Howie Mandel's wife, Terry Mandel, has significantly influenced his career growth through her unwavering commitment and support. Similarly, Terry is in the entertainment industry as a producer but stays away from the spotlight.
Howie Mandel marked his spot in the entertainment industry as the host of "Deal or No Deal" and later became a judge on "America's Got Talent." He is one of the faces of comedy in Hollywood and has proved his skills in the craft.
Undoubtedly, he is a hard-working man with a knack for comedy, but when he is not on the job, Howie can be found resting at home with his wife of over 40 years, Terry Mandel. Let's find out the most interesting facts about her.
TERRY AND HOWIE MET EACH OTHER AS KIDS
Terry and Howie grew up as childhood friends and met at 12 years old while students. However, they did not pursue a romantic relationship until high school. The famous host narrated:
"We drove to the movies in my mother's Cutlass Supreme. The car hit an ice patch and wound up teetering on its side before coming down on four wheels."
Terry walked down the aisle to marry the man of her dreams on March 16, 1980, and not long after, they expanded their family and welcomed three beautiful children. Their eldest child, Jackelyn Shultz, was born in 1984, followed by Alex in 1989 and Riley in 1992.
TERRY SUPPORTED HER HUSBAND
Like her husband, Terry is also in the entertainment business as a television producer. However, she remained away from the spotlight for most of her life.
Nevertheless, Terry supports Howie's career from behind the scenes, even if it means time away from home. "I've been in this business for 40 years, and I do every kind of performance – from live animation to drama," Howie said.
According to the comedian, Terry's sense of humor makes her all the more attractive, especially since it matches his.
Surprisingly, he nearly turned down an offer that would make him a household name. When he was asked to host a game show in 2005, Howie turned down the opportunity three times. Fortunately, his wife pushed him to take the deal. "You'll see. It's good," his wife said, and so he listened. Looking back, he said:
"There is no show I've ever been part of, or no project I've ever been part of that has changed my life, that has changed my career, that is more exciting to be part of than 'Deal or No Deal.'"
WHAT DOES TERRY MANDEL DO?
Born on August 26, 1955, in Toronto, Canada, Terry relocated to the United States and currently lives in Los Angeles. She studied at William Lyon Mackenzie Collegiate Institute and later transferred to Harvard University, where she received her business degree.
Aside from being a producer known for "Howie Mandel: Live from Carnegie Mall," she is also a talent manager. It is no surprise that Terry and Howie have a great relationship, given their passion for entertainment.
TERRY LIKES ANIMALS AND DOESN'T LIKE HOME DUTIES
The couple also has great chemistry as they are in love with each other's characteristics. According to the comedian, Terry's sense of humor makes her all the more attractive, especially since it matches his. He said:
"She made me laugh. It was wonderful to meet a witty woman. Spending your life with someone who doesn't have that wouldn't be palatable."
They also share the same dislike for kitchen duties. They usually have dinner in restaurants to spare themselves the trouble of determining who would be in charge of meals. Although it can be pretty costly, it saves them time and energy after a long day's work.
Jackie, who is now a mom to two adorable toddlers, revealed that the COVID-19 pandemic worsened her mental health issues.
Although she isn't fond of home duties, Terry has a special place for animals in her heart. In 2020, Terry admitted that she likes all kinds of animals, which her husband fully knows. So on her birthday, Howie surprised his wife with an elephant that he rented to bring home.
Things, however, did not go as planned as Terry got bored within half an hour. To worsen things, the elephant damaged about $45,000 worth of their property, which they needed to have repaired. Although it wasn't the best gift, it certainly gave them the best story to look back on and laugh about.
DO TERRY AND HOWIE HAVE CHILDREN?
Terry and Howie's three kids are now adults and have relatively stayed away from the spotlight like their mother. However, their eldest daughter Jackie made an exception and allowed an interview with People magazine to discuss her mental health struggles with her father.
Both Howie and Jackie have suffered from anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder, which hasn't always been easy to deal with, especially during the pandemic. "I'm not proud of that gift I've given her," Howie said. "But our coping skills are to find the light."
Jackie, who is now a mom to two adorable toddlers, revealed that the pandemic worsened her mental health issues. "My anxiety sometimes leads to depression," she admitted and added:
"I went through the extreme, and I just locked myself in. I've been isolated and scared for a year and a half, and now that things are starting to open back up, I'm really not at the same place that most people are."
However, Jackie has taken the necessary steps to help with her struggles, such as seeking professional help. She credits her dad for being open about seeing a therapist and ingraining in her head that there is nothing wrong with asking for help. "Whenever I was upset or sad or having a bad day, I knew I could reach out," she said.
Howie Mandel and Terry Mandel at Howie's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on September 4, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images
HOW LONG HAVE TERRY AND HOWIE BEEN TOGETHER?
Howie and Terry have been together for over 40 years, and their marriage only gets stronger as each day passes. According to Howie, the secret to a long-lasting marriage is that "I'm not there." He went on to joke:
"We celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary in the lockdown, and I said, 'You want to redo our vows?' and she goes, 'I got mine, enough already.'"
They are also comfortable joking around with each other. In fact, in 2019, Howie quipped about the new man in Terry's life. He revealed that his wife was no longer the same woman he knew and was in love with Bradley Cooper.
Howie and Terry are not the only celebrity couple whose relationship withstood the test of time. Actor and film director Ron Howard has also been happily married to his wife of over 40 years, Cheryl Howard.
Like the Mandels, Ron and Cheryl started their relationship as high school sweethearts and married at a young age. Admittedly, Ron believed their young love shouldn't have worked out, but he is over the moon that it turned out to be the best decision he made.
During a 2019 interview, Ron shared, "I met her, and there was never anybody else." He also believes that communication is the key to a successful marriage. Two people must learn to have difficult conversations and constructive arguments to understand each other's points of view.
Cheryl has also been very supportive throughout her husband's career. Like many other couples, they had their challenges but still worked through them together. "Our compatibility has endured through all kinds of experiences," he said.
Ron and Howie have undoubtedly set the bar for successful careers and marriages. Although their challenges are not publicized, the two celebrities also dealt with ups and downs in their respective unions. Fans could only aspire to have a job like theirs, let alone an everlasting love as they do.
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