In the 1980s, the name Jacqueline Ray was very popular in the entertainment industry. This was because the lady was not only a talented actress but also a hot model. However, while Ray’s career was blossoming, her personal life was somewhat of a disaster. She ended up having three failed marriages and was sentenced to prison for hiring a hitman! So how did such a successful actress end up behind bars?
Life is full of uncertainty. One moment you can be one of the most popular and loved actresses and the next you can be languishing in prison because of one mistake. This is a story that Jacki Ray can relate too well. While she is behind bars, there is still a lot to be said about this beautiful actress and model.
Who is Jacqueline Ray Selleck?
Jacqueline Ray was born on 17th July 1952 in Burbank, California, as Jacqueline Mary Ray. As of 2019, Jacqueline Ray age is 67 years. Little is known about her parents, childhood, and education. However, what we do know is that she is an American citizen and before her legal troubles started, Jacqueline was a prominent actress in Hollywood. Her talent in acting enabled her to land various roles in both movies and television shows. Apart from acting and modelling, she is best known as Jacqueline Ray Tom Selleck's first wife.
Famous model in the 60s
Like many other actresses in the entertainment industry, Tom Selleck first wife was also a prominent model. She started modelling way back in the 1960s, and her modelling career enabled her to grace many famous fashion magazine covers.
She is a successful actress
When comparing her modelling and acting career, Ray enjoyed immense success in the latter. The former model made her debut in the acting industry in 1967 when she landed the role of Denise in the film In Like Flint which was a comedy and adventure movie. In the same year, she also got a minor uncredited role in The Gnome Mobile. However, it was her roles in Magnum P.I (1981-1983) that cemented her status as one of the most talented actresses in Hollywood.
While she may have taken a long break from acting which lasted for almost two decades, her recent work was in 2007 where she played the role of a dancer in Unfabulous. Moviegoers may recognise the actress from several television shows in the 1980s and 1970s films. Throughout her career, she often starred in small roles in both movies and television series that featured major stars such as Leonard Katzman, Pamela Hensley, and many others. Ray has more than 11 film credits which include:
- Dallas (1983)
- Matt Houston (1983)
- The New Mike Hammer (1984)
- Beyond the Universe (1981)
- Frasier, the Sensuous Lion (1973)
- In Like Flint (1967)
- The Killings at Outpost Zeta (1980).
Jacqueline Ray first marriage
Marriages are full of ups and downs. However, in Hollywood, it is a common occurrence to hear of celebrities divorcing a few years or even months later after eloping or saying their vows in a colourful wedding. For Jacqueline, the pursuit of finding true love resulted in three failed marriages. Her first marriage was to a man named Shepard. Little is known about the former husband, but the couple had a son together called Kevin Shepard who was born in 1966.
Jacqueline Ray Tom Selleck's first wife
When things did not work out with her first husband, the actress moved on and ended up falling in love with renowned actor Tom Selleck. After tying the knot, Ray became Tom’s first wife. The famous couple managed to remain together for the longest, 11 years. It is believed the couple first met on the set of Magnum P.I where Selleck was the lead character, private investigator, Thomas Magnum. The love birds’ romance blossomed, and when he got down on one knee to propose, the former actress was more than happy to say yes to the man of her dreams.
While little is known about Tom Selleck Jacqueline Ray wedding, what we do know is that the two celebrities got married on the 15th of May 1971. However, Selleck’s fame put a strain on their relationship and in 1982 they filed for divorce.
Third marriage also fails
As the saying goes third time is a charm. So after Tom Selleck and Jacqueline Ray divorce, the actress went on to get married for the third time to Clarence Barry Witmer. She has kept her third marriage private, and for fans, it remains a mystery.
Jacqueline Ray son Kevin Selleck
Who is Tom Selleck's adopted son? While in their 11-year marriage, the Magnum P.I actor adopted Ray’s son Kevin who ended up following the footsteps of his stepdad by becoming an actor. Kevin Shepard is a son from the actress’s first marriage. However, when Tom Selleck adopted Kevin, he changed his name to Kevin Selleck. Apart from having a son named Kevin, the Beyond the Universe star is also blessed with a daughter, Umeko Ray.
Jacqueline hires an assassin to kill son-in-law
Jacqueline and her daughter Umeko have always been close. However, as much as parents want to protect their kids forever, daughters tend to get married and leave the parent’s nest. So when Umeko got married to Leon Bauchum in 2008, everyone wished them nothing but happiness and long life.
The mother-daughter bond is so strong that when the movie star found that her child Umeko was being abused by her husband, she decided to take matters into her own hands. Jacqueline hired an assassin to kill her son-in-law, Leon Bauchum. From gathered reports, Tom Selleck’s ex-wife paid a man named Luis Barker $12,000 to shoot her daughter's husband.
Currently serving an 18-year prison sentence
Following the murder case, Jacqueline was charged with second-degree murder and sentenced to 18 years in prison. The actress claimed her motive for killing the son-in-law was because he was abusing not only her daughter Umeko but also her grandchildren. During the court proceedings, more details about the murder emerged. Prosecutors claimed that Ray lured Bauchman to her house where the hitman Barker was waiting.
Barker then shot Bauchman and dumped his body in a ditch outside Gig Harbor in Washington. Ray defended herself by explaining that she was trying to protect her daughter from enduring any more physical abuse.
Where is Jacqueline Ray Today?
Despite pleadings from various people including the daughter and former reverend, the judge proceeding over that case was not lenient and sentenced Jaqueline to 18 years four months in prison while the assassin Luis Barker was given a 29 years prison sentence. So if you were asking where is Jacqueline Selleck today then the popular actress is behind bars.
Ethnicity and height
Jacqueline Ray height is 5 feet 7 inches tall. Her ethnicity is Caucasian. While her exact body measurements are unknown, judging from her sexy photos available online, it is clear that the former model has a beautiful figure.
Without a doubt, Jacqueline Ray will be remembered as one of the best actresses of 1980s. While she went on to build a name for herself in Hollywood and married the popular Tom Selleck, Ray good name as a celebrity worth looking up to has been tainted by her murder case. However, her going to prison shows that it is not just regular folks who can end up behind bars; even celebrities are not above the law.