Suzanne de Passe is an American writer, TV, music and film producer, and businesswoman. Best known for her work in Lonesome Dove; Lady Sings the Blues, and Motown 25: Yesterday, Today Forever, people also recognize her as the co-chairman of de Passe Jones Entertainment Group.
Suzanne de Passe is Married - Who Is Her Husband?
Suzanne de Passe is possibly single at present. She's not spotted with any men following the split from her first husband. Well, Suzanne was previously married to her first husband, American actor Paul Le Mat in 1978 in a private wedding ceremony.
They met for the first time while working in Motown Industries. But, the marriage of Suzanne and Paul later turned sour as the duo parted separate ways for unknown reasons to the public. De Passe, in addition, is one year younger than her estranged spouse, Paul Le Mat.
Walking into parenting, Suzanne shares three children with ex-partner Paul Le Mat. But regardless of being a public figure, she prefers to keep the identity of her family members low key.
Suzanne de Passe's Net Worth Collection
Suzanne de Passe has an estimated net worth of $40 million, as of the year 2021. She receives a salary of more than $64,000 per project in the U.S. As Passe is one of the most prominent and important women of color working on television, she generates a huge amount of her wealth.
In late 2018, Suzanne was found to be selling her lavish house located in Beverly Hills, California at $5.5 million. Moreover, as Suzanne has divorced her husband Paul Le Mat decades before, she probably receives thousands of dollars for child support and alimony. Like Suzanne, her spouse Paul Le Mat also earned hefty from his career as an actor.
Career Highlights of Suzanne de Passe
De Passe's successful career began at Motown where she served as Creative Assistant to the company founder, Berry Gordy. Later, she became active in producing television. Suzanne then rose to fame after becoming the CEO of Motown Productions.
By the mid-70s, the starlet already became the key person in the careers of numerous celebrities like Teena Marie, the Dazz Band, Lionel Richie, Rick James, the Commodores, and DeBarge.
Irrespective of having leading artists on board, Motown began losing money in the '80s and was eventually sold to Suzanne. At the time, Passe partnered with her mentor in Gordy/de Passe Productions, which led her to establish of de Passe Entertainment in 1992.
Speaking of her involvement in the television business, de Passe lectured at the Harvard Business School on several occasions. In addition, she contributed as an Emerson College 2007 Balfour Distinguished lecturer. Today, she serves as the Producer-in-Residence at Emerson College, School of the Arts in Boston.
What's more? Her other work credits include the role of Executive Producer of sitcoms such as "Smart Guy," "Sister, Sister," and the weekly variety program "Showtime at the Apollo."
Suzanne de Passe - Quick Facts
- Born as Suzanne Celeste DePasse.
- Suzanne's mother is a school teacher, whereas her father is a Seagram executive.
- Graduated from Howard University in March 2006 with an honorary degree of Doctor of Humanities.
- Suzanne De Passe is an honorary member of Alpha Kappa Soririty, Inc.
- Vanessa Williams portrays Suzanne de Passe in The Jacksons: An American Dream in 1992.
- Suzanne took possession of Mowtown Productions when Berry Gordy sold it and changed the company's name to De Passe Productions.
- Passe is French and Haitian from her father's side and Caribbean from her mother's side.
- The only African American woman to be nominated for a screenplay at the Oscar in 2008.
- Widely recognized for her work as Motown Record Executive from 1968 to 1988.