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Blue Bloods star Tom Selleck’s love story with wife Jillie Mack

The Magnum P.I. star has been happily married since 1987

Tom Selleck may have gained a strong fanbase for his roles in Magnum P.I. and Blue Bloods, but he is even more beloved by his wife Jillie Mack. The couple have been together since 1983 and they show no sign of faltering.

With their daughter Hannah all grown up and working as an equestrian, Tom and Jillie are living their best life on their ranch together.

Tom Selleck and wife Jillie Mack
Tom Selleck and wife Jillie Mack

Here’s everything you need to know about their relationship.

How they met

Tom Selleck and Jillie Mack during 41st Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
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Jillie Mack and Tom Selleck in 1984

While Tom was in London, filming Lassiter, he ended up seeing Cats eight and a half times on the West End, where Jillie was playing the character Rumpleteazer. He described her as “the personification of joie de vivre”, and she reportedly had no interest in his star factor. When her cast mate mentioned that Tom kept staring at her, she replied: “Who the [expletive] is that?”

Tom’s co-star Jane Seymour certainly found Tom’s fascination with the musical odd: “He kept telling me how great Cats was,” she told People in 1984. “I thought it was good, but I couldn’t see going back a dozen times.”

The couple reportedly went for dinner one night and had been together ever since. Once her contract for Cats was up, she moved to the U.S. where their relationship blossomed.

The White House state dinner

WASHINGTON DC, UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 09: Actor Tom Selleck and his partner Jillie Mack arrive at the White House arrive for a gala dinner with the Prince and Princess of Wale on November 09, 1985 in Washington DC, United States. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)© Anwar Hussein
Tom Selleck and his partner Jillie Mack arrive at the White House arrive for a gala dinner with the Prince and Princess of Wale

Two years into their relationship, Tom invited Jillie as his date to the state dinner at the White House in 1985, where he was invited by President Reagan and his wife Nancy.

Many people will remember this evening as the night John Travolta danced with Princess Diana, but few people know that Tom cut in and took over when royal aides thought people might talk if she only danced with the Saturday Night Fever star.

DAKH89 Diana, Princess of Wales dances with actor Tom Selleck during a White House Gala Dinner November 9, 1985 in Washington, DC.
Diana, Princess of Wales dances with actor Tom Selleck during a White House Gala Dinner November 9, 1985

In fact, Princess Diana had personally invited Tom, along with John Travolta and Clint Eastwood.

Meanwhile, Jillie danced with the future king, Charles, twice. Reportedly, he told her: “I was so happy you rescued me. Nancy’s friends kept stepping on my toes.”

Unusual wedding plans

PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 20: Actor Tom Selleck and wife Jillie Mack attend the 39th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 20, 1987 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
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Tom and his wife Jillie a month after marrying

Tom and Jillie tied the knot on August 7, 1987 in a wedding chapel near Lake Tahoe, Nevada. The wedding, with only a handful of family members present, was a complete secret with everyone donning fake names to throw off the media.

The minister was expecting a “Tom Jenkins” and “Suzie Mark” to arrive at the chapel – needless to say, he was surprised when the actor and his bride arrived.

Their daughter Hannah

Tom Selleck with wife Jillie and daughter Hannah© Getty
“I said, this is crazy. I quit Magnum really, to have a family, and now I’m jumping at every movie that comes along.”

On December 16, 1988, Tom and Jillie welcomed their daughter Hannah. Nowadays, Hannah is a decorated equestrian who has competed at the Olympics. She founded Descanso Farm, developing “top-quality sales horses and the advancement of horses’ show careers.”

Life on the ranch

Tom Selleck and wife, Jillie Mack during 8th Anniversary of the Grand Havana Room and the Premiere of James Orr's Documentaries on the Fuente Family - Arrivals at The Grand Havana Room in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Arun Nevader/WireImage)© Arun Nevader
Tom and Jillie lead a private life on their ranch

The couple raised Hannah on a secluded 65-acre ranch in Ventura, California, stepping out of the spotlight for a more family-oriented life. Hannah grew horse-riding on the ranch’s horse corral, and Tom spoke happily about how he grew avocados until the California droughts depleted the trees.

Jillie’s cameos

O'AHU - JANUARY 10: Magnum, P.I. (alt.: MAGNUM PI / MAGNUM, PI). A CBS television detective drama series. Episode, "Professor Jonathan Higgins," January 10, 1985. Pictured from left is Tom Selleck (as Magnum), John Hillerman (as Higgins), Jillie Mack (as Sally Ponting). (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)© CBS Photo Archive
Jillie has made a number of cameos on Magnum P.I.

Since living in the U.S, Jillie has made numerous cameo appearances on Magnum P.I. in seasons four and five. She also appeared

Tom’s marriage to Jacqueline Ray

American actor Tom Selleck and his wife, American actress and model Jacqueline Ray attend the 34th Primetime Emmy Awards, held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California, 19th September 1982. (Photo by Frank Edwards/Fotos International/Archive Photos/Getty Images)© Frank Edwards
Tom Selleck with ex-wife Jacqueline Ray

Before he met Jillie, Tom was married to actress Jacqueline Ray from 1971 to 1982. While their marriage broke down prior to his fame on Magnum P.I., she appeared on the show twice. Tom adopted Jacqueline’s son Kevin from her previous relationship.

Their divorce caused a media furor, of which Tom reflected: “Jacki got the rough end of it. They said I left her because of Magnum, well we split up about a year before the pilot, so all those things were a little bruising.”

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