Irma Navarre: What Happened To Jack LaLanne’s Ex-wife?

Irma Navarre is the ex-wife of American fitness and nutrition guru, TV host, and motivational speaker Jack LaLanne. Irma’s former husband Jack also known as the “Godfather of Fitness” presented fitness and exercise advice on television for several years. He hosted the The Jack LaLanne Show, from 1951 to 1985. He released several books and videos on fitness and nutrition.

Irma Navarre: Bio Summary

NameIrma Navarre
Other name Irma Lillian Navarre LaLanne
Famous asex-wife of Jack LaLanne
Date of birth 11 June 1918
Place of birth New York, New York County, New York, USA
Died 3 February 1996 (aged 77)
Children Yvonne LaLanne
Spouse Jack LaLanne
Parents Claude Clifford Navarre and Lillian Navarre

Who Is Jack LaLanne’s Ex-wife, Irma Navarre?

Irma Navarre was born on 11 June 1918, in New York, New York County, New York, USA. She was also known as Irma Lillian Navarre LaLanne. She was the daughter of Claude Clifford Navarre and Garnet F Wetzel Lane Navarre. According to Geni, her mother is Lillian Navarre. She has a half-sibling called Jack Wetzel Lane. She used to be the wife of Fitness expert Jack LaLanne born Francois Henri LaLanne.

Irma Navarre got married to Jack LaLanne in the year 1942. In 1944, they welcomed a daughter Yvonne LaLanne. Their daughter Yvonne is a chiropractor in California. She appeared as herself in Anything Is Possible: The Man, the Movement and the Legacy, a documentary about her father the ‘Godfather of Fitness’ Jack Lalanne. Irma and Jack got divorced in the year 1948. The reason for their divorce is unknown.

Irma Navarre and Jack LaLanne’s marriage didn’t even last for a decade. After the divorce, Jack married his second wife, Elaine LaLanne (née Doyle), a fitness and nutrition guru and author. Jack and Elaine got married on September 24, 1959. They remained married until Jack passed away. As for Irma, it is unknown if she remarried after her divorce from Jack or not.

Irma Navarre’s Ex-husband

Irma Navarre’s ex-husband Jack LaLanne was a fitness expert, television host, inventor, entrepreneur, and motivational speaker. He was a pioneer, lifelong instructor, and living example of the physical fitness lifestyle. Throughout Jack’s career, he motivated several people around the world to help themselves by improving their health. He is often called the “godfather of fitness.”

Jack LaLanne commonly said, “ Exercise is king, nutrition is queen, put them together and you’ve got a kingdom.” He opened the first ever modern gym “the Jack LaLanne Physical Culture Studio.” He was the host of the first and longest-running nationally syndicated fitness television program, The Jack LaLanne Show, which ran from 1951 to 1985. He published several books and videos on fitness and nutrition.

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Jack authored health and fitness books, including “Jack LaLanne’s Slim and Trim Diet and Exercise Guide”, “Revitalize Your Life After 50”, “Jack LaLanne’s Way to Vibrant Good Health”, and “Live Young Forever”. He appeared as himself in several films and television shows. He appeared in Peter Gunn, Mister Ed, The Addams Family, Here’s Lucy, and Arli$$. He played himself in the films “Repossessed”, “Amazing Discoveries”, and “Beefcake”.

Irma Navarre’s ex-husband invented exercise machines, including leg extension and pulley devices that are now standard in the fitness industry. By the 1980s, Jack’s European Health Spas numbered over 200. He eventually licensed all his health clubs to the Bally company, now known as Bally Total Fitness. He accomplished physical feats during his life, including twice swimming from Alcatraz Island to Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco.

Jack LaLanne was inducted into the California Hall of Fame and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He was awarded The President’s Council’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to the advancement or promotion of physical activity, fitness, or sports nationwide. He was posthumously inducted into the International Sports Hall of Fame alongside his wife Elaine LaLanne.

What Happened To Jack LaLanne’s Ex-wife?

Irma Navarre died on 3 February 1996, in Concord, Contra Costa County, California, USA. She was 77 years old at the time she died. What caused her death and her burial details are unknown. Her ex-husband Jack LaLanne who often said, “I can never die; that would ruin my image!” died at age 96, on January 23, 2011, in Morro Bay, California, U.S. He died of respiratory failure due to pneumonia at his home.

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Jack LaLanne’s family revealed that he refused to see a doctor when he was sick. They added that he had been performing his daily workout routine the day before his death. His wife Elaine LaLanne released a statement on her husband’s passing: “I have not only lost my husband and a great American icon, but the best friend and most loving partner anyone could ever hope for.” Jack was laid to rest at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Hollywood Hills, California.

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