Who is Jill Tavelman?

Jill Tavelman was born in Los Angeles County, California USA, on 9 April 1956 – her zodiac sign is Aries and she holds American nationality. She is a former actress, architect and businesswoman, but who might be known best for being the now ex-wife of British singer-songwriter, drummer and record producer Phil Collins.

Childhood and education

Jill was raised in Los Angeles County, and as she prefers to keep her personal matters to herself, hasn’t shared any details concerning her parents and any siblings with the public, although it’s known that her mother, Jane Hale was a theatre actress.

Jill grew up being interested in things such as modelling, singing and dancing, and later on became interested in acting after watching her mother perform.

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She went on to practice acting with Jane, but soon learned that she wasn’t talented enough to become a professional actress. Jill matriculated in 1974, and then enrolled at a college from which she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in 1978.

Jill’s career

She has a single acting credit. In 1988, Jill portrayed a woman at the airport in the comedy crime movie “Buster” written by Colin Shindler, directed by David Green and which starred Phil Collins, Julie Walters and Larry Lamb. It follows Ronald Christopher ‘Buster’ Edwards who is one of three people who managed to pull ‘The Great Train Robbery’ back in 1963. The movie won four awards and was nominated for an Oscar.

Jill also appeared in a single 2008 episode of the news talk-show “Extra with Billy Bush”.

Not a lot else is known about Jill’s career, however, she has been working as an architect since the ‘80s, and as she is a collector of antiques, opened her own antique shop in July 2019.

Love life and marriage with Phil Collins

Jill met Phil Collins in the early ‘80s while serving as the president of the Beverly Hills Women’s Club. They married on 4 August 1984 in a private ceremony attended by their families and wide circle of friends, and on 19 March 1989, the two welcomed their daughter Lily, who is today a famous model and actress known best for her portrayal of lead characters in movies “Priest”, “Abduction” and “Mirror Mirror”. On 5 December 1996, Jill and Phil divorced for unknown reasons, although it’s believed that he was cheating on Jill; she received £17 million ($23.5 million) as settlement.

Jill hasn’t talked about any other men she might have dated before and after Phil, but it’s known that Phil was married three times. He married Andrea Bertorelli in 1975, and she gave birth to their daughter Joely in 1972, while their son Simon Collins followed in 1976, but Phil and Andrea divorced in 1980. He married his third wife Orianne Cevey in 1999 after they met a year prior, when she served as his translator. She gave birth to their sons Matthew and Nicholas, but they divorced in 2006 with Phil giving Orianne £25 million ($34.2 million) in settlement.

As of January 2021, Jill is single, has married just once, and has one daughter.

Hobbies and other interests

Jill loves to travel, plus her hunt for antiques has taken her all around the US, while she’s also been to many European countries such as Switzerland, England and Germany.

She has also been to Asia and Africa on multiple occasions, also in search of antiques.

Jill is a dog-lover, and her dog can be seen featured in many of her pictures found on the internet.

She likes to read, and her favorite genres are mystery and romance. Her favorite writer is Agatha Christie, while a couple of her favorite books are “Murder on the Orient Express”, “Crooked House” and “The Murder of Roger Ackroyd”.

In her spare time, Jill enjoys watching movies and her favorite actor and actress are James Stewart and Donna Reed, while her favorite movies include “It’s a Wonderful Life”, “Vertigo” and “Harvey”.

How rich is she?

Jill is 64 years old. She has long blonde hair and brown eyes, her height is 5ft 6ins (1.67m) and she weighs around 130lbs (60kgs).

As of January 2021, her net worth has been estimated at over $1.5 million meaning she spent most of the money she received as settlement from her and Phil’s divorce. Phil’s net worth is reputedly over $300 million.

Who is Phil Collins?

Phillip David Charles Collins was born in Chiswick, Middlesex, England, on 30 January 1951 – his zodiac sign is Aquarius and he holds British nationality. He gained recognition after he became the singer and drummer of the rock band Genesis, which was active from 1967 to 2000, reunited in 2006 for a year, and then reunited once more in 2020. Phil has won numerous awards for his solo career, while his song “You’ll Be in My Heart” (made for Disney’s movie “Tarzan”) won him an Oscar for Best Original Song. He has also won two Golden Globes, six Brit Awards, eight Grammys, and has his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Phil was raised in Chiswick alongside his sister Carole and brother Clive, by their father Greville Phillip Austin Collins who worked as an insurance agent, and their mother Winifred June Collins who was a theatrical agent.

Phil was five when he received his first drum kit, and as he practiced every day, his parents kept buying him better drums. He focused on studying rudiments during his high school years, but and declined learn to either read or write musical notation, which he later regretted. Phil was mostly influenced by Ringo Starr, the drummer of The Beatles, and Buddy Rich who is rated one of the best drummers of all times. Phil studied at Chiswick County School for Boys, and there formed the band The Real Thing before leaving them and joining the Freehold.

Phil Collins

He also began practicing acting at the Barbara Sqeake Stage School, while he gained recognition in 1964 after portraying the Artful Dodger in the musical film “Oliver!” He was then cast in the movie “Calamity the Cow”, but as he got into a fight with the film’s director, he chose to quit acting.

After Genesis was left without a drummer and guitarist, Phil auditioned and became their drummer in August 1970. They released their debut album entitled “Nursery Cryme” in November 1971, with Phil as their member, followed by their album “Selling England by the Pound” in 1973. Phil became the lead vocalist of Genesis in August 1975, and their following album “A Trick of the Tall” was released in January 1976, peaking at #3 on the UK Charts.

Phil started working on his solo career just as most other Genesis members, and on 13 February 1981, his debut album came out entitled “Face Value”. The album’s single “In the Air Tonight” made Phil famous, and the song is still popular today. He released his second album in November 1982 entitled “Hello, I Must be Going!”, and in February 1985, his third album was released called “No Jacket Required”, which has remained his most successful album to this day, having topped the charts in both the US and the UK. His fourth album “… But Seriously” was released on 7 November 1989, followed by his fifth – “Both Sides” – in November 1993. As Phil was also creating music with Genesis during these years, he decided to quit the group in March 1996 to focus on his solo career.

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Two of his following albums were “Dance into the Light” released in October 1996, and “Testify” which came out on 11 November 2002. Phil focused on singing and creating music for movies for the following decade, and in October 2016 he published his autobiography “Not Dead Yet”. Most recently, in March 2020 Phil announced that Genesis would reunite and go on a tour called “The Last Domino? Tour”, however, became of the coronavirus pandemic, the tour has been postponed until at least April 2021.

Phil eventually decided to return to acting, and made cameo appearances in various movies such as “Hook” in 1991 and “And the Band Played On” in 1993, and played the lead character in the 1993 thriller comedy “Frauds”. He also became a voice actor, lending his voice to characters in the movies “Balto” and “The Jungle Book 2”. A character with his looks and voice can be found in the video game “Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories” created for PlayStation 2 and PlayStation Portable.

He also voiced himself in two episodes of the critically acclaimed animated sitcom “South Park”, as well as in an episode of the animated comedy “Pasila”.

In 2007 Phil started dating American news anchor Dana Tyler – they eventually split in 2016.

Phil has had many health problems, but none life-threatening. He wasn’t able to hear in his left ear in 2000, and it took him two years to recover. In 2009 after a surgery repaired his dislocated vertebrae, Phil lost feeling in his fingers and wasn’t able to drum unless the drum sticks were taped or glued to his hands. He went on to practice nearly every day, but even in 2016 wasn’t able to drum using his left hand, and his son Nic is often substituting for him. Phil announced in January 2017 that he suffered from type 2 diabetes after his foot became infected and required treatment. In 2018, he had to start using a cane to walk, and began sitting in a chair while performing at concerts.

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Robbie is currently a reporter for TheBiography based in Santa Monica, CA. Prior to joining TheBiography in December 2020, he was an entertainment reporter in People.

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