Dina Merrill Net Worth: $5 Billion
It would have been pretty difficult for willowy actress/model Dina Merrill to have pulled off playing a commoner on stage, film or TV in her day. She reeked of elegance and class.
The epitome of style, poise and glamour, the New York-born socialite and celebrity was born Nedenia Marjorie Hutton on December 29, 1923, the daughter of E.F. Hutton, the financier and founder of the Wall Street firm that bore his name, and heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post, of the Post cereal fortune.
Although Dina made elegant, elaborate use of her upbringing over the decades, she handled it all positively and graciously without tabloid incidents, instilling these same refined credentials into a large portion of her characters.
Dina did not originally intend on an acting career. After studying at George Washington University, she suddenly dropped out after only a year (to the chagrin of her disapproving parents) after demonstrating a late desire to perform.
Jami Gertz Net Worth: $3 Billion
Jami Gertz is an actress and philanthropist. She has an impressive $2 billion net worth to her name, mostly thanks to her marriage to billionaire Tony Ressler, co-founder of Ares Management and former owner of the Milwaukee Brewers.
Gertz began her acting career in the 1980s with appearances in “Square Pegs,” “Diff’rent Strokes,” “Family Ties,” “Sixteen Candles” and “The Lost Boys,” to name a few.
Together with Tony Ressler, they are part-owners of the Atlanta Hawks NBA team. They also own a minority stake in the Milwaukee Brewers and were once in the running to be majority owners of the Dodgers.
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen Net Worth: $500 Million
With a combined net worth of $500 million, the Olsen twins are part of the richest actresses in the world.
The fraternal twins grew up on screen sharing the role of Michelle Tanner on “Full House.”
They built an empire under their label Dualstar Entertainment, producing the popular home videos “The Adventures of Mary-Kate and Ashley.”
The wildly successful videos resulted in a number of spinoff books and products that banked about $1 billion in retail a year.
Now grown up, these famous actresses are award-winning fashion designers and co-creative directors for the Italian shoe line Superga.
The Olsens have been in the spotlight since a young age, beginning their careers as child actresses.
Their first stride into fashion commerce was in 1999, when they collaborated with Walmart on a line for girls aged four to 14, which successfully lifted the retailer’s profile with the tween market.
The signature line — an extension of the Mary-Kate and Ashley brand which came under their multimillion-dollar fashion and entertainment business Dualstar — was designed by the girls themselves and is cited by the duo as their first experience of creating a collection and getting to grips with fashion business.
Jessica Marie Alba Net Worth: $350 Million
Jessica Marie Alba was born on April 28, 1981, in Pomona, CA, to Catherine (Jensen) and Mark David Alba, who served in the US Air Force.
Her father is of Mexican descent (including Spanish and Indigenous Mexican roots), and her mother has Danish, Welsh, English, and French ancestry. Her family moved to Biloxi, MS, when she was an infant. Three years later her father’s career brought the family back to California, then to Del Rio, TX, before finally settling in Southern California when Jessica was nine.
In love with the idea of becoming an actress from the age of five, she was 12 before she took her first acting class. Nine months later she was signed by an agent. She studied at the Atlantic Theatre Company with founders William H. Macy and David Mamet.
A gifted young actress, Jessica has played a variety of roles ranging from light comedy to gritty drama since beginning her career.
She made her feature film debut in 1993 in Hollywood Pictures’ comedy Camp Nowhere (1994). Originally hired for two weeks, she got her break when an actress in a principal role suddenly dropped out.
Jessica cheerfully admits it wasn’t her prodigious talent or charm that inspired the director to tap her to take over the part–it was her hair, which matched the original performer’s.
The two-week job stretched to two months, and Jessica ended the film with an impressive first credit.
Julia Roberts Net Worth: $250 Million
Actress Julia Roberts made her screen debut in the late 1980s television series Crime Story. She starred in Steel Magnolias in 1989, earning an Academy Award nomination for her performance.
One of her most iconic roles was in Pretty Woman (1990), with Richard Gere. Roberts eventually went on to win an Oscar for her lead role in Erin Brockovich (2001).
She is known for being one of the highest-paid actors and biggest box-office earners in Hollywood.
Julia Fiona Roberts was born on October 28, 1967, in Smyrna, Georgia, the youngest of three children and surrounded by creative individuals. Her parents were both actors who ran a workshop for aspiring writers and performers until their divorce in 1971.