Born Alice Elizabeth Smith on October 29, 1967, Beth Chapman grew up in Denver, where she worked as a nightclub singer and a waitress. She was briefly married to Keith Barmore in 1991, and they had a daughter named Cecily.
After divorcing Barmore, Beth moved to Honolulu, Hawaii, to be with her future husband and fellow bounty hunter, Duane Chapman. The couple starred on Dog the Bounty Hunter from 2004 to 2012 and documented their 2006 wedding on the A&E reality show. The series spawned three spinoffs, Dog and Beth: On the Hunt, Dog and Beth: Fight of Their Lives and Dog’s Most Wanted, the latter of which marked Beth’s final onscreen appearance.
Dog and Beth had a total of 12 children between them and two together: daughter Bonnie and son Garry. In addition to Cecily, she had son Dominic from a previous relationship.
Beth was diagnosed with stage II throat cancer in September 2017. She had a tumor removed and subsequently announced that she was cancer-free. But in November 2018, she was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. She died at age 51 on June 26, 2019, after being placed in a medically induced coma.