Who Were Gene Autry's Immediate Family?


Quick Answer

Gene Autry's immediate family consisted of his parents Delbert and Elnora Autry and his siblings Veda Coppola, Wilma Gliessner and Dudley Autry. He also had two wives, Ina May Spivey and Jacqueline Ellam. Gene Autry did not have any children.

Continue Reading

Full Answer

Gene Autry met his first wife Ina in 1932. Ina's uncle was musician and composer Jimmy Long, whom Gene Autry worked with and whose song "My Alabama Home" was on Gene's first record. On April 1, 1932, during a trip to St. Louis to perform, Jimmy, his wife Jesse and Ina visited Gene. Gene and Ina went on a date that afternoon with the intention of meeting up with the Longs for dinner, but the pair married that day before the foursome met up again. The two remained married until Ina's passing in 1980.

In 1981, Gene Autry married his second wife, Jacqueline Ellam. She worked as a vice president at the bank Gene used. The two began dating after Gene invited her to a New Year's Eve party on Jan. 31, 1980. The two married on July 17, 1981, and remained married until Gene's passing in 1998. Jacqueline is the former owner of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and was the honorary president of the MLB's American Division from 2000 to 2015.

Learn more about Art & Literature

Related Questions