Janet Surtees is an American celebrity wife. She came to prominence as the widow of American late actor, James Arness. He was famous for playing the character of Matt Dillon in the TV series Gunsmoke from 1955 to 1975.
Mrs. Surtess remains private, when comes to her family life. Her birth name is Janet Arness. Nothing much is known about her on the media. Where is Janet now? Let's find out.
Married Life With Late Spouse, James Arness
Well, James's beautiful widow Janet Surtees is now living a happy single life and is busy with charity works. However, she was leading a blissful marital relationship with her late spouse, James.
They first met in Tujunga Avenue where Janet worked for Arness’s makeup artist Glen Alden‘s partner shop. After spending some quality time together, they began dating and dated for nearly four years before nuptials.
Finally, the duo tied the knot in 1978 in an intimate wedding ceremony. Since the day, they were enjoying their married life, supporting each other as a strong partner until James' passing in 2011.
However, they mostly maintained a low profile and were appeared in public in rare times. During their long-lasting matrimony, they didn't share any kids together.
James' First Marriage
Three times Primetime Emmy Awards nominee was previously married to his first wife, Virginia Chapman in 1948. After their wedlock, he adopted her son, Craig Aurness, born in 1946 and died on December 14, 2004.
However, the things between them did not work forever and had divorced in 1963. Together, they shared two children, a daughter Jenny Lee Arness (b May 23, 1950) and a son, Rolf Aurness (b. February 18, 1952).
Affter the divorce, the actor granted legal custody of the kids. But sadly, their daughter Jenny killed herself on May 12, 1975, with a lethal drug overdose in Malibu, California. She was nearly 26 years old. Two years after Jenny's died, her mother Virginia also passed away in 1977 from a heroin overdose.
James Arness was in a relationship with Thordis Brandt for six years.
James' Dies at 88
The 6-foot-6 actor, James Arness has died on Friday, June 3, 2011, of natural causes. He was 88. He was found dead in his home in Los Angeles.
Net Worth- $8 Million
Janet Surtees now enjoys a million dollars net worth. She has inherited all of her late husband's James Arness asset. He had a net worth of $8 million at the time of his death in 2011.
He gained people attention when he starred as Matt Dillon in the series, Gunsmoke from 1955 to 1975. From the shown, he earned $1,200 an episode firstly, but he renegotiated for $20,000 per episode.
His other television credits include The Lone Ranger, The Macahans, Front Row Center, and McClain's Law. Moreover, he had worked in various hit films such as The Farmer's Daughter, Them!, The People Against O'Hara, etc.
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