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Caroline Smedvig: Everything about James Taylor’s Wife

Edduin Carvajal
Jun 22, 2022
05:15 P.M.
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Award-winning musician James Taylor has been married to Caroline Smedvig for two decades, and she inspired some of his most famous love songs, including "Caroline I See You."

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Caroline Smedvig might not be as famous as her Grammy-winning husband, James Taylor, but she is also into music. Her parents were Elisabeth Goold and Albert Hessberg II, but they died in 1991 and 1995, respectively.

Goold and Hessberg II were survived by Smedvig and her two brothers, Albert Hessberg III, and Philip. Hessberg III followed in his dad's footsteps and became a lawyer, but the New York Supreme Court Appellate Division's Third Judicial Department disbarred him in June 2019.

James Taylor on January 28, 2019 in New York City | Source: Getty Images

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Smedvig's brother pleaded guilty to wire and mail fraud and filing a false tax return. He confessed to stealing over $2 million from his firm and clients to pay school tuition, income taxes, and wedding expenses.

Taylor's wife chose a different career path. She graduated from the Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, in 1975 and got a job as a newspaper reporter.

In 1980, Smedvig joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) and eventually became its director of public relations and marketing – a position she left in 2004 after marrying Taylor.

James Taylor and his wife, Caroline Smedvig, on April 17, 2014 in New York City | Source: Getty Images

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CAROLINE SMEDVIG AND JAMES TAYLOR'S MARRIAGE

Smedvig and Taylor met in 1993 when he played a concert with the BSO. However, they waited two years before giving love a try because he was married to his second wife, actress Kathryn Walker. More on Taylor's previous wives later.

Taylor and Smedvig went on their first date on July 3, 1995 (thus his hit love song "On the 4th of July") and tied the knot on February 18, 2001, at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Boston.

The famous musician is Smedvig's second husband. She and Rolf T. Smedvig – the BSO's former principal trumpeter – tied the knot in December 1980.

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WHO WAS JAMES TAYLOR MARRIED TO BEFORE?

Speaking of ex-partners, Taylor's first wife was legendary singer Carly Simon. They walked down the aisle in 1972 and welcomed daughter Sally and son Ben, both musicians.

[Taylor] pointed out that becoming a parent later in life was better.

The former couple divorced in 1983 and eventually lost contact. Two years later, Taylor married Kathryn Walker, who helped him get sober and quit his substance addiction. They were together for 11 years and parted ways in 1996.

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CAROLINE SMEDVIG AND JAMES TAYLOR'S CHILDREN

When Taylor married Smedvig, he didn't want to have more children. However, he changed his mind after noticing how much he loved his wife.

Smedvig also wanted kids, but they eventually learned she could not have them. Instead of getting discouraged, they turned to surrogacy and welcomed twin sons Rufus and Henry in April 2001.

Taylor had children during different periods and pointed out that becoming a parent later in life was better. He said you eventually feel ready and settled enough to expand your family.

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The "Fire and Rain" singer added that men should marry later in life because they don't make good partners until they are at least 35 years old and have already finished experimenting and hoping for someone "different or better."

James Taylor and Caroline Smedvig settled in Lenox, Massachusetts, and they are still involved with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. What a lovely couple!

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