Regis Philbin considers the day he met interior decorator Joy Senese the luckiest day of his life.
Regis and Joy married in 1970 and recently celebrated their 41st wedding anniversary. Philbin, who began his career in entertainment wanting to be another Bing Crosby, found success instead on the talk show circuit. First he was host of a local morning talk show in the Los Angeles market, then eventually moved onto the national scene, first with the popular Live with Regis and Kathy, then the long-running Live with Regis and Kelly, pairing him with Kathy Lee Gifford and Kelly Ripa.
Regis and Joy have been through several major challenges throughout their 41 years of marriage, the most scary of which was triple by-pass heart surgery in 2007, followed up with hip surgery two years later.
The personable red headed Joy Philbin is the perfect match for Regis. She even proved to be as good a talk show host as he is when guest hosting next to her husband on numerous occasions on “Live With…”.