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Paris Keena and Willard Scott. | Source: Getty Images
Paris Keena and Willard Scott. | Source: Getty Images

Paris Keena Knew Willard Scott for Decades before Becoming His Wife

Bettina Dizon
Oct 16, 2023
05:15 P.M.

Paris Keena was Willard Scott's wife for seven years. However, they were in a romantic relationship for eleven years before tying the knot.

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Willard Scott became a known weather forecaster on the "Today" show, gracing television screens for many years. He presented himself as a high-spirited and joyful reporter who, in his senior years, found love again and tied the knot with Paris Keena.

Keena was also in the entertainment business, working behind the scenes. Thanks to their careers, the two crossed paths and became friends for decades before falling in love and becoming husband and wife.

Willard Scott for NBC in 1982. | Source: Getty Images

Willard Scott for NBC in 1982. | Source: Getty Images

Paris Keena Is Willard Scott's Wife, Who He Met in 1977

Keena and Scott met in 1977 when she was employed under WRC, NBC's Washington affiliate. At that time, they didn't see each other as anything more than friends, although they stayed in contact in the following years.

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Eventually, they reconnected, and their relationship turned into a romantic one. In 2014, after 11 years of being together, they finally tied the knot. By then, the former weatherman had already turned 80. Paris said of their honeymoon plans:

"Our whole life has been a honeymoon."

Keena was not Scott's first bride. In 1959, he married his first wife, Mary Dwyer Scott. Sadly, she passed away in 2002. Together, they had two children, Sally Scott Swiatek and Mare Scott, and two grandchildren.

Paris Keenan and Willard Scott during the salute to Brit Hume at Cafe Milano on January 8, 2009, in Washington, DC. | Source: Getty Images

Paris Keenan and Willard Scott during the salute to Brit Hume at Cafe Milano on January 8, 2009, in Washington, DC. | Source: Getty Images

Paris Keena Was a Technical Manager for 'SNL'

Although Keena did not work in front of the camera, she was in the same industry as her partner, working behind the scenes. One of her credits includes being a technical manager for "Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Halftime Special," starring Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey.

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He penned many books, including "Willard Scott's Sown Home Stories" in 1984 and "Willard Scott's All-American Cookbook" in 1986.

Keena, a graduate of St. Bonaventure University and American University, also became a technical manager for ABC News and NBC Universal before doing freelance work. At present, she is a Talent Agent at Paris Enterprises and a Broadway Investor.

Willard Scott at the Edison Ballroom in New York to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the "TODAY" show on January 12, 2012. | Source: Getty Images

Willard Scott at the Edison Ballroom in New York to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the "TODAY" show on January 12, 2012. | Source: Getty Images

Paris Keena Confirmed Her Husband's Death

In 2021, Scott passed away at his farm in Delaplane, Virginia. He was 87 years old. Paris confirmed his passing but did not reveal the cause of death. However, she did mention that he had an illness.

Besides being known for his stint on television, Scott was an author. He penned many books, including "Willard Scott's Sown Home Stories" in 1984 and "Willard Scott's All-American Cookbook" in 1986. The famous weatherman is survived by his wife, Keena, two children, and two grandchildren.

After Scott retired as a weathercaster, the "Today" weatherman became Al Roker, who is now known amongst news watchers. Scott was Roker's mentor, alongside other reporters, leaving his mark in the industry. Recently, Roker had knee replacement surgeries and received support from his family, colleagues, and fans. Like Scott, he is married with children dear to his heart.

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