Get to Know about Gene Hackman’s Second Wife, Betsy Arakawa!

Former classical pianist Betsy Arakawa became renowned after getting married to the Superman (1978) antagonist, Gene Hackman. She is his second wife.

Betsy and her partner, Gene are married for three decades and yet, they are still very much in love. After walking down the aisle, she became the stepmother to Christopher Allen, Elizabeth Jean, and Leslie Anne Hackman, kids from her partner’s previous marriage with Faye Maltese.

There are still a few things to know about her. So, let’s get right into it.


Betsy Arakawa’s Married Life with Gene Hackman!

Betsy Arakawa has been married to her husband, Gene Hackman for almost three decades now. The duo walked down the aisle on December 1, 1991, after several years of dating.

Betsy Arakawa with her partner, Gene Hackman.
Betsy Arakawa is the second wife of Superman star, Gene Hackman.
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Betsy and her partner met for the first time around the early 80s at a fitness center in California, where she served as a part-timer. The duo fell in love and started dating.

The pair’s love life started even though her spouse was already married to his first wife. His romantic involvement with Arakawa is considered to be the major reason for his divorce from his former lover.

Gene Hackman’s First Partner and Three Kids

Betsy Arakawa’s husband Gene Hackman was previously married to his first wife, Faye Maltese. They walked down the aisle on January 1, 1956, a year after their first meeting. The duo was together for over 30 years until they walked their separate ways in 1986.

Gene Hackman with his first wife, Faye Maltese at the 1972 Oscars.
Gene Hackman was previously married to Faye Maltese.
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While talking about their divorce, many consider his relationship with Betsy the real reason. But, they might have separated catering to the fact that he spent too much time away from home.

Gene Hackman with his first wife, Faye Maltese.
Gene with his former lover, Faye Maltese.
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Together, Gene and his first wife welcomed three kids, a son, and two daughters. Their kids are Christopher Allen, Elizabeth Jean, and Leslie Anne Hackman.

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While talking with an interviewer for Independent, Gene revealed that his daughters were involved in writing and broadcasting while his son wanted to be a filmmaker.

It’s though being the son or daughter of a celebrity. I couldn’t always be home with them when they were growing up and then, living in California, they’ve had my success always hanging over their heads.

Gene Hackman on the hardships of being a celebrity child.

All of their kids have kept a low profile and hence, not much is known about them. If you know about them, be sure to comment down below.

Hackman Slapped a Homeless Man for His Wife, Betsy

In 2012, Gene Hackman slapped a homeless man for his wife, Betsy Arakawa. The homeless man, Bruce Becker reported the incident; however, no one was arrested.

According to TMZ, Hackman slapped Bruce after he called his wife a dirty name as they left a restaurant in Santa Fe. When the cops arrived and investigated, the slap was considered an act of self-defense.

Betsy Arakawa will Inherit Her Partner’s Multi-Million Property!

Betsy Arakawa is set to become a multi-millionaire thanks to her husband, Eugene Allen Hackman AKA Gene Hackman, who is currently 90-years-old. She will inherit her partner’s $80 million net worth after his demise.

Betsy Arakawa with her husband, Gene Hackman.
Betsy Arakawa will inherit her husband’s multi-million dollar fortune.
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Arakawa came to California to shine in classical music but she couldn’t continue her pianist dream after her marriage to Hackman. Before her romantic affiliation with the Superman archenemy, she worked a plethora of jobs to sustain her living.

According to rumors, Betsy co-owns a home furnishing retailer, Pandora Inc in Santa Fe with her business partner, Barbara Lenihan. Unfortunately, even after deep research, we couldn’t find any details about the business.

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At the moment, Betsy and her husband are living a quiet life in their Santa Fe home.

How did Betsy’s Partner Earn His Fortune?

The father of three, Gene Hackman started his career as a field radio operator for the United States Marine Corps. He worked as a Marine till 1951. Five years later, he decided to pursue an acting career, and now, he is considered a legend in the entertainment industry.

Superman delivers Lex Luthor (Gene Hackman) to prison.

Hackman has a total of 100 acting credits under his name with the most famous being Superman, Unforgiven, The French Connection, Twice in the Lifetime, Bonnie and Clyde, and Mississippi Burning. With his acting, he has won four Golden Globes, two Academy Awards, and two BAFTAs.

Some of Gene Hackman's characters.
Gene Hackman was able to appear in 100 movies and TV series.
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Besides his work in showbiz, Hackman is also known for being an author. He has authored five books, Wake of the Perdido Star, Justice for None, Escape from Andersonville: A Novel of the Civil War, Payback at Morning Peak: A Novel of the American West, and Pursuit.

MoviesBudgetBox Office Collection
The French Connection (1971)$1.8 million$52 million
The Poseidon Adventure (1972)$5 million$85 million
The Conversation (1974)$1.6 million$4.4 million
Young Frankenstein (1974)$2.8 million$86 million
French Connection II (1975)$4.3 million$12 million
Lucky Lady (1975)$13 million$24 million
A Bridge Too Far (1977)$27 million$51 million
Superman (1978)$55 million$300 million
Superman II (1980)$54 million$108 million
Reds (1981)$32 million$40 million
Two of a Kind (1983)$24 million
Twice in a Lifetime (1985)$8 million$8.4 million
Hoosiers (1986)$6 million$29 million
Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987)$17 million$16 million
No Way Out (1987) $15 million$36 million
Mississippi Burning (1988)$15 million$35 million
Postcards from the Edge (1990)$22 million$39 million
Unforgiven (1992)$14 million $159 million
The Firm (1993)$42 million$270 million
Crimson Tide (1995)$53 million$157 million
Get Shorty (1995)$30 million $115 million
The Birdcage (1996)$31 million$185 million
Enemy of the State (1998)$90 million$251 million
The Mexican (2001)$57 million$148 million
Behind Enemy Lines (2001)$40 million$92 million
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)$21 million$71 million
Gene Hackman’s Movies’ Budget and Gross Earnings Worldwide!

A Few Facts of Betsy Arakawa

  • Betsy is originally from Japan. Yes, you heard that right! Her ancestors moved to Hawaii for opportunities and settled there. She is multi-ethnic.
  • She is said to be born on December 15, 1959, in Ala Moana, Kaka’ako, Hawaii.
  • Betsy is 30 years younger than her celebrity husband.
  • Her husband has an asteroid named after him, 55397 Hackman, discovered by Roy Tucker in 2001.

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