A collage of Redd Foxx and Betty Jean Harris. Source: Pinterest (Left), Nadirah’s Twitter (Right)

What You Need to Know about Redd Foxx’s Second Wife, Betty Jean Harris!


Betty Jean Harris is famous for being the second wife of John Elroy Sanford (aka Redd Foxx). Professionally she worked as a singer and dancer before her marriage with Foxx.

Let’s get to know more about Harris!

Betty and Redd Married for 18 Years

Betty Jean Harris was married to American stand-up comedian and actor, Redd Foxx for around 18 years before they separated. They shared their vows in 1956 after dating for some time.

Betty Jean Harris and Redd Foxx.
Betty Jean Harris and Redd Foxx married in 1956 and broke up 18 years later. Source: Nadirah’s Twitter

While recalling their first meeting and love story, Betty told Jet Magazine how they first met at a nightclub and how Foxx didn’t pay attention to her.

For some reason, he would laugh and talk with my sister. I didn’t like him because he would be loud in the dressing room. Because the job me and my sisters had didn’t pay much money, I also held a day job and between shows, I would sleep on a cot in the dressing room.

Though Redd didn’t talk to her, he knew for sure he would marry her. He waited a full year to make his move and when he did, they started dating and finally walked down the aisle.

Redd later told me, however, that he would watch me with my sisters when we were on stage, and from the first time he saw me he knew someday, I would be the one for him. He waited a year to make his bid.

Gave Up Her Career for Her Husband

Following their marriage, Betty gave up her career as a singer and dancer as she and her husband had made an agreement to become a full-time housewife.

Even though I liked show business a whole lot, I like being Mrs. Redd Foxx even more.

After their marriage, Betty went on to manage her partner’s Redd Foxx Enterprises which included LA record stores and several other business ventures.

Redd and Betty’s Divorce

It (their marriage) has lasted about 18 years and, hopefully, ,it will last forever.

Betty talks about her marriage with Jet Magazine.

Unfortunately, 18 years after their marriage, the duo separated citing incompatibility. Foxx got a restraining order against his wife which prevented her from “removing, hiding, or secreting property”. She was also ordered to return $110,000 removed from the bank accounts.

Prior to her, her husband was married to Evelyn Killebrew from 1948 to 1951.

Mother of One

Betty Jean Harris has a daughter, Debraca Denise whom she welcomed with her previous partner.

After her marriage with Redd Foxx, Decebra was adopted by Foxx. She was nine years old at that time. After adoption, she goes by the name Debraca Denise Foxx.

Foxx didn’t attend his daughter’s wedding with Ralph Russell. He didn’t attend the marriage because he felt ignored by his former wife, Betty. The gold wedding invitation didn’t include his name on it!

Mrs. Redd Foxx requests the honor of your presence at the marriage of her daughter, Debraca Denise to Mr. Ralph Russell.

Life After Divorce

Following their divorce, Betty stayed away from the limelight and also didn’t seem to be involved in any kind of relationship.

On the other hand, her ex-husband married Joi Yun Chin Chung on December 31, 1976, at the Thunderbird Hotel in Las Vegas. However, after five years, they divorced and Foxx paid her $300,000 as a divorce settlement.

In July 1991, he again married Ka Ho Cho at Little Church of the West in Las Vegas. His fourth marriage lasted till his death on October 11, 1991.

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