Brenda Benet & Bill Bixby

Bill Bixby and Brenda Benet

Bill Bixby and Brenda Benet  


Brenda Benet and Bill Bixby were married for 8 years. They dated for 2 years after getting together in Jul 1969 and married on 4th Jul 1971. 8 years later they divorced in Sep 1979.

They had a son named Christopher age 46.

On Screen Matchups

Brenda Benet and Bill Bixby were in The Love Boat(1977) together.


American Actress Brenda Benet was born Brenda Ann Nelson on 16th August, 1945 in Hollywood, California, USA and passed away on 7th Apr 1982 West Los Angeles, California, USA aged 36. She is most remembered for Days of our Lives. Her zodiac sign is Leo.

American Actor Bill Bixby was born Wilfred Bailey Everett Bixby III on 22nd January, 1934 in San Francisco, California, USA and passed away on 21st Nov 1993 Century City, Los Angeles, California, USA aged 59. He is most remembered for The Incredible Hulk, The Courtship of Eddie`s Father. His zodiac sign is Aquarius.


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Relationship Statistics

DatingJul 1969 - 4th Jul 1971 2 years
Married4th Jul 1971 - Sep 1979 8 years, 2 months
Total Jul 1969 - Sep 1979 10 years, 2 months

(4 July 1971 - September 1979) (divorced) 1 child
Son Christopher Sean (September 25, 1974 - March 1, 1981)
In 1969, Benet left Petersen for actor Bill Bixby. After her divorce from Petersen became final, she married Bixby in 1971. The couple had a child, Christopher, in 1974, and then divorced in 1979. After the divorce and up until her death, Benet was in a lesbian relationship with pundit Tammy Bruce, who was 20 years old during that time period.
Benet experienced a number of personal and professional challenges after her divorce from Bixby. Her role on Days of our Lives made her extremely unpopular with fans; Benet's character was breaking up one of the show's popular couples, Doug and Julie, and fans were outraged. In the book Like Sands through the Hourglass, actress Susan Seaforth Hayes, who played Julie, recalled conflict between her and Benet that intensified as the storyline progressed.
However, Benet's most personal challenge occurred when her son Christopher died in 1981. While on a skiing vacation, he experienced a sudden illness and went into cardiac arrest after doctors attempted to insert a breathing tube. Benet was devastated by her son's death and sank into a severe depression. On April 7, 1982, Benet took her own life by a self-inflicted gunshot wound. She was 36.
In her book The Death of Right and Wrong, talk radio host Tammy Bruce writes of her personal involvement with Bixby and Benet. Benet and Bruce were romantically involved for a time, and Benet killed herself in a home she had previously shared with Bruce. Bruce had moved out two weeks prior to the suicide. On the day of Benet's suicide, Bruce thought that she would be meeting Benet for lunch. According to Bruce, Benet was locked inside the bathroom of her home when she arrived. Bruce sensed something was wrong and went to get help. After Bruce stepped outside, Benet shot herself. The book Soap Opera Babylon said that Benet was actually involved with a male costar on Days of our Lives that ended right before she killed herself.

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Relationship Timeline

September, 1980 - Divorce

March, 1979 - Breakup

25th September, 1974 - Child

4th July, 1971 - Marriage

July, 1969 - Hookup

Couple Comparison

Brenda Benet
Bill Bixby
Brenda Benet
Bill Bixby
Age (at start of relationship)
5' 3" (160 cm)
5' 9" (175 cm)
Hair Color
Brown - Dark
Eye Color
Brown - Dark
Brown - Dark


ChristopherMale25th September, 197446 years old

Onscreen Matchups

  • The Love Boat The Love Boat 1977



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