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The Untold Truth of Jimmy Kimmel’s ex-wife

Known from movies

Ginna Maddy, formerly known as Ginna Kimmel, is a costume designer and former TV personality born on December 13, 1964 in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, USA. She is best known to the public for being the now ex-wife of TV host Jimmy Kimmel.

Early life and education

There is no information about Gina’s childhood – the only information about her family is that her father’s name was James Maddy. She graduated from Northern Illinois University in 1983 and went on to study journalism and communications at Arizona State University. She continued her education in 2002 when she studied Fashion at Harper College.


TV shows

Gina’s first appearance on TV was in “The men’s show”, aired on Comedy Central, and hosted by Gina’s husband at the time Jimmy Kimmel. From 1999 to 2002, Gina appeared in 17 episodes of the show as Jimmy’s wife. The comedy talk show, aimed at a male audience, was very popular and lasted 15 years on the air.

It wasn’t until 2012 that Gina appeared in another production – she was part of “Party Like…”, a documentary film series directed by Philip Day and Aaron McAdams that tells the different ways human societies party, from ancient history to modern time. In this series, she acted as an expert, providing insights and commentary on historical fashion trends as the film stories progressed, and was part of the wardrobe department as a costume designer.

Gina was credited in two films of this series: “Party Like the Queen of France” starring Jean Louise O’Sullivan as Queen Marie Antoinette, which focused on the story of Masquerades and its origins in France. The second was “Party Like the Rich and Famous”, which recreates the most expensive party ever celebrated in America, held at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City in 1987. The event was attended by the richest people in the city at the time. time, but the party’s outrageousness and extravagance faced public backlash when it was held during one of the worst economic depressions in the US.

Costume designer

Gina’s main career is as a costume designer.

Jimmy Kimmel and Gina Kimmel

After graduating from fashion studies, she started her own independent projects, but that lasted until 2014 when she opened a campaign on Kickstarter to start her own company “Maddy James Inc. Vintage Loungewear” which specializes in bedroom closets inspired by the 1920s to 1960s.

Gina’s reason for starting this company was the need for glamorous sleepwear for women, made from durable and modern fabrics: ‘I’ve been buying vintage loungewear for years, but it’s 80-year-old silk and very fragile, so you can’t really sleep in it in’. She continues, “You can put it on and go, ‘Look, baby – but don’t touch it!’ The campaign collected contributions from 153 donors, who provided more than $16,000 towards the realization of the project. The company’s name is in honor of Gina’s father, James Maddy.

Gina has a Facebook page called “Maddy James”, where she promotes her clothes, although her store’s web page maddyjames.com is currently inactive.

Private life

Famous ex-husband

Famous TV host Jimmy Kimmel is Gina’s ex-husband. The couple met while a student at Arizona State University and were married on June 25, 1998. Kimmel, who was very shy around girls during high school, stated that he was thrilled when he met Gina, and “felt like he had to do everything in his power to keep her”.

The couple had two children together: Katherine born in 1991 and Kevin in 1993. After 14 years of marriage, the couple separated in 2002 and officially filed for divorce in 2003 for unknown reasons, with joint custody of their children. Kimmel began dating comedian Sara Silverman in 2002, while Gina and the kids moved from Los Angeles to Chicago.

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Who is Jimmy Kimmel?

Jimmy Kimmel was born in 1967 in New York. Although he is known as the host and producer of the show “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”, he actually started his career in radio, hosting several independent shows. It wasn’t until 1989 that he got his first paid job on “The Me and Him Show”, but he and his co-host were soon fired.

A few years later, he finally landed a job in Los Angeles hosting “Jimmy The Sports Guy” on KROQ-FM. But even if the show was very popular, it still struggled economically. In an interview with Vulturehe revealed the economic hardship he and his then-wife Gina lived with after the birth of their daughter: “I was going to pick Katie up from the nursery as soon as possible, because we couldn’t afford the $5 an hour to keep her there any longer.”

Later, Kimmel hosted “Win Ben Stein’s Money”, a game show on Comedy Central that earned him a 1997 Emmy Award in the “Best Game Show Host” category. In 1999, Kimmel began co-hosting “The Man Show” with Adam Carolla. , the success of which allowed Jimmy to start his own productions such as “Crank Yankers” and “The Andy Milonakis Show”, and from then on his success as a TV presenter and producer grew steadily.


Katherine, the daughter of Gina and Jimmy, is currently an artist and graduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2015; her works can be found on her website. She specializes in ceramics and has many ongoing design projects.

GTheir younger child Kevin has found a place in the entertainment industry. He has worked as a production assistant and sound mixer on several productions such as “Survivor”, “Last Comic Standing”, “The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail”, and others. He is currently working on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” with his father as part of the staff.

During their childhood, both Katherine and Kevin appeared as actors in some of their father’s projects, from 2001 to 2003 on Jimmy’s show “The Man Show”, and from 2003 to 2004 on “Crank Yankers”, produced by Kimmel.

New boyfriend

Gina Maddy is currently dating Chris Jones, from Chicago.

There is no information about Jones’ life or career, only that he has a daughter named Emily-Kate and a son named Caleb. Chris also owns it different catsand regularly shares photos of them on Instagram.

It is not known when the relationship between Chris and Gina began. However, her son Kevin shared a photo with the caption, “#HappyFathersDay to the men who have fathered me,” tagging Chris and his dad Jimmy.

Kathie also shared a photo in 2015 where she and her step-siblings are still visibly young children, along with a younger Gina and Chris. This makes it safe to assume that they have been together for several years and that Gina’s children consider Chris to be their second father.

The couple often shares photos of themselves together on Instagram.

Net value

Gina Maddy’s net worth is estimated to be close to $1 million, as of 2020, as a result of her work as a fashion designer and because she is the owner of “Maddy James Inc”, as well as the divorce settlement, though that is not made public.


Gina is a woman of white ethnicity, with blue eyes and blonde hair. She wears glasses and reportedly has beautiful facial features. However, her stature and current weight are unknown.

Interesting facts

Gina is very active on her Instagram account.

On March 20, 2020, she shared a photo of herself sewing face masks for a Washington hospital as her contribution to curbing the spread of the coronavirus.

She is close to her stepchildren, Caleb and Emily.

She married Kimmy Kimmel when she was 24 years old, meaning she was 4 years older than him.

General information

First and last name Gina Kimmel
Profession Costume designer
Education Arizona State University, Northern Illinois University
Nationality American


Husband Jimmy Kimmel
Parents Joann Iacono, James Kimmel
Brothers or sisters Jonathan Kimmel, Jill Bryan

Links to social profiles



Costume Department

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Party like the rich and famous 2012 Tv movie wardrobe supervisor

Costume designer

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Party like the Queen of France 2012 TV movie


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The men’s show 1999-2002 TV serials Herself – Jimmy’s wife/herself

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia


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