John Schneider mourns the death of wife Alicia Allain at 53
Alicia Allain, a producer and actress who started in the business as a hair stylist, has died according to a social media post by her husband, 62, John Schneider. She was 53.
“This is a time of unimaginable sorrow for me,” former Dukes of Hazzard star Schneider wrote after his wife’s passing. “Grief is much too small a word. I’ve heard it said that ‘with great love comes great sorrow.’ I had no idea what that meant until now. Alicia was the fuel that ran my biggest dreams. The inspiration behind every creative thought, the very fabric of my soul, the glue that held me together. I miss her more than any words could possibly describe.”
Schneider also asked, “Please respect our privacy during this time of grief. Please do not ask any questions.”
Allain produced Paul Schrader’s 2002 film Auto Focus based on the life of Hogan’s Heroes star Bob Crane. The film featured Greg Kinnear, Willem Dafoe and Maria Bello. In the same year, she was a co-producer on The Badge, which starred Billy Bob Thornton and Patricia Arquette. Before that, Allain line-produced Lush, starring Campbell Scott, Laura Linney and Jared Harris.
She also produced a number of movies starring Schneider in the past decade, many of which he also directed. Those titles include Inadmissible, Anderson Bench (as EP), 4: GO (as EP), Hate Crime and last year’s To Die For. The duo reportedly married in 2019.
Allain appeared as an actress in half-a-dozen projects, including Auto Focus and last year’s Schneider-directed Tres Leches, which she also produced.
Although Schneider didn’t specify a cause of death, the couple discussed Allain’s struggles with stage 4 breast cancer on Fox & Friends in January 2020. “She was three years into a five-year shelf life” when she was diagnosed, Schneider said.
Allain said she did research on pain treatment options. “I went into like a speed course of reading what path I was going to take,” she said. “I decided to do keto for cancer, CBD oil and then ground myself in minerals. I really got into a really rigid regime.”
Schneider and Allain’s marriage was Schneider’s third; he was previously married to Tawny Little from 1983 to 1986 and to Elly Castle from 1993 to 2019. Allain was previously married to Patrick Dollard from 1994 to 1999.
An obituary says the producer “passed away at her home surrounded by her family as she took her last breath on Tuesday, February 21, 2023.” She is survived by Schneider, who called her “My Smile”; her daughter Jessica Ann Dollard; parents Michael and Linda Marino Allain; brother Brandy Michael Allain; grandmother Doris Crutti Marino Alvarado; step-daughter Karis Schneider and granddaughter, Sierra Schneider. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Ferd Sr. and Ruby Allain, Joe Marino.
According to the obituary, a private service will be held.
This article was reported by Deadline.