Gary Edward “Garrison” Keillor is an American author, singer, humorist, voice actor, and radio personality who was born on August 7, 1942. From 1974 until 2016, he presented the Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) show A Prairie Home Companion (also known as Garrison Keillor’s Radio Show in some international syndication). Many of Keillor’s works, including Lake Wobegon Days and Leaving Home: A Collection of Lake Wobegon Stories, is set in the fictional Minnesota town of Lake Wobegon.
Guy Noir, a detective voiced by Keillor who appears in A Prairie Home Companion comic skits, is another creation. Keillor also created The Writer’s Almanac, a five-minute daily radio/podcast program that couples one or two poems of his choosing with a screenplay about significant literary, historical, and scientific events that occurred on that particular date in history.
After an allegation of inappropriate behavior with a freelance writer for A Prairie Home Companion, Minnesota Public Radio severed all economic relations with Keillor in November 2017. MPR and Keillor announced a settlement on April 13, 2018, allowing archives of A Prairie Home Companion and The Writer’s Almanac to be made public again, and Keillor began uploading new episodes of The Writer’s Almanac on his website shortly after.
Garrison Keillor Is Dating Who?
According to our records, Garrison Keillor is not dating anyone. Garrison Keillor has been married to violist Jenny Lind Nilsson since 1995 and they have one child together.
He married Mary Guntzel (1965-1976), with whom he had a child, and later Ulla Skaerved, with whom he had another child (1985-1990). In his leisure time, he is a member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party and is politically active.
Biography of Garrison Keillor
Gary Edward Keillor was born to English and Scottish parents on August 7, 1942. He is a radio personality and broadcaster best known for hosting his own radio show, “A Prairie Home Companion,” on Minnesota Public Radio. He is also known for his writing, which includes the best-selling “Lake Wobegon Days.” In 1969, he began his professional career.
According to accounts, and has amassed from his successful involvement in the entertainment industry, both as a radio presenter and as an author. Apart from that, Garrison has been the owner of a bookstore since 2006, which has increased his net worth.
Net Worth of Garrison Keillor
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As an American novelist, humorist, and radio broadcaster, Garrison Keillor has a net worth of $5 million. Garrison Keillor was born in Anoka, Minnesota, and graduated from the University of Minnesota with a bachelor’s degree in English. While still in college, he began working at his campus radio station.
Keillor is a Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party member. He stands at 6 feet 3 inches (191 cm) tall. He considers himself a loner who avoids making eye contact with others. He considers himself to be on the high-functioning end of the autism spectrum, despite not being diagnosed. In his keynote address at the 19th Annual Minnesota Autism Conference in 2014, he discussed his experiences as an autistic person.
Keillor has had three marriages. From 1965 to 1976, he was married to Mary Guntzel, with whom he had one son, Jason (born 1969).
From 1985 to 1990, he was married to Ulla Skaerved, a former exchange student from Denmark at Keillor’s high school whom he reconnected at a class reunion. In 1995, he married Jenny Lind Nilsson (born 1957), a classical string violinist from Anoka. Maia Grace Keillor is their only child (born December 29, 1997).
Between his first and second marriages, Keillor had a love relationship with Margaret Moos, an A Prairie Home Companion producer.
Keillor was briefly hospitalized on September 7, 2009, after having a small stroke. He went back to work after a few days off.
Awards and Other Forms of Acknowledgement
- In 1980, “A Prairie Home Companion” won a Peabody Award.
- In 1990, the American Academy of Arts and Letters awarded Keillor the Medal for Spoken Language.
- The National Radio Hall of Fame inducted Keillor in 1994.
- In 1999, the National Endowment for the Humanities awarded him the National Humanities Medal.
- “Like its neighbors, the thirty-second state grew as a collection of tiny farm settlements, many settled by immigrants from Scandinavia and Germany,” according to “Welcome to Minnesota” signs in highway rest areas along the state’s boundaries. That legacy is reflected in two of America’s favorite fictional little towns: Sinclair Lewis’s Gopher Prairie and Garrison Keillor’s Lake Wobegon.”
- At the annual Moth Ball in 2007, Garrison Keillor received the first The Moth Award – Honoring the Art of the Raconteur, given by The Moth, a non-profit storytelling group based in New York City.
- The 2007 John Steinbeck Award, given to artists who exemplify “the spirit of Steinbeck’s empathy, commitment to democratic values, and belief in the dignity of the common man,” was given to Keillor in September 2007.
- In 1988, Keillor won a Grammy Award for his recording of Lake Wobegon Days.
He won the Fitzgerald Award for Achievement in American Literature in 2016.
He’s also won a George Foster Peabody Award and two CableACE Awards.