What Are Some Facts About Jesse Belle Denver?

By Staff WriterLast Updated May 27, 2020 7:23:45 PM ET
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Jesse Belle Denver is perhaps best known as the daughter of singer John Denver and actress Cassandra Delaney. John Denver tragically died when Jesse was a child, although the singer's work left a mark on the nation. His song, Rocky Mountain High, is one of Colorado's official state songs. After John's death, many fans wondered what became of his child. Did she follow in his creative footsteps? 

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She Was Born Into Fame

Jesse's mother, Cassandra, is an actress from Australia. She appeared in several films, including One Night Stand, Vietnam, and Hurricane Smith. She is also a talented singer. After courting John Denver for two years, Cassandra married and settled in Aspen, Colorado.

Her father, John, was a famed singer originally born as Henry John Deutschendorf Jr. John would go on to write and sing several top hits, including eThank God I'm a Country Boy and Sunshine on My Shoulders

Cassandra and John separated in 1991 after three years of marriage. During the separation, John asked for joint custody of Jesse and a restraining order against his wife. They were separated for about two years before the divorce was finalized.

Her Father Died in a Plane Accident

Unfortunately, John Denver tragically died in a plane accident when Jesse was just eight years old. In 1997, the airplane John was piloting crashed near Monterey Bay, California. The 53-year-old lost control of his plane and died of blunt force trauma. He was the only person on board.

She Has Two Siblings

Jesse has two siblings, Zachary and Anna Kate. Both of Jesse's siblings were adopted by her father during his first marriage to Annie Martell. Jesse's mother did not have any other children. Jesse's birth was a surprise to John, who had believed himself to be unable to have children.

She Accepted a Star on Her Father's Behalf

In October 2014, Jesse and her brother accepted a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on their father's behalf. John Denver received the honor 17 years after his passing as a testament to his musical career and successes. Jesse spoke at the ceremony and appeared ecstatic that her father was receiving the honor. John's brother was also in attendance at the event and was photographed with Jesse and Zachary.

She Is an Artist

Today, Jesse displays creative talents, much like her father did. However, her talents center on painting and making jewelry. Jesse's art pieces are largely made with acrylics and pastels, which she displays on her social media profiles and personal website. Additionally, Jesse also makes and sells jewelry, which is available for purchase on her website. 

While Jesse lost her father young, it is clear that John Denver's legacy lives on in his children. Many people who mourned the loss of Denver and his musical talent remained curious about his only known biological child, but it seems that she is a largely private person.