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Jim Carrey's Romantic past — Meet His Exes and Only Daughter

Bettina Dizon
Apr 20, 2020
02:00 A.M.

Jim Carrey is a Hollywood comedy legend with several highly praised films, but his life wasn't always all smiles and laughter.

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Jim Carrey has almost always portrayed happy and comedic characters in movies and television shows, but his real-life story depicts sadness and heartbreak.

When the actor was just a child, his father lost his job and his mother got sick. As a result, Carrey had to stop studying and start working. When asked how he developed a great sense of humor, he said:

"Depression. I had a sick mom, man. I wanted to make her feel better."

Jim Carrey attends a photocall for "Dumb and Dumber To." | Source: Getty Images

Jim Carrey attends a photocall for "Dumb and Dumber To." | Source: Getty Images

After starting his career as a stand-up comedian and becoming an award-winning actor, Carrey's life became a series of ups and downs with different women.

CARREY'S WIVES

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In 1987, the comedian married his first wife, Melissa Womer, whom he had a daughter named Jane with. After seven years, their marriage ended in divorce.

Jim Carrey, Lauren Holly and his daughter Jane Carrey attend Jim Carrey's hand and footprints in cement ceremony. | Source: Getty Images

Jim Carrey, Lauren Holly and his daughter Jane Carrey attend Jim Carrey's hand and footprints in cement ceremony. | Source: Getty Images

Nine years later, Carrey tied the knot with his "Dumb and Dumber" co-star, Lauren Holly. Sadly, the couple barely made it eight months before getting a divorce. Holly recalled:

"I was with Jim for years, and people didn't realize - they all think it's just the marriage that was short, but we were together for a long time."

Jim Carrey and Lauren Holly pose for the camera during 1995 Golden Globe Awards. | Source: Getty Images

Jim Carrey and Lauren Holly pose for the camera during 1995 Golden Globe Awards. | Source: Getty Images

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Meanwhile, the actor thinks being away from him was what's best. However, Holly found the divorce challenging to handle. She added:

"When we got divorced, I had a really hard time, because no one really had the story right or anything, and I always felt like everybody knew my personal business -- and not to mention the fact that I was going through a heartbreak."

 Lauren Holly attends the American Heart Association's Go Red For Women Red Dress Collection 2017. | Source: Getty Images

Lauren Holly attends the American Heart Association's Go Red For Women Red Dress Collection 2017. | Source: Getty Images

DATING OTHER WOMEN

Not long after he separated from Holly, the actor started dating several actresses, including January Jones, Laurie Holden, and model Annie Bing.

During his project "Me, Myself, and Irene," Carrey fell in love with his co-star Renee Zellweger and asked for her hand in marriage. From 1999 until 2000, the couple was engaged.

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Jim Carrey of "Kidding" speaks during the Showtime segment of the 2019 Summer TCA Press Tour. | Source: Getty Images

Jim Carrey of "Kidding" speaks during the Showtime segment of the 2019 Summer TCA Press Tour. | Source: Getty Images

In 2005, Carrey started seeing Jenny McCarthy, whom he dated for almost five years in a seemingly happy and perfect relationship.

McCarthy then had a seven-year-old son who battled autism, and together with Carrey, they took care of the young boy.

Jenny McCarthy at the Fame at the Playboy Mansion Grammy Party 2012. | Source: Wikimedia Commons

Jenny McCarthy at the Fame at the Playboy Mansion Grammy Party 2012. | Source: Wikimedia Commons

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The actress noted that the comedian had been nothing but kind to her son and brought happiness and love to both of them.

However, Carrey also dealt with a condition -- depression. Admittedly, the actor spoke about his battles and medications.

Jim Carrey speaks on stage at the For Your Consideration Screening Of Showtime's "Kidding." | Source: Getty Images

Jim Carrey speaks on stage at the For Your Consideration Screening Of Showtime's "Kidding." | Source: Getty Images

In 2012, Carrey started dating Cathriona White. For three years, the couple was on and off in their relationship. White was later found dead with speculation that she took her own life.

JANE ERIN CARREY

Jane, the comedian's only daughter, appeared on "Catfish: The TV Show" and auditioned for "American Idol."

 Jane Carrey attends the premiere of "Miss Behave" season two. | Source: Getty Images

Jane Carrey attends the premiere of "Miss Behave" season two. | Source: Getty Images

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Although she did not follow her father's path in the industry, Jane became a musician in a band called The Jane Carrey Band.

The singer has one child, Jackson Riley, whom she shares with her ex-husband, Alex Santana. Jackson and Carrey have maintained a good relationship.

Jane Erin Carrey performs on stage at A Night Of Music And Comedy at Vibrato Jazz Grill. | Source: Getty Images

Jane Erin Carrey performs on stage at A Night Of Music And Comedy at Vibrato Jazz Grill. | Source: Getty Images

He spends time with his grandson through video games, where the young boy "trash talks" the actor the whole time.

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