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Thelma Keane (Thelma Carne) was born on 15 March, 1926 in Gympie, Queensland, Australia, is a businesswoman. Discover Thelma Keane’s Biography, Age, Height, Physical Stats, Dating/Affairs, Family and career updates. Learn How rich is She in this year and how She spends money? Also learn how She earned most of networth at the age of 82 years old?

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Age 82 years old
Zodiac Sign Pisces
Born 15 March 1926
Birthday 15 March
Birthplace Gympie, Queensland, Australia
Date of death (2008-05-23) Paradise Valley, Arizona, U.S.
Died Place N/A
Nationality Australia

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Thelma Keane Net Worth

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Net Worth in 2023 $1 Million – $5 Million
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Thelma Keane died at the age of 82 at the Barton House assisted living facility in Paradise Valley, Arizona on May 23, 2008. She had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Keane was survived by her husband, Bil Keane, and the couple’s five children, Gayle, Neal, Glen, Jeff and Christopher. Her youngest son, Jeff Keane, continued to help his father draw and publish The Family Circus as an assistant inker and colorist, taking the full-time role of being the lead cartoonist after Bil Keane died in 2011.


Thelma Keane worked as the full-time financial and business manager for her husband while he continued to draw The Family Circus. Her family credited Thelma’s business skills as the main reason that Bil Keane became one of the first syndicated newspaper cartoonists in the country to regain the full rights to his comic. She led the 1988 negotiations with King Features Syndicate to return the copyrights for The Family Circus. King Features finally agreed to return the rights to the cartoon to Bil Keane after long and protracted talks with Thelma Keane. as of 2008, the comic strip runs in approximately 1,500 newspapers.


Bil Keane began drawing The Family Circus comic strip in 1960. He modeled the Mommy in the cartoon on his wife, Thelma. The Mommy character in the comic was even named “Thel” after his wife’s nickname. Bil Keane later told the Associated Press after Thelma’s death in 2008, “She was the inspiration for all of my success. When the cartoon first appeared, she looked so much like Mommy that if she was in the supermarket pushing her cart around, people would come up to her and say, ‘Aren’t you the Mommy in ‘Family Circus?’ And she would admit it.” Keane later altered the “Mommy” character’s hair in 1996 because the style had become outdated.


Thelma and Bil were married in 1948. She moved from Australia to her husband’s hometown of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and eventually settled in the suburb of Roslyn, Pennsylvania. The couple had five children between 1949 and 1958. Thelma, her husband and their children moved to Paradise Valley, Arizona in 1959.


Thelma “Thel” Keane (née Carne; March 15, 1926 – May 23, 2008) was the Australian-born American wife of The Family Circus newspaper cartoonist, Bil Keane. Keane served as her husband’s inspiration and model for the “Mommy” character in his long running comic strip and was instrumental in restoring the copyrights for The Family Circus to her husband.

Keane was born Thelma Carne in Gympie, Queensland, Australia, in 1926. Her father was a banana farmer. For much of her early childhood, Carne lived in a four-room canvas tent within the borders of the Amamoor Forest Reserve while her father worked on a local reforestation project. She lived with relatives in Gympie while in high school and returned home to her family on the weekends.