Ellen Barkin, born on April 16, 1954, is a popular American actress. She rose to prominence with her pivotal role in the 1982 movie "Diner." Following this success, Barkin became a familiar face in Hollywood, leading in a series of notable films.
How Wealthy is Ellen Barkin?
American actress Ellen Barkin boasts a net worth of$80 million. She first captured the public's attention with her performance in the 1982 film "Diner," subsequently rising to prominence as one of Hollywood's notable leading ladies.
Barkin is recognized for her strong and distinct character. Her unique look, which includes squinty eyes and unconventional facial expressions, makes her stand out in Hollywood. These traits played a key role in getting her a significant role in the movie "Sea of Love" withAl Pacino.
Ellen Barkin Career Highlights
Ellen Barkin first gained attention with her role in the 1982 comedy-drama "Diner," directed by Barry Levinson, earning positive reviews. She secured a part in the 1983 drama "Tender Mercies" after impressing director Bruce Beresford in a New York audition.
Despite Barkin's relative inexperience and Beresford's unfamiliarity with her work, her performance was praised by co-star Robert Duvall for its authenticity and edginess. That year, she also featured in the rock drama "Eddie and the Cruisers."
Ellen went on to star in successful films like the 1987 thriller "The Big Easy" with Dennis Quaid and the 1989 film "Sea of Love" with Al Pacino. She also acted in off-Broadway productions, including "Extremities," where she played a roommate of the character portrayed by Susan Sarandon. In the play "Eden Court," her performance was highly praised by The New York Times critic Frank Rich.
In addition to film, Barkin made a mark in television, winning an Emmy for her role in the 1997 movie "Before Women Had Wings" and appearing in "The White River Kid" in 1999. She also lent her voice to Bob Dylan's Theme Time Radio Hour on XM's Deep Tracks.
In 2005, Ellen co-founded a film production company with her brother George and then-husband, billionaire Ronald Perelman. Her Broadway debut came in "The Normal Heart," earning her a Tony Award in 2011.
Barkin received acclaim for her role in "Another Happy Day," with IndieWire highlighting her performance as one of the year's best. In 2015, she played Dani Kirschenbloom in Showtime's "Happyish."
From 2016 to 2019, Ellen starred in the TNT drama "Animal Kingdom" as Janine "Smurf" Cody, the head of a crime family, a role originally played by Jacki Weaver in the 2010 Australian film of the same name.
Ellen Barkin Lavish Lifestyle
In 2006, Ellen Barkin made a significant investment in the real estate market by acquiring a townhouse in Manhattan's West Village for $7.5 million. This purchase came in the wake of her departure from her ex-husband's opulent mansion in the Upper East Side.
Despite her appreciation for the townhouse, Barkin expressed a preference for apartment living. However, she was reportedly fond of the neighborhood where her Greek Revival-style townhouse was located.
Constructed in 1841, this 20-foot-wide property had previously undergone substantial renovations after its purchase in 2002 by a prior owner for $2.6 million.
Ellen Barkin Divorce Settlement
Ellen Barkin was shocked when she got divorce papers from Ronald Perelman's lawyers. At the same time, she was told to leave their house with Perelman's security watching.
This divorce hurt Barkin emotionally, especially since she still had strong feelings for Perelman. She believed that Ronald treated her like an object or a trophy wife, rather than a partner.
In the end, Ron gave Ellen $40 million as part of their divorce. Later, in 2007, Ellen sued Perelman because he didn't follow through on his promise to invest $3.4 million in her new film company. The court decided that Ron had to pay her $4.3 million.
Ellen Barkin Jewellery Collection
After her divorce from Ronald Perelman, Ellen Barkin ended up with a collection of more than 100 very expensive pieces of jewelry. Most, if not all, of these were gifts from her ex-husband. This collection included a 32-carat apricot diamond ring from Ron, given just before their divorce, and $80,000 worth of emerald and gold cuffs originally made for the Duchess of Windsor.
Barkin also had an emerald necklace worth $350,000, previously worn by Doris Duke, and an antique pearl necklace valued at about $500,000. Many items were crafted by the exclusive jeweler "JAR," known for making only around 80 pieces a year.
Rumors said that Ellen even wore a 16.94-carat diamond pendant, valued at roughly $700,000, to bed. Following the divorce, Ellen felt many of these jewelry pieces were too extravagant and flashy, fitting the image of a trophy wife.
Barkin decided to sell her collection and use the money to support her new film production company. In 2006, her jewelry auction brought in over $20 million.
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