Alexis Maas – Johnny Carson’s Wife and Widow

(Last Updated On: Apr 26, 2017)

Alexis Maas is better known for being married to Johnny Carson from 1987 until his death in 2005 from emphysema in West Hollywood, California.

Johnny Carson’s wife Alexis Maas was born in 1952 and raised in the area of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. She used to work as a stock brokerage employee.

Alexis was 35 and Johnny was 61 when they married. Having dated for a couple of years, they got engaged and were married on June 20, 1987 in Malibu, California, USA by Superior Court Judge William P.

Alexis Maas was the fourth wife of Johnny Carson. She had the largest age difference with him. Before Alexis, Carson was first married to Joan – same age as him. Then to Joanne – 5 years younger than him. Then to Joanna – 15 years younger. Alexis “broke the spell” of his wives with similar names, and she was 26 years younger than her husband.

She was a tall and graceful blonde in her early thirties when she met her future husband. That day she was walking in a bikini by his house on the Malibu Beach with an empty glass of wine in her hand, when Johnny saw her through his window and offered to fill up her glass.

A book by Henry Bushkin, Carson’s long-time lawyer and friend tells about the experiences of Johnny Carson’s wife Alexis Maas during her marriage to the legendary talk show host. There were very few participants at Alexis Maas’s wedding – the bride and groom and just a few other people.

The book mentions a story when on the third week of the honeymoon, Bushkin and then-girlfriend met the honeymooning couple for a yacht trip in Italy. The new bride, Alexis Carson felt the wrath of her husband after she made some incidental remark and he ordered her not to make such remarks ever again if she wanted the marriage to last. The book also mentions that Alexis Maas developed a dislike for Bushkin and undermined him with his client.

The couple spent their honeymoon on the Mediterranean, on the beautiful Parts V yacht estimated at $6.5 million.

Alexis Mass had the longest lasting marriage with Johnny out of his four wives – nearly 18 years. She traveled a great deal together with her husband. They lived in Malibu, California. The two were photographed at many different places together: attending the opening of the ‘Les Miserables’ musical, attending American Cinemateque Awards, cruising on their yacht – the Serengeti, dining at Spago in West Hollywood, attending a taping of the Television Academy Hall of Fame special, watching US Open Tennis in Flushing Meadows… But the two never had any children together. It is hard to tell whether Johnny Carson’s wife Alexis Maas was happily married or not.

Following Johnny Carson funeral, the widow was given her husband’s ashes after his body was cremated.

What is Alexis Maas’s net worth? Considering that Johnny Carson’s net worth was about $300 million, Alexis probably received a large portion of this after his death.

What happened to Alexis Maas Carson later on? What is she doing now? Did Alexis ever remarry? There are not too many pictures of her on the Internet now. She seems to have disappeared from the public eye ever since the early 2000’s…


  1. Keep in mind when comments are made about how this woman had a sweet natured,doe eyed innocence about her, that she had been grooming herself for yrs on how to land a rich man…..and she already has Johnny Carson on her radar. It is public knowledge that she snuck on his beachfront property, hanging around until he finally saw her…… and to ensure he did just that, she wore a skimpy bikini! Not a money grubbing whore!?! I beg to differ.

  2. By the time their 5th weddng anniversay rolled around, she and Johnny were living separate lives and had a marriage in name only. Not wanting the embarrassment that he had it all, but couldnt be successful in the marriage department, they reached an agreement: that he would provide for her as long as she kept up the appearance that they were a happily married couple. She lived on the east coast and he stayed on the west coast and she only returned to California when Johnny’s drs. Informed her he was closed to death.

  3. I met Alexis Mass in Boston through a mutual friend while I was a student at Boston University.
    At that time she was working at the State House on Beacon Hill as a Legal Secretary.
    Alexis was and probably still is a very beautiful, fun loving, quietly observing lovely woman with a great and gentle sense of humor.
    When she was not working at the State House she was developing her talents at home in her Commonwealth Ave. apartment as an Artist ‍ Painter.
    As the years went by we lost touch but after Alexis married Carson I received a friendly note from her saying that she was indeed very happy.
    I remember Alexis as being a beautiful dreamer hoping, wanting and waiting for her Prince to show up and sweep her away. And BTW, Alexis was very close and attached to her own father!

  4. I knew Alexis growing up in Pittsburgh, we were neighbor’s. . She was always a very pretty girl and very refined. Some of the statements people have made are hurtful and untrue. Alexis did come back to visit. Her father chose to stay in his home until his death with around the clock care. I also know for a fact that she totally supported her sister for many years and has been extremely generous with her niece and nephew. The nasty comments that are posted here have obviously been made by individuals that have never met her. For those of you who have berated her for not being there for her father, do you realize that she had a husband that was very ill at the same time but still made sure that her father had the best of care.

    1. she’s a sad sad woman who lived her entire life wanting servants and wealth, she never experienced love or children. She is too selfish for children, and guess what, people like that as they age, get really really miserable because when they reach the point of not having ‘anything’ left but the money, bam, they go berserk.

        1. You are curious to see what she does with her money after she dies? What the hell any of business is it of yours Anonymous troll?!
          Go get a life hateful maggot !

      1. Maybe she couldn’t have children. Some of us can’t. You’re a real piece of shit saying that about someone you don’t even know.

  5. Tried posting the links to the Mass family obits but it wouldn’t go through. You can look them up on Google, Alex Mass dad, and Joanne Mass (Elphinstone) sister who died recently. Alexis never helped anyone in her family, I’ll be curious to see where all her millions go when she dies. Hope they made her happy because she never cared about anything but the money.

    1. When you read the Pittsburgh obit for Alex Mass, take notice that he was cared for by his community, MEALS ON WHEELS,etc., not by his wealthy daughter….how sad is that?

      1. With her money, her father should have been in a private home with round the clock nursing staff, what a seriously sad woman Alexis is

  6. Somewhere in the archives of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette you’ll find a photo of her dad Alex Mass, who was an artist, he looks just like Johnny Carson…..Alexis married her ‘dad’, she wanted to be taken care of
    case closed

    1. The obit is on legacy dot com
      MASS ALEX E.
      Age 93, of Ross Twp., on Monday November 9, 2009 husband of the late Anne (Kozeko) Mass; cherished father of Alexis Carson and Joanne Elphinstone; loving Pap to Ryan and Jaclyn Elphinstone. Alex was a WW II veteran and a well known art restorer in the Pgh area. Special thanks to his caregiver Joan White, McKnight Meals on Wheels, and those who helped him maintain his independence over the past few years. Friends will be received on Thursday from 11 a.m. until time of services at 12:30 p.m. at the HP BRANDT FUNERAL HOME INC., 1032 Perry Highway, Ross Twp., 412-364-4444. Interment Highwood Cemetery.


  8. Worked with Alexis at a Boston brokerage firm in the early/mid 1970’s. Considered her a friend and spent time with her outside of work.. Quiet, pleasant and of course beautiful. Lost touch when she moved to LA. Then seeing her photo with Johnny on a rag magazine cover was a big surprise to me and others who worked with her.. I’d say Johnny was lucky to find her. If Alexis leads a quiet life these days, I’m not surprised. She was a very quiet young woman when I knew her. I wish her the best and happiness at this point in her life.

    1. strange, you worked with her but did not notice the spelling of the family name was wrong…..MASS not Maas, and they probably wanted it that way because the woman is evil, they didn’t want people looking up her horrible treatment of her own family

      1. Alexis has narcissistic disorder from childhood, it can’t be cured, narcissists are only interested in themselves, you’re either born that way or your parents caused you to be that way from spoiling you to death. I’m not a shrink, so I don’t know, but I know it can happen from parents..

  9. I watch Johnny Carson every night and look forward to it every evening. He was one of a kind and tonight Jack Parr was on and Johnny showed the utmost respect and kindness toward him. I hope he was happily married at the end.

  10. In the 1980s I worked with Alexis at Columbia savings she was very beautiful than I think she was in her early 30s and she was always flying on the private planes with the owners and the top executives are used to see her every day beautiful beautiful woman but she knew her value she was here looking for what she found

    1. she was always in pursuit of a very rich husband, always….her value was nothing more than a trophy wife…..LMAO

  11. Hey gang,
    He was simply a conservative individual, just a confused and sensitive as the rest of us; however, no more or no less complex.
    Another example of how life is very challenging for all of us.
    It matters not if you live beech front, or in a mansion, depression, anxiety, addictions, are difficult to fend off.
    Be kind to your children and raise them with love. Spend time with them and involve yourself into their lives.

  12. Worked for her in domestic position. She is a whack job with a lot of cash. Is not kind to her help as her husband was.

    1. I’ve been curious ! Looking for the ” real” Johnny and Alixis. Kind of sorry to hear she’s a whack job, but not surprised. Growing up a too pretty working girl I was glad she and him got together. Hoped she carried on with Johnnys traits that may have rubbed off. Just like our children though,with the antics they have, many times we dont want to know after we find out what they did………
      Johnny had many similar life events with me. Piques my curiosity.Shy,thin, Iowa,Los Angeles area,boats travelsand pretty mates. Glad i didnt have all he had but a taste. I’ve made 21 years with my last beautiful blond wife
      Just love to hear more about them both.Although like i said maybe the “imagined Johnny and Alexis are the best….

  13. Always wanted to work for and meet Mr Carson. Would love to meet Mrs Alexis Carson just to walk and talk about Mr Carson. I had so much respect for him. I didn’t just watch his shows, I studied them. I still watch the show and dvr it as well as throw in a cd of the Tonight Show every once in awhile.

    To Mrs Alexis Maas Carson and Johnny’s kids, I will always remember your husband & your Dad. I’m only sorry I never got to meet him. Hope if we ever do meet someday, we could talk about him.


  14. I was told that Alex and Johnny had already separated before his death and that he died alone, save for hospital personnel.

      1. She was living with him to the end. She called the ambulance the last time he went to the hospital. She was asked about the patient and said he was getting ready to go. He died in the hospital. When you have a chronically sick family member, there are a lot of emergencies and hospitalizations. When one time they don’t come back home, you are shocked.

        1. Even after all these years there is shock! Never really ready,but approaching. Having gone through those dreaded hospital events, I can empathize with it all. “Too soon old,too late smart” Public figures like Johnny deserve privacy but so many are curious about him and his doings. I am again on that quest. Hope he’s ok with that

  15. As a fellow former Pennsylvanian and living close to Pittsburgh,I just was wondering what happened to her.Hope she is enjoying life.
    I am since moving to Florida last fall.
    I watch Johnny Carson reruns once in awhile.Didn’t see him much growing up as I had to be in bed because of school.He sure is missed.
    Have a nice day.

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