Heidi Van Pelt is known to different people for different reasons, but the biggest reason she was in the news is the difference of 16 years between her and the man she married. The ensuing controversy was enough to make the Van Pelt name a name that will never be forgotten, and the subsequent divorce was as inflammatory as the beginning of the marriage.
To learn more about her marriage to a child actor and the development of her own vegan restaurant, read on.
Heidi Van Pelt – Biography
Heidi Van Pelt was born on 11 July 1968 in the state of Missouri in the Midwest of the country, where she also spent her childhood.
The most important detail about her parents is their divorce when she was a child. For this reason, she grew up in a dysfunctional environment where she spent all her time living with either her father or mother at different times. They were not exactly model parents, with her mother, Marsha Duncan, and a father who didn’t find the time to wish her a happy birthday. Regardless of the dysfunctional nature of their family unit, their mother was a rock for them and encouraged them to follow any path they wanted to take.
For high school, Heidi Van Pelt attended two schools – Oak Park High School and Blue Springs High School, both located in Missouri. She graduated from high school in 1986 and went to a college in Columbia – Stephens College.
While studying at Stephens College, she studied fashion design, but that didn’t work out. Her next ambition was to go to the University of Missouri, where she tried to study German and Philosophy, but the idea of becoming a CIA agent led her to the University of Washington in 1988 to complete a Russian Studies program, which took place at the university. The coursework proved to be too much for her, and after one semester Heidi Van Pelt quit.
After 1988 and leaving the University of Washington, she founded Emergent Films, her own entertainment company. In a short time, the company was dissolved and she worked on the film sets.
Van Pelt led a dissatisfied life, which all changed when she met a vegan group of animal rights activists with whom she quickly became friends. These people took her in and helped her refine her skills in the art of vegan catering. As a result, she co-hosted her own radio show on healthy eating and also appeared as a caterer at sophisticated parties in Hollywood. At one of these parties, she met her future husband and the source of her fame, Taran Noah Smith, but he was fourteen years old at the time, the next time they met was at a movie premiere in 2000 when he was seventeen years old.
In 2001 she married Taran Noah Smith, who was a star in one of the most popular sitcoms of the 1990s, Home Improvement. The two got married when Smith was just eighteen and Van Pelt thirty-four years old. The first time the couple tried to get married was at a time when Taran had to prove to the law that he was an adult and take control of his trust fund, from which his parents had withdrawn money, but which was turned down.
But in 2007, difficulties arose and the couple separated. The separation came after the feelings they had for each other began to dissolve, aided by Smith’s deceit and excessive partying. All this began after they returned to California after a year on the run from the police and his parents. The association did not produce children and lasted for five years.
Facts About Taran Noah Smith’s Ex-Wife
Heidi owned a company called PlayFood that focused on the production of healthy foods, especially vegan cheese. It was funded by her ex-husband but collapsed when her marriage ended and also caused a legal battle between Van Pelt and Smith.
As a vegan caterer, Pelt worked with several stars, one of whom is actor Woody Harrelson.
She has also worked as a nutritionist where she specialized in teaching homeless people how to use the vegetables they get from pantries.
Heidi Van Pelt reportedly has a net worth of $300,000.