Joanne Carson


Age: 83

Summary: second wife of longtime Tonight Show host Johnny Carson (d. 2005) whom the couple met and dated in New York in 1960 while she was a struggling model and Carson was host of the ungrammatically titled TV game show What Do You Trust? just two years before he became king of late-night TV, but who was tired of the celebrity wife lifestyle after a few years and moved back to her native California, where she later became a close confidante of author Truman Capote (who died at her home in 1984).

Cause of Death: Lengthy illness

Born: October 20, 1931

Died: May 8, 2015

Los Angeles, California