Pat Sajak Is Married to 19 Years Younger Lesly Brown Who Swore to 'Keep Quiet and Clean the Toilet Every Day'
- Pat Sajak and Lesly Brown didn't have a spark when they initially met.
- It eventually dawned on Sajak and Brown that they were meant to be together before having a wedding ceremony where her duties as a wife were mentioned.
- Sajak opened up about his future career plans and celebrated his birthday in October 2023.
Lesly Brown has been married to Pat Sajak for more than 30 years! She is nineteen years his junior and is a University of Maryland 1986 graduate with a degree in television production. The television personality's wife dreamt of going to law school one day. She was also Miss Georgetown and previously used to work as a Playboy model.
Lesly Brown and Pat Sajak in the United States. | Source: Getty Images
Playboy magazine featured her in its 1988 "Women of Washington″ edition. Brown probably ended up dating the "Wheel of Fortune" star because of fate. The story between the two was that they had no romantic interest in each other when they first met. Before meeting his second wife, the celebrity's first spouse was Sherrill.
How Sajak and Brown Met and Fell in Love
Sherill and Sajak remained together for seven years before divorcing in 1986. Once, during a conversation, Brown asked him if he had any interest in tying the knot again, and his answer was quite clear.
Lesly Brown and Pat Sajak at the premiere of "Mr. Saturday Night" on September 22, 1992, in Hollywood, California. | Source: Getty Images
He told her, "No, no, no, no, no, no, no!" showing how certain he was that marriage was no longer for him. So when he and Brown became a couple and then got married, it was pretty unexpected!
The duo started their relationship as platonic friends after an introduction in the summer of 1988. They were introduced to each other in California at the opening event of a mutual friend's sports bar.
Lesly Brown and Pat Sajak at the "Toys for Tots Benefit" on December 12, 1990, in Beverly Hills, California. | Source: Getty Images
Brown and the celebrity seemingly felt nothing romantic for each other, with him recalling how their meeting gave off "no electricity in the air." Sajak also said on his car ride back home Brown didn't come up!
Over several months, they went out together a few times and whenever the aspiring actress returned home to Maryland, she and Sajak often spoke despite the long distance. The pair showed no romantic interest in one another that during a phone call, the game show host was comfortable enough to mention needing to leave due to a date.
Brown found him easy and fun to talk to and confirmed that they had nothing romantic happening between them. However, Sajak confessed that by the spring of 1989, it became clear there was something more happening between them. Still, neither of the two wished to make the first move!
Before meeting in 1988, Brown took part in "The Dating Game." To collect her winnings, she had to travel to Mexico and was joined by the bachelor who had chosen her on the show, accompanied by a chaperone.
Pat Sajak and Lesly Brown at the 9th annual Fire and Ice Ball Benefit on December 9, 1998, in Universal City, California. | Source: Getty Images
By then, she and Sajak had developed a close friendship, with him admitting to finding himself a little annoyed by her going on a trip with another man. Brown teased him, saying he definitely had some jealousy at the time and thought that was good! Upon her return, Sajak flew over to meet her, confessing:
"I knew she was the woman I wanted to spend the rest of my life with."
In Los Angeles, he told Dan Miller, his longtime friend and talk show sidekick, about his plans to marry Brown. Miller was shocked and asked him if he was sure about his decision. True to his word, Sajak proposed, and Brown said yes, and he engaged her with a more than three-carat marquise-shaped diamond!
Tying the Knot
Four months after the proposal, Sajak, then-42, married Brown, then-24. Miller was the celebrity's best man at the wedding ceremony held at St. Mary's 19th-century Roman Catholic Church in Annapolis, Maryland.
Lesly and Pat Sajak at the world premiere of "XXX" in Los Angeles on August 5, 2002. | Source: Shutterstock
The couple's 40-minute ceremony was held at the candle-lit church, with them and their guests being serenaded by a 21-piece orchestra that played Greensleeves. The bride wore a white close-fitting taffeta gown decorated with sequins, lace, and pearls.
Sajak and his bride tied the knot in an old-fashioned ceremony. The priest even mentioned how a wife was a blessing for being silent and keeping her home clean, which caused the television show host to later joke about it, stating:
“Lesly swore to keep quiet and clean the toilet every day. I thought he should say a word about Mop & Glo.”
The reception was held at Brown's parents' two-story home outside Annapolis. Those who attended sat behind the house under a white tent and got to usher in the New Year while snacking on a menu of biscuits, egg rolls, and ham.
At the time, he said he wished to take a step back to enable him to start a family.
After the celebrations, the happy couple went on their short Caribbean honeymoon. Luckily for the television personality, his wife's family seemed to warm up quickly to him.
Sajak Welcomed into Brown’s Family
Even though Sajak and his wife had a nineteen-year age difference, Brown's family welcomed him in. Michael, the star's father-in-law, even joked about their family finally having a boy since he is blessed with three daughters!
Maria, the bride's mother, joked that they didn't watch television often and wouldn't start now just because Sajak was their son-in-law! Vanna White, the television star's onscreen co-host, was also at his wedding.
Lesly Brown and Pat Sajak during the premiere of "Perfect Stranger" in New York City, on April 10, 2007 | Source: Getty Images
She was accompanied to the ceremony by then-boyfriend George Santo Pietro. White revealed that Sajak's marriage wasn't going to change the friendship they had, and they'd continue seeing each other with Brown joining them because she isn't jealous.
Growing Their Family
Sajak once mentioned that he wasn't keen on charging into something else career-wise if things slowed down. At the time, he said he wished to take a step back to enable him to start a family.
Despite her past aspirations, back in 1990, Brown also wanted to stay at their Los Angeles home and raise their children. Their son Patrick was born in 1990, and his sister Maggie was welcomed in 1995. The star has since opened up about his plans to end his co-hosting job and celebrated a huge milestone in 2023.
What Did Sajak Say about Leaving His Show?
In September 2022, Sajak confessed that most long-term television hosts reached a point when they felt the length of their shows was enough. However, he believes his game show that premiered in 1975, "Wheel of Fortune," will never die.
Maggie's father gave a hint about his future career plans, saying he might leave before the show concluded. The host, who's been on it for 40 years, noted how years flew by quickly and believes they're nearing the end of it, adding:
"We're not gonna do this for another 40 years. The end is near."
Sajak said it has been an honor to be in people's homes for so long and he and the team are proud and happy about it. At the time, he and White were making preparations for "Celebrity Wheel of Fortune's" season 3 premiere.
In June 2023, Brown's husband took to X, formerly known as Twitter, to share some heartbreaking news. The celebrity revealed the time had come as he's decided that season 41, which began in September, will be his last one.
The star acknowledged how the journey has been wonderful and promised to reveal more in the coming months. However, some good news is that Sajak celebrated his 77th birthday on October 26, 2023!
Maggie took to Instagram to share a baby picture of herself holding her father's hand while he walked with her. The television personality's daughter wished him a "happy birthday" and emotionally thanked him for "leading" her through life.