Roy Orbison & Barbara Orbison

Barbara Orbison and Roy Orbison
1968 - 1988
Barbara Orbison and Roy Orbison  

Roy Orbison and Barbara Orbison were married for 19 years before Roy Orbison died, leaving behind his partner and 2 children.

They had 2 children, Roy Kelton (51) and Alex Orbie (47).


American Singer Roy Orbison was born Roy Kelton Orbison on 23rd April, 1936 in Vernon, Texas, USA and passed away on 6th Dec 1988 Hendersonville, Tennessee, USA aged 52. He is most remembered for In Dreams (Song) (1963), Oh, Pretty Woman (Song) (1964).. His zodiac sign is Taurus.

German Film/TV Producer Barbara Orbison was born Barbara Annemarie Wellhonen Jakobs on 10th January, 1950 in Bielefeld, Germany and passed away on 6th Dec 2011 Los Angeles, California aged 61. She is most remembered for daughter of a wealthy West German industrialist who met Roy Orbison at seventeen-year-old and married him a year later. Her zodiac sign is Capricorn.


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Relationship Statistics

Dating1968 - 25th Mar 1969 1 year, 2 months
Married25th Mar 1969 - Dec 1988 19 years, 8 months
Total 1968 - Dec 1988 20 years, 11 months

(25 March 1969 - 6 December 1988) (his death) (2 children)
Roy Kelton Orbison Jr. born October 18, 1970 and Alex Orbie Orbison
May 25, 1975
At 18 years old, Barbara met the 32-year-old Orbison when he asked friends to introduce him to her at a nightclub in Leeds, England, during Orbison's tour of Great Britain. They married on 25 March 1969, in Hendersonville, Tennessee. They divided their time between Nashville, Tennessee and Malibu, California, bringing up their two sons, Roy Kelton Orbison, Jr. (born 1970) and Alexander Lee Orbison (born 1975).
During the 1980s, she managed her husband's career and was the executive producer of his 1987 album, In Dreams: The Greatest Hits plus his highly acclaimed January 1988 televised music special, Roy Orbison and Friends, A Black and White Night. Following her husband's death on 6 December 1988, she took charge of his business affairs and dedicated herself to promoting his music to ensuing generations. She worked with friend and fellow artist Jeff Lynne to put together the posthumous release of the King of Hearts album in 1992 (an album which was re-issued in 2007 by Sony BMG after they took charge of Virgin's catalog in 2005) as well as other record projects. She co-produced Only the Lonely: The Roy Orbison Story, a European stage musical.

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Relationship Timeline

December, 1988 - Breakup

25th May, 1975 - Child

18th October, 1970 - Child

25th March, 1969 - Marriage

1968 - Hookup

Couple Comparison

Roy Orbison
Barbara Orbison
Roy Orbison
Barbara Orbison
Age (at start of relationship)
Film/TV Producer
Hair Color
Brown - Dark
Eye Color
Brown - Dark


Roy KeltonMale18th October, 197051 years old
Alex OrbieMale25th May, 197547 years old



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