Who is the late Ernie Lively's wife, Elaine? Meet actress Blake Lively's mom and family

Eve Edwards June 10, 2021

This month has seen the Lively family break the tragic news that Ernie Lively has died at the age of 74. The actor was head of the Lively acting family, which includes Blake, Eric and Robyn.

On 10 June 2021, it was announced that Ernie Lively had passed away after suffering cardiac complications.

Ernie was a well-known figure in Hollywood. He made appearances in a number of TV shows, including Turner & Hooch, The Dukes Of Hazard, The West Wing and The X-Files. He also starred alongside daughter Blake in The Sisterhood Of The Travelling Pants, in 2005.

While the majority of the family work on-screen, Ernie Lively’s wife Elaine prefers to work behind the scenes. Let’s take a look at the talent manager’s career and her relationship with Ernie Lively.

  • CULTURE: Is Juneteenth a federal holiday?
Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images

Who is Ernie Lively’s wife?

  • Elaine Lively

Ernie Lively has been married to Elaine Lively (née McAlpin) since 1979. The couple were married until Ernie’s death in June 2021.

It has been reported that Elaine Lively was born on 11 June 1947, which would mean she is just about to turn 74 years old.

She is mother to five children: Lori, Jason, Robyn, Eric and Blake. Elaine’s three eldest children were from her first marriage. She had Eric and Blake with Ernie Lively after they wed. They were born in 1981 and 1987 respectively.

Who was Elaine Lively’s first husband, Ronnie?

Before marrying Ernie Lively, Elaine was married to Ronnie Lively. Elaine kept the surname from her first marriage to Ronnie. As Ernie was actually born Ernest Wilson Brown Jr, it’s thought he adopted the Lively surname after marrying Elaine.

Ronnie and Elaine Lively are thought to have been married between 1966 and 1979. They had three children in this time. Lori was born in 1966; Jason was born in 1968; and Robyn was born in 1972.

After Ronnie and Elaine separated, and she married Ernie, Ernie adopted Elaine’s three children and raised them as his own.

  • RIP: Fitness influencer Keridon Davis McMahon dies age 37

The Lively family’s careers in the film industry explored

As previously mentioned, Ernie was a well-known figure in Hollywood. All the Lively children followed in his footsteps, entering the film industry.

Robyn has more than 95 movie and TV credits, including popular titles such as Teen Witch and The Karate Kid Part III. 

Blake is also an incredibly well-known actress thanks to her leading role as Serena van der Woodsen in hit TV series Gossip Girl. Blake is now married to Hollywood actor Ryan Reynolds. 

Although Elaine later went on to work as a talent manager, identifying potential actors and actresses, she also had a brief stint working as an actress.

Elaine Lively appeared as an actress in Return To Zork (1993), a video game where she played a character called Milly. 

Eve spends her days writing about everything culture-related. From celebrity news to music, film and television, Eve covers all bases. When she’s not writing you can find her making music or mastering the art of homemade pasta.