Who Is Fran Beer, Ex Wife Of Kris Kristofferson?

Fran Beer is the ex-wife of the renowned American singer-songwriter and actor Kris Kristofferson. Their marriage, which lasted from 1960 to 1969, was a significant part of Kristofferson’s life before he achieved widespread fame in the music and film industry. 

She is the mother of Kris Kristofferson’s two oldest children, Tracy Kristofferson and Kris Kristofferson Jr. 

While Fran Beer has maintained a relatively private life since their divorce, her relationship with Kristofferson has been of interest to many of his fans and followers. In this article, we will explore the life of Fran Beer and her connection to the iconic artist Kris Kristofferson.

Quick Bio

NameFran Beer
Date of BirthN/A
Famous as Kris Kristofferson’s Ex
BirthplaceN/A
Husband/ ExKris Kristofferson
Marriage 1960
Divorce1969
ChildrenTracy Kristofferson and Kris Kristofferson Jr
GenderFemale
NationalityN/A

Early life of Fran

Fran Beer’s other name is Frances Mavia Beer. Her marriage with Kris Kristofferson made her famous. She lived quietly until marrying Kris Kristofferson. 

No details about her birthday, age, parents, family history, siblings, or career are disclosed. Following her split from Kris, she consciously steered clear of the public eye.

Marriage to Kris

Fran Beer was Kris’s longtime girlfriend. Beer and Kris Kristofferson got married in 1961. They married in a beautiful ceremony surrounded by family and friends. 

The couple had two children. Fran Beer and Kris Kristofferson have a daughter, Tracy and a son, Kris Jr. However, Fran Beer and Kris Kristofferson decided to end their marriage in 1969 for personal reasons.

Tracy Kristofferson

After marrying in 1961, Fran Beer and Kris welcomed their daughter Tracy Kristofferson on January 9, 1962, in Parker County, Texas, USA. She has a brother and 6 other half-siblings from his father’s other marriages. 

After graduating from Stanford University, she became an actress and producer. Tracy Kristofferson, known for her roles in A Place to Grow (1995), Night of the Cyclone (1990), and Trouble in Mind (1985), was previously married to Richard Tyson. 

Fran Beer’s son Kris Kristofferson Jr., born in 1968, has led a private life, and not much is known about him.

Fran Beer’s Ex-Husband

Kris Kristofferson, born June 22, 1936, in Brownsville, Texas, is a renowned American musician and actor. Raised in a military family, he excelled in academics and later attended Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship. 

Fran Beer’s Ex-Husband
PHOTO: NME

However, his passion for music drew him to Nashville in the late 1960s, where he gained recognition for his exceptional songwriting. Hits like “Me and Bobby McGee”, which he wrote after marrying Fran Beer,  “For the Good Times”, and “Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down”, earned him acclaim as a songwriter. 

Kristofferson delved into acting, starring in movies like Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973), Blume in Love (1973), Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (1974), and A Star Is Born (1976), for which he won a Golden Globe Award. 

He also appeared in Convoy (1978), Heaven’s Gate (1980), Lone Star (1996), Stagecoach (1986), and the Blade film trilogy (1998–2004).

In January 2021, Kris Kristofferson officially retired. His son, John, has taken on the responsibility of overseeing his father’s business affairs, including special projects and managing his record label, KK Records. 

The management of Kris Kristofferson’s estate has been entrusted to Morris Higham Management, a company known for handling clients like Kenny Chesney, Barbara and Louise Mandrell, and the Roger Miller estate.

Fran Beer’s 2nd Marriage

Beer did not get married again, according to publicly available information. However, Kris Kristofferson moved on and married Rita Coolidge and welcomed their only daughter, Casey, in 1973. However, Kris’s second marriage didn’t last long, and the couple parted ways in 1980.

But In 1983, Kris Kristofferson again tried his luck and married for the 3rd time Lisa Meyers, and they have five children: Jesse, Blake, Kelly Marie, Jody, and Johnny.