5 Astounding Facts of Elaine Trebek Kares!

Elaine Trebek Kares who initially started her career as a journalist, later established herself as one of the well known American Broadcasters, entrepreneurs, and a businesswoman. 

Trebek who is also known as Elaine Callei was born in Columbus, Ohio of the United States. She went on to gain her journalism education from Ohio State University.

Now, besides her education and career, there are a lot of astounding facts about Elaine Trebek Kares out of which we are going to share five of them with you.


5. She Was First Married To Louis Callei

Elaine Trebek Kares was first married to a man named Louis Callei in Ohio. Later, they settled down in Toronto, Canada. After a short period of their marriage, the duo was blessed with a daughter, Nicky Callei.

Nicky Trebek wiith her mother.
Nicky Trebek wishing her mother a Happy Mother’s Day.
Source: Nicky Trebek’s Instagram

Their bond, however, didn’t last long as they decided to walk their separate ways. Following their divorce in 1994, the responsibility of their daughter was handed over to Elaine.

4. Former Wife of TV Personality Alex Trebek

Many of us know the popular Canadian-American television personality George Alexander Trebek (short Alex Trebek) for hosting the popular game show, Jeopardy!. 

Elaine Trebek Kares with ex-husband Alex Trebek.
Elaine Trebek Kares married Alex Trebek. but they divorced as well.
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The host who has been relishing a second marriage with wife Jean Currivan Trebek had first married Elaine Trebek Kares on 25 September 1974. They first met while both of them were working for a broadcasting company, CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Company).

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After their marriage, Alex even adopted Elaine’s daughter, changing her name to Nicky Trebek. Sadly, their marital bond ended after seven years on 13th May 1982.

Alex Trebek with former wife Elaine Trebek Kares
Nicky Trebek posted this photo during the father’s day.
Source: Nicky Trebek’s Instagram

Despite their divorce, the now-former duo agreed to raise their daughter, Nicky together. As of now, Nicky works with her adoptive father on his game show, Jeopardy!. Did you know that Alex wasn’t the host of Jeopardy!’ when they were married? The show only aired three years after they divorced.

3. Married to a Film Producer Peter Kares

After Elaine’s divorce with Alex, she remained out of the relationship for some while. Nonetheless, in 2001, she decided to tie the knot with Peter Kares, the director-producer of the 1975’s comedy-movie entitled The Night They Robbed Big Bertha’s. Since then, the married couple has always been together.

Speaking of her husband Peter, he is a talented director and producer. Some of his works include movies such as Longshot (as an executive producer) and The Switch or How to Alter Your Ego (as a producer).

2. A Huge Net Worth

As of 2020, the American businesswoman Elaine Trebek Kares has been able to garner a hefty net worth of $15 million. Her income is gathered through her involvement in numerous fields.

Previously, she used to work as a Playboy Model and run a promotion and party planning business. Following this, she became the host of a daily talk show, Call Callei, which saw Trebek talk about sexual topics. Later on, she got involved in the perfume and fragrance business and eventually initiated her own firm.

Karen Bystedt with Elaine Callei Kares in her art gallery.
Karen Bystedt appreciates Elaine Kares Trebek’s art.
Source: Karen Bystedt’s Instagram

Kares also opened an art gallery named Gallery Go in Los Angeles, California. Through the art gallery, she continued her passion for arts and gallery. Furthermore, her art gallery has been able to gain the attention of some of the renowned celebrities of Hollywood, which has proved to be very fruitful for her.

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1. Love for Shelter Animals

The 5 feet 7 inches tall Elaine Trebek Kares is a huge shelter animal lover and has a huge heart for them, especially for those cute dogs and cats. To be more precise, she tries everything to help those animals who have no shelter and are hurt.

Elaine Trebek Kares has a deep side for shelter animals.

There was once a time when she did everything she could so that 44 stray cats could get good food and shelter. In addition to that, she also played in an advertisement for the good sake of those stray cats.


  • Elaine’s eye color is Blue.
  • While she was a Playboy Bunny, she had the pseudonym, Teddy Howard.
  • She is the President of ASG Entertainment which introduced the multimedia music distribution product named Mag-a-Music.
  • According to her Linkedin page, she is the CEO of IN-HOUSE Media and Entertainment Inc and TipsnTrends Inc since 1986.
  • Kares, in addition, owns a perfume packaging company, Scent Seal.

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