Elisa Pugliese- Wife of Keegan-Michael Key

Who is Elisa Pugliese?

Elisa Pugliese, also known as Elle Key, is a 50-year-old actress, producer, writer, and director who has been working in the entertainment industry for a decade now. A skilled and talented professional woman, she is also the wife of Emmy and Peabody Award-winning actor, comedian, writer, and producer Keegan-Michael Key.

Her husband is mainly known for his comedic work in shows and movies such as Keele and Peele, Friends from College, and Keanu.

Wife of Keegan-Michael has worked in several box offices and hit movies like School of Rock, Law & Order, etc. She has directed one of her husband’s movies, Madero, in 2018. Although usually private about her personal life.

Elisa Pugliese Biography
Elisa Pugliese biography

Quick facts

Full nameElisa Pugliese Key
BirthdayApril 2nd, 1971
Age52 years old
Sun signAries
TraitsPositive: Fun, free-spirited, and fiercely independent
Negative: Hot-headed, moody, and impatient
BirthplaceBronx, New York
Currently residingManhattan, New York
ParentsNo information
GrandparentsNo information
SiblingsNo information
Marital statusMarried
SpouseKeegan-Michael Key
EducationSyracuse University
ProfessionActor, producer, director, and writer
Net worthUSD 1 million
Social mediaInstagram,
Hair ColorBlack
Eye colorBlue
Favorite sportsFootball

Early life

Keegan Michael Key with his wife in a show

Elisa Pugliese was born on April 2nd, 1971, in the Bronx, New York City, USA. She is Aries. People under Aries are earnestly looking for their mission; they trust their intuition and make a delicate impression around them. They are goal-driven and determined.

In addition to being an incredibly skilled actor and director, this blue-eyed beauty is also a gifted producer and director, a typical Aries. In addition, Aries is energetic, takes the initiative often, and is a go-getter. It explains Elisa Pugliese’s endless involvement in social and political issues. She is significantly vocal.

Elisa Pugliese attended Syracuse University after completing high school in New York. Syracuse University is an Ivy League school and is considered one of the most expensive colleges of 2019.

Pugliese graduated from the acclaimed University in 1993.

Additionally to her career, Elise enjoys sports and travel. Elise is often seen with her husband at football games.

Pugliese’s Twitter account contains several tweets from couples attending games of the New York Giants, Manchester United, Detroit Lions, and New Orleans Saints.

The couple attended a wrestling game in New Jersey to support their friend John Cena. Both Keegan and Elisa travel together, whether on vacation or for work.

The couple loves to travel and do things together, from gracing their presence by traveling to Miami Lady Concert to visiting the country’s military troops aboard the USS New York for Memorial Day. So we guess couples that travel together stay together?


Keegan couple in the photo posing together

Elisa and Keegan met in 2017 to discuss a script for a possible project. Although the couple never made their relationship official, they were often photographed on romantic dates and taking peaceful walks.

The couple was also spotted together at the Tony Awards, the BAFTA Tea Party, and the Emmy Awards.

They announced their engagement in November 2017 and their wedding in June 2018. The couple married at their own house in New York.

A few close friends and family simultaneously attended their wedding, a low-key but cozy and warm one. Keegan tweeted a picture of the couple sharing a kiss shortly after the ceremony.

Michael Keegan and Elisa wedding phot
Photo Keegan shared kissing Elisa Pugliese on his wedding

A US magazine quoted Keegan as saying their wedding day was the best.

He said, “Why would we get married in any place else if we love our home? Let’s have a reception upstairs and then we’re having a party the next day. A big party. So a very intimate wedding, a very big party.”

As promised, the couple held their reception for their guests the following day at the One World Observatory in New York.

Today, both Keegan and Elisa primarily focus on their careers, spending most of their time at work. But, whatever they choose to do, we will always root for this adorable and inseparable couple.

Keegan-Michael Key (husband)

Keegan-Michael Key was born in Southfield, Michigan, in 1971 and grew up in Detroit. Michael Key and Patricia Walsh, two social workers, adopted him at birth.

He has revealed that he was the outcome of an affair, which resulted in his adoption. Since when Key was a child, his adoptive parents divorced.

He grew close to his stepmother after his adoptive father remarried.

Finally, Keegan-Michael Key had an emotional reunion with his biological mother when he was 25 years old. In a podcast with comedian Pete Holmes, the now 48-year-old performer joked that he has “a lot of parents.”


Elisa Pugliese and Keegan Michael Key

Elisa Pugliese’s journey is incredibly inspiring, especially for those who must endure a male-dominated industry like Hollywood. Initially, she worked as a makeup artist on the set of a movie called “Snow Queen.” Her real passion, however, was acting which started in 1998.

Elisa’s first film was “Montanna,” an action comedy-crime film where she played Stephanie. 

Even though Pugliese didn’t achieve success as an actress, she pursued it until 2007. She had several minor roles during this time in movies. In 2008, after her last film, she worked on a documentary called “American Teen,” the same year, she was the executive producer for a movie called “August.”

In 2013 Elisa Pugliese produced a documentary called “The American Journey” and “Boy Meets Girl” In 2014.

Likewise, Elisa wowed everyone in the coming years. She directed movies like Better off Single in 2016 and even the 75th Annual Peabody Awards, an annual award conducted by the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication to recognize outstanding public service and achievements in electronic media.

Additionally, Pugliese and her husband starred in the movie Madero, too. Currently, she is known to have been working on a TV series called “Brain Games.”

Furthermore, during her speech at the Embrace Ambition Summit, in 2018, Pugliese admitted that she had written film scripts under a pseudo male name, “Frank Saladino.”

She reasoned her actions saying she had to keep her identity hidden to ensure her script’s success as the industry’s patriarchal nature is not keen on welcoming female scriptwriters.

To sum it up, just like her husband claims, Elisa Pugliese is strong, motivated, and passionate and certainly doesn’t give up.

The net worth of Elisa Pugliese

Although Elisa Pugliese is not as successful as her husband, she has been working in the entertainment industry for over a decade now.

According to some sources, Pugliese’s net worth is estimated to be close to USD 1 million, while on the other hand, her husband’s net worth is expected to be at USD 7 million.

But, there is no doubt Pugliese’s wealth is bound to increase soon, solely considering her immeasurable talent and her passion for growing career-wise.

Social network

Elisa has an account on Instagram and Twitter.

Her Twitter account focuses mainly on political issues, while her Instagram is for personal.

She tweets about the importance of voting and elections and immigrants’ rights, among the issues she tweets. She also attended protests against President Trump’s immigration policies. 

Likewise, she is also vocal on Twitter about supporting the victims of sexual abuse, harassment, and assault. So Pugliese’s helping such a cause is completely understandable and inspirational at the same time. Elisa Pugliese tweets about football, too. 

She has been exceptionally verbal about having to work in a film industry where sexism and underestimation of women is a common culture.

In her speech at the summit held by the Tory Burch Foundation in 2018, she talked about how she was not invited to cast and crew dinners because wives were not allowed to attend.

Using Pugliese’s position and social media platform to speak out against such issues is much-needed in today’s society.

She also tweets about the NFL and posts pictures of her attending the games with her husband.

Elisa Pugliese now

There is no doubt Elisa Pugliese is one of the most driven, passionate, and talented people in Hollywood who has not gotten as much credit as she deserves.

Although she is mainly known to be the wife of Keegan-Michael Key today, she had achieved and completed several projects not just as an actor but also as a producer, director, and writer way before she met her husband in 2017.

However, considering how motivated and skillful she is and keeping in mind her talented husband and many influential friends, we hope to see more of Pugliese’s amazing works year after year.

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