Willie Nelson’s ex-wife, Connie Koepke Biography: Spouse, Net Worth, Movies, Children, Age

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Connie Koepke is a retired American film producer and TV personality who gained fame as the former wife of Willie Nelson, a legendary country music singer and actor.

She was involved in several projects showcasing musicians’ and roadies’ lives and stories. She also had a tumultuous relationship with Willie, who was married to another woman when they met and had an affair.


  • Full name: Connie Koepke
  • Date of birth: 1938
  • Age: 85 (as of 2023)
  • Gender: Female
  • Place of birth: USA
  • Nationality: German-American
  • Profession: Retired film producer and TV personality
  • Height: 163 cm
  • Parents: N/A
  • Siblings: N/A
  • Spouse: Willie Nelson (m. 1971; div. 1988)
  • Children: Paula Carlene Nelson and Amy Lee Nelson
  • Relationship status: Single
  • Net worth: $3 million

Early Life & Education

Connie Koepke, now at age 85, was born in 1938 in the USA. She has not revealed her exact birth date or place to the public.

She is originally German, and her father is George Koepke, a WWII veteran who settled in Texas, USA. Her mother, on the other hand, is Hungarian.

She has also kept much information about her siblings or childhood private.

Personal Life

Connie Koepke’s personal life was largely defined by her relationship with Willie Nelson, considered one of the most influential and successful country music artists ever.

She met him in 1971 in Cut and Shoot, Texas, when he was still married to his second wife, Shirley Collie. They started an affair that resulted in Connie getting pregnant with their first daughter, Paula Carlene.

Willie divorced Shirley later that year and married Connie soon after. They had another daughter, Amy Lee, in 1973.

Connie and Willie had a rocky marriage that was marked by infidelity, drug abuse, financial troubles, and legal issues.

Willie was often on the road, touring and performing, while Connie stayed home, raising their daughters and managing their affairs. They also had to deal with the IRS seizing their assets in 1990 for unpaid taxes.

Despite their problems, they remained together for 16 years until they divorced in 1988. The reason for their separation is not known publicly, but some sources suggest that Willie had fallen in love with another woman, Annie D’Angelo, whom he married in 1991.

Connie has maintained a low profile since her divorce from Willie and has not been active on social media or the entertainment industry.

She has also not reported having any other relationships after Willie. She presumably lives a quiet and private life away from the spotlight.

She is still on good terms with Willie and their daughters, singers, and songwriters like their father.


Connie Koepke worked as a film producer and was involved in several projects that focused on the music industry and the people behind it.

She was the executive producer of Streetwise (1984), a documentary film that followed Seattle’s homeless teenagers’ lives.

She was also the producer of Lovey: King of the Roadies (2017). This documentary film chronicled the career and legacy of Ben Dorcy III, the world’s oldest roadie who worked with Willie Nelson and many other artists.

She was also a co-producer of Mike Judge Presents Tales from the Tour Bus (2017), an animated series that featured stories and anecdotes from various musicians and their associates.

Connie also appeared as herself in some TV shows and documentaries, such as The Mike Douglas Show (1976), Willie Nelson: My Life (2002), and Willie Nelson: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song (2016).

Net Worth

According to some sources, Connie Koepke’s net worth is estimated to be around $3 million.

She earned most of her wealth from her career as a film producer and from her divorce settlement with Willie Nelson.


Connie Koepke was involved in a controversy when she had an affair with Willie Nelson while he was still married to his second wife, Shirley Collie.

She also faced criticism and backlash from some of Willie’s fans and the media for being the cause of his divorce and for influencing his lifestyle and career choices.

She was also accused of being a gold digger and a homewrecker by some of her detractors.

Social Media

  • Instagram handle: N/A
  • Twitter handle: N/A


  • Streetwise
  • Willie Nelson: My Life
  • Lovey: King of the Roadies
  • Mike Judge Presents: Tales from the Tour Bus
  • Willie Nelson: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song

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