American comedian and actor George Lopez has been bringing smiles to people's faces since 1980. Find out more about his ex-wife and organ donor activist, Ann Lopez, and their beautiful daughter, Mayan Lopez.
Comedian and actor George Lopez has graced television screens for many years now with his comedy and acting gigs such as "George Lopez" and his Netflix special "George Lopez: We'll Do It For Half."
However, not many people know about his personal life or his child. Lopez has been married once in his lifetime and has a daughter, who is like him in more ways than one.
George Lopez attends the premiere of "The Smurfs" at the Ziegfeld Theater on July 24, 2011 in New York City. | Photo: Getty Images
Get to know more about the 60-year-old's family and how they have impacted his life and helped his career succeed.
WHO IS GEORGE LOPEZ WIFE?
In 1993, George tied the knot with Ann Lopez, an actress, producer, and director. The couple stayed married for 17 years but decided to end their marriage in September 2010, with Ann filing for divorce two months later.
Their decision to split caused great shock among many fans as they were considered to have one of Hollywood's strongest marriages. The couple finalized their divorce on July 1, 2011.
Comedian George Lopez and Ann M. Lopez arrive at the White House for a state dinner May 19, 2010 in Washington, DC | Photo: Getty Images
GEORGE LOPEZ KIDNEY ISSUE
One of the reasons many people were surprised about George and Ann's split was because of the remarkable love and bond they showed when the comedian was struggling with kidney and health issues.
George has a genetic condition that caused deterioration in his kidneys. In 2004, doctors told him he needed a kidney transplant. Ann proved to be that donor by giving one of her kidneys to her husband in 2005.
She told reporters that George came from a very dysfunctional family and had a horrific childhood. Hence, it was hard for him to accept that someone would give him the gift of life.
By donating one of her kidneys to her then-comedian husband, Ann proved to be a stand-up wife helping George stay on a roll and continue putting smiles on people's faces, and he was greatly appreciative of her.
Several weeks after the kidney transplant, George revealed he was doing great and felt better than he ever did in his life. In addition, he ensured everyone knew the person responsible for his new lease on life.
He also revealed his wife's kidney donation to him was the second time she was saving his life after she helped him to stop his drinking and late-night outings.
Despite George's strong gratitude to Ann, she remained modest about her contribution and said that having a baby is more difficult than donating a kidney.
Following her life-saving gesture, Ann became an organ donor activist. In 2009, she expressed her disgust for a New York doctor who demanded the return of the kidney he donated to his ex-wife or a cash payment of $1.5 million after finding out she was cheating on him.
In a statement, Ann said being an organ donor means selflessly giving another person the gift of life. She also described organ donation as an act of compassion, humanity, and love.
Hence, she found the NY doctor's demand for a return of his kidney or a cash payment illegal and a highly destructive and irreparable message about organ donation.
GEORGE LOPEZ DAUGHTER
George and Ann are proud parents to a daughter named Mayan Lopez, who they welcomed in 1996. Mayan was only 15 years old when her parents divorced but has grown to become a beautiful woman.
Today, Mayan Lopez is 25 years old and has followed in her parents' footsteps by going into showbiz. She is an actor like her dad and also a producer like her mom.
In 2007, Mayan appeared on her dad's show, "George Lopez," and continued her acting career after that. She is known for "Kill Her! Mata La!," "Handsome: A Netflix Mystery Movie," and "Mr. Troop Mom." She also appeared on "Celebrity Family Feud" in 2017.
In June, Deadline reported that Mayan and her dad would star in "Lopez vs. Lopez," a working-class multi-camera comedy that NBC's pilot commitment.
Mayan shares an incredible bond with her parents. On Mother's Day, she posted a rare picture of herself and her mother and paid tribute to her by describing her as her heart outside her body and her best friend.
Despite being divorced, George and Ann successfully co-parent their daughter. The comedian agrees that he is no saint but can only try his best. With a caring ex-wife and loving daughter, his best seems always to be good enough.
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