By the end of last year, in September 2021, we witnessed an American biographical drama film directed by Michael Showalter titled The Eyes of Tammy Faye, which is based on the 2000 documentary of the same name by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato of World of Wonder. This drama film helped us to understand the roller coaster journey of Tammy Faye Bakker. From her humble beginnings helping her to proceed with great success in International Falls, Minnesota through the rise and eventually fall of her televangelism career and most importantly, the film helped us to have a look into her personal life like the things related to her marriage to Jim Bakker. So, did Tammy Faye Bakker have an affair?
In the film, Jessica Chastain has skillfully portrayed the role of Tammy Faye Bakker, and Andrew Garfield has shown his skills as Jim Bakker. Well, on the one hand, the film has solved many of the doubts of the fans of Tammy Faye Bakker regarding her life. On the other hand, it has revived the question asking about the affair rumor of Tammy Faye Bakker! So, was that just a rumor, or was it something based on the grounds of reality? Well, if you too are curious to gather the details regarding the same, then this article is all that you need. But before we jump on to the main topic of today’s discussion, let us know a little more about her.
Who Is Tammy Faye Bakker?
So, Tamara Faye Messner, formerly Bakker, was an American singer, evangelist, author, television personality, and talk show host. She was born on 7th March 1942 in International Falls, Minnesota, U.S., and died at the age of 65 on 20th July 2007 in Loch Lloyd, Missouri, the U.S., after an eleven-year bout with cancer. Tammy Faye Bakker’s 11 years with cancer were highly publicized!
Tammy Faye Bakker first grabbed the limelight for her praiseworthy work with The PTL Club. It was a televangelist program she co-founded with her husband Jim Bakker in 1974. The Christian television program was later known as PTL Today and as Heritage Today. The show was a massive hit and helped them to garner huge applause. Then in the early 1970s, the couple had also hosted their own puppet show series for local programming in Minnesota. Her iconic heavy mascara has several times made her a subject to criticism, but she eventually had popularised it.
Tammy Faye Bakker has also worked extensively as a recording artist. Though the couple together had earned huge names and had married each other following their mutual understanding and shared passion, they both had their own level of expertise! In 1978, she and Bakker together had also built an American Christian theme park Heritage USA. Tammy Faye Bakker and James Orsen Bakker, commonly known as Jim Bakker, had exchanged their wedding vows in the year 1961 and had divorced in 1992. Following this, she married an American building contractor named Ronald Roe Messner in 1993. And now, let us move our focus to another main topic, and that is regarding the affair rumor that had earlier spread about Tammy Faye Bakker.
Did Tammy Faye Bakker Have An Affair?
Though in the movie, a scene was neglected, which had its deep meaning in the real world had once again become the talk of the town. It’s about the kiss between Tammy and music producer Gary Paxton. Earlier Gary’s ex-wife Karen Paxton claimed that though she loved Tammy, for that the fact can not be ignored that tammy had a crush on Karen’s then-husband. To which she says that she was devastated and hurt. She also claimed that Tammy used to know that she was aware of her crush on Gary.
But when Gary was brought to the light, and all these things came in front of him, he said that the two were nothing more than just very good friends. However, before his divorce from Karen, he confessed to her that he kissed Tammy in the studio. And when she questioned him, who was the first to kiss. He replied that it was him, but Karen believed that he was lying.