Lesly Brown Sajak is an American photographer, former model, and the wife of Pat Sajak, the host of the popular game show Wheel of Fortune. She has been married to Pat for over three decades and has two children with him. She is also a jewelry maker and has appeared on Wheel of Fortune several times. In this article, we will take a closer look at her life, career, and relationship with Pat.
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Early Life and Education
Lesly Brown was born on February 18, 1965, in Maryland, USA. She is one of the three daughters of Michael, a dentist, and Maria Brown. Her two sisters are Wendy and Kelly. She attended the University of Maryland and graduated in 1986 with a degree in television production. She had always harbored a deep interest for a career in the world of glamour and was once delegated as Miss Georgetown.
Modeling and Acting Career
After graduating from the University of Maryland, Lesly Brown found some work as a model. She also had aspirations of becoming an actress. She was featured in Playboy in a pictorial called ‘Women of Washington’ in November 1988. In the photo, a 23-year-old Brown can be seen clad in a sheer red brassiere, matching red panties, and a white garter belt with stockings.
She also appeared on a reality show called The Dating Show, where she was selected as a contestant and went on a trip to Mexico with the bachelor who had chosen her on the show. However, this stirred up some jealousy in Pat Sajak, who had already met her and developed feelings for her.
Relationship with Pat Sajak
Lesly Brown met Pat Sajak at the grand opening of a friend’s sports bar in 1988. However, the two didn’t see sparks fly straight away. “There was no electricity in the air,” Sajak recalled in an interview with PEOPLE in the early ’90s. He looked over at Brown and teased, “The subject of you didn’t come up in my car ride home.”
After their initial meeting, Sajak and Brown became friends. The two would talk on the phone and hang out, but “it wasn’t romantic,” as Brown told PEOPLE. Several months later, however, feelings started to change. “Frankly, I was a little annoyed at that,” Sajak said about Brown’s appearance on The Dating Show. “There was definitely borderline jealousy. That was good,” Brown said. It was enough to make Sajak realize that Brown was the woman that he wanted to marry. “I knew she was the woman I wanted to spend the rest of my life with,” Sajak recalled.
Sajak proposed to Brown with a 3-carat marquise-shaped diamond ring in the summer of 1989. A few months later, the two exchanged vows in front of close family and friends at a Catholic church in Annapolis, Maryland. The reception was held nearby, in the backyard of Brown’s parents’ house. Sajak’s Wheel of Fortune co-host Vanna White was also in attendance.
Family Life and Children
Sajak and Brown have two children together: a daughter named Maggie and a son named Patrick. Maggie was born on January 5, 1995, and Patrick was born on September 22, 1990. Both of them have followed their parents’ footsteps and pursued careers in the entertainment industry. Maggie is a singer-songwriter who released her debut single “First Kiss” in 2011. Patrick is a comedian who has performed at various venues and festivals.
Both of their children have also been on Wheel of Fortune. Maggie made her debut on the show in 1996, when she was only one year old. She appeared again in 2016, when she joined her father on stage during the show’s 6,000th episode. Patrick also appeared on the show in 2017, when he filled in for Vanna White as the letter-turner while his father was recovering from surgery.
Photography and Jewelry Making
Lesly Brown has since retired from modeling and acting and has taken up photography as her passion. She specializes in nature photography and runs a website called Lesly Brown’s Visible Style, where she showcases her work. She has also appeared in several magazines and publications as a photographer.
Brown is also a jewelry maker who creates wheel-themed jewelry. She has a line of earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and rings that are inspired by the wheel of fortune. She appeared on an episode of Wheel of Fortune in March 2008 to promote her jewelry.
|Lesly Brown Sajak
|58 years old (as of 2023)
|Pat Sajak (m. 1989)
|Maggie Marie Sajak, Patrick Michael James Sajak
|Bachelor’s degree in television production
|$1.5 million (estimated)
|Favorite TV Show
|Wheel of Fortune