Janet Jones for decades has led a respectable acting career and has not given up on it yet, she is an active actress even at the age of 61.
She established herself as a good actress and earned fame in the process, but despite her acting career, she is equally or perhaps more famous for being the prodigy ice hockey player, Wayne Gretzky’s wife.
Wayne Gretzky was a legendary ice hockey player who is now retired and has indulged in different businesses.
On the other hand, Jones was an actress at the time of their marriage and is still an actress to this day.
How does she handle being a mother of five all the while being an actress? Let’s find out in this article.
Let’s get started with some quick facts.
Janet Jones | Quick Facts
|Full Name||Janet Marie Gretzky Jones|
|Birth Date||10 January 1961|
|Birth Place||Bridgeton, Missouri|
|Current Residence||Toronto, Canada|
|Famous for being||Actress, Model, and Wayne Gretzky’s wife|
|Education||Pattonville High School|
|Father’s Name||Robert Jones|
|Mother’s Name||Jean Jones|
|Age||61 years old|
|Shoe Size (U.S. women)||9 US (6 UK)|
|Height||5 feet 9 inches (175 cm)|
|Weight||128 lbs (59 kg)|
|Hobbies||Kickboxing, Traveling, Rock Climbing|
|Profession||Model and Actress|
|Marital Status||Married to Wayne Gretzky|
|Kids||Five (three sons and two daughters)|
|Net Worth||approx. $10 million|
|Wayne Gretzky’s Merch||99: Stories of the Game (Book), Rookie Card|
|Last Updated||January, 2022|
Janet Jones Early days and Education
Janet Jones was born on the 10th of January, 1961 in Bridgeton, Missouri. She is also famous for being Wayne Gretzky’s lover apart from being a famous actress.
The actress grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, along with her six siblings raised by her father Robert Jones, and her mother Jean Jones.
She was the second youngest child of the bunch and was named Janet Marie Jones.
Janet completed her high school studies at Pattonville High School which is located in Maryland Heights, Missouri.
Just like Wayne’s family, Janet’s family was large too and equipped with adequate wealth.
The actress’s father worked in the aviation industry which pays very well plus he would get to travel every day.
“He would travel like Wayne. He would be in town for a period of time and then he would be out of town” remembered Janet.
Jent’s father battled cancer for several years but sadly, could not win the battle and passed away in 1976 when Janet was just 15 years old.
Janet was a hard-working kid and she also wanted to escape from the suburbs of St.Louis. Combine the two factors together and we get the Miss Dance of America winner.
After completing her high school studies, Janet got into the show business and successfully snatched the title of Miss Dance of America in 2016.
She used this achievement as a gateway to jobs on similar platforms.
Following her title, she herself position in a TV program named Dance Fever which was a hit in the ’80s.
When she was 22, Janet got herself her first major role in a movie, credits to the TV program she worked for.
She appeared in the 1983 sequel of Saturday Night Fever titled Staying alive. Moreover, she got the role of Matt Dillon’s girlfriend in the 1984 movie ‘The Flamingo.’
Her career was taking off in the city of Los Angeles and the proudest person of all was her mother. Janet’s mother took solace in her success after her husband’s death.
“It was a natural thing for her to be with me. All of a sudden I was the child that was doing a lot of things; fun things, exciting things.”
Janet Jones | Body Measurements
The hockey star’s wife has the perfect physique for being a model and an actress. She stands 5 feet 9 inches (175 cm) tall with a weight of 128 lbs (59kg).
In addition to that, her slim, well-maintained figure is always a factor of attraction.
Her chest is 34 inches, waist 24 inches and hips measure 35 inches. Her shoe size is 9 (6 UK).
Janet Jones | Professional Career
The year 1982 marks Janet’s first-ever role in a movie. She was a dancer in the movie ‘Annie.’ Following that, she also appeared in ‘The Beastmaster’ as the third witch.
A year later in 1983, she got the role of a dance in the movie ‘Staying Alive‘. ‘The Flamingo Kid’ released in 1984 cast Janet in the role of Carla Samson.
So on so forth, she has done almost 20 movies in her whole career.
Among those movies, she is most famous for her role in Police Academy 5 Assignment: Miami Beach which was released in 1988.
Likewise, her role in the 1992 movie A League of their own and the 2006 movie Alpha Dog has received quite good remarks from the critics.
Besides acting, she has also done some projects in modeling. She has appeared in the cover of Flare magazine and Playboy.
Apart from that, she has also done a few TV infomercials and commercials which include Jackie Chan’s CableFlex Personal gym and Jones Sausage.
Janet Jones | Net Worth
Ther has been many different speculations as to how much she really has accumulated during her professional career.
Some acclaimed networth websites claim that she has a net worth of $100 million but we think that it is very far-fetched.
She has not even done 20 movies in her whole career. Most of them were roles for side characters.
In her acting career, only three of her movies have been somewhat critically acclaimed which is not a good number.
Our best speculation is that she has a net worth of somewhere around $10 million from all her movies, tv ads, and modeling projects.
The bitter truth is she is not as successful in acting as her husband was in ice hockey.
Janet Jones and Wayne Gretzky
Sometime in the mid 80’s Janet and Wayne first met each other at the set of Dance Fever. At the time, Wayne was a judge whereas Janet was one of the dancers.
The two often met each other but did not initiate dating as they both were seeing someone else at the time.
Wayne was in a relationship with his longtime girlfriend Vicki Moss and Janet was dating a tennis star named Vitas Gerulaitis.
It wasn’t until 1987 when they ran into each other in a Los Angeles Lakers Basketball game that they began to grow some feelings for each other.
The couple went for dinner that night, partnered with some friends. Janet stated that they have never been apart since then.
The following year in 1988, Janet and Wayne got married while Janet was four months pregnant. Sources claim that the pregnancy was accidental.
Janet wore a $30,000 gown embedded with 30,000 handsewn crystals and beads while Wayne wore a classic black suit paired with a bowtie of the same color.
The wedding went down at Edmonton’s St. Joseph’s Cathedral and was broadcasted live all across Canada.
Janet and Wayne’s wedding was treated like a royal wedding by the media; many high-profile individuals were guests at the wedding, including political figures, athletes, and movie stars.
Side note: Before marrying Wayne, Janet was to her ex-partner Vitas Gerulaitis for three whole years from 1985 to 1987.
Janet Jones | Family and Kids
Five months into their marriage and it was time for Janet to deliver her first baby girl, Paulina.
Paulina was a breech baby, meaning she was bottom-first instead of head-first which resulted in a C-section delivery. The doctors suggested that she had to deliver other babies the same way to avoid any further health complications.
In total, Janet has five children with Wayne; two daughters and three sons.
The eldest of the bunch, Paulina was born on the 19th of December, 1988.
She is an actress and a model who is married to pro golfer Dustin Johnson with whom she has two children.
Ty Robert, the second oldest child, and the first son were born on the 9th of July, 1990, two years after Paulina.
Ty used to play hockey in his high school days but did not make it to the big league. He married Sara Cusick in 2020, February 29.
Similarly, Trevor Douglas was born the third child and second son in 1992, 14th September. Trevor is the most successful sibling of the five.
He is an actor and a producer whose movies have been rated better than Janet’s. He is also a former professional baseball player, he was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in 2011.
Likewise, the 2nd of August, 2000, marks the birth of their fourth child and third son, Tristan Wayne. Tristan played college golf but did not make it to the pro league. He left his golfing career for an acting career.
Lastly, the youngest child and second daughter was born on the 28th of March, 2003, who was named Emma Marie. She is a professional model and an actress who has appeared in Palo Alto alongside her mother.
A new family tradition
When Janet was pregnant with her second child and first son, Ty Gretzky, the couple decided to start a new family tradition.
On the eve of Ty’s birth, the couple hosted a dinner for 10 or more people and booked their stay in the Beverly Hills Hotel.
The following day, the guests would all be waiting in the waiting room for the delivery at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
“I would wake up in the morning and the same people from the dinner would be in the waiting room,” stated Wayne Gretzky.
Janet was treated very positively by the media, she was the one person that everyone liked. She became the most famous non-Canadian female in Canada in no time.
How Janet Jones handles paparazzi
Jones once commented that celebrities getting upset over paparazzi is just an excuse for their unsettling family problems.
“If you are a happy family then it’s fine. If you are an unhappy family, you will find reasons like those to get upset,” stated Janet.
Moreover, losing her father when she was 15 made quite an impact on Janet as she prays that her children do not have to go through the same pain.
The Gretzky couple often travels in separate flights just in case anything happens to the airplane mid-flight.
Furthermore, all of Janet’s kids attended a private school where they learned two different languages, Spanish and French. The kids also took piano classes.
Janet Jones was into professional sports betting?
Wayne was on his way to the 2006 Turin games when he was presented with the news of a New Jersey-based sting operation.
The investigative operation was named Operation Slap Shot that targeted Rick Tocchet, then Coyotes assistant coach.
Rick was allegedly involved in a two million dollar betting racket.
The media also associated Janet’s name with the operation framing her as the frontman for her husband’s bets.
She was suspected of placing upwards of 6-figures bets on some college matches and the Super Bowl match in the United States.
Her kids started asking questions about the happenings and what the media were saying about their parents.
Janet had to explain to them that the media tends to over exaggerate news and findings and that the news is not always true.
Janet commented on the fake news that they were framed in, stating, “They were trying to paint something that was not true. It is unfair that Wayne and I had a great marriage for 20 years and a nice family,”
The New York Times jumped on the train too, thrashing the Gretzky family by stating “He (Ty Gretzky) skates with the same hunched-over style as his father, but that is where the similarities end.”
On 2006, 15th of March, The New Jersey Attorney General’s Office ordered Jones to testify in the court, regarding the alleged betting issue.
After the court failed to prove her and Tocchet as being involved in the crime, the two tried to sue the state for defamation.
Both of them claimed that they missed many business opportunities because of the rumors surrounding that they were involved in illegal betting.
Janet Jones, Aging, and Trivia
Janet Jones was often praised for her looks even when she was in her 40s and 50s.
She shared the secret of her youthful expression, feeling and looks to be a workout, a bit of skincare, and her husband’s attitude towards her.
Janet used to go on an eight-kilometer walk every morning and would wash her face before going to bed, as stated by Janet. But as of now, things have surely changed as aging affects the body’s capability and energy.
Moreover, Janet used to be a kickboxing practitioner as well as a rock wall climber and a weight training enthusiast.
Jones is also a philanthropist who often donates to MOVE (Mobility Opportunities Via Education), an organization that specializes in providing disabled children a better life.
In 2005, Janet Jones and her daughter were titled the first mother-daughter to appear in the Flare Magazine.
They appeared on the cover of the Canadian magazine in its August 2005 edition.
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Who is Gretzky’s daughter?
Janet and Wayne Gretzky have two daughters together, Paulina and Emma. Both the daughters are models while the eldest daughter is also a singer.
Are Wayne Gretzky and Janet still together?
Yes, Wayne and Janet are still together after all these years. They have also been married for over three decades and recently celebrated their 33rd anniversary. The marriage is both Wayne and Janet’s first but Janet was previously engaged with her ex, Vitas.
How much is a Wayne Gretzky rookie card worth?
Apparently, Wayne Gretzky‘s rookie card sells for a fortune of money. In 2021, his rookie card sold for 3.75 million dollars which is the highest someone has played for a single hockey player’s card.
According to ESPN, Heritage Auction sold the 1979 O-Pee-Chee, Gem Mint 10 rated, Wayne Gretzky rookie card for the gigantic price of $3.75 million.