Joanne Carson, Ex-Wife of the Late Johnny Carson, Dies at 84

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Joanne Carson, ex-wife of the late Johnny Carson, has died at her Los Angeles home at the age of 84.

According to Ed Rada, the executor of her estate, Joanne Carson died on Friday. She had been in declining health for some time and was receiving hospice care at the time of her passing.

ABC News reports that Joanne Copeland married Johnny Carson back in 1963, just a year after he first hosted The Tonight Show. The two were married for nine years, divorcing in 1972.

"Johnny kind of said to me on our first date, 'You love comedy so much, would you like to come up and see a show that I did?'" Joanne Carson said on CNN's Larry King Live in 2007.

Following her divorce from Johnny Carson, Joanne became quite close to writer Truman Capote. He even had a writing room in Joanne Carson's home, where he died in 1984.

Capote urged Carson to write an autobiography and she started on it.

"I was going to write a lovely story about my friendship with all these people," she said in an interview just last year. Capote even edited a chapter. The book was never published.

Joanne Carson married later in life, many years after her divorce from Johnny Carson. That marriage--to Richard Rever--also ended in divorce.

Ed Rada says Joanne Carson will actually be buried next to Truman Capote.

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.