Gayle Hunnicutt’s Married Husband and Children: Meet Her Ex-Spouses Simon Jenkins, David Hemmings and Kids Nolan and Edward

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American film actress Gayle Hunnicutt was married and divorced twice and had two children before she died. Details about her partners and kids explored.

Gayle Hunnicutt had a successful career in the entertainment industry.

She was an American writer, model, film, television and stage actress who made more than 30 film appearances including films like Dallas and The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.

The world learned about the passing of the famed Texas-born actress Gayle Hunnicutt on August 31, 2023.

She died at the age of 80.

Following her death, fans are might want to know more about her family, especially her bereaved husband and kids. Read on for more.

Gayle Hunnicutt and David Hemmings
Gayle Hunnicutt and David Hemmings

Who was Gayle Hunnicutt married to?

Gayle Hunnicutt was married and divorced twice in her entire life. Also, she had several relationships.

Two years into her career, at age 25, she married British actor David Hemmings. The couple lived in Primrose Hill, London. Hunnicutt and Hemmings got married on November 16, 1968, and stayed as husband and wife for 7 years until they were divorced in 1975.

Three years after her first separation, she then re-married journalist Sir Simon Jenkins. Gayle and Simon married for over 3 decades. Their love story started in 1978 when they tied the knot but after 31 years, in 2009, they divorced.

gayle hunnicutt and Sir Simon Jenkins
Gayle Hunnicutt and Sir Simon Jenkins

During their marriage, Jenkins was appointed a Knight Bachelor for services to journalism in the 2004 New Year honours.

The Dallas star later dated tennis correspondent Richard Evans, but never re-married again.

Did Gayle Hunnicutt have any children?

Gayle Hunnicutt was a mother of two before her passing. She had two children – all sons – from her two failed marriages.

The names of her kids are Nolan Hemmings and Edward Jenkins.

In her marriage to actor David Hemmings, they welcomed her first child, Nolan.

In her marriage to journalist Jenkins, they welcomed her second-youngest child, Edward.

In her relationship with tennis correspondent Richard Evans, they had no children.

Before her death, she was a grandmother and had five grandchildren.

Gayle Hunnicutt has died at 80
Gayle Hunnicutt has died at 80. Credit: Getty

Who was Gayle Hunnicutt?

Gayle Hunnicutt was born on February 6, 1943, in Fort Worth, Texas, United States to parents Sam Lloyd Hunnicutt (father) and Virginia Hunnicutt (mother).

Hunnicutt attended the University of California, Los Angeles on a scholarship to study English literature and theatre.

She worked as a fashion model, then became an actress in a career that spanned over 3 decades (from 1966 to 1999).

Hunnicutt gained fame for her role on Dallas
Hunnicutt gained fame for her role on Dallas. Credit: Getty

Gayle Hunnicutt had an impressive career

Hunnicutt is best known for her roles in popular television series of the 1970s, 80s, and 90s in the United Kingdom, per Mirror.

She notably played the role of Irene Adler in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and starred in the popular series Dallas.

Hunnicutt is arguably most recognized for her role as Vanessa Beaumont in the final three seasons of Dallas from 1989 to 1991.

Her character was an English aristocrat who had been part of an affair with JR Ewing (played by the late Larry Hagman) that resulted in the birth of a child in the show.

Hunnicutt was born in Texas, but her acting career took off while in a college production at UCLA in California.

Warner Brothers reportedly scouted her after seeing her performance, and she started acting in the series Mister Roberts at 23.

It was rumored that she was the first choice by the studio for the role of Solitaire in the 1973 James Bond film Live and Let Die starring Roger Moore.

The role was famously played by actress Jane Seymour instead.

Hunnicutt then moved on to the role of Suzie in The Wild Angels before ascending to her most-known parts in Dallas and The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.

She was also a prominent theater actress and toured for performances in The Life and Loves of Edith Wharton and The Two Marys.

Her final role was in 1999’s CI5: The New Professionals.