While fans of “Wheel of Fortune” know much about Pat Sajak, the leading man on the popular game show— what about his better half?
After Sajak divorced his first wife, Sherril, in 1986, he would find love again when he met a woman named Lesly Brown. The pair met at a celebrity opening event at a restaurant in Irvine, California, in 1988. Despite the 16-year age difference, the two hit it off right away.
A year after meeting, they got married in a 40-minute ceremony at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Annapolis, Maryland, in 1989. At the time, Sajak was 42, and Brown was 26.
Brown graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in television production in 1986. Later, Brown went on to have a successful career as a model. The former Playboy model appeared in the iconic magazine as part of the Women of Washington feature in 1988. She also had a successful run in the pageant world: she was crowned Miss Georgetown.
Meet Pat Sajak’s Significant Other: Lesly Brown
After leaving pageants and modeling behind, Brown decided to work behind the camera and pursue a photography career. Today, she leaves the on-camera work to her game show host husband while continuing her work as a professional photographer.
However, Brown hasn’t wholly stayed out of the spotlight. You may have seen her on “The Weel” when she made several appearances. On April 1, 1997, Brown stepped in for Vanna White as co-host during an episode, which she appeared alongside Sajak.
She also appeared on the show’s special Walt Disney World tapings when she busted out her dance moves in the show’s opening montage in front of the theme park’s Magic Kingdom.
In addition, she also participated in the show’s Christmas-themed events at Disney World. In 2012, she also helped promote the Sandals Emerald Bay Resort alongside her husband on “Wheel of Fortune.” Her last appearance was in 2019 when she starred in the show’s final moments for the 7,000th episode.
Brown loves helping her husband in any way she can, in addition to her busy life as a working woman and mom. For over three decades, Sajak and Brown have remained happily married. In addition to working together, they’re also parents. They have two kids, Maggie and Patrick. Maggie Sajak, now 26, is a country music singer. In 2011, she released her first single, “First Kiss.” Patrick is now 30 and has stayed out of the spotlight for most of his life.