Stephanie Toback, James’ Wife: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Executive producer James Toback and Stephanie Toback attend the screening of “The Gambler” during the AFI FEST 2014 presented by Audi at Dolby Theatre on November 10, 2014 in Hollywood, California.

Nearly 40 women have come forward with accusations of sexual harassment against Hollywood director James Toback. According to a bombshell report by The Los Angeles Times, Toback has “prowled the streets of Manhattan looking for attractive young women, usually in their 20s, sometimes college students, on occasion a high schooler.”

The Times report stated that Toback had a go-to line when approaching the women: “My name’s James Toback. I’m a movie director. Have you ever seen Black and White or Two Girls and a Guy?” If the women said no, he allegedly name drop various movie stars with a promise that he could make them a star. If the women were receptive to his offer, the report says he’d lure them to a private area before things turned sexual.

Toback, 72, has written, directed and produced various films since the 1980s, many of which have various sexual tones to them. He’s been married twice, most recently to Stephanie Kempf, a writer and teacher. The couple have one child together.

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Here’s what you need to know about Stephanie:


1. Stephanie Is Toback’s Second Wife & They Have a Son Together

James Toback, Stephanie Toback and Andre Toback attends Sony Pictures Classics’ screening of “Tyson” at the AMC Loews 19th Street on April 20, 2009 in New York City, New York.

James’ first marriage was to Consuelo Sarah Churchill Vanderbilt Russell, the daughter of Lady Sarah Spencer Churchill. They were married for just one year (1968-69) before filing for divorce. It’s unclear exactly when James met Stephanie or when they got married. But they have one teenage son named Andre.

Stephanie is a writer and edited 1989’s The Big Bang, a film that Toback wrote and directed. The documentary featured Toback asking questions about philosopny, why we’re here and where we’re going. He asks the questions to celebrities and ordinary people.

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2. Stephanie Is a Writer & Teacher

GettyJames Toback, Stephanie Toback and Andre Toback from ‘The Private Life Of A Modern Woman’ walk the red carpet ahead of the ‘The Leisure Seeker (Ella & John)’ screening during the 74th Venice Film Festival at Sala Grande on September 3 in Venice, Italy.

Stephanie started teaching during the early 1990s and spoke about how two board members of the World Hunger Year inspired her career. She said she was teaching literature courses at a public high school in New York City when Jane and Larry Levine presented hunger-awareness workshops to sixth graders.

“I was struck by Larry’s descriptions of young people who were surprised to hear that hunger actually exists in the U.S.,” she wrote in a sourcebook.

Stephanie continued to attend the Levines’ workshops and learned more about how to educate students about the issue.

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3. James Said He Introduced Stephanie to an Actress in 1 of His Films Who Said She ‘Trusted (Him) With Everything’

Stephanie Toback and Andre Toback attend the “Seduced and Abandoned” Premiere and After Party during the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Lady Joy Yacht on May 20, 2013 in Cannes, France.

In 1983, Toback was the wrote and directed Exposed, a film about a Midwestern farm girl who leaves her family and lover behind, escaping to New York. There, she made a career as a fashion model but is approached by a mysterious man who’s motives are unclear, Michel Hafner described in a plot summary on IMDb.

During an interview with MovieLine.com, James described that he had a conversation with actress Nastassja Kinski, who starred in the film. There had been rumors in Hollywood that Toback would tell actresses, “Come with me baby and I’ll do for you what I did for Nastassja Kinski.” He said he introduced his wife to Kinski and told the actress: “You may hear about me or think about men in general, there will never be a situation between us.”

Kinski replied to the statement that “if you really mean that, I will trust you with everything.”

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4. Stephanie Thanked James for his Support in Her Sourebook

GettyDirector James Toback and his wife Stephanie attend the Hamptons Magazine after party for the premiere of “When Will I Be Loved” at Ruby Falls September 7, 2004 in New York City.

Stephanie works as a teacher and a writer. In 2009, she published a sourcebook for middle and upper school teachers about how children can make a difference in “Finding Solutions to Hunger.” In the acknowledgement page of the book, she thanked her parents “for their unwavering support and excitement about the project” and also thanked James.

“Finally, to James Toback, my love and appreciation,” she wrote. “For introducing me to the power of words, and providing the intellectual nourishment and material and emotional support that kept me moving forward.”

The sourcebook described how worldwide hunger is a major issue in the world and described her “The Kids Can Make a Difference” program. First, she established what hunger is by providing statistics and then answered why people are hungry. Finally, she described the steps used so that people can help end hunger.

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5. Stephanie is Catholic & Her Father was a Real Estate Developer Known for his Philantrophy

Executive producer Michele Herbert, Stephanie Toback and Andrei Toback attends the “Seduced and Abandoned” Premiere and After Party during the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Lady Joy Yacht on May 20, 2013 in Cannes, France.

Stephanie’s father was named Greg Kempf and her mother is Edwina Kempf. She’s one of nine children. Greg had a career in building and real estate development in Evansville, Indiana and was very active with his faith. According to a 2005 ArchIndy.org newsletter, Greg was known for his philanthropy and was a supporter of several ministries in Indiana. So much so, that the former Benedictine Archabbot Timothy Sweeney of Saint Meinrad renamed its library in honor of Greg. He was the chairman of a campaign which raised $7.5 million.

“Greg was an outstanding entrepreneur and a very generous man,” Archbishop Daniel M. Buechlein said in the newsletter. “He was a man of deep and unswerving faith. He was passionate about the Catholic Church and about the preparation of future priests and religious. Greg was a strong family man.”


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