Who Is Keegan Michael Key’s Wife Elisa Pugliese? Her Full Biography

By Anuja Uprety | Published on: February 2, 2024 | Updated on: February 2, 2024
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Elisa Pugliese who goes by the name Elle Key is an American producer, actress, and director. However, she gained high media attention for her marriage to Key & Peele’s famed comedian Keegan-Michael Key. The couple has been happily married to each other since 2018 and together collaborated as a professional as well.

So, what kind of projects they have worked together? Know everything about Elisa including her age, early life, career, married life, and many more.

Key Takeaways

  • Elisa Pugliese is an American producer and actress known for the Cake Eaters and 2008’s August.
  • She is originally from the Bronx, New York.
  • Elisa has been married to renowned comedian and actor Keegan-Michael Key since 2018.
  • She doesn’t have any kids with her husband.
  • She is the executive producer and creator of the Award-Winning Podcast show The History of Sketch Comedy.

Keegan-Michael Key’s Wife, Is A Film And TV Producer

Like her famous husband Keegan, Elisa also has an impressive career in the American Entertainment industry. In recent years, she has attained a height of success and to gain this, she has been working hard for more than a decade.

It was 2007 when she made her debut as a producer through the film The Cake Eaters. As of now, Pugliese has already been part of more than 10 projects and some of them are,

  • This American Journey (2020)
  • Boy Meets Girl (2014)
  • The Blackout (2014)
  • Better Off Single (2016)
  • Maja (2018)
Elisa Pugliese On stage
Elisa Pugliese

Apart from that, she also produced a TV show collaborating with her hubby.

Has Collaborated With Her Husband In Many Projects

The real-life couple, Elisa and Keegan have collaborated on some TV shows. But their most known common projects include the 2020 celebrity game shows, Brain Games, and Game On! Back then, the comedian even credited his wife for the show dedicating a post on his Instagram. He wrote,

I am super proud of our new show @gameon! This wouldn’t be happening without the support of our amazing executive producer @the_elle_key!! She and I couldn’t be more proud of our entire team!!

They again came up with a podcast The History of Sketch Comedy in 2021 which later won the 2022 Webby Award in the best writing category. In the podcast show, while Keegan was a performer, Elle was its creator, producer, and director.

Their award-winning podcast now is available in book form. The Key couples co-authored it giving the title The History of Sketch Comedy: A Journey through the Art and Craft of Humor. It was published on October 3, 2023.

Pugliese Is A Former Actress; Her Other Works

The producer-cum author Elisa Pugliese once tried her hands in acting as well. She stepped into the showbiz industry as an actress. Elisa’s first-ever acting gig was the 1998 film Montana in which she portrayed the character of Stephanie.

As per IMDb, she has a total of 7 acting credits to her name which includes,

  • The Education of Max Bickford (2001)
  • Law & Order (2002)
  • School of Rock (2003)
  • The Junior Defenders (2007) and others

In addition, she has also served in the segment’s directorial position for the 2017 TV special program, The 75th Anniversary Peabody Awards.

Birth Details; What Is Her Age In 2023? 

Elisa was born on April 2 in the Bronx, New York. Since her birth year is not available at the moment, her exact age is still a matter to be figured out. However, as per several sources, she is in her early 50s at present.

She spent most of her early life in her hometown NY. She graduated from Syracuse University in 1993.

Who Are Elisa’s Parents?

So far, Elisa has hardly talked about her parents in front of the media. So, there’s a shortage of her mom and dad’s information. However, once on the occasion of Mother’s Day, she posted her mom’s picture on her Instagram, and beneath the post, many users commented “You are your mom’s twin.”

Elisa Pugliese As A Child, With Her Mom
Elisa’s mom is in the frame. Source: Instagram

To be honest, we also got confused about whether the woman in the picture is Elisa or her mom. They look exactly the same.

Married Husband Keegan-Michael Key In 2018

Elisa and the Friends from College star Keegan got married on June 8, 2018, in an intimate ceremony attended by close family and friends. They took vows at their New York City home.

Later during his appearance on The Jimmy Kimmel Show, the comedian talked about his super cozy wedding venue and said,

“We got married on the ninth floor of our apartment building and then we just had a second street deli up in our apartment with our family and friends.”

Elisa is a happily married woman
Elisa with her husband Keegan on their wedding day. Source: Instagram

Following their wedding night, the newly married duo threw a party for about 270 guests on the top of the World Trade Center to celebrate their union.

Elisa And Keegan Made Their Relationship Public Before Keegan’s Divorce Was Finalized

Before Elisa, her husband was married to a former actress and dialect coach Cynthia Blaise. After living as a husband and wife for about 15 years, the two separated in November 2015.

In Jan 2017, Elisa and Keegan made their relationship public and attended the 28th Annual Producers Guild Awards as a couple. At the time, the comedian’s divorce was yet in the process. Later, in November 2017, his first marriage was officially annulled and shortly after, he announced his engagement with his girlfriend Elisa via Twitter tweeting,

“She shows me every day that each one of us has the ability to help make the world a better place. I’m the luckiest man ever. She said yes!

The Couple Shares A Beautiful Marital Relationship

Coming up to 2023, it’s been five years since Elisa and Keegan are gracefully leading their nuptials and their relationship is growing stronger with each passing day. Just look at Key’s words that he dedicated to his wife on their fifth marriage anniversary.

Thank you @the_elle_key for sharing your life with me and for always being the best example of what a friend and a partner should be. I am so honored to be your husband and be on this journey with you.

Elisa With Her Husband Keegan-Michael Key
Elisa with her husband. Source: Instagram

Both in personal and professional life, they have been each other’s great supporters.

Does Elisa Shares Children With Her Spouse?

No, Elisa and her better half don’t have any children as of now. Further, they don’t seem to have a plan to have their kids at the moment since the couple hasn’t discussed the matter in front of the media.

Not only them but surprisingly, her hubby Keegan-Michael from his decades-long first marriage never had his own kids.

Is A Huge Fan Of New York Giants

The New York native is highly interested in football. Growing up in NY, she always supported her state team, the New York Giants, and often visited the stadium to watch the game.

On October 20, 2019, she posted her picture on her Instagram along with her husband (who is a Detroit Lines supporter) and one of the Giants players. She captioned the picture,

Go @nygiants ! Thank you @keeganmichaelkey for supporting your wife’s team. That’s ♥️ …

She Is Active On Instagram

Elisa is hugely active on Instagram with 13.4k followers. She mostly shared her professional life and her accomplishments on her only known social media handle.

Elisa’s Net Worth

Elisa Pugliese is reported to have a net worth of $1 million. Meanwhile, her partner Keegan has an estimated net worth of $12 million in 2024.

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