Rock ‘n Roll Star
Gene Simmons, former KISS bassist, is well known for being one of rock ‘n’ roll’s most outspoken stars. He’s not known for being shy and happily shares details of his personal life.
This is especially notable when it comes to the women in his life. These are the women who made him the man he is today.
Cher – Girlfriend
Simmons dated music star Cher from 1979 until 1980 Cher. The pair of them shared an open relationship during this time. A year into their relationship Simmons asked one of Cher’s friends for advice when it came to buying Cher a Christmas gift.
That friend was Diana Ross, and in time Simmons would leave Cher for Ross.
Cher – Now
After the relationship ended, the pair went their separate ways. In the 30 years since they parted ways, Cher was married twice, once to Sonny Bono and once to Greg Allman.
Cher has since had two children namely Chaz Bono and Elijah Blue Allman.
Diana Ross – Girlfriend
As we’ve mentioned, Gene and Diana Ross first met while he was still dating Cher. Whenever he was photographed with his new girlfriend he would cover the lower part of his face with a handkerchief.
This is because Simmons made a point of wearing his signature KISS makeup whenever he appeared in public. Simmons’s relationship with Ross only lasted 3 years but thanks to Simmon’s keen business mind, he helped Ross’ career flourish by giving her advice such as leaving Mowtown Records.
Diana Ross – Now
Ross broke it off with Simmons when she was led to (wrongly) believe that Simmons had rekindled his relationship with Cher. The couple split up but all three remained good friends.
Diana Ross married Arne Naess Jr. in 1986 and had two children, Ross Anne and Evan Olav. Sadly Ross divorced Arne in 2000 after she discovered that he had another secret family.
Devin Devasquez – Rumored Love Interest
Devin Renee DeVasquez is a model and an actress that is best known for being the 1985 June Playmate of the Month. It’s not entirely clear if the two actually were involved but there have been many rumors that something did, in fact, exist between the two.
On several occasions, the two were photographed together getting quite close. Examples of this are at the launch party of Gene’s magazine TOUNGE and at DeVasquez’s own 2014 birthday party.
Devin Devasquez – Now
The most high profile relationship in DeVasquez’s past is the 1985 relationship she had with now-deceased pop star Prince and she was also involved with Sylvester Stalone. She has also made appearances on TV shows such as “Married… With Children”.
She finally married Ronn Moss, best known as Ridge Forrester on “The Bold And The Beautiful”.
Sophie Simmons – Daughter
Sophie is Gene’s daughter. She was born in 1992 and is the second child in his marriage to Shannon Tweed. Sophie has an older brother named Nick who was born in 1989.
It isn’t easy growing up with a father like Simmons but she learned to accept it. “He taught me that there’s being nice and then there’s lying. It’s better to be blunt and un-liked than shade the truth. I appreciate people who are honest,” said Sophie.
Sophie Simmons – Now
Sophie is following in the footsteps of her parents by pursuing her own music and acting career. She has also recently started her own fashion line which is known for making clothes for all body types.
“When I’m singing, I’m Gene Simmons’s daughter,” she said in an interview. “When I’m acting, I’m Shannon Tweed’s daughter. With fashion, I’m just me. I’m not just “daughter of blank.””
Star Stowe – Love Interest
Another Playmate of the Month that caught Simmon’s eye was was Ellen Louise Stowe, best known as Star Stowe. No one is sure how long the two dated but she was close enough to even do a photoshoot with the band for one of their album covers.
The two went their separate ways after a relationship that wasn’t too serious.
Star Stowe – Now
After being with Simmons, Stowe eventually married Peter Maligo and had a son named Michael. Sadly the two of them divorced. Sadly Stowe’s life took a rather sad turn after that. She moved to Fort Lauderdale in 1986 and began working as an exotic dancer.
She became part of a bad crowd, however, and sadly was killed in 1997. The case remains unsolved to this day.
Tracy Tweed – Sister-In-Law
As the sister of Simmon’s wife, Tracy Lee is also the aunt of Nick and Sophie. Tracy was actually married, albeit briefly, to the brother of one of Simmon’s past love interests, Diana Ross.
Tracy has acted and modeling, just like her sister. The sisters even appeared together in the May 1991 edition of Playboy.
Tracy Tweed – Sister-In-Law
Tracy is the youngest of seven children. She has three brothers and three sisters. She married Chico Ross, brother of Diana Ross in the mid-1980’s. She has three children, twin boys – Jake and Hunter and a daughter Emily.
She’s played in numerous films such as Johnny Mnemonic, Live Wire, Night Rhythms, Sunset Heat, and Night Eyes, 3. She has worked in the industry for over two decades.
Liv Ullmann – Love Interest
Amazing as it sounds, Norwegian actress Liv Johanne Ullman had no idea who Simmons was when she first started dating him in the 1970’s.
It is known that the relationship only lasted a few dates.
Liv Ullmann – Now
After her dates with Simmons, Ullman focused on her career and became a well known and celebrated actress and director. She won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama for The Emigrants.
She married the real estate developer Donald Saunders in 1985 and is still happily married to this day.
Donna Summer – Worked Together
When Gene Simmons decided to produce a solo, self-titled album in 1978, he wanted to fill his album with talented musicians from all different genres. When it came time to record “Burning Up with Fever,” he knew that he needed some serious star power, so he called on none other than Donna Summer.
“…The Donna I remember was the gracious and charming person who agreed to appear on a song I wrote called “Burning Up with Fever,”” Said Simmons.
Donna Summer – Now
Donna Summer was featured on Gene Simmons’ solo album at the peak of her career. She went on to see tremendous success through the 1980s and 1990s. Throughout her career, she won five Grammy Awards, with eight other Grammy Award nominations, along with the whole slew of other awards and honors.
Sadly, Summer passed away in 2012 from lung cancer. She left behind her husband, Bruce Sudano, her two daughters, Brooklyn Sudano and Amanda Sudano, as well as an incredible legacy as a music icon.
Connie Hamzy – Love Interest
“Sweet” Connie Hamzy made a name for herself through the 1970s and 1980s for her willingness to serve as a romantic companion to famous rockstars. Hamzy even earned herself a shoutout in Grand Funk Railroad’s song, “We’re an American Band.”
Among her conquests were both Paul Stanley, front-man of KISS, as well as KISS bassist Gene Simmons. While her encounter with Simmons may have been short-lived, Hamzy takes pride in knowing she did her part to keep band morale at an all-time high.
Connie Hamzy – Now
In 1974, “Sweet” Connie Hamzy was featured in a detailed profile for Cosmopolitian, telling of her various adventures with rockstars, and in 1992, she wrote a tell-all article for Penthouse, going into even further detail about her life as a groupie.
If that wasn’t enough, Hamzy also published her own memoir in 1995 titled, Rock Groupie: The Intimate Adventures of “Sweet Connie” from Little Rock. After having a go at a career in politics in 1996, Hamzy never made it to the ballot.
Wendy O. Williams – Worked Together/Love Interest
As the lead singer for the punk rock and metal group, Plasmatics, Wendy Orlean Williams, AKA Wendy O. Williams, had a lot in common with Gene Simmons. Both artists took part in controversial bands who pushed the boundaries when it came to live shows and visually shocking performances.
They were a match made in rock ‘n’ roll heaven. Simmons not only dated Wendy O. for a short period of time but also helped to produced an album for the punk rock starlet.
Wendy O. Williams – Now
Following her romantic stint with Simmons, Wendy O. Williams became romantically involved with her former manager, Rod Swenson. In 1991, Williams decided to retire from music and moved to Storres, Connecticut with Swenson.
Williams stated that the reason she chose to move to rural Connecticut was because she “was pretty fed up with dealing with people.” Sadly, things didn’t get much easier for Williams. After years of struggling with mental health, and two suicide attempts, Williams took her own life in 1998.
Flora Klein – Mother
Flora Klein was a Hungarian Jew born in 1927. She survived the concentration camps during the Holocaust, even though most of her family was killed. After the war, Klein moved to Israel, where she married a carpenter named Feri Witz and gave birth to her son, Chaim (who would later go by Eugene, or Gene for short).
After Feri abandoned his family, Flora moved to New York in 1958, where she became determined to give Gene a life full of opportunities.
Flora Klein – Now
Initially, Flora wasn’t extremely supportive of her son’s desire to become a rockstar, but what was most important to her was that Gene finishes his education, which he did. Flora has always been Gene’s number one role model and source of inspiration.
Unlike many of his rockstar peers, Gene has never been involved in alcohol or illegal substance abuse thanks to the lessons he learned from his mother. Flora also instilled in Gene a drive to succeed and always strive for more.
Linda Johansen – Love Interest
Linda Johansen, a Norwegian businesswoman, was once a glamour model and is also among the nearly 5,000 women with whom Gene Simmons has claimed to have engaged in intimate encounters during his time as a bass player for KISS.
During her time as a model, Johansen was featured on the covers of popular magazines such as Penthouse and Norway’s Alle Menn. Simmons’ first experience with the former model was chronicled on Kiss Fanzine, a website made for fans of the band.
Linda Johansen – Now
In her 2004 autobiography, For Everyone’s Eyes, Linda Johansen confesses that she had another high profile romance in the early 1990’s with actor Charlie Sheen, who would later become known for a very public meltdown.
Johanson was also romantically involved with a man name Bjørn Løvstad with whom she ran and operated Oslo nightclubs Gozzip and Gallery in the late 1990s. Johansen gave up modeling in the late 1990s and opened up her own beauty salons: Beauty Lounge and Beauty Express.
Jessica Hahn – Love Interest
Former model and actress Jessica Hahn is another one of the many women who have shared an intimate encounter with ‘The Demon’ bassist of KISS. In the late 1980s, Hahn was featured in Playboy on a number of different occasions.
She has also appeared on Married… With Children alongside another one of Simmons’ former lovers in Katey Sagal. Hahn also became known for her frequent visits to The Howard Stern Show throughout the late 1980s and into the early 2000s.
Jessica Hahn – Now
Since her time spent with Gene Simmons, Jessica Hahn has been romantically involved with men such as rockstar Mike Tramp, Jazz musician Michael Wolff, stuntman Evel Knievel, Playboy founder Hugh Heffner, and Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee.
Hahn was also involved in a relationship with comedian Sam Kinison and was even featured in his 1988 music video for “Wild Thing.” In 1991, she started dating Married… With Children co-creator Ron Leavitt until his death in 2008. Hahn is now married and residing near LA.
Liza Minnelli – Worked Together/Rumored Love Interest
Gene Simmons first met Liza Minnelli in the late 1980s. Simmons served as her recording manager and helped her career tremendously when he introduced the young Minnelli to Walter Yetnikoff, who, at the time, ran CBS Records.
Together, Simmons and Minnelli worked to modernize her style of music. Rumors would later emerge that Simons and Minnelli may have been just a bit more than business partners and may have even engaged in an intimate encounter or two while working together.
Liza Minnelli – Now
Since her time working with the KISS rock icon, Liza Minnelli herself became an icon and rose to fame in music, theater, film, and television. She’s been through 4 marriages and 4 divorces. Her first husband was Peter Allen, who would later come out of the closet.
She then married Jack Haley Jr, and the couple stayed together for 5 years. She’s also been married to Mark Gero and David Gest. She’s dated Rock Brynner, Desi Arnaz, Peter Sellers, and Martin Scorsese.
Sharon, Drora, And Ogenia Witz – Sisters
When Gene was just a baby, his father left and went on to have three other children, who Gene wouldn’t even meet until adulthood. His three sisters, Sharon, Drora, and Ogenia Witz, spent their whole lives in Israel. Simmons finally got a chance to meet them in March of 2011 when he made a “life-changing” visit to his native country.
He also got the opportunity to visit his father’s grave. Feri Witz passed away in 2002. Gene never met him in adulthood.
Sharon, Drora, And Ogenia Witz – Now
When Gene Simmons visited Israel in 2011, he spoke about his identity, saying, “I’m Israeli. I’m a stranger in America. I’m an outsider.” Simmons’ reunion with his siblings, who he had never met, as well as his dramatic visit to his late father’s grave was all captured on camera as part of Gene’s reality show, Gene Simmons Family Jewels.
In the episode, Gene shares his regret at never having come to Israel to meet his father before it was too late.
Traci Anna Koval – Love Interest
Before her brief fling with rockstar Gene Simmons, Traci Anna Koval was simply a model and energy drink spokeswoman. Koval, using the internet alias of ‘Elsa’, gained some unwanted infamy in early 2008, when an explicit home video of herself and the Kiss bassist went viral and made its rounds on the internet.
A letter, which was published by the Silicon Valley site Valleywag stated that “The video in question was surreptitiously filmed without Mr. Simmons’ knowledge by a woman named Traci Anna Koval.”
Traci Anna Koval – Now
The home video captured by Traci Anna Koval proved to be particularly detrimental to Gene’s reputation considering that the Kiss singer had been in a long-term committed relationship with Shannon Tweed for over 20 years. As the lead singer of an incredibly famous rock band, Simmons was never known for his faithfulness.
Regardless, Koval’s releasing of the video lead to a long and complicated lawsuit. In his blog, Simmons called the tape “garbage that has sprung up from my past.”
Georgeann Walsh Ward – Girlfriend
Ward was a girlfriend of Simmons’ during the early 1970s and was known for making world headlines. In 2005 she filed a lawsuit against the Kiss star claiming that he portrayed her unfavorably during a documentary shown on VH1, describing his former girlfriend such as “wild” and “unchaste.”
Simmons denied playing any role in the production and selection of her photographs. He said, “My quotes in the documentary that Ms. Ward took issue with were solely about me, not Ms. Ward or anyone else.”
Georgeann Walsh Ward – Now
Ward, from Chester, New York, alleged she had an “exclusive, monogamous, romantic relationship” with Simmons when she was a 21-year-old college student while he was living with his mother in Queens.
Ward said that she was shocked and embarrassed from the “wild” photos of her in various poses with Simmons as she watched on with her father, husband, and 21-year-old son. Since winning the case, there is little we know about the lady who described herself as “morally upright and law-abiding.”
Bonnie Large – Love Interest
Before Bonnie Large was Playboy‘s March 1973 Playmate of the Month, she was a finalist in the 1969 Rose Parade Queen and Court, but was given the boot from the competition after it was discovered that she was still in high school.
Bonnie spoke about her brief series of romantic encounters with the KISS rockstar in Celebrity Sleuth magazine. While their romance was largely kept behind closed doors, Simmons certainly remembers all the fun times they shared with each other.
Bonnie Large – Now
In addition to KISS bassist Gene Simmons, Bonnie Large has also spoken of her intimate encounters with Michael Crichton, a famous author, screenwriter, director, and producer best known for Jurassic Park, Westworld, Twister, and Disclosure. The former Playmate of the Month has also been married twice, once to Jon Large, and once to Don Medford, another famous director.
These days, Bonnie lives in Los Angeles, where she has taken an interest in alternative therapies such as Neurotherapy, hypnotherapy, and biofeedback therapy.
Janice Ian – Worked Together
The only hit single to come from Gene Simmons’ self-titled album was recorded in 1978 and released in 1979. It featured backing vocals from Janice Ian, an unlikely folk music singer/songwriter. The song she was featured on was titled “Radioactive” and also featured big names like Bob Seger and Joe Perry.
Even though the vocals which Ian recorded for the Prelude ended up being removed for the album version of the song, she is still credited for working with the KISS superstar.
Janice Ian – Now
Even though she didn’t see a whole lot of commercial success during the 1960s and 1970s, Janis Ian will always be remembered as one of the great American folk songwriters and voices of her generation. Her single “At Seventeen” is her most popular song.
It even reached the number 1 spot on the Billboard chart. Ian was married to Portuguese filmmaker Tino Sargo for five years before divorcing. After coming out of the closet, she married Patricia Snyder in 2003.
Katey Sagal – Girlfriend
From when she was just 18 years old, Katey Sagal, future Married… With Children star, had an on-and-off fling with Gene Simmons which lasted for years. “I was 18 years old,” Sagal said in an interview.
“I was a waitress at this restaurant and Kiss came in after one of their concerts – it was when they just started, so I went over and I waited on them… and Gene Simmons thought I was kinda cute, so we ended up kinda going out.”
Katey Sagal – Now
Sagal’s hot-and-cold relationship with Simmons lasted until 1977, when she gave him an ultimatum, telling Simmons that she’d marry Freddie Beckmeier, bass player for the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, unless Simmons proposed to her on the spot.
After the KISS frontman laughed, Sagal married Beckmeier and got divorced three years later. She then married drummer Jack White and the couple had two children together, before getting divorced again. She’s now married to Kurt Sutter and has one child with her latest husband.
Shannon Tweed – Wife
Shannon Tweed is one of the most well-known erotic thriller actresses in Hollywood. Her long-term relationship with Gene Simmons began back in 1983. Their romance has, by no means, been easy. Simmons has confessed, on a number of occasions, to succumbing to the temptations that come along with being a famous rockstar on the road.
“I need Shannon in my life. Not just because of love and family but because she holds me accountable,” Simmons explained in a 2011 interview.
Shannon Tweed – Now
Through all the highs and lows, Tweed has stuck by her man’s side. What sets their relationship apart from most is their unique ability to always focus on what’s most important- family. Tweed and Simmons were together for 28 years before they decided to tie the knot in 2011.
Together, the happy couple share two kids; Nichols Adam Tweed-Simmons and Sophie Alexandra Tweed-Simmons. From 2006 until 2012, Gene Simmons and his family starred in the reality show Gene Simmons Family Jewels.