Ami Brown is an American television personality born on August 28, 1964 in Fort Worth, Texas, USA. She is known as an ‘Alaskan Bush People’ star.
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Amora “Ami” Lee Branson Brown is the youngest child of Eugene and Earlene Branson. There is no information about Ami’s early education and interests, though it is known that her parents divorced when she was eight years old, leaving her mother working two jobs at once to take care of her children.
Ami has stated that she comes from an economically disadvantaged family with an abusive father. However, her older brother Les has contradicted his sisters’ claimsconfirming that Ami was a popular high school cheerleader and the favorite child of Branson’s family: “She was the baby, so she was a little spoiled!”
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Les has also denied the claims against his father and stated that he was not abusive in any way. Ami’s mother Earlene also disagrees with her daughter’s words, saying her youngest child was “spoiled rotten” in her early years.
Ami met Billy Brown when he was working as a plumber in her mother’s house. The meeting was described by Brown as ‘love at first sight’, despite the age difference between the two: Billy was 26 and Ami was 15.
Brown and Branson began seeing each other behind her family’s backs, and by the time Earlene Branson discovered her daughter’s relationship with the older man, young Ami was already deeply in love with Billy.
Ami threatened to elope with Brown if her mother tried to hinder the marriage, and Ami was able to marry Billy on June 16, 1979. because I assumed Billy was an honest, reputable person. And that he wouldn’t keep Ami away from us’.
The Branson family’s good opinion of Billy changed some time after the couple’s marriage, when Brown’s deceit about his background was discovered: “He lied about his age!” He gave the impression that he was very wealthy and came from a wealthy family. He has seduced us with the trappings of wealth.”
Billy allegedly failed to inform his bride’s family that he was a divorced man with two children, and Ami apparently did not complete her studies due to her premature marriage.
Ami and her husband Billy welcomed their first child Matthew Jeremiah in 1982 when she was barely 18 years old. A year and a half later, in August, their second child Joshua was born.
Despite the seemingly happy life of the family, Billy found himself dissatisfied with his plumbing business and his 9 to 5 job. She informed Ami of his desire to leave Texas and change his lifestyle, she agreed with him and it small family left their hometown to roam the land as nomads.
In an interview with PeopleAmi explained her feelings in that moment of uncertainty: “We didn’t really know where we wanted to go, but we knew we weren’t where we wanted to be.”
The couple sold their truck and boarded a ship to Alaska, where a friend of Billy’s offered the couple and their two sons to stay at his abandoned cabin, located on Mosman Island, miles from Wrangell.
Isolated and with no means of communication, the young family remained stranded in the remote spot for more than 18 months, until a boatman offered to take them back to town. However, neither Ami nor her husband wanted to live in civilization anymore, apparently smitten with the aloof lifestyle: “After we realized we weren’t going to die, we fell in love with everything.”
The couple settled in the Alaskan wilderness and welcomed another five children, whose names are: Solomon Isaiah, Gabriel Starbuck, Noah Darkcloud, Amora Jean and youngest daughter Merry Christmas Kathryn Raindrop.
The family lived in several places in Alaska, including Haines, Hoonah, and Juneau.
While the couple and children apparently lived off hunting and fishing, Ami’s husband Billy is known to take small jobs around town and also publish several children’s books to provide for his family.
The family eventually settled in Haines, where they lived for several years, and reportedly built a cabin that eventually burned down. They currently live in Hoonah.
Alaskan Bush People – TV debut
In 2014, Ami debuted on TV along with her family in Discovery Channel’s “Alaskan Bush People”. Focusing on the Brown family’s journey as they survived seemingly alone and far from any civilization, even in Alaska, the show was well received by audiences drawn to the family’s out-of-the-mold lifestyle .
While primarily promoted as reality TV, the show was reportedly written and filmed in various locations, including upstate Washington, and it was revealed that the Browns were not living in the Alaskan bush, when Billy and his family were found guilty of second degree theft and forgery, with respect to forms filed by them to obtain permanent fund dividends available to permanent residents. The family apparently spent more than 180 days a year outside of Alaska, making them ineligible for the funds received. In addition, the family reportedly only occupies their small forest hut during show filming and lives in a local hotel the rest of the time.
In 2016, Ami developed severe back pain: “There were days when I was just bedridden, but I just thought it was my arthritis. We were filming the show and sometimes all I could do was just stand there. I was in so much pain.’
In December of that year, she went to the dentist to have dental impressions taken. Instead, she found that her life was in serious danger as she was diagnosed with lung cancer in early 2017 and subsequently received six weeks of chemotherapy at a Los Angeles hospital. Despite the harsh treatment and after being given only a three percent chance of survival, Ami lost remained hopeful“I realized early on that it’s really easy to want to give up and just die.
And on the pessimistic side, it could be my last days. But I have the will to fight’.
Ami’s husband Billy supported her through the tough treatment: ‘She’s the strongest person I know, so when she says it hurts, it really hurts. She tries to hide it from everyone, but four or five times a day she bends down like a baby and cries.
Fortunately, Ami was officially declared cancer-free in December 2017, although she will have to undergo medical checkups for the rest of her life, as doctors have not found the cause of her cancer: ‘It will forever be part of my life. But I want to encourage people to enjoy every moment and walk with God every moment because He knows what it’s about. Never give up faith’.
According to Ami’s family, they haven’t seen her in nearly four decades since she left Texas in the early 1980s. Earlene apparently traveled to Alaska to see her daughter in 2016, her efforts wasted as Ami was vacationing in Hawaii with her family at the time.
Still hoping to see her daughter again, the Branson matriarch sent a message to her daughter in 2017 via radar online: “Right now I would say, ‘I love you very much. I have always loved you’. I want to see you before I die!’ The 84-year-old woman was then in poor health due to a stroke she suffered in 2012.
Earlene Branson stated that the cause of Ami’s estrangement was her daughter Billy’s husband: “We thought he would take care of Ami, keep her in school, and never stop her from seeing us.”
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And we never saw her again!’
Ami’s older brother Les Branson blamed Billy for his sister’s aloof attitude towards her family: “Billy started acting very controlling of Ami from the very beginning. I realized that Ami never spoke, Billy did all the talking. She just kind of sat there next to him, smiling. I didn’t realize it at the time, but she wasn’t allowed to talk. She couldn’t talk without his permission!’
Unfortunately, Ami’s mother Earlene passed away in 2018. While Ami was reportedly heartbroken by this, she did not attend the funeral.
ReportedlyAs of mid-2020, Ami Brown has an estimated net worth of over $500,000, as a result of her appearances in “Alaskan Bush People”.
She is a woman of white ethnicity, with gray hair and blue eyes. According to old photos, in her youth she had blonde-brown hair and beautiful features. Her weight and height are unknown, but she is remarkably slim.
Ami’s husband Billy was born into an economically privileged family. However, he lost his family in a “plane crash” and lost his wealth when he was tricked into emancipation.
Her husband’s first wife was named Brenda, and they married when Billy was 16 years old.
Texas laws allowed the union between Ami and Billy, despite her young age.
While in California to treat her lung cancer, her family rented a mansion in Beverly Hills, apparently worth $2 million.