Jean Kasem

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - View original article

Jump to: navigation, search
Casey Kasem and wife Jean on the red carpet at the 45th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards in September 1993

Jean Kasem (born Jean Thompson in 1953 or 1954)[1] is an American actress.


Early life[edit]

Jean Kasem was one of five children, with siblings Jeanette, Shirley, Joan and Tommy Thompson, of Irene Celia Thompson (1919-2008) and Herbert Owens Thompson Sr. (deceased).[2] She lived in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, before her civil-servant father moved the family to Guam in 1963 to help stop her recurring pneumonia.[3] She attended the University of Guam at age 16, but after marrying a U.S. Navy lieutenant when she was 17, she left to work as a waitress and saleswoman on U.S. military bases throughout the Pacific Ocean to which her husband was posted. The marriage lasted six years.[3] Kasem then moved to California and unsuccessfully attempted to find work in broadcast journalism. Frustrated, she joined an acting workshop and soon found roles on such TV series as Matt Houston, Fantasy Island and Alice.[3]


Kasem played the recurring role of Loretta Tortelli, the dimwitted wife of Nick Tortelli (Dan Hedaya) on Cheers and as a cast-member of the short-lived spinoff The Tortellis. She also had a brief appearance in Ghostbusters as one of Louis Tulley's party guests.[citation needed] Kasem has also worked as voice actor for such animated television series as Darkwing Duck, 2 Stupid Dogs, Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get a Clue!, Johnny Bravo, and Mother Goose and Grimm.

She made guest appearances in several movies and television shows, including Growing Pains, Cybill, Hunter, 'Hollywood Squares, My Two Dads, Hope & Gloria and others.[citation needed]

She holds 12 patents with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, all pertaining to crib and canopy design, developed for her crib business, Little Miss Liberty Round Crib Company.[4]

Personal life[edit]

She has been married to radio personality Casey Kasem since 1980 and they have one child together, Liberty Jean Kasem.[5]

In 1989, Casey Kasem purchased a house built in 1954 and located at 138 North Mapleton Drive, previously owned by developer Abraham M. Lurie, as a birthday present for her.[6][7] In 2013, he listed it for US$43 million.[6][7]

In October 2013, Kerri Kasem, one of Casey Kasem's three children from his first marriage, said her father was suffering from Parkinson's disease.[8] On October 1, Kerri Kasem, her siblings and Casey Kasem's brother protested outside Casey and Jean Kasem's home, saying Jean Kasem had been preventing contact with Casey Kasem for three months.[8][9] On October 7, Julie Kasem and her husband, Dr. Jamil Aboulhosn, filed a conservatorship petition to place Casey Kasem under their care.[10]


  1. ^ Dillon, Nancy (October 3, 2013). "Casey Kasem's kids give stepmom Jean Kasem ultimatum to let them visit ailing father". Daily News (New York). Retrieved October 6, 2013. "Jean, 59..." 
  2. ^ "Irene Celia Thompson". Portsmouth, New Hampshire: (Obituary) Portsmouth Herald. January 18, 2009. Archived from the original on October 1, 2013. Retrieved October 1, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c Norbom, Mary Ann (March 16, 1987). "Playing Dumb, Jean Kasem Gives a Brassy Tint to The Tortellis". People 27 (11). Retrieved October 1, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Kasem, Jean, Patents". United States Patent and Trademark Office. Retrieved October 1, 2013. 
  5. ^ Fitzpatrick, Laura (July 07, 2009). "Radio Host Casey Kasem". Time. Retrieved October 1, 2013. "Married his current wife, Jean ... in 1980. ... In 1990, after suffering eight miscarriages, the couple had a daughter, Liberty Jean Kasem." 
  6. ^ a b Ryon, Ruth (July 02, 1989). "Kasem Gives Wife Holmby Hills Gift". Los Angeles Times. 
  7. ^ a b Willett, Megan (April 08, 2013). "House of the Day: Casey Kasem Is Selling His Crazy LA Mansion For $42 Million". 
  8. ^ a b Pennacchio, George (October 01, 2013). "Casey Kasem's family feud: Wife won't let kids, friends see him?". Los Angeles, California: KABC-TV. Retrieved October 2, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Casey Kasem Family Feud: Cops Called". October 1, 2013. Retrieved October 2, 2013. 
  10. ^ Duke, Alan (October 8, 2013). "Casey Kasem's kids take stepmom to court". CNN. Retrieved October 16, 2013. 

External links[edit]