Celebrity millionaires from the ’60s and ’70s
Let’s be honest, the ’60s and ’70s were exceptional decades for film. It was during these decades we witnessed the true star power of celebrities like Jack Nicholson and Barbra Streisand, who rose to the top and made a permanent home there.
Surprisingly, these many talented celebs have managed to keep their millions over the years by implementing smart strategies (or by simply not spending it). See how these legendary actors and actresses have managed to keep their wallets overflowing over the past few decades.
Net Worth: $400 million
Streisand has been in the limelight for decades, meaning she’s racked up the big bucks. The epitome of a real-life Cinderella story, Streisand began as a struggling actor in the depths of New York City and has since become a household name. So, how has the glorious singer, actress, producer, and director, kept herself afloat financially all this time? (Besides constantly working, of course.)
It turns out that Barbra Streisand and her husband, James Brolin, have discovered the secret to a lasting marriage, and it’s separate bank accounts. During an interview with HuffPost Live’s Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani, Brolin explained, “I have my own money, and she has her own money. This is my third marriage, and I know what trouble can come out of marriage, so I didn’t want any reason that I would ever have to be either divorced or married again.”
Net Worth: $400 million
You know him, you love him, and it really doesn’t get better than him, does it? It’s hard to dislike the wacky actor who holds the title as the most Oscar-nominated male in history. He’s won some of Hollywood’s highest awards (and paychecks) over the years for his iconic roles.
Although Nicholson has been known to spend his fortune quite irrationally, he has said in the past that “There was a discipline with my parting. I’ve never kept a camera waiting.”
Perhaps it is this discipline that has kept him on top money-wise over the years (of course, it helps that he’s worth $400 million too). Although Nicholson has a bad-boy partier reputation, he was always ready to go, no matter what.
Net Worth: $200 million
Jane Fonda is an absolute legend who has become famous not only for her talent, but for her ability to stand her ground in the face of injustice. She was a political activist during the Vietnam War, and one of the more notable photographs of her involves her sitting on a North Vietnamese anti-aircraft gun on a 1972 visit to Hanoi. She earned the nickname “Hanoi Jane” and was promptly blacklisted from Hollywood when the photograph made headlines.
Fonda was willing to sacrifice her career for the cause and still considers herself to be a political activist. She co-founded the Women’s Media Center, which is an organization that teaches women to raise their voices through advocacy, media, and leadership training.
Fonda made her millions from her extensive film career, which began in her 20s, her fitness guru experience, and her modeling experience.
Net Worth: $230 million
Harrison Ford started from very humble beginnings, which may be why he does not spend his money frivolously. In fact, he wasn’t even planning to pursue an acting career. He was working as a carpenter when George Lucas stumbled upon him and offered him a part in American Graffiti, where he was paid $500 a week.
Although he was a Hollywood highlight, these days he lives a quiet life, where The Daily Beast reports he only makes it into the big city about “0.3 times a week.” He lives on 800 acres that are home to elk, deer, and other wildlife. He refers to his home as a “refuge for animal animals and human animals.”
In 1993, he was honored by an arachnologist who named a new species of spider after him: Calponia harrisonfordi. Ford is known for living a private and guarded life in comparison to the rest of Hollywood, which is probably what makes him so relatable.
Net Worth: $170 million
Sure, the handsome Robert Redford got an early start in the 1960s, but he reached the peak of his fame during the 1970s and 1980s.
It seems that Robert Redford is quite comfortable in his millions, since the actor decided to retire from Hollywood at the age of 82. His genuine movie successes have consisted of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and All the President’s Men.
Although he was considered to be the golden boy of Hollywood, he was often described by others as unmotivated. Michael Ritchie, director of Downhill Racer observed that, “The young Redford’s ambition was as hot as his personality was chilly.”
These days, he remains an advocate for environmental causes, Native American rights, and LGBT rights, and spends his days living in leisure. He is also known for his role in founding the Sundance film festival, which shines a spotlight on independent films.
Net Worth: $10 million
Pam Grier, also known as The Queen of blaxploitation films, has starred in 14 movies between 1971 and 1975. You can likely recognize her from her famous Afro and bell-bottoms.
Although she has received backlash for the films she made (due to the stereotypical roles that represent African Americans in a negative light), she has said she doesn’t regret a single role.
She won a Golden Globe nomination in 1998 for her role in Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown, and has made appearances in Miami Vice and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
These days, she makes some money on the side through Brown Sugar, a streaming service that focuses on blaxploitation films.
Net Worth: $375 million
Eastwood is known for his multifaceted talents, including directing and acting, which he has found major success in over the years. Taking on roles in front of the camera and behind it is bound to bring in the big bucks, which is why Eastwood is one of the more prosperous talents in Tinseltown.
Interestingly enough, Eastwood also oversees two businesses as the owner of Tehama Golf Club and Mission Ranch Hotel and Restaurant in California. He admitted that when he was drafted into the Korean War, he visited Carmel-by-the-Sea, a small town in California, and proclaimed that if he ever made something of himself, he would go back there. With the millions he made from his films, he got the chance to go down there and was elected mayor in 1986.
Net Worth: $300 Million
Michael Douglas has had quite a successful career in theater, film, and television. The famous actor-producer was essentially a promised talent since he was born to renowned actor Kirk Douglas. His first significant achievement was his role in the CBS television series called The Experiment, but he really made an impact as an artist when he won an Oscar as a producer for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.
As well as being a Hollywood figure, Douglas is also recognized for his humanitarian and political efforts. His personal life remains guarded, besides his public marriage to actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, and his battle with throat cancer, which was covered heavily by the media.
Sir Anthony Hopkins
Net Worth: $160 million
Although Anthony Hopkins has gained significant notoriety for his role as the anti-hero in The Silence of the Lambs, he’s had a fascinating life. Of course, he’s made most of his millions from his unforgettable films, but he also has a passion for the arts.
After receiving an Academy Award for his role as Hannibal Lecter, he decided to take on a different venture. The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra of England performed original classical music written by Hopkins in 2016 and released a CD of those performances called Composer.
Hopkins has also been known to put on art shows featuring his own pieces in galleries located in both Las Vegas and New York, proving that he has a range of talents.
Net Worth: $70 million
Does it get better than Warren Beatty? Back in the day, if you so much as even spoke his name, 10 ladies within a mile radius would turn their heads. Beatty, an Oscar-winning director and actor, was known for his famous films, Bonnie and Clyde, Reds, and Heaven Can Wait.
Known for being one of the biggest womanizers in Hollywood, Beatty used to hang around with all the A-list ladies, such as Natalie Wood, Madonna, and Barbra Streisand. He is often described as the real-life version of the character in films that “always gets the girl.” Although Beatty referred to marriage as a “dead institution,” he married Annette Bening in 1992, and the pair have been together since.
Net Worth: $50 million
Is there anyone out there who doesn’t know who Dustin Hoffman is? All age groups are familiar with Hoffman’s talents, whether they saw him in the 1967 film The Graduate, or the 2004 film Meet the Fockers.
His passion for acting began in college when he decided to take an acting class for easy credit, but then fell in love with the subject and began a career. His talent extends outside of film, and he has won a Theatre World Award and a Drama Desk Award for his role in the play, Eh?. He made his directorial debut in 2012, with the movie Quartet.
Net Worth: $75 million
Deneuve has achieved her fortune from a multitude of venues. Born in Paris, France, Deneuve is a French actress, singer, producer, and model, and has appeared in French and American films.
Over the years, she has worked with incredible talents such as Luis Buñuel, Roman Polanski, and François Truffaut, yet it is her role in Repulsion that shot her to superstardom.
Known for being an elegant woman, Deneuve has modeled for Chanel No. 5, Yves Saint Laurent, L’Oreal Paris, and Louis Vuitton. Often referred to as “The Face of France,” when asked by Vanity Fair, “What do you consider the most overrated virtue?” She answered, “Beauty.”
Net Worth: $25 million
Shields began her career as a child model and gained notable success at 12 years old for her role in Pretty Baby. Brooke Shields, whose first ad was done at 11 months old for Ivory soap, has had quite a love-hate relationship with fame since she got her start.
Shields’ mother, Teri Shields, was often criticized for allowing her young daughter to play a child prostitute in Pretty Baby. Over the years, Shields has appeared in several Broadway theater productions and performed in London’s West End.
Shields is also known for being an activist for veganism, although she got into a tiff with PETA when she created her own mink coat in Copenhagen.
Net Worth: $15 million
Lee Grant had a tumultuous career, starting out in the ballet at the Metropolitan Opera House, which was followed by a blacklist sentence for 10 years. In 1952, Grant refused to testify against her husband at the HUAC hearings, so Hollywood had no choice but to blacklist her from acting jobs.
During this time, she made money from theatrical work and teaching. When she was removed from the blacklist in 1962, she picked up right where she left off and went on to star in 71 episodes of Peyton Place, and then starred in Valley of the Dolls, In the Heat of the Night, and Shampoo.
During her career, she won an Oscar, an Obie Award for Distinguished Performance by an Actress, and was nominated for an Emmy Award seven times.
Net Worth: $2 million
With a career that has spanned over 60 years, Kellerman is certainly living comfortably. She became famous for her role as Major Margaret “Hot Lips” in M*A*S*H, earning an Oscar nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.
When Kellerman turned 18, she signed a recording contract with Verve Records to release her album Roll with the Feelin’. After releasing her second album, Sally, in 2009, she did commercial voiceover work for commercials and animations.
In 2013, she released a memoir titled Read My Lips: Stories of a Hollywood Life, which described her hardships and trials in Tinseltown.
Net Worth: $70 million
McDowell shocked and disturbed audiences when he made his debut on the silver screen playing the violent Alex DeLarge. McDowell has spoken publicly about how he was ripped off by Stanley Kubrick when it came to getting his check for A Clockwork Orange. Before filming started, McDowell asked to be paid $100,000 while receiving 2.5% of the box office profits. McDowell explained that Kubrick tried to hold to his promise, but Warner Bros. couldn’t agree to the deal.
When the film became a hit, Warner Bros. told McDowell that he would be quite rich after he received his 2.5%, which was confusing for McDowell as Kubrick had said the deal hadn’t gone through.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly in 2014, McDowell exclaimed, “My God, you only do one of these movies in a lifetime. Why would he do that to a young actor? Why would he do that?”
Net Worth: $90 million
Meryl Streep, also known as the most Oscar-nominated actress in Hollywood history, has a résumé that is chock-full of awards and acclaimed films. Let us all take a second to “boo” the people who told her she “wasn’t pretty enough” to star in “King Kong.” Luckily, she didn’t let that one instance halt her career, and she has thrived ever since.
Over the years she has learned her worth and has admitted she is no longer afraid to negotiate her salary on films. She confessed that she was initially disappointed by the salary offering for The Devil Wears Prada, saying, “The offer was to my mind slightly, if not insulting, not perhaps reflective of my actual value to the project.”
In addition to acting, Streep has made a habit of buying and selling real estate while also agreeing to do the occasional endorsement deal.
Net Worth: $30 million
Actress and pop culture icon, Raquel Welch, achieved the status of being a “household name” following her illustrious career. She began acting in 1959 but knew she wanted to live a life of show-business when she danced ballet a the early age of seven.
While some actresses are remembered for their talents, others are remembered for their beauty. Raquel will always be remembered for both. She won a Golden Globe for her performance in “The Three Musketeers” for Best Motion Picture. She will always hold her place in history as the Hollywood sex symbol that transformed the idea of a beautiful woman from Marilyn Monroe to a brunette, long-haired Latina.
Net Worth: $6 million
Valerie Ritchie Perrine became a household name in the early ’70s for her role as Honey Bruce in Lenny. After doing the 1974 film, she won the BAFTA Award for Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles, the Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress, and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress.
She’s had quite a controversial career, starting off as a Las Vegas showgirl and playing soft-core pornography actress, Montana Wildhack in Slaughterhouse-Five. She became the first actress to appear naked on television when she exposed her breasts during a PBS broadcast about Hollywood Television Theater.
During the ’80s, she appeared in a few projects, one of them being The Border with Jack Nicholson. Since then, she’s taken on small projects, such as her small supporting role in What Women Want with Mel Gibson.
Net Worth: $3 million
Delta Burke is best known for playing the tole of Suzanne Sugarbaker in ‘Designing Women’. She first appeared in the film, Zuma Beach in 1978 before hitting a hot-streak in the 80s. Burke was nominated for Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for ‘Designing Women’.
You may also recognize her whenever she’s on the arm of husband and fellow actor, Gerald McRaney since 1989. Fortunately, she’s had a successful career in acting and now, she’s an outspoken supporter of LGBTQ rights.
Net Worth: $8 million
Paula Prentiss has been in the movie biz since 1960, and it all started with her role in Where the Boys Are, where she acted alongside Jim Hutton.
When audiences responded so well to the film, MGM decided to pair the two up for three more comedies. The pair also worked so well on-screen since they were the two tallest male and female actors at MGM.
Paula Prentiss had a busy film career, though it started slowing down after the ’80s. She recently appeared in the 2016 movie, I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House, which debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Net Worth: $20 million
Bruce Dern is an icon in Hollywood lore and is recognized for playing the devious villains instead of the heroes. He played a brutal rustler in Hang ‘Em High, and a gunfighter in Support Your Local Sheriff.
In the film, The Cowboys, he played a cattle-thief who kills John Wayne’s character. Before taking on the role, he was warned by John Wayne that, “America will hate you for this,” to which he replied, “Yeah, but they’ll love me in Berkeley.”
In 2013, he was honored with the Best Actor Award at the Cannes Film for his role in Nebraska, and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor.
Net Worth: $50 million
Mary Cathleen Collins, otherwise known as Bo Derek, began her career at 16 years old as a model.
In 1971, she was introduced to actor and cinematographer John Derek, who took her under his wing as a protégé. Derek, using the same formula he used with Ursula Andress and Linda Evans, molded her into a superstar.
When Bo Derek originally began acting, it was to help pay for her surfing habit, but she soon became popular in the modeling world.
She appeared in Playboy magazine multiple times throughout the 1980s, and has appeared in many films and television shows since.
Net Worth: $5 million
Carol Kane has been gracing the screen with her presence since the 1960s. The famous comedienne starred in famous films such as Hester Street, Annie Hall, and The Princess Bride.
In the 2000s, she tried her hand in theater, starring in the off-Broadway play Love, Loss, and What I Wore in 2010.
In January 2011, she made her West End debut in The Children’s Hour at London’s Comedy Theater, alongside Keira Knightley, Elisabeth Moss, and Ellen Burstyn. Kane is also known for her portrayal of the evil headmistress Madame Morrible in the Broadway show Wicked, from 2005 to 2014. She is also a lead on the Netflix series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
Looks like Kane is a woman who can’t be stopped when it comes to her career.
Net Worth: $20 million
Elliot Gould began acting in Hollywood during the 1960s, and he also famously married Barbra Streisand. Gould’s mother sold fake flowers to stores while his father worked as a textile buyer so that Gould could receive theater training.
Throughout his career, he has appeared in different Broadway plays and side projects, but found it difficult to achieve major stardom. After a brief pause in his career, he appeared in The Long Goodbye and M*A*S*H.
He played recurring character Jack Geller on “Friends,” and appeared in the “Ocean’s” trilogy, which put him back in the spotlight.
In 2017, he earned a leading role in the 2017 TV series “Doubt,” until its cancellation.
Net Worth: $16 million
The beautiful Dyan Cannon made her film debut in 1960 in The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond, but she has made television appearances since the late 1950s.
Her talent has made her a head figure of her decade, and she was briefly married to Cary Grant. She won an Oscar nomination for her role in Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, and starred alongside Warren Beatty in Heaven Can Wait.
Surprisingly enough, at the height of her fame, Cannon bolted away from the spotlight, deciding to take a four-year hiatus. She appeared once more, both fresh-faced and bright-eyed, four years later to direct and act in some of her own films.
Net Worth: $21 million
Leachman has had a hilarious career, becoming one of the biggest-named comediennes of her era. Although she was fairly unknown when she began acting in films through the 1950s, she became a mainstream name when she starred alongside Lee Marvin and Paul Newman in The Rack.
She spent a majority of the 1970s appearing as the recurring landlady, Phyllis Lindstrom, in the CBS sitcom The Mary Tyler Moore Show and its spin-off, Phyllis.
In the 2000s, she took a recurring role in Malcolm in the Middle as Grandma Ida, and appeared during the “Comedy Central Roast of Bob Saget” in 2008. She appeared on Dancing with the Stars in 2008, and still holds the title as the oldest contestant to have danced on the show, at 82 years old.
Net Worth: $60 million
Goldie Hawn, aka the original blonde bombshell, rose to fame during the late ’60s and ’70s on comedy show, Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, and went on to win an Academy Award and Golden Globe for her role in the 1969 film, Cactus Flower.
After an incredibly successful career, Hawn decided to start up The Hawn Foundation in 2003. The Hawn Foundation is a nonprofit organization which offers youth education programs to assist struggling students by introducing “life-enhancing strategies for well-being.”
It looks like Hawn has taken a page from Streisand’s book, seeing as her and longtime partner, Kurt Russell, avoid relationship problems by having separate bank accounts! Hawn told Australia’s Woman’s Day magazine, “So as long as my emotional state is in a state of devotion, honesty, caring and loving, then we’re fine. We both have independent finances, we’re both independently well off.”
Net Worth: $50 million
Anjelica Huston’s name will forever be ingrained in Hollywood history for her unique and elegant beauty and timeless talent. Daughter of Hollywood director John Huston, Huston was born into high expectations that she fulfilled with her outstanding career.
She won her first Oscar for her appearance in her father’s mob comedy, Prizzi’s Honor. She appeared in The Postman Always Rings Twice, and her father’s last film, The Dead. She has also been a key player in Wes Anderson movies.
Although she has continued to act selectively, she has dedicated a lot of her time to her political activism and her directing career. For over 20 years, Huston has been developing a film on Maud Gonne and William Butler Yeats, and there has been no word as to when the work will be released.
Net Worth: $50 million
Walken’s career began when he was a child, appearing as an extra in different variety shows and sketches. He went on to have a blazing theater career while appearing in television shows now and then. He moved to the silver screen in 1966 with Barefoot in Athens, and his success continued throughout the decades.
These days, he is regarded as “one of the most respected actors of his generation,” and has won awards left and right for his acting abilities. Naturally, some films paid him quite handsomely, especially Batman Returns, Pulp Fiction, Sleepy Hollow, The Jungle Book, and Annie Hall. He also coined Saturday Night Live’s most iconic phrase, “More cowbell!”
Net Worth: $15 million
Arkin is a Hollywood comedy legend with a very eccentric resume, that began with folk music. After having a brief career in folk music, Arkin went on to star in The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming, which he received an Oscar nomination for.
Two years later, he was nominated for an Oscar again for The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter. He finally won an Oscar for his performance in the independent film Little Miss Sunshine. Arkin has had an extensive career in acting, directing, writing, and singing.
Since the height of his fame, he’s dedicated himself to small roles, and you can likely catch him making a cameo now and then.
Net Worth: $40 million
Kim Basinger was the it-girl of the 1980s and 1990s, who did everything in her power to move from Georgia to New York, and then to Los Angeles to pursue a modeling career.
In 1976, she began her acting career on television, starring in made-for-television films.
She became a Bond girl in Never Say Never Again thanks to her 1981 Playboy shoot and starred in the cult erotic film 9½ Weeks, which cemented her sex symbol status. She has said that her Playboy shoot led to other opportunities, such as the role in Barry Levinson’s The Natural, alongside Robert Redford, which she earned a Golden Globe nomination for.