Fred Rogers and his partner were married for more than 50 years before his death in 2003. And now, 15 years later, wife Joanne is opening up about their relationship. During an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, in fact, the widow melted hearts as she revealed the sweet secrets of their happy marriage.
Mister Rogers was born on March 20, 1928, in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. He reportedly didn’t have the easiest childhood, however, because he was shy, overweight and suffered from asthma. The star even faced bullying as a youngster – but he eventually built up his confidence.
Then, after high school, Fred went to Dartmouth College. He also attended Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, to obtain a degree in music composition. And it was there that he met Sara Joanne Byrd, who was known simply as Joanne.