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Tom Selleck's famous co-star's reaction to his early romance with wife, Jillie, revealed

The Blue Blood’s star married the actress in 1987

Faye James
Senior Editor
20 hours ago
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In the glamorous world of Hollywood, where personal stories often become as captivating as the roles played on screen, the enduring romance of Tom Selleck and Jillie Mack stands out as a testament to love and discretion in the limelight. 

The couple, united by their shared passion for the arts, has managed to carve out a private life that's as intriguing as it is enduring.

Tom, renowned for his iconic portrayal in the 1980s crime drama Magnum P.I., found his match in Jillie Mack, a talented actress from Devizes, Wiltshire. 

Born on Christmas Day in 1957, Jillie's career included roles in notable shows such as Frasier, Encyclopedia Brown, and ER. However, it was her performance in the West End production of Cats that set the stage for her fateful meeting with Tom.

The couple's romance began under the glittering lights of London's theatre scene in 1984. At the time, Tom was in London filming Lassiter, and he found himself captivated by the hit musical Cats.

Jillie Mack and Tom Selleck are seen at the Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Awards at NATPE 2018 at the Fontainebleau Hotel on January 17, 2018 in Miami Beach, Florida© Getty Images
Jillie Mack and Tom Selleck married in 1987

 His frequent visits to the show were not just about the performance but the enchanting Jillie, who starred in it. 

Tom's co-star, Jane Seymour, reminisced about his fascination with the show, noting, "He [Tom] kept telling me how great Cats was. I thought it was good, but I couldn't see going back a dozen times." It was clear that Jillie had made a lasting impression on him.

Tom Selleck with his wife Jillie, daughter Hannah and son Kevin© Getty
Tom Selleck with his wife Jillie, daughter Hannah and son Kevin

Their connection quickly deepened, as Jillie's agent recalls, "They had dinner one night and it went on from there." 

The couple's relationship blossomed, leading them to tie the knot in a discreet ceremony in Reno, Nevada, on August 7, 1987. It was Tom's second marriage and Jillie's first, marking a new beginning for both.

HOLLYWOOD - JUNE 01:  Hannah Selleck, Actor Tom Selleck and wife Jillie Mack arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "Killers" held at ArcLight Cinemas Cinerama Dome on June 1, 2010 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic) © Jeff Kravitz
Tom Selleck with wife Jillie and daughter Hannah

Tom has always been fiercely protective of his family's privacy, a value that he holds dear amidst the often intrusive nature of celebrity. 

Speaking to People, Tom shared his sentiments about his private life: "My first priority is time with my family. I've found it very difficult to expose my private life and live with it. There are certain things I'm just not comfortable with." 

Tom Selleck and wife Jillie Mack arrive at the "Blue Bloods" Special Screening © Gregg DeGuire
Tom Selleck and wife Jillie Mack arrive at the "Blue Bloods" Special Screening

This protective stance has undoubtedly been a cornerstone of their successful marriage, allowing them and their family to build a life somewhat shielded from the public eye.

The Sellecks welcomed their first and only daughter together, Hannah, on December 16, 1988, enriching Tom's life further along with his older son, Kevin, from his first marriage to Jacqueline Ray. The addition of Hannah brought new joy to the family, cementing Tom and Jillie's bond as they embarked on the journey of parenthood together. 

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