While Pat Sajak has been a familiar face on TV, especially as the host of ‘Wheel of Fortune,’ few know about his first wife, Sherrill Sajak. Let’s shed light on Sherrill’s private life, from her early days to her marriage with Pat.
Sherrill’s Life and Her Relationship With Pat
Born in 1945, Sherrill Sajak’s life before and after her marriage to Pat Sajak lacks public detail. Little is available regarding her birthplace, family, or educational background. Her maiden name, apart from the middle name James, is not publicly known, either.
Sherrill and Pat met in Nashville, Tennessee, but the details about how they met are largely private again. The couple married in 1979 in a ceremony away from the public eye. At this time, Pat Sajak had not yet begun his stint on ‘Wheel of Fortune,’ a role he would start in 1981, two years into their marriage.
The couple’s marriage was the beginning of a transition in their lives as Pat Sajak’s career shifted upwards, bringing them into a level of public attention that was seemingly at odds with Sherrill’s preference for privacy.
Spanning seven years, their marriage concluded in 1986 without the couple having any children. The reasons for their divorce, much like many aspects of their life together, were never publicly disclosed. Following their separation, Sherrill returned to a life away from the spotlight, maintaining her privacy.
The Former Couple’s Post-Divorce Life
Post-divorce, Sherrill’s life has remained a mystery. There is no available information regarding any marriages, children, or career pursuits. Financially, it is believed that she may have benefitted from their shared assets, including profits from the sale of a house and a portion of Pat Sajak’s wealth, which was accumulated during their time together.
In contrast to Sherrill’s chosen anonymity, Pat Sajak continued to live his life in the public sphere. He has been hosting ‘Wheel of Fortune‘ since 1981, which has earned him critical acclaim, including three Emmy Awards. As of the end of the 2023-2024 season, Sajak announced his departure from the show, with Ryan Seacrest set to take his place.
After his divorce from Sherrill, Pat married Lesly Brown in 1989. Together, they have two children, Patrick Michael James Sajak and Maggie Marie Sajak. Lesly Brown is a professional photographer and actress, who also made occasional appearances on ‘Wheel of Fortune.’