Do you remember Redd Foxx, the popular American stand-up comedian? Though the Sanford and Son star is no longer with us, his legacy still lives on. He is survived by his step-daughter Debraca Denise. Unfortunately, Debraca is not as famous as her step-father Foxx, but there is definitely a lot about her that is worth sharing.
Similarly, Debraca’s mother also has her own legacy and identified herself as a singer and dancer. But unlike both her parents, Debraca has opted for a life away from all the glitz and glamour.
So, what is she doing at present? Is she married? There is numerous question about Denise that are barely answered. Here, we are going to talk in detail about her career, relationship, family, and a lot more interesting facts.
Who is Debraca Denise’ biological father?
While the exact birth detail of Debraca is not known, she was reportedly born from 1949-1950 in the United States. She is the biological daughter of Betty Jean Harris and was adopted by stand-up comedian Redd Foxx after Betty married him in 1956.
Unfortunately, Betty never opened up about the biological father of Denise. Besides, Debraca is an American in terms of nationality and belongs to the African-American ethnicity.
Debraca Denise Is Married to Businessman Ralpha Russell
It is not very well known, but Debraca is actually a married woman now. She married a Los Angeles businessman Ralpha Russell on June 7th, 1975. Their wedding ceremony was held at the Grand Ballroom of the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. The event was organized at a lavish cost of around $40,000.
As per the reports, around 450 guests attended their wedding in a flower-covered gazebo. Unfortunately, her father wasn’t in attendance. At the time, reports claimed he didn’t attend the wedding due to his divorce battle with his wife and Debraca’s mother Betty.
Meanwhile, the bride wore a white chiffon gown designed by Holan Miller of Beverly Hills and her groom looked dapper in his wedding attire. Their friend Deimion Schott served as the best man whereas Antoinette Woods was the maid of honor.
Following the wedding, Debraca’s mother Betty hosted a party at her Toluca Estate home, which was attended by primarily their relatives and close friends.
Does Debraca Have Any Children With Her Husband?
Debraca has sort of became a virtual recluse post her marriage. It has been years since Denise made any public appearance. Not only her but her husband too has maintained a distance from the media.
Thus, it is hard to tell if she has any children with her spouse. However, hopefully, we will get to know about her present status soon.
Denise Parents, Redd and Betty’ Relationship
Debraca’s mother Betty had a pretty long-term relationship with the Harlem Nights star Redd Foxx. The two tied the knot on 5th July 1956.
Betty and Redd met for the first time at backstage a club where she worked as a singer. Well, their first meeting soon turned into a love affair and eventually a marital relationship. However, Redd had reportedly put a condition for Betty before marriage and asked her to quit her singing career to live as a full-time housewife.
Talking about the same in one of his interviews the late comedian said,
Even though I linked show business a whole lot, I like being Mrs. Redd Foxx even more.
But unlike most of the marriages, Betty’s first year of marriage was not so great and they faced several problems adjusting to one another. Regarding the matter, Betty stated,
There were some pretty tense moments, too. We had our differences, but I guess when you’re right for each other, nothing is too difficult to work out. It’s been clear sailing since our first year.
Likewise, Redd’s wife Betty also had a couple of good things to say about her husband. In an interview with the Jet Magazine, she said, “It’s a lot of fun being married to the funniest guy in the show business. I’ve enjoyed it. It’s been Wonderful.”
Well, post the first year of marriage, Betty involved herself with handling her husband’s business which included a chain of five Los Angeles record stores and several other business ventures.
Her Parents’ Divorce
Unfortunately, despite all the compatibility and love for one another, Debraca’s parents Betty and Redd called it quits after 18 years of marriage. The duo filed for divorce in 1974, stating a compatibility issue.
The duo went through a bit of a messy divorce. In fact, Redd’s lawyer Robert Reid obtained a restraining order against Mrs. Foxx, blocking her from hiding any entities from their home on Eastern Avenue in Las Vegas.
She also reportedly had to return all the cheques and money, including $110,000 in her bank account.
Debraca Denise’ Step-Father Redd Foxx Married Four Times
Apart from Betty, Redd had had three other marriages. He first married Evelyn Killebrew in 1948 but after three years into marriage, they divorce in 1951.
He tied the knot with his third wife Joi Yun Chin Chung on 31st December 1976. She was 20 years younger than him. Their wedding was held at the Thunderbird Hotel in Las Vegas. The couple filed for divorce in 1979 which was finalized in 1981. Redd paid $300,000 in divorce settlement.
He married for the fourth time to Kaho Cho in July 1991 after meeting at Bally’s Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. They walked down the aisle at Little Church of the West in Las Vegas. The couple was married until Redd’s death on 11th October 1991.