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October 22, 2021

Edward Herrmann’s Daughter Ryen Has 3 Kids Including Twins with Wife after Divorcing a Man

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Late actor Edward Herrmann’s oldest daughter Ryen is a mother of three children with wife Whitney Gage. Ryen was previously married to a man named Christopher Occhialini.

Ryen Herrman is a doting mom of girls and is married to Whitney Gage Herrmann. On June 19, Whitney took to Facebook to share a sweet family photo featuring Ryen and the kids.

The image displayed the couple outdoors at the beach sitting on a rock cliff. Each woman held one of their offspring while one sibling stood atop the rock, and they were all smiles.

Pictured: Actor, director and writer Edward Herrmann from one of the scenes on "Gilmore Girls." | Source: YouTube/@anyt1hng

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RYEN’S FAMILY

On April 20, Whitney posted another heartwarming snap of the siblings dressed in blue matching onesie pajamas. They posed, sitting against the wall while leaning into each other for the picture.

Whitney shared another beautiful photo in April 2018 that featured her alongside Ryen. Each of the ladies held their twins, who wore matching white dresses.

The ladies posed in the living room with the curtains wide open. The duo flash smiles in the image, with Ryen towering over her spouse.

Actor Ed Herrmann during Academy of Television Arts & Science presenting Behind the Scenes of "Gilmore Girls" at Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre in North Hollywood, California | Photo: Getty Images

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In June 2016, Whitney shared an intimate picture of her and Ryen smiling while lying down with their heads butting. She wrote over the image:

“We are Orlando.”

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TYING THE KNOT

On September 26, 2014, the lovebirds eloped in an intimate ceremony. However, Ryen posted a picture of Whitney putting a ring on her finger with the caption that read:

“Getting it done! With Whitney Gage Herrmann in Washington D.C.”

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DAD’S PASSING

Ryen’s dad died at age 71 in New York City on December 31, 2014. Edward had been battling brain cancer, and TMZ reported that get underwent chemo before he passed.

The star actor’s condition reportedly deteriorated over the holidays, and his family decided to remove him from a respirator. His son Rory said in a statement:

“He was full of knowledge and kindness and goodness. He always wanted to share the great and beautiful things in life.”

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The late actor was known for his passion for classic cars. In March 2010, the New York Times featured his extensive car collection. He even hosted the show “Automobiles” and was a spokesman for Dodge during the 1990s.

According to BBC, the actor was surrounded by his family when he died. He is survived by his five children and second wife, Star Hayner.

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EDWARD’S CAREER

On July 21, 1943, the star was born in Washington, District of Columbia, as Edward Kirk Herrmann. He was known for his stellar work on the 1987 film “Overboard,” “Annie” (1982), and “The Lost Boys” (1987).

In addition, Edward was an accomplished actor best known for his legendary role as the beloved grandfather Richard Gilmore on the drama series “Gilmore Girls.”

He played a distinguished family patriarch who embodied traditional values and was on the hit show for seven seasons. Edward’s character also died on the show.

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According to People, the material on the TV series paid a loving homage to his character. In addition, his costars paid tribute to him. Lauren Graham told People:

"It was a big day to walk on the 'Gilmore' stage without Ed, but there were tears of joy all over the place as well.”

Meanwhile, actress Kelly Bishop who played his on-screen wife, explained she was deeply fond of the Washington D.C. native. She added that they were buddies on the set of their show.

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Bishop said they hung out together and spent time doing crossword puzzles. Moreover, the duo had occasional drinks after the show and stayed in contact via email.

The series creator Amy Sherman-Palladino recalled how shocked the team felt upon learning about Edward’s passing. She shared that it felt weird because he passed on not too long after the cast had a reunion in Austin.

Sherman-Palladino said the crew and cast were all unprepared for the news of the beloved actor’s passing. After all, they did not even know that Edward was sick because he was a proud man, adding “he was dad.”

Edward Herrmann with daughter Ryen and wife Starr during "Intolerable Cruelty" Premiere - Arrivals at Academy Theatre in Beverly Hills, California | Photo: Getty Images

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REMEMBERING DAD

His daughter also remembered him and said her dad did not fully realize the significance of his role on the show. Ryen said for her father:

"It was, 'I got up and got to go be with my other family.' I mean, that's what it was. It was not work to him."  

She explained that in their personal lives, the show was an extension of their family. Ryen herself made a cameo on the series once.

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THE CAMEO

At the “Gilmore Girls” Fan Fest in Kent, Connecticut, in October 2017, Ryen shared she had previously made an appearance in an unlikely scene.

She said the experience felt surreal, especially because she felt she was not really in the scene. However, her mother chimed in, affirming her part, and asked the audience whether they recognized her daughter.

During her cameo, Ryen had taken the role of one of Logan’s sister bridesmaids, Alexandra. Her role appears in the Season 6 episode “Bridesmaids Revisited.”

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THE IMPACT OF THE SHOW

The mom of three admitted she found it overwhelming and very humbling that the show attracted much interest years after it ended.

Ryen attributed the show’s success to its timelessness. She also explored how the cast learned, grew, and came together to investigate topics that were relevant for multiple generations and would be for many years. 

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FACTS ABOUT RYEN

On a personal note, she was born Ryen Alaire Roman. Like her father, Ryen also pursued an acting career and is known for her short role in “Gilmore Girls” (2002).

She has a sister named Emma, and before she met her now-spouse, she was married to a man named Christopher Occhialini on June 9, 2007. The date of their divorce remains unknown.

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