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Ricky Bobby’s Wife From “Talladega Nights” Is Still Smokin’ Hot Today
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As Ricky Bobby gathered his family around a dinner table consisting of Domino’s, KFC and Taco Bell, he uttered famous words that would be quoted for years to come.

Dear Lord baby Jesus…I just want to take time to say thank you for my family. My two beautiful, beautiful, handsome, striking sons Walker and Texas Ranger, or T.R. as we call him…and of course, my red-hot smoking wife, Carley, who is a stone-cold fox…who if you were to rate her ass on 100, it would easily be a 94.”

Amen. Nearly 15 years ago, Will Ferrell gave us an Oscar-worthy performance as the cocky race car driver and king of shake and bake in “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.”

While he shared the road with the likes of best friend Cal Naughton Jr. (played by John C. Reilly) and French rival Jean Girard (Sacha Baron Cohen), it was the queen beside him, his wife Carley Bobby, who always expected him to be a winner.

Who played Carley Bobby and where is she now? It turns out she’s still “red-hot” and “smoking.”

Who Played Ricky Bobby’s Wife?

Ricky Bobby wife Carley is played by actress Leslie Bibb.

Early in the movie after Ricky wins a race while driving the Wonderbread mobile, a woman from the stands flashes him.

“Please be 18,” he says.

The woman turned out to be his future wife, Carley Bobby. They got married, had two beautiful sons and shared a mansion together. She pushed him to be a winner and even divorces him for his best friend.

Bibb’s audition for the role may have been even funnier than the movie itself:

Bibb is from Bismarck, North Dakota and was raised in Virginia. She won a modeling search held by “The Oprah Winfrey Show” in 1990 and appeared in publications like Seventeen, Paper and Teen.

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Prior to becoming the smokin’ hot wife of Ricky Bobby, Bibb had roles on TV shows like “Home Improvement,” “The Big Easy,” “Popular” (as Brooke McQueen), “ER” and “Line of Fire.”

Where is She Now?

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Since her Talladega days, Leslie Bibb has been in some pretty high-profile Hollywood movies.

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Bibb most notably played reporter Christine Everhart in “Iron Man.” She played the same role in the sequel, “Iron Man 2,” which grossed more than $600 million worldwide.

According to her IMDB, she’s also had roles on NBC series “Kings,” “Law Abiding Citizen,” “Zookeeper,” “Don Verdean,” “Tag” and more recently the Netflix comedy-horror films “The Babysitter” and “The Babysitter: Killer Queen.” She’s set to star as Lady Liberty in the Netflix superhero series “Jupiter’s Legacy” in May 2021.

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The 46-year-old Bibb married an investment banker in 2003 but divorced shortly after.

She’s currently dating actor Sam Rockwell, who she reportedly met in Los Angeles while he was filming “Frost/Nixon.” Rockwell starred as Tony Stark’s rival weapons developer, Justin Hammer, in “Iron Man.” They both had roles in “Iron Man 2” and “Don Verdean.”

It’s been almost a quarter center since Carley Bobby and Ricky Bobby delighted NASCAR fans with an American performance for the ages. I think it’s time for a sequel.

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Patrick covered the Florida Gators during the forgettable Will Muschamp and Jim McElwain eras before spending two seasons writing for Major League Baseball. He's a baseball junkie who spends his days defending Derek Jeter and the Miami Marlins. He lives in South Florida but his heart belongs in Gainesville, Florida.
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