What You Don't Know About Eddie Van Halen's Wife, Janie Liszewski

Eddie Van Halen, who The Los Angeles Times aptly memorialized as "the all-American guitar hero," passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, of throat cancer. TMZ reports that when the rock and roll legend passed over, his wife of 11 years, Janie Liszewski, was by his side.

Van Halen, whose father was an alcoholic, started smoking at just 12 years of age. His first marriage, to actress, Valerie Bertinelli, unraveled in 2001. It broke partly under the weight of Van Halen's drug and alcohol addiction. After their divorce, Bertinelli remembered their marriage in a memoir. The priest they'd selected for their wedding asked them to fill out forms so he could better prepare their ceremony." As we filled out the forms at home, we each held a little vial of coke," she reflected. "It doesn't really bode well for the marriage, I don't think."

 Van Halen's second marriage started off on radically different footing. Around the time that Van Halen proposed to Janie in 2008 (in Hawaii, where else?), Van Halen gave up drugs and alcohol for good. "They are devoted to each other and to experiencing life in a whole new, positive and passionate way," a source told People at the time. When they tied the knot in 2009, People reported that (in addition to mini hamburgers, corn dogs, ring pops, and custom printed M&M's) the happy couple treated guests to a nonalcoholic lemonade bar. They toasted each other, and Van Halen's sobriety, to French sparkling apple cider and sparkling pear juice.

Janie Liszewski worked as Van Halen's publicist

Who, exactly, is Janie Liszewski? Her social media accounts are full of DJ duties, morning hikes, and her Pomeranian puppy. She clearly loves Pomeranians. Per People, when she wed Van Halen in 2009, her 15-year-old Pomeranian, Kano, walked her down the aisle. Liszewski has yet to comment on her husband's death at the time of this writing. In spite of three, separate Instagram accounts, she's kept notoriously closed-mouthed about her private life. "Breaking News," she admonished fans in one post, "@eddievanhalen is my husband & our relationship and life together is PRIVATE."

There's a reason for her silence. One look at Liszewski's resume and it's clear that the 50-year-old is a veritable Hollywood jack-of-all-trades who's no stranger to the dangers of prying paparazzi. Early in her and Van Halen's relationship, Liszewski shifted career tracks. In 2007, she stopped working PR for the adult film industry. Instead, she began exclusively representing her future husband's band (via Van Halen News Desk). "Obviously this is a dream come true in many capacities," Liszewski purportedly said at the time. 

She wasn't, however, destined to stay in the world of publicity. According to her Instagram alter-ego, Dancing Queen Lita Lamae, a year ago, Liszewski began working as a pro wrestling manager. She works for her ballroom dancing partner (yes, she's a competitive ballroom dancer, too), who goes by the Instagram handle "King of the Floor" Louie 54. She describes her current job as "an adventure unlike any other" (via Instagram).

Janie Liszewski made a living as a Hollywood stuntwoman

Before exploring the world of publicity, pro-wrestling, and ballroom dancing, Janie Liszewski was a stuntwoman. According to IMDb, between 2001 and 2005, Liszewski racked in 16 film credits, appearing in high-profile box office hits like The Wedding PlannerLooney Tunes: Back in Action, Along Came Polly, and Spider-Man 2. Clearly not someone to be confined to one profession, Liszewski's also tried her hands at acting. You can catch achieving minor rolls in CSI Miami (as Susan McCreary), Profiler (as she plays Vanjour), and From Dusk Till Dawn (where she plays a bar dancer).  

A self-described "tomboy," Liszewski's background in stunts has clearly prepared her for her current work in ballroom dancing. One of her and her partner's signature moves (no surprises there) is taken directly from pro-wrestling. But Liszewski's favorite dance shows off her softer side. In September, Liszewski told the JV Sports Show, "I like waltz, there's something really zen-like to me, I never envisioned ... that I would be in a big ball gown kind of floating across the floor." 

Would she ever consider going on a show like Dancing With The Stars?, the JV Sports Show asked her. "I don't know if I could handle that kind of demand, I like to learn at my own pace," Liszewski replied. If, however, you're itching to see her in action, Liszewski and her partner are scheduled to compete in the 2020 Hollywood DanceSport Championships between October 29 and November 1.