- NAME: Tammy Faye Messner
- OCCUPATION: Evangelist, Reality Television Star
- BIRTH DATE: March 07, 1942
- DEATH DATE: July 20, 2007
- EDUCATION: North Central Bible College
- PLACE OF BIRTH: International Falls, Minnesota
- PLACE OF DEATH: Loch Lloyd, Missouri
- Full Name: Tamara Faye LaValley Bakker Messner
- AKA: Tamara Faye Messner
- AKA: Tamara Faye Bakker
- AKA: Tammy Messner
- AKA: Tammy Bakker
- Maiden Name: Tamara Faye LaValley
- AKA: Tammy Faye Bakker
- AKA: Tammy Faye Messner
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Tammy Faye Messner was the wife of disgraced televangelist Jim Bakker, with whom she hosted The 700 Club and the Praise the Lord Club. The couple split in 1992, after Jim Bakker's affair with a church secretary surfaced.
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In 1987 and 1988, he made a few failed attempts to rebuild his ministry. Ultimately, the Federal Communications Commission's investigation into the financial activities of the PTL Network culminated in Jim's conviction of fraud and conspiracy in 1989. During the tumultuous six-week trial, the federal government succeeded in proving that Jim solicited a total of $158 million from followers of the PTL ($3.7 million of which he used for personal means). He was given a 45-year prison sentence,
which was later reduced to six years. Jim Bakker was paroled in 1994, and has since re-established himself as a minister.
In 1992, after a 31-year relationship, Tammy Faye and Jim divorced. The following year, Tammy Faye wed Roe Messner, a family friend and business associate of the Bakkers'. Shortly thereafter, Messner was imprisoned for fraud, but has since been released.
Also in 1996, Tammy Faye teamed with former Too Close for Comfort star J.M.J. Bullock to host a short-lived daily talk show titled The Jim J. and Tammy Faye Show. Later that year, she published an autobiography, Tammy: Telling It My Way. Also in 1996, that Tammy Faye was diagnosed with colon cancer.
Tammy Faye was the subject of a fairly well-received documentary, The Eyes of Tammy Faye (2000), and then in 2004, appeared on the second season of the VH-1 reality series The Surreal Life, which featured B-List celebrities such as Erik Estrada and Vanilla Ice. The group of former stars lived together in a Hollywood mansion while cameras followed their antics. It was during 2004 that Tammy Faye's cancer spread to her lungs.
In May 2007, Tammy Faye announced that doctors had stopped treating her cancer, and her weight soon dropped to 65 pounds. She posted a goodbye letter to her friends and supporters on her website. In early July 2007, a gaunt Tammy Faye made a final TV appearance on Larry King Live, where she said goodbye to fans. Tammy Faye Messner lost her battle with lung cancer on July 20, 2007, at the age of 65, at her home in Missouri.
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