Elisa Gayle Ritter - A Low-Key Profile, A Mistaken Identity
Anyone heard of a woman named Elisa Gayle Ritter?
She hails from the entertainment industry.
To be exact, Hollywood.
Never heard of her? Not even once?
Are you sure?
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Not even when the topic dwells on married celebrity breakups?
Still, no? OK, then.
How about . . . Blake Shelton?
Or, let’s say . . . Kelly Clarkson?
Reba McEntire, perhaps?
They should now be familiar because they are Hollywood.
Elisa Gayle Ritter may not be as famous as those three, who are some of the American music industry’s finest.
She’s not even a singer in the first place.
But Elisa Gayle Ritter is related to each of them.
In one way or another, she is.
Find out how.
Elisa Gayle Ritter | First wife of Narvel Blackstock | Biography - CelebCritics.com
Elisa Gayle Ritter was born on January 6, 1956 in Tarrant County, Texas.
The next day, approximately 426 miles from Tarrant County, something big happened.
On January 7, 1956, from Laredo, Texas, KHAD-TV - currently KGNS-TV (channel 8) - made its debut broadcast.
The Ritter household could be fond of the ABC sitcom Bewitched (1964-1972).
The family could also be tuned in regularly to CBS hits like The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970-1977) or The Bob Newhart Show (1972-1978).
They could also be fans of NBC’s Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955-1962) or I Dream of Jeannie (1965-1970).
Or any other ABC, CBS, and NBC programs aired via KHAD-TV for that matter.
What’s the connection?
Well, who would have thought that time when she was still an infant that one day her world would revolve around the TV industry?
Or that she would sire the children of someone working in Hollywood?
Maybe even Elisa Gayle Ritter didn’t imagine those things would someday happen to her.
|Full Name||Elisa Gayle Ritter-Gilbert|
|Age||66 (in 2022)|
|Height (in feet)||5’6 (1.7 meters)|
|Date of Birth||January 06, 1956|
|Place of Birth||Tarrant County, Texas|
|Spouse||Daniel Gilbert (August 19, 1989 - present)|
|First Marriage||with Narvel Blackstock (married: 1973-1988)|
|Children||Shawna Rene, Narvel Brandon, Chassidy Celeste|
|Occupation||TV producer, talent/business manager|
|Net Worth||$15-20 million (2022 estimates)|
Unfortunately, details regarding the Hollywood career of Elisa Gayle Ritter are sparse.
Professionally, she is neither an actress nor a singer.
It remains unknown whether she took part in any film at all, whether as a crew or as a producer.
At one point, Kelly Clarkson, a Texan (originally from Fort Worth) like her, entrusted herself to Elisa Gayle Ritter.
Yes, she once handled the career of the original American Idol grand champion (first season; 2002).
Ritter likewise managed another famous country singer: Blake Shelton.
The author had a hard time tracing the Web for information regarding the TV shows she produced.
It could be that Elisa Gayle Ritter didn’t get included in the credits in those programs.
Moreover, it’s difficult to tell if she has already retired or not, or how active she is in her Hollywood profession.
Now comes the part when you learn why Elisa Gayle Ritter gets mentioned in articles about Hollywood celebrities.
Her first marriage was with Narvel Blackstock, from March 30, 1973 until March 31, 1988 (15 years).
They were both born in 1956.
Blackstock shares the same work as his former wife: talent manager and TV producer.
He founded Starstruck Entertainment, a recording studio in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1988.
Its website doesn’t indicate the exact date.
Therefore, it’s not clear if Blackstock started it while he and Ritter were still married or after they got divorced.
Starstruck also functions as a talent management agency.
At the time of this writing, its roster of talents include six singers, including Blake Shelton and Carly Pearce.
Elisa Gayle Ritter and Narvel Blackstock has three children, namely:
- Shawna Rene R. Blackstock-Meyers (born in 1973)
- Narvel Brandon R. Blackstock (born on December 16, 1976)
- Chassidy Celeste R. Blackstock-Standefer (born in 1978)
Their middle child, who dropped “Narvel” in his professional name, also works as a talent manager and producer.
Brandon Blackstock served as the executive producer of his ex-wife’s first TV series, The Kelly Clarkson Show from 2019-2020.
Ritter attended their wedding on October 20, 2013 at the Blackberry Farm, a luxury hotel and resort in Walland, Tennessee.
Sadly, Clarkson filed for divorce on June 4, 2020.
The court declared her officially single on January 7, 2022.
Barely two weeks passed after Elisa Gayle Ritter celebrated her 66th birthday, she became a great grandmother!
On January 17, 2022, Savannah Blackstock and boyfriend Quentin Lee welcomed their first child, Lake Easton Lee.
The 20-year-old mom, equestrian, and Florida realtor is Ritter’s grandchild with Brandon.
Savannah is Brandon’s eldest child from his first marriage, with former wife Melissa Ashworth.
It probably broke the heart of Elisa Gayle Ritter to know that her only son already experienced two failed marriages.
|from Shawna Rene Blackstock & Jason Slade Meyers||Chelsea|
|from Brandon Blackstock & Melissa Ashworth||Savannah (June 7, 2002); Seth (November 21, 2006)|
|from Brandon Blackstock & Kelly Clarkson||River Rose (June 12, 2014); Remington “Remy” Alexander (April 12, 2016)|
|from Chassidy Celeste Blackstock & Scott Standefer||Mason (eldest); Jadyn Kate|
|from Savannah Blackstock & Quentin Lee||(great grandchild) Lake Easton (January 17, 2022)|
First and foremost, there’s no bad blood between Elisa Gayle Ritter and Reba McEntire.
There are no online write ups or reported incidents where they confronted each other or said unpleasant things against each other.
No nasty catfights. No heated exchange of words.
Nothing remotely close to those.
The only issue between them pertains to their appearance.
And they may not even be aware that such an issue exists!
It’s a (funny, if not annoying) case of who is who.
Apparently, Elisa Gayle Ritter and Reba McEntire are two different individuals.
For one, McEntire was born ahead of Ritter (March 28, 1955; Oklahoma).
Ritter came into this world nine months later after her birth (January 6, 1956; Texas).
They’re not even distant relatives.
On June 12, 2020, Sierra Peak (@SierraMonetPeak) took to Twitter to be enlightened on a Hollywood-related concern, so to speak.
Peak, a registered nurse from Knoxville, Tennessee, wrote:
Spent the last 7 hours giving myself a headache trying to understand how Reba McEntire and Elisa Gayle Ritter are apparently two different people?!
Two pictures accompany her post, as seen below:
That makes Peak to conclude her tweet with these words:
Am I losing my mind?! SOS.
Can you imagine how Elisa Gayle Ritter and Reba McEntire would react to this?
Sierra Peak isn’t losing her mind, but our good registered nurse here seems to be lacking in research skills.
True: Elisa Gayle Ritter, 66, and Reba McEntire, 67, still both look beautiful for their age.
False: They look the same.
In all those five pictures from Peak’s screenshots, none of them was Elisa Gayle Ritter.
They’re all - surprise! - Reba McEntire.
1. First screenshot (“Reba McEntire” Google search; three pictures):
a. For the first picture (left), Robby Klein, a Nashville-based celebrity portrait photographer, took that shot.
Music website uDiscover Music published that photo for an article dated November 3, 2016.
b. The middle picture was taken on March 23, 2019.
Reba McEntire graced the Celebrity Fight Night XXV at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort and Spa in Phoenix, Arizona.
c. The last one (right) was during the red carpet walk at the 54th Annual Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards.
She hosted the event on April 8, 2019 held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
2 Second screenshot (“Elisa Gayle Ritter” Google search; two pictures):
a. The first picture (left) was taken on April 7, 2013 during the 48th ACM Awards inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
b. The second picture (right) was taken on December 7, 2014.
Reba McEntire arrived at the 37th Kennedy Center Honors Artist’s Dinner together with her then-husband Narvel Blackstock.
They’re still the pictures of Reba McEntire, NOT Elisa Gayle Ritter.
Even before you reached this part of the article, you have already seen what Elisa Gayle Ritter really looks like.
She uploaded this picture on her Facebook account in March 2022:
For not being a prominent Hollywood figure, entertainment websites can only provide an estimate of her net worth.
Based on various online sources, the net worth Elisa Gayle Ritter could be somewhere between $15 and $20 million.
It’s unknown what’s the combined net worth of Ritter and Narvel Blackstock by the time they filed for a divorce.
As of August 2022, Blackstock’s net worth is approximately $50 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
The two tied the knot on June 3, 1989.
Their marriage lasted for 26 years.
Reba McEntire and Narvel Blackstock were officially divorced on October 28, 2015.
Per Yahoo! Finance, he reportedly received $47.5 million as part of their divorce settlement.
US Magazine reported in June 2020 that based on court documents, Kelly Clarkson filed for divorce from Brandon Blackstock due to “irreconcilable differences.”
On August 19, 2019, Elisa Gayle Ritter and her second husband, Daniel Gilbert, celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary.
According to her Facebook post, they went on a cruise.
On the exact day of their anniversary, they visited Victoria in British Columbia, Canada.
It appears that she has been living a private life for decades since her split in 1988 with Narvel Blackstock.
Elisa Gayle Ritter is not Reba McEntire - but she’s a star on her own.