Tammy Faye Messner

Tammy Faye Messner

Born Mar 7, 1942

Tamara Faye LaValley Bakker Messner was an American Christian singer, evangelist, entrepreneur, author, talk show host, and television personality. She was married to televangelist, and later convicted felon, Jim Bakker (1961–92). She co-hosted with him on The PTL Club (1976–87). She was a participant in the 2004 season of the reality show The Surreal Life.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Tammy Faye Messner.


1942 Birth Born in 1942.


1960 18 Years Old In 1960, she met Jim Bakker when they were students at North Central Bible College in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Tammy Faye worked in a boutique for a time while Jim found work in a restaurant inside a department store in Minneapolis. They were married on April 1, 1961. … Read More
1961 19 Years Old …  She was married from 1961 to 1992 to televangelist, and later convicted felon, Jim Bakker. … Read More


1988 46 Years Old The Charlotte Observer ran exposés of PTL's finances and management practices. PTL went bankrupt after being taken over by controversial Lynchburg, Virginia-based Baptist televangelist Jerry Falwell, who offered to step in following the scandals in 1988. … Read More


1992 50 Years Old In 1992, while Bakker was still in prison she filed for divorce, saying in a letter to the New Covenant Church in Orlando, Florida:
1993 51 Years Old On October 3, 1993, she married Roe Messner in Rancho Mirage, California, after Messner divorced his own wife. … Read More
1996 54 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1996 she wrote her autobiography, Tammy: Telling It My Way (ISBN 0679445153), and she co-hosted a TV talk show titled The Jim J. and Tammy Faye Show with Jim J. Bullock. … Read More


2003 61 Years Old On September 11, 2003, she published a new autobiography, I Will Survive... and You Will, Too! (ISBN 1585422428), in which she described her battles with cancer and her life with Messner. … Read More
In early 2004, she appeared on the second season of the VH1 reality television series The Surreal Life. … Read More
2005 63 Years Old It was on King's program again that she announced, on July 20, 2005, that her cancer had returned.
On March 13, 2006, she appeared again on Larry King Live and stated that she was continuing to suffer from lung cancer, which had reached stage 4, and that she was continuing to receive treatment for it. … Read More
On May 8, 2007, she issued a statement on her website saying that chemotherapy had stopped, but urging her fans to continue to pray for her. … Read More
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