Jill Whelan: Child Star Of ‘The Love Boat’ Fame Claims She Is Broke In Divorce Papers
Jill Whelan, aka Vicki Stubing from the Love Boat, has revealed that she is broke. Whelan, who is in the process of divorcing her estranged husband, Michael Chaykowsky, is requesting more spousal support because her net worth is about $5,000, and he makes over $100,000 per year.
At the age of 49, Jill Whelan has revealed in court documents that she is broke. The surprising revelation was made during her ongoing divorce battle with soon-to-be ex-husband, Michael Chaykowsky.
Whelan is mainly known for portraying the adorable Vicki Stubing, the daughter of Capt. Stubing (played by actor Gavin MacLeod) in the hit 70/80s television series The Love Boat. She wed her second husband aboard – you guessed it – the cruise ship Caribbean Princess (used in the series) in 2004, and they split several months ago.
Last week, Whelan’s lawyers filed court papers requesting for her estranged husband to sign a bigger check. The reason? Whelan has stated in legal documents she is more less broke with only $5,000 on her bank account. She explained that she left Hollywood behind 11 years ago to be with her spouse on the East Coast where they raised her two boys (Whelan was previously married to Brad St. John with whom she shares a son, Harrison.) Chaykowsky and Whelan have a 10-year-old son, Grant.
The 49-year-old actress explained that she moved back to Los Angeles in 2012 hoping to find work but in vain. She cites her age as the reason she is unemployed. According to Whelan, Mr. Chaykowsky can certainly give her more money because he makes $126,000 a year, and he is currently residing in a New Jersey mansion with ten bedrooms and sits on 14 acres of land.
Her last gigs were hosting a Sunday afternoon radio show on WPHT 1210 AM in Philadelphia and teaching acting classes to children and teens where she apparently made some money. The former child star and model appeared in a series of commercials at the age of 7 and at 11, she was giving a role in the brief series called Friends. Whelan went on to appear in Airplane and eventually The Love Boat.
After the cancellation of The Love Boat, she released an album titled Our Time. During the early 1980s, Whelan served as a national spokesman for former First Lady Nancy Reagan‘s “Just Say No” anti-drug campaign. She later took a role on the long-running TV soap opera The Young and the Restless and had a one-woman show, Jill Whelan: An Evening In Dry Dock, at The Metropolitan Room.