For fans of Saturday Night Live, a comedy show that has been on air for several decades, the name Bill Hader is a familiar one. As a comedian and comic writer, he has spent his own share of the show and has developed a respectable and successful career. During this time he was married to Maggie Carey, another Hollywood personality who is a director.
Maggie Carey and Bill Hader were married for about eleven years before they separated, and the recent completion of their divorce has fuelled curiosity about their marriage and Bill’s wife.
Maggie Carey – Biography
Maggie Carey was probably born around 1975 in Boise, Idaho, where she was raised by her parents. Not much is known about her family background, but her educational background included time at Jackson Elementary, West Junior High and Borah High School, where she completed her basic education in 1993.
After high school, Maggie went to the University of Montana, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature and a Master of Fine Arts in Film Production from the University of Texas at Austin.
After completing her education, Maggie Carey began her career in the entertainment industry. The exact time frame of her journey is unknown, but she was a member of the improvisation troupe of the New York Upright Citizens Brigade. She was also a part of the Improvisation Olympics West in Los Angeles.
In the early days of her career, she worked with Liz Cackowski on the creation of a web series, the Jeannie Tate Show. In addition to her work in comedy as a sketch actress, Maggie Carey is also a recognized director and screenwriter. As a director, she made her debut in 2001 as the director of a documentary film called Ladyporn. Since then she has directed a number of short films, including Soap Scum, Jenny Clone, Head in the Oven and several others.
She has also directed episodes of shows like Funny or Die Presents…, Love, Silicon Valley, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and several others.
As an actress, she has appeared in several short films such as Dance Club, Vacancy, Cinema Six and several others.
In film production, Maggie Carey has also worked in other roles as a cameraman, assistant director, editor and screenwriter, writing several episodes of In the Motherhood and the film The To Do List, among others.
She has also worked as a producer and editor. Throughout her career, she has received several awards, including the Austin Film Festive Audience Award and the SXSW Film Festival Audience Award.
Family details: husband and children
During their happy years together, Maggie Carey and Bill Hader had three children, all daughters born within five years. Their first daughter, Hannah Kathryn, was born in October 2009, the middle child, Harper, was born in July 2012, and the most recently born, Hayley Clementine, was born in November 2014.
Their children came from a marriage that began in 2006 after they were introduced by a friend during a sketch rehearsal in Los Angeles after several years of dating. The introduction by the college friend proved to be a stroke of genius, as both Bill and Maggie Carey developed an interest in each other.
After a few years of dating, they married on May 28, 2006. Unfortunately, the affection and love born of their first encounter, along with their three children, was not designed to last, and after eleven years together, in 2017, Maggie Carey and Bill Hader announced their separation from each other, finally finalizing their divorce in March 2018.
Since the divorce, Maggie and Bill have maintained a warm relationship and have worked together professionally ever since, with Maggie directing an episode of Bill Hader’s series Barry.
More facts about Bill Hader’s ex-wife, Maggie Carey
In high school, Maggie Carey was a brilliant soccer player who earned a spot on the All-American team. She played football until college and was captain of her soccer team at the University of Montana.
Her background as a lifeguard in her high school days inspired her to write and direct the movie “The To-Do List”.