Hope you’re prepared to get in a good cry this evening, because one is coming your way real fast.
Patton Oswalt has married Meredith Salenger!
Patton announced the news first, sharing that sincerely adorable photo above on Twitter of the happy couple along with his daughter, Alice.
“What’d you guys do yesterday?” he asked. Ha ha, see, because it’s a chill caption for what was obviously a big event?
Don’t worry though, because Meredith came through with some details.
She shared the same photo on her Instagram account, and in her caption she wrote “True love. True happiness . Forever and Always. The Oswalts.”
She revealed that the ceremony and the reception took place at Jim Henson Studios in L.A., and that “the uber talented and most geniunely marvelous woman” Martha Plimpton acted as the officiant.
Martha Plimpton. Was the officiant.
It already sounds like the best wedding ever, right?!
As if this whole thing wasn’t sweet enough already, Meredith made sure to share several photos of her new stepdaughter — the daughter Patton had with his late wife, Michelel McNamara.
In one she called her a “pretty girl,” and in a photo of Alice with Patton she simply wrote “My family.”
Perhaps the sweetest of all though was a photo of Alice by herself — for that caption, she wrote “This little girl is MINE!!!!!!!!”, along with the hashtags “happiest auntie is now happiest MOM,” “I love Alice,” and “freckled face muppet.”
Or wait, what actually could be sweeter than even that was the way people reacted to the whole wedding — with so much positivity!
Patton and Meredith both received a whole, whole lot of hate when they announced their engagement back in July because people thought he’d moved on too quickly after his wife’s passing.
Michelle McNamara died in April of 2016, so there were just 15 months between her death and the proposal.
It’s not really fair to judge him for moving on though, especially if we’ve never been in a similar situation.
After getting all that backlash, Meredith wrote a sweet little note on Instagram, explaining that “Everyone has been so lovely to us… all of Patton’s family… ALL of Michelle’s siblings and friends and family… a few trolls have strong opinions.”
“But I think for Patton, having met and found love after over a year of intense therapy and openly grieving and dealing with his pain… I am grateful to be the one who helps him climb out of the depths of grief and find some joy again.”
“And most of all,” she added, “Alice is happy and feels loved. I have waited 47 years to find true love.”
She also wrote that “Creating our family unit while honoring the brilliant gift Michelle has given me will be my life’s goal and happiness.”
“I am deeply in love with both Patton and Alice and very much looking forward to a beautful happy life having adventures together.”
Just from that, it seemed obvious that these two people deeply loved one another, and all this wedding loveliness?
It just further proves that point.
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Patton Oswalt and Meredith Salenger aren’t about the let the stupid, insensitive, ignorant, angry and mean trolls on the Internet ruin their engagement.
Or, to use the comedian’s language, they aren’t about to let a bunch of “bitter grub words” affect their happiness these days.
Last week, Oswalt announced that he and Salenger were engaged, following a few months of dating.
The news came as a surprise to many, considering the stars had only just revealed their romance to the public by walking the red carpet of the Baby Driver premiere in Los Angeles.
It also came as a surprise because Oswalt tragically lost his wife, Michelle McNamara, last April.
At the age of 46, she died of an accidental prescription drug overdose, leaving Oswalt alone to raise their eight-year old daughter.
On many occasions since, Oswalt wrote gut-wrenching posts about his grief and pain and overall mental state; these posts were as raw and candid as it can get.
But Oswalt has managed to expand his heart and is willing to love once again, a development that is great for the mental health of the star and for the long-term well-being of his child.
However, it’s apparently unacceptable to idiots on the Internet who have managed to take Oswalt to task for daring to get engaged so soon after the death of his wife.
In a subsequent Facebook post, Oswalt doesn’t bother to engage these trolls on their immature level.
But it does acknowledge their criticism, while linking to a recent article by a widower who Oswalt says sums up his situation in perfect, heartwarming, emotional fashion.
“This is so amazing. And SO well-written,” Oswalt wrote of a post by a blogger named Erica Roman, adding:
“I expected some bitter grub worms to weigh in (anonymously, always always always) with their much-needed opinions when I announced my engagement last week.
“And I decided to ignore them.”
Concluded Oswalt, along with a link to the article in question:
But yeah, I felt this rage. And Erica articulated it better than I could have ever hoped. So there you go. Thank you, Erica.
Roman, who became a widow at the age of 27, blasted Oswalt’s critics in her viral post.
“You aren’t entitled to an opinion,” she says, explaining:
“You don’t get to comment on the choices of a widower while you sit happily next to your own living spouse. You didn’t have to stand and watch your mundane morning turn into your absolute worst nightmare.
“Go back to scrolling Facebook and keep your ignorance to yourself.”
As Oswalt notes: perfect.
Salenger, meanwhile, acknowledged that most people have been “lovely” to her and her famous fiance, but also linked to Roman’s article and wrote the following:
“I am grateful to be the one who helps him climb out of the depths of grief and find some joy again. And most of all… Alice is happy and feels loved,” wrote the actress, concluding:
“I have waited 47 years to find true love. Creating our family unit while honoring the brilliant gift Michelle has given me will be my life’s goal and happiness.
“I am deeply in love with both Patton and Alice and very much looking forward to a beautiful happy life having adventures together.”
Salenger is a Harvard-educated actress who starred in Disney’s The Journey of Natty Gan at the age of 15.
She has an array of television and movies credits on her resume, including Hollywood Heights, Lake Placid; and she has done voiceover work for cartoons such as Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
(Oswalt may be the universe’s foremost authority on all things Star Wars.)
We wish this couple nothing but the absolute best.
Just a few weeks after the rumor mill started to churn with questions over whether Patton Oswalt was dating Meredith Salenger, the couple has come out and confirmed its relationship.
Actually, Oswalt and Salenger have done a lot more than that:
They’ve gone ahead and gotten engaged!
An insider has confirmed this unexpected news to People Magazine.
It has been broken just under a month since Oswalt and Salenger walked the red carpet together for the Los Angeles premiere of Baby Driver.
Typically, of course the love life of Patton Oswalt would not be considered a big deal in celebrity gossip circles.
But the comedian suffered a personal tragedy about 15 months ago when wife Michelle McNamara died unexpectedly in her sleep, leaving the actor to care for their eight-year-old daughter, Alice Rigney.
Since that unimaginable event, Oswalt has been very open about his struggles to move on.
In August of last year, for example, he penned a personal essay that compared depression to grief.
“Depression is the tallest kid in the 4th grade, dinging rubber bands off the back of your head and feeling safe on the playground, knowing that no teacher is coming to help you,” Oswalt wrote on Facebook at the time, adding:
“Grief is Jason Statham holding that 4th grade bully’s head in a toilet and then f-cking the teacher you’ve got a crush on in front of the class.”
To be more unique and specific?
“Grief makes depression cower behind you and apologize for being such a dick,” Oswalt explained.
Oswalt and McNamara got married in 2005.
He said last summer that he was “face-down and frozen for weeks” after she passed away from an accidental overdose.
“It’s 102 days later and I can confidently say I have reached a point where I’m crawling,” Oswalt wrote in this same post. Which, objectively, is an improvement. Maybe 102 days later I’ll be walking.”
About a year later, thanks to Salenger, it certainly sounds as if the star is maybe even running.
“They met through mutual friend Martha Plimpton,” an insider tells People of the engaged twosome. “They started chatting as friends and it blossomed from there.”
Since making their public debut last month, Oswalt and Salenger have been candid about their feelings on social media.
“We are at “Dorky Disney T-shirt Relationship Level”, from which no one returns. GREAT CTHULHU WHAT HAVE WE DONE?!?” Oswalt wrote in response to Meredith sharing the following snapshot of the couple:
Salenger also posted a picture of Oswalt on a beach in California, flexing whatever muscles he has in his arms.
“The love of my life,” she wrote as a caption, referring to Oswalt also as “my funny hunny.”
Replied Oswalt on Twitter: I prefer “clown who’s down” but whatever.
Meredith Salenger is a Harvard-educated actress.
She received her first major break in the industry at age 15 in Disney’s The Journey of Natty Gan.
She has credits in a number of television shows and movies; including Lake Placid, Hollywood Heights and voiceover work for cartoons like Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
We wish her and Patton Oswalt nothing but the very best.
Back in April of 2016, comedian Patton Oswalt’s wife, Michelle McNamara passed away unexpectedly in her sleep at the age of 46.
Oswalt has admirably open about his grieving process, and in April, he paid loving tribute to McNamara in a moving social media post marking the one-year anniversary of her passing.
We’re sure Oswalt’s grief over McNamara’s passing has not been mitgated by the passage of time, but fans can take heart knowing that the beloved comic is living his life in the fashion his wife likely would have wanted – working, caring for his daughter, and possibly finding love with a new partner.
Oswalt attended the Los Angeles premiere of the new Edgar Wright film Baby Driver last night, and by his side was 47-year-old actress Meredith Salenger.
A Harvard-educated actress, Salenger has appeared in a number of films, including Lake Placid and Hollywood Heights.
She also does voice work for the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, which no doubt appeals to a confirmed Star Wars obsessive like Patton.
Patton and Salenger reportedly held hands and posed for photos on the red carpet.
Neither has confirmed that they’re dating, but Salenger recently informed her social media followers that she’s “super in love.”
For as candid as he’s been about the difficulties of losing his wife, Oswalt is generally very private with regard to his personal life, so it may be quite some time before we learn how serious he and Salenger are as a couple.
The 48-year-old comic has an 8-year-old daughter from his marriage to McNamara.
Oswalt revealed last year that McNamara’s death was caused by prescriotion medications that exacerbated an undiagnosed heart condition that caused blockages in her arteries.
The true crime writer was in the process of completing a book detailing the crimes of a California serial killer at the time of her death.
Salenger appears to have offered sly verifitcation that she and Oswalt are an item by retweeting a fan who wrote:
“When the whole world wants you to be happy they send in @MeredthSalenger.”
And if anyone deserves happiness, it’s Patton and his daughter.
We wish the comic and his family all the best.
One year ago today Michelle McNamar passed away in her sleep at the age of 46.
McNamara was an accomplished true crime writer, but was probably best known to the general public as the wife of beloved comedian Patton Oswalt.
Today, Oswalt marked the anniversary of his wife’s passing in simple, but profound fashion.
Oswalt tweeted to photos of McNamara this morning.
He captioned the images:
“A beautiful friend … She opened up her heart and let me in…”
In the months since McNamara’s death, Oswalt has been open the grieving process as well as the challenged of raising an 8-year-old daughter on his own.
McNamara’s unexpected passing appears to have been the result of an accidental overdose caused by low doses of multiple medications that interacted and exacerbated a pre-existing condition.
“We learned today the combination of drugs in Michelle’s system, along with a condition we were unaware of, proved lethal,” Oswalt said back in February.
Medical examiners reported that McNamara had Xanax, Adderall and the potent prescription painkiller Fentanyl in her system at the time of her death.
In a tragic coincidence, her death came on the same day that Prince suffered a fatal overdose on Fentanyl, a drug that’s responsible for much of America’s worsening opioid epidemic.
In the months of her life, McNamara was hard at work on a book about a murderer she dubbed “the Golden State Killer.”
McNamara’s unfinished work wills serve as the basis for a 48 Hours special about the killer, set to air on Saturday night.
“She had a mind for the details of true crime the way other people have for baseball or me for films,” Oswalt says, in discussing his wife’s work with the show.
“She could recall the details of pretty much every late 20th and 21st century crime. It was just in her head.”
After a several-month hiatus, Oswalt recently returned to acting and standup.
He’s currently on tour and can be seen in new episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000 on Netflix.
We’ve always been fans of Patton’s comedy, and now we’re in total admiration of his strength, as well.
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