Woody Harrelson is an American actor whose amazing performances have earned him nominations for Oscars and a host of other prestigious awards. Most recently (2018), he won the Screen Actors Guild Award and also received nominations for the BAFTA and Academy Awards, which he received for his role as Sheriff Bill Willoughby in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017).
The actor attended Lebanese high school and received a scholarship to Hanover College, a Presbyterian institution in Indiana. He earned a bachelor’s degree in English and theater arts until 1983 when he moved to New York City to pursue an acting career.
Brief Details About His Background
Woody was born in Midland, Texas, on July 23, 1961, the son of Diane Lou and Charles Harrelson. Woody grew up in Lebanon, Ohio (his mother’s hometown) with two brothers, Jordan and Brett Harrelson. It is said that his father did not play a major role in his upbringing and his mother had a hard time raising him and his siblings.
Harrelson’s father was sent to prison on a murder conviction when the actor was only seven years old, which explains why Woody and his two brothers were raised by their mother in her hometown of Lebanon, Ohio. He – Charles Harrelson – was later to die of a heart attack in Supermax Federal Prison in 2007 at the age of 69, while serving two life sentences for the murder of a federal judge.
Is Woody Harrelson Married? What We Know
The award-winning American actor has made two trips to the altar, and the second seems destined for eternity. Woody Harrelson is happily married to the love of his life, Laura Louie.
Although the public has only tiny information about Laura’s background, it is known that she is of American nationality but belongs to Asian ethnicity. And although she is the wife of an A-actor, Laura Louie lives a relaxed and very private life. She has no forward-looking reports on social media, and there are no pictures of her in Woody’s reports.
Laura Louie is a businesswoman who holds a degree in business administration and environmental sciences and is also co-founder of one of the leading organic food delivery services in the U.S., Yoganics. Laura and her husband both share a passion for green initiatives to promote and inspire healthy lifestyles. The company is an extension of that lifestyle. Yoganics is doing well, and as such is worth a significant amount of money. But the real value of Laura is unknown to the public.
Laura Is Very Supportive of Her Husband
She is adept at balancing her personal and professional life. Laura has supported her husband’s career in every possible way. She has also worked with him since the founding of Voice Yourself, her environmentally-friendly online initiative in 2001. Through this platform, she encourages people to fight against various forms of environmental pollution.
Although their marriage is in a good place at the moment, it hasn’t always been sunshine and roses for them. In 2002, Harrelson committed a terrible transgression. During his stay in London, he had a wild night that ended in a foursome with three women. And although Harrelson and Laura were not yet married at the time, this threatened to wipe out their entire relationship. After Laura found out about it, she chose the path of compassion instead of breaking up with him, as many expected her to. Since then, their relationship has only grown stronger.
The couple lives in a small, environmentally friendly community of 200 people in Maui, Hawaii.
How Long Has Woody Harrelson Been Married to Laura?
Woody Harrelson and Laura Louie have been married for 11 years. However, their relationship has lasted much longer.
Harrelson met his kind and a wonderful wife in 1987. At that time he was working on the set of the hit sitcom Cheers, and Laura served as his assistant – a job she did for about two years before they decided to start a romantic relationship. Their date lasted about 20 years, making it the longest courtship in Hollywood history.
Finally, on December 28, 2008, the prolific actor and his beautiful girlfriend and baby mama Laura Louie were elevated to the holy estate of marriage. Their simple wedding took place on a picturesque beach in Maui. The guest list for the wedding was quite short as only some of her closest friends and relatives were present. The wedding was a very private affair. Notable guests included Willie Nelson, Sean Penn, Owen Wilson, and Alanis Morissette, who performed during the afternoon ceremony.
Interestingly, the wedding cost the couple only $500, not including the rings, the flight, hotel accommodations, and other external costs. Given their financial status, this was unexpected. However, according to Harrelson, he and Laura did not feel the need to overdo anything that would require a lot of money. They just wanted a group of good friends to hang out together and have fun in Maui.
Meanwhile, Harrelson was once married to Nancy Simon, the daughter of popular playwright Neil Simon. But as fate would have it, their relationship lasted only 10 months; they divorced in 1986.
What To Know About His Children
Harrelson and Laura are blessed with three beautiful daughters: Deni Montana Harrelson, Zoe Giordano Harrelson, and Makani Ravello Harrelson. The couple often refers to their daughters as the “Goddess Trilogy”.
Their eldest, Deni, was born in Malibu on November 28, 1993. They welcomed Zoe three years later on September 22. In Zoe’s early years she began to take an interest in the film and music industry. She debuted alongside her father in the short film Song for Someone by U2. In 2015 she also appeared in the television series Entertainment Tonight.
Like her parents, Zoe prefers to keep her private life away from the media. She does not give interviews and rarely appears in the mainstream media, so only a handful of information about her is available.
Woody Harrelson and Laura’s last-child, Makani, was born on June 3, 2006. Despite his busy schedule, Harrelson takes time for his children and his family.