Many people are unaware that Henry Winkler and his wife have had a remarkable love story spanning decades, and that it began as a whirlwind romance when they were shopping in a clothes store. After their first encounter, the pair virtually didn’t run into one other again after that.
The actor, who rose to prominence for his performance as Arthur Fonzarelli on the television show “Happy Days,” has been married to his wife, Stacey, for the last 44 years. However, the very first date that would eventually lead to them being married was nearly canceled at the last minute.
Stacey was employed at a public relations business at the time when she and Henry first met. They had a chance encounter at a clothes boutique that was a customer of her company. Henry had strolled into the shop one day with the hopes of purchasing a sport coat. He made a request for Stacey’s assistance, and she provided it to him.
Henry could vividly remember the day he first met Stacey, even down to the shade of the jeans she was wearing on that particular day. He has recounted the day many times, as it was the day he realized he had met the woman who would one day be his wife. He said:
“She was there in front of me with her red hair and her purple parachute trousers, and before she had ever said a word, I thought to myself, “Woah, that’s a lovely lady standing in front of me.” The next week, I made another trip to the shop, and she was still working there. I didn’t have to wait more than ten minutes to realize how powerful she is “.
A week later, when Henry went back to the shop to pick up his coat, he approached Stacey and asked her out on a date. She first said that she would not go out with him, but she ultimately caved. They went on dates and ended up dating for a total of two years, but they moved in together far sooner than most people anticipated they would.
Even though Stacey was nervous about going out with Henry at first, the two of them ended up getting married and moved in together after a few weeks. Two years prior to the couple’s marriage in 1978, Stacey and her son, who was then four years old when moved in with Winkler.
The Manhattan synagogue where Henry had his bar mitzvah also served as the venue for Henry and Stacey’s wedding. At the time of their wedding, Henry was on the verge of becoming famous, which meant that Stacey had to cope with the increased amount of attention he was getting from women.
Stacey was asked about her experiences with women continuously approaching Henry without any consideration for either her or her kid, and she responded by saying that she had no choice but to grow accustomed to it for the sake of Henry’s job. She said that:
“People would crowd around Henry to the point that they would physically step on my toes. When that happened, I told him, “You have just utterly destroyed my stockings.” The lady continued by saying, “But I adore Fonzie!”
Stacey remained at her husband’s side as his career developed and he became known to a broader audience, despite the fact that Henry’s followers paid little attention to her. The true test for them came when Stacey began experiencing serious health problems.
The marriage of Henry and Stacey resulted in the birth of two children. Zoey was born in the year 1980, while Max came into the world in 1983. When Zoey was a senior in high school in the late 1990s, Stacey received the news that she had breast cancer. Thankfully, she entered remission really fast after that.
Stacey’s cancer came back in 2007, only a few years after she had gone into remission and seemed to be doing well. As a kind of therapy this time around, Stacey went through a double mastectomy. Since Stacey’s operation, she has been clear of cancer, and during this time, she and Henry have been hopelessly in love with one another.
Henry is just as supportive now as he was all those years ago, when Stacey was first diagnosed with breast cancer, and he is now fully engaged in the fight against the disease. At the 13th annual In the Pink of Health Luncheon, he spoke as a special guest speaker.
In The Pink of Health is a nonprofit organization that generates money to provide financial assistance to breast cancer sufferers and their families. They host a wide variety of events, and all of the proceeds from such events are maintained in Montgomery County, which confers a number of advantages.
It wasn’t until the actor’s wife was diagnosed with the illness that he began lending his support to those who were engaged in the fight against cancer. Winkler showed his support for the American Cancer Society by attending an all-star basketball game in 1976. The tournament was arranged to raise money for the organization.
Even though the pair had numerous difficulties throughout their marriage, such as Stacey’s devoted followers ignoring her and recurrent sicknesses, they remained steadfast by one another’s sides throughout it all, and as a result, they are now living a happy and healthy life together.
The love that the pair has for one another has not diminished one bit despite the fact that they have been married for a far longer period of time than is typical in the entertainment industry. They have been asked a lot of times over the years what the key to their successful marriage is. They have admitted that they do not have a specific plan for maintaining a healthy and happy marriage, but they have said that they take true pleasure in spending time with one another.
James Corden displayed an image of Henry and Stacey on their wedding day on “The Late Late Show with James Corden.” The shot was taken on the day of their wedding. While he was doing this, Henry said to Corden that Stacey seemed to be exactly as beautiful as she had on the day of their wedding.
After all of these years, Stacey has finally revealed how she really feels about her spouse. She did so often on social media, posting images of her hubby. At the beginning of October 2018, she started using Twitter, where she shared a picture of Henry along with the caption:
“The dashing Henry Winkler will be appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live tonight!”
In addition to that, she has used Twitter quite a few times to send birthday greetings to her spouse. Stacey always remembers to show her appreciation for her spouse by praising him and referring to him as either fantastic or gorgeous on their shared birthday. Her app postings are often well received by her fans.
Stacey and Henry have been married for 44 years and have often discussed the difficulties they faced and the solutions they found to those difficulties. The pair recognizes that it hasn’t been simple, but they agree that it’s been worthwhile. Stacey was honest and said:
“It does require work. There are potholes on the road, and you go a bit off-kilter, but if you have the capacity and the stick-to-itiveness that is built on love, then your friendship and your relationship will only become better “.
The couple takes part in a variety of activities that they both love doing together, but their children and grandchildren are by far the greatest source of pleasure in their lives. Henry has said: “Together, we have a lot of fun fly fishing. We love grandkids together. Going to the movies is a fun activity for both of us. Every single day, we have a lot of fun together “.