to be the main cause behind their divorce, in 2010, Paige in an interview claimed that Audrey was only one of the reasons behind their split and she herself was not free of faults.
So, it was that while Paige stayed at home tending her daughters and Jeff travelled extensively; the much younger Audrey was probably getting to spend more time with Jeff because of not only her professional commitments, but also personal ones and this probably gave them the space to grow really close to each other and fall in love. Jeff Dunham filed for divorce in November, 2008.
Jeff Dunham and Audrey Murdick began their official romantic relationship around 2009, but got engaged only in the December of 2011. They wed the next year in October, 2012, in Santa Ynez, Calif, in a beautiful ceremony where their pet Roadie, a miniature pinscher was their ring bearer. It was Jeff Dunham’s second attempt at marriage, while it was Audrey’s first.