Many people are familiar with Henry Winkler owing to the classic roles he has played during his long career. Most famously, Winkler is remembered for his portrayal of Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzarelli in “Happy Days,” a figure who is still widely recognized in popular culture today.
When Stacey and Henry met, they were both working as public relations consultants for a clothing business that was a customer of Stacey’s firm. Henry sought Stacey for aid when hunting for a sport coat, and the rest is history.
She was wearing purple parachute pants, and she had red hair, and without her even saying a word, he thought, ‘Woah, gorgeous woman standing in front of him,’ Henry recounted of their first meeting. When he returned to the store the next week, she was still there. And he found out how tough she is in 10 minutes.
When Henry returned to the same store a week later for his coat, Stacey almost declined his invitation to go on a date. Of course, she ultimately accepted, and they were dating before they realized it.
Stacey and her then-four-year-old son moved in with Henry shortly before the pair chose to marry in 1978.
After marrying at the same Manhattan synagogue where Winkler had his bar mitzvah, the pair had to deal with Henry’s growing celebrity. Stacey frequently had to deal with the increased female attention he started to receive.
Despite the couple’s marriage, Stacey stated that women persisted to pursue their spouse. She stated that all she had to do was adapt to live with it, understanding that such attention was a positive indication for his profession.
People would run up to Henry and basically walk over her feet, she said.
Female fans were not a major issue for the pair in comparison to future challenges.
Henry and Stacey had their daughter Zoey in 1980 and their son Max in 1983, and they lived for many years with their kids and professions.
Max Daniel Winkler opted to continue in his father’s footsteps in Hollywood and is now a writer, director, and producer on shows including “New Girl” and “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” among others.
Nevertheless, the family’s fortunes began to deteriorate in the late 1990s. When Stacey was diagnosed with breast cancer, she was confronted with a new struggle.
Stacey swiftly recovered from her illness. This continued for a while, until her cancer returned in 2007. She had a double mastectomy at this time and has been cancer-free ever since.
Henry has gotten quite interested in breast cancer awareness in order to help his loving wife. Winkler was invited to speak at the 13th annual “In The Pink of Health” Luncheon, one of several events hosted by the charity to raise funds for breast cancer patients and their families.
Henry was already helping cancer patients before Stacey was diagnosed, even participating at an all-star basketball game for the American Cancer Society in 1976.
Henry and his wife have been able to sustain a long and healthy marriage via mutual love and understanding. They do not keep their love hidden, despite the fact that they believe there is more than one cause for their marital success.
Corden stunned Henry with a photo from his and Stacey’s wedding day on the James Corden program. Winkler’s comment was that Stacey is still as stunning today as she was on their wedding day.
Henry is not the only one who has publicly expressed their affection. She frequently expresses her admiration for her still-busy spouse through social media postings and images.
While 44 years of marriage is never simple, the pair has been vocal about working together to tackle the issues that life throws at them.
It does need effort. There are bumps on the road, and one get a bit off kilter, yet if one has the capacity and the stick-to-itiveness based on love, one’s friendship and one’s relationship only grows stronger, Stacey explained.
Winkler and his wife now enjoy becoming grandparents. Winkler never got to know his grandparents since they were all transported to concentration camps during the Holocaust, so he treasures his relationship with his grandchildren.
One of his grandkids recognized him from television, he informed an interviewer. His wife and he babysat their four-year-old grandson, who is permitted to watch one show before going to bed, he explained. He had Happy Days recorded on his DVR. ‘That’s you,’ he replied as his grandson turned to face him. He further told his grandfather that his hair was unusual and he was slimmer back then.
He claimed that his grandkids were too little to comprehend he was a renowned actor, and that to them, he was just their adoring grandpa “Papa,” which was enough for him.
For their reality, bravery, and affection as people and as a couple, the two should certainly be an example to the rest of us.