Jean Currivan Trebek is an entrepreneur and blogger who is best known for being the wife of Alex Trebek, a Canadian-American game show host who died on November 8, 2020.
Jean Currivan Trebek was born on Sunday, September 8, 1963 (age 57 years; as of 2020), and she hails from Greenlawn, New York. She grew up on the East Coast, Long Island, along with her siblings. Jean’s brother, Chris Currivan, was born with Hydrocephalus, a medical condition in which extra fluid puts pressure on the brain, hence, he had some developmental delays. During her childhood days, Jean was a responsible child who looked after her brother. In an interview, she said,
We went to school together, and I promised my parents that I would watch out for him. Sometimes I would even leave my classroom to go check on him. I took care of my brother, and it felt like a gift rather than a burden. Other kids might have resented that responsibility. I thought it was a blessing. “
She did her schooling at Harborfields High School in Greenlawn, and later, she attended Pepperdine University in Los Angeles, California. Before moving to Los Angeles, she worked as a real estate project manager on Long Island. After completing her formal education, she pursued a part-time job as a bookkeeper, where she worked for a business-executive friend of Alex Trebek. In an interview, she said,
Alex was my boss’s buddy. He’d come over every Saturday to play backgammon and have lunch. I knew that he was on some TV show, but he never said much about it and I didn’t ask.”
In 1988, they made the acquaintance at a party, which led to Alex inviting Jean to his home for dinner. In 1989, on Jean’s 26th birthday, Trebek gave her some pants and a jacket as a present, but later, he told her that there was something else as well. He pulled out a box and proposed with a 16-carat sapphire ring.
Height (approx.): 5′ 7″
Hair Color: Dark Blonde
Eye Color: Hazel Gray
Family & Ethinicity
Parents & Siblings
Her younger sister’s name is Audrey Currivan. On December 7, 1984, her elder brother, Chris Currivan, died in a car accident.
Relationships, Husband & Children
On April 30, 1990, Jean Currivan got married to Alex Trebek, who is well-known for appearing as a host in the show Jeopardy! (1984). Together, they have two children. Her son, Matthew Trebek, owner-operator of the Harlem restaurants Oso and Pizza by Lucille’s in Harlem, New York, and her daughter, Emily Trebek, works as an interior designer. Alex Trebek (born in 1940) is twenty-three years older than Jean Currivan Trebek (born in 1963). In an interview, Alex said,
I guess if I’d met her when I was in my 20s she wouldn’t have been born yet. But hey, 29 years is pretty good…
From 1974 to 1981, Alex was married to Elaine Callei. Although the couple had no children together, Alex adopted Elaine’s daughter, Nicky, after their marriage.
On Sunday, November 8, 2020, at the age of 80, Alex Trebek passed away due to pancreatic cancer with a tumor that had spread to the soft lining of his stomach.
- She is a professional religious science practitioner, metaphysician, Reiki Master, and sound healer. In 2020, she created her blog ‘Insidewink,’ a light-hearted lifestyle website.
- On January 7, 2020, Alex and Jean Trebek received Fordham Founder’s Award.
- Jean Currivan Trebek is an avid hiker.
- She is also a wholehearted dog lover and posts various pictures with her dog, Luna, on her Instagram account.