In 2017 it was discovered that Jeannie had a life threatening brain tumor severely compressing her brain stem. The subsequent urgent brain surgery, epic recovery process and ongoing therapies have had nothing short of miraculous results. Jeannie’s ordeal and the way Jim and her family dealt with it has become the subject of a large portion of the material in “Nobel Ape” and is the subject of Jeannie’s current book, When Life Gives You Pears to be released October 1st. Pre-Order here.
Marquette University Commencement Address 2018
In May 2018 Jim and Jeannie Gaffigan received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Jeannie’s Alma Matter, Marquette University and gave the commencement address to the graduates.
This is the second Honorary Doctorate the couple have received, the first was from Catholic University in Washington DC where they also gave the commencement address in 2016.
2018 Christopher Awards
Jeannie recently presented at the 2018 Christopher Awards presented to salute media that “affirm the highest values of the human spirit.” Where filmmaker Ken Burns received a lifetime achievement award.
2016 Christopher Awards
Jeannie was a recipient of the esteemed Christopher Award in 2016 for her writing of the TV Episode of “My Friend the Priest.”
Profile in America Magazine
Jeannie and Jim Gaffigan were recently profiled in America Magazine in an in-depth article that explored their dedication to producing comedy amid raising five children and surviving a medical trauma.