Judith Kliban: Who was Bill Bixby’s Wife before his demise?

By | September 8, 2023
Judith Kliban: Who was Bill Bixby's Wife before his demise?

Judith Kliban was the wife of Bill Bixby. Judith’s late husband, Bill Bixby, was an American actor, director and producer who usually appeared on game shows as a panelist. Bill had a remarkable career, which spanned over three decades. He spent his career featuring in movies, television shows and stage performances.

Besides being the third woman Bill Bixby married, Judith Kliban is also known as the widow of American cartoonist Bernard Kliban, who was popularly known as B. Kliban.

Who is Judith Kliban?

Judith Kliban was born in June 1949 in Corte Madera, California, United States of America. As of 2023, Judith is 74 years old. She is an American citizen and belongs to the white race. Her zodiac sign is unknown since her exact date of birth remains unknown.

Judith is known to have been born into an average family in California, but she has not revealed any personal information about who her parents are. She seems like a private person and has kept most of her personal life away from the public. Her exposure to the limelight was her marriage to Bill Bixby. Before they got married, Judith lived a low-profile life, far away from media attention.

According to EatMousies.com, Judith Kliban grew up in New England. She attended Rhodes Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts. Her training in Fine Arts developed her interest in painting, photography and design.

Judith worked with a company in Boston as an advertising director, publishing designer and graphic designer for a few years after she graduated from college. She later moved to San Francisco to pursue her career in arts and design. Through her career pursuit, she met and later married her first husband, Bernard Kliban.

Judith Kliban first married Bernard Kliban.

Before Judith Kliban met and married Bill Bixby, she had first been married to cartoonist Bernard Kliban. Judith and Bernard first met in the mid-1970s. They developed a firm friendship, which later manifested into a deep and lasting love for each other.

Judith and Bernard later married and worked together, as they were both artists. They formed a family company named B. Kliban Cats Licensing and Design. Their company was based in Hawaii and used cat designs on T-shirts. Judith became the Arts Director and designer for the company.

Judith ran the company with her husband, Bernard, until his untimely death in 1990. The couple did not have any children together. Judith Kliban and Bernard’s two children from other relationships succeeded him in death.

Bernard Hap Kliban was born on January 1, 1935, in Norwalk, Connecticut, United States of America. He had his formal education at Pratt Institute and Cooper Union. He still needs to complete his education in both schools. Bernard, who discovered his talent in painting and design early, spent most of his life painting and traveling all across Europe.

He later settled in California, where he worked as a freelance designer and cartoonist. According to his Wikipedia, Bernard died at age 55 due to a pulmonary embolism.

Judith Kliban married Bill Bixby three years after the death of her first husband

After the untimely death of Judith Kliban’s first husband, Bernard Kliban, she met American actor Bill Bixby. Judith met Bill through a mutual friend, who introduced the two. In 1993, exactly three years after the demise of Bernard, Judith got married to Bill.

Their wedding ceremony happened in October 1993. In attendance were family and friends of the couple. The wedding could have attracted more media attention since it was private, attended strictly by invitation.

Judith Kliban and Bill Bixby were married for only six weeks until Bill’s death. Bill died of complications from prostate cancer. He died in Century City, Los Angeles, California. As per his Wikipedia, he was 59 years old at his death.

Bill Bixby was born on January 22, 1934, with the birth name Wilfred Bailey Everett Bixby III. He was the son of a store clerk father and a senior manager. He was born in San Francisco, California. Young Bill attended Lowell High School, where he became interested in oratory and drama.

He started his professional career as an actor in 1961 and remained active till his demise in 1993. Some of his movies include The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis(1961), The Andy Griffith Show(1962), Love, American Style(1969), Diagnosis Murder: Diagnosis of Murder(1992), Blossom(1993), etc.