It’s hard not to love Jason Alexander. Everyone remembers his role as George Costanza in Seinfeld and as Richard Gere’s mean and tough right-hand man, Philip Stuckey, in A pretty woman. He is a talented, funny and one of a kind actor that you cannot forget.
What you might not know is that there is a sweet story involving his courtship with his wife, Daena E. Title, that will surely endear them both. Jason Alexander’s wife is just as special as he is.
Who is Daena E. Title?
Like Alexander, Title was strongly drawn to the creative arts. Born in 1957, Title grew up in Long Island, New York, and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Theater Studies from Wellesley College in 1979. After graduating from college, she lived in Manhattan where she worked as a writer and actress.
Her acting career included a role in For the best or for the worst (1995), starring Lolita Davidovich and James Woods. The director was none other than Jason Alexander.
Despite a promising start in the entertainment industry, it was visual art that really interested Title. She summarized her professional perspective and mission on her website: “These mixed media canvases are my social commentaries on the ongoing love-hate relationship between women, societal norms and self-esteem. I love the intersection between authenticity and conformity, beauty and distortion, complicity and rebellion. I’m obsessed with what it’s like to be female, attractive and performative in today’s world, and how we can find our truth in all the noise.
She generally uses oil paint, mixed media or acrylic on canvas. His works have been exhibited in galleries across the country, from New York to Los Angeles.
Her whirlwind romance with Jason Alexander
How Title and Alexander found each other — and how he wooed and won her over — is like a real romantic comedy. They met in their twenties when they were both struggling actors and Alexander was working as a casting agent.
Alexander recounted his first date with Title on The Late Show with James Corden. When Corden said to her, “You’ve been married 33 years.”
Alexander joked with mock solemnity: “It feels like 33 minutes – underwater.”
Corden asked Alexander about his first date with Title, and it was a hell of a question. Looking back, Alexander confessed, “I knew I was playing well above the edge with that girl.” At the time, he said he only had a thousand dollars in the world.
They went to a cafe in New York where their server was Bruce Willis and the bartender was John Goodman.
“Within three weeks,” Alexander told Corden, “we were living together. Within six weeks, I started proposing. She refused me three times.
Undeterred, Alexander played his trump card. He rented a billboard in Times Square. Corden held up a picture of it. The message on it was “Daena I love you, please marry me forever Jason”. There were four hearts on it.
Title found the gesture irresistible, and the couple married on May 31, 1982, after less than a year together. Alexander and Title have now been married for over 40 years. They have two adult sons, Gabriel and Noah Greenspan (Greenspan is Alexander’s legal name).
Title is Breast Cancer Survivor
Alexander’s Elder Seinfeld co-star, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2017, prompting Alexander to reveal that title had survived its own battle with illness a few years earlier.
“My wife went through this a few years ago. … I find that women, couples and families who have been through this, they all pay for it, so the minute you hear someone go through it, everyone says, ‘Do you need to talk? Do you need advice? Do you need contacts, doctors… “Anyway.”
Luckily, Title is healthy now and the couple are free to continue their long-lasting romance!