Amy Yasbeck Dating With Lawyer Boyfriend: Finds Love Again After Ex-Husband's Death

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Being a mortal human, death is inevitable. Even our beloved ones, with whom we thought of going all the way, might fall prey to this unpredictability. While some lag behind mourning such loss till their time arrives, others put their bitter past behind and move on to discover the love and life partner in another being.
Amy Yasbeck Dating With Lawyer Boyfriend: Finds Love Again After Ex-Husband's Death

Quick Information

  • Divorce/Split Not Yet
  • Lesbian No
  • Body Measurements 34-25-35 inches
  • Eye Color Blue
  • Hair Color Red
  • Hair Long
  • Feet (Shoe) Size 9 (US)
  • Weight 54 Kg
  • Height/ How Tall? 5' 5" (1.65 m)
  • College University of Detroit
  • Career 1985–present
  • Net Worth $12 Million (Estimated)
  • Dating/Affair No
  • Wedding Date 18 September 1999
  • Date of Birth Sep 12, 1962
  • Age 61 Years, 8 Months
  • Husband/Spouse John Ritter (Deceased Husband)
  • Relationship Status Single
  • Daughter/s Stella Dorothy Ritter
  • Sister/s Patti & Ann
  • Mother Dorothy Louise Mary
  • Father John Yasbeck
  • Ethnicity/Race Lebanese-Irish
  • Religion Christianity
  • Zodiac Sign Virgo
  • Birth Name Amy Marie Yasbeck
  • Profession Actress
  • Nationality American

Death is an inevitable truth. Even our beloved ones, with whom we thought of going all the way, might fall prey to this unpredictability. While some lag behind mourning such loss till their time arrives, others put their bitter past behind and move on to discover the love and life partner in another being.

Similarly, an American film and television actress, Amy Yasbeck, who is a widow of her ex-husband John Ritter, has found her love again.

Married Life Sees Halt After Husband's Premature Death

An American film and television actress, Amy Yasbeck got married to John Ritter at the Murphy Theatre on September 18, 1999. The couple met during the filming of the 1996 Dennis Dugan Movie 'Problem Child' and fell in love with each other then.

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John tried to make Yasbeck eat bagel and cheese because he thought she was too thin and even admitted that she was too young to play his wife in the movie as she was 14 years younger than John.

Star Party at the Tournament House in Pasadena CA John Ritter with Wife Amy Yasbeck and Daughter Stella Ritter (Source:

John Ritter had three children from his previous relationship, named Jason, Carley, and Tyer. Her relationship with John was quite blessed itself. The couple already had their daughter Stella Dorothy at the time of their marriage.

Ritter died at age 54 due to an undiagnosed congenital heart defect on the day of his daughter’s fifth birthday. Such a rough way to go. Ritter at that time was working on the hit sitcom '8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter.'

The Huffington Post article dated 06/06/2012 had mentioned about how Yasbeck discussed her late husband’s legacy and how she’s handled being a single mom as:-

“Initially, as everybody knows who’s ever lost a loved one, you’re absolutely paralyzed. And I think the thing that gets you back into life and back into being yourself is creating and finding a community where you are accepted and you can be yourself and play.” 

Amy was quoted talking about the trauma she suffered due to loss of the late husband, John Ritter. 

"I have a, you know, a John Ritter-shaped hole in my heart. Nobody can replace that." -Amy Yasbeck

Although she had to bear the loss of her loving husband, she did manage to find the solace in her daughter.

Settlement After Husband's Death

The 2008 Lawsuit over John Ritter's death filed by his family was speculated by many as a case of 'wrongful accused.' Amy and her four children filed the lawsuit against doctors and Hospitals/Medical Centers, who handled Ritter's health cases, including Providence St. Joseph Medical Center where John Ritter passed away. 

According to sources, the family sought over $67 million in charges, of which $14 Million got paid in settlements to the family.

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After the sitcom actor had died of an undetected aortic dissection, the widow sued the physicians and hospital for inattentive care and demanded a public accounting of her husband's case stating,

"You can’t treat my kid’s dad for something and kill him in the process/ I think the money will show how angry the jury will be about what happened to John and what could happen to them.”

However, it got revealed that John and his family had not ordered for an X-Ray which would've shown Ritter's enlarged aorta, perhaps even leading to timely surgery and eventually, survival of the actor. But, considering the time to be of the essence, Ritter and his family ordered a catheterization for Ritter to remove possible blockages, rather than request more tests.

On March 18, 2008, the jury spat in 9-3 favor of the doctors, ending the case in $14 million in settlements towards the family.

Back In The Dating Scene - Meet Amy Yasbeck's Boyfriend

Now Yasbeck is dating her boyfriend-lawyer Michael Plonsker.

Considering how Plonsker helped Yasbeck and her daughter to have a secure future regarding finance, love was sure to be ignited. Being a part of a legal team, Plonsker filed a suit, according to the documents of the court, to assure Ritter’s family got compensated more than $14 million.

Amy Yasbeck, backstage at AFI Lifetime Achievement Award Honoring Mel Brooks at Dolby Theatre on June 6, 2013, in Hollywood, California (Source:

Following the success of the legal process, Michael Plonsker and Yaasbeck felt deeply in love with each other. Initially, they started sharing their emotions, and their relationship evolved eventually according to the National Enquirer. A source close to the actress revealed:

“Amy and Michael were thrown together by the unbearable circumstances of their court case. She was still grieving for John and would frequently break down in tears. It was extremely hard on her, and Michael provided Amy a shoulder to cry on. Over time, they grew closer and eventually fell in love"

The circumstance on which Amy met her boyfriend Michael may not be the most appropriate. But, given the trajectory of their dating life, one can't help but wonder if they were a "meant-to-be" lovers.

Sells Ex-Husband's House

That said, the actress' married life with her late husband remain fresh in her memory.

It would correctly explain why she sold the Beverly Hills mansion, which her late husband bought for $2.25 million some three decades ago. Public records reveal that Amy and the Yasbeck family made a whopping $4.30 million upon the sale in August 2017.

Daughter Transitions Into Man

Not just on dating front, Amy's family life too went through drastic changes after her husband's death. More specifically, her daughter Stella is now a man.

John's untimely passing in 2012 was an eye-opening experience for Stella, who by the age of 18 was already identifying as a man. Since the tragic event, she has undergone a gender reassignment surgery and legally changed her born name to Noah Lee Ritter.

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When quizzed how her late husband would react to Stella's transition, Amy professed optimism.

Amy Yasbeck's Bio Unveils Net Worth

An American film and television actress Amy Yasbeck was born on 12 September 1962, at Blue Ash, Ohio and turned 56 years old. She studied theater at the University of Detroit and also released her book, “With Love AND Laughter John Ritter.” 

She guest starred in various television shows and co-starred in films such as House II: The Second Story, Pretty Woman, Problem Child, Problem Child 2, The Mask, Robin Hood: Men in Tights and Dracula: Dead and Loving It. She owns the net worth of $12 million. She has also landed her acting skillsets in an episode of a famous television series called 'Pretty Little Liars' as Claudia.