Ginnie Newhart, Bob’s wife, passed away at age 82

Ginnie Newhart, Bob's wife, passed away at age 82

After a protracted illness, Ginnie Newhart, Bob Newhart’s wife, passed away on Sunday in Los Angeles. She had an 82-year-old age.

They were married for 60 years after meeting through the legendary comedian Buddy Hackett.

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Ginnie Newhart passed away on Sunday in Los Angeles

From Bob’s Twitter account, the Newharts posted on Monday in the late afternoon: “We lost our dear Ginnie Quinn Newhart – Wife, Mother and Grandmother on April 23rd, 2023 after a long fight with sickness. She was our pillar, and we sadly mourn her.

The family has announced that a private funeral service would be held in the upcoming weeks.

Bob Newhart and Ginnie Newhart smile on red carpet at Elf premiere
Ginnie Newhart, Bob Newhart’s wife of 60 years, passed away on Sunday at the age of 82. (James Devaney)

She was the daughter of renowned character actor Bill Quinn and was born Virginia Lillian Quinn in New York.

In 1962, comedian Buddy Hackett set up a blind date for Ginnie Newhart and Bob.

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Recent events marked Bob and Ginnie’s 60th wedding anniversary. In 1989, they went to the 40th Golden Globe Awards ceremony. (Michael Ochs Archives)

“Buddy said, ‘I’ve got a girl for you,'” Newhart recounted. I’m going to set you up on a blind date since she is going out with another man, but I don’t think he is the perfect one for her. You’ll meet her, start dating, and eventually get hitched. 

They got hitched a year later.

“The Bob Newhart Show” enjoyed a successful six-season run on CBS’ Saturday schedule, which also featured other popular shows like “All in the Family,” “M*A*S*H,” “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” and “The Carol Burnett Show.”

The highly praised series finale of “Newhart,” which aired from 1982 to 1990, was likewise the brainchild of Ginnie.

Bob gave Parade magazine his advice on how to have a happy marriage last year.

Don Rickles smiles alongside Barbara Rickles, Bob Newhart and Ginnie Newhart in Las Vegas
Don Rickles and his wife Barbara were close friends of Bob and Ginnie Newhart. (Jim Steinfeldt)

Despite their turbulent marriages, he claimed that comedians’ relationships “seem to last a long time, and I attribute it to laughter.” “No matter how heated your fight is becoming, you can always find a remark that makes you both glance at each other and break out in laughter. You know it’s done?

I really believe that a marriage’s durability depends on its sense of humor.

Ginnie Newhart and Bob have lived in Los Angeles for the past 60 years, where they raised their four children, Rob, Tim, Jennifer, and Courtney. They are also the proud grandparents of 10 grandkids.

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