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Galloping Gourmet's wife powered his stardom — despite complicated marriage

Aug 24, 2019

This story originally aired on January 5, 2019.

Graham Kerr gained fame in the 1960s and '70s as a TV chef. He was known as the "Galloping Gourmet," and became famous for his love of rich food. But it was another love that truly defined his life — his love for his wife Treena.

Though he may have had the celebrity, Graham says, it was Treena who had the star power. 

In the 1950s, when Graham proposed to Treena, he was a young man planning a career in hotel management — and she was a beauty queen with a promising future in the theater. For Graham, that was a problem. He wasn't sure he could handle being married to a star. “If we are to be married,”  he asked her, “could you give it up?” Her answer? "Of course!"

Through a strange twist of fate, it was he who became a star instead. Treena became his dynamic and demanding producer, who drove him to succeed. But living in his shadow had its costs. 

In this interview, Graham speaks intimately about what she gave up in order to be married to him, about their great love for each other, and about how, in a moment of stupidity, he nearly lost it all.