Debra Winger Biography, Net Worth, Husband and Family Facts

If there ever was such a category at awards for the best actors and actresses that you may never have heard of, Debra Winger will have a cabinet full of accolades. The 5 feet 4-inch-tall actress had a stellar acting career in the 1980s and was nominated for various categories at different award shows, including the Golden Globes, BAFTA, and Academy Awards, but, however, was never able to win any of them.


Debra Winger was born Debra Lynn Winger to Robert and Ruth Winger on the 16th of May, 1955 in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. Not much is known about Winger’s childhood, other than that she was born into an Orthodox Jewish family and spent a significant portion of her early years in Israel.

At around the age of 18, after having returned to the United States, Winger was involved in a ghastly motor accident that left her partially paralyzed and blind for a period of 10 months due to a cerebral hemorrhage she suffered. During the time she spent recovering, Winger was said to have gone through deep reflection that pointed her towards the direction of becoming an actress.

After moving to Los Angeles, California, she began taking acting classes and signed up to an agent. In just two years from the accident, she was able to make her first appearance in Slumber Party ’57 (1976). She then went on to play the role of Drusilla in the ABC TV series, Wonder Woman, before going on to land starring roles in the disco comedy film Thank God It’s Friday (1978) and in Urban Cowboy (1980).

Debra Winger’s performance in the latter, and those that came in the following years; Cannery Row (1982), An Officer and a Gentleman (1982), and Terms of Endearment (1983), earned her plaudits in the film industry but most importantly garnered her nominations at several award shows. In the late 80s and early 90s, Winger appeared in films like Legal Eagles (1986), Black Widow (1987), Shadowlands (1993), A Dangerous Woman (1993), and Forget Paris (1995), before taking a brief hiatus from the acting scene.

Winger spent her time away from the limelight focusing on her personal life while also embarking on other endeavors that included theatre performing and working as a teaching fellow at Harvard University. Upon return in the 2000s, she picked up from where she left off, starring in films like Big Bad Love (2001) and Rachel Getting Married (2008).

Debra Winger’s Net Worth

According to Celebrity Net Worth website, Debra Winger has a net worth of $16 million. The critically acclaimed actress was able to amass her wealth through her different roles in the movie industry, as both an actress and as a producer.

Husband and Family Facts

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Debra Winger and husband Arliss Howard (Image Source)

Debra Winger has been involved in a number of high profile relationships in the past. Before the actress embarked on her first marriage, she dated actor Andrew Rubin from around 1977 to 1980, and the then Governor of Nebraska, Bob Kerrey, from 1983 to 1985. The Cleveland Heights, Ohio-native, however, went on to marry actor Timothy Hutton, who is best known for starring in films like Ordinary People (1980) and The Falcon and the Snowman (1985). The pair exchanged vows in 1986 and a year later, they welcomed a son named Noah Hutton. A few years after that, in 1990 to be exact, the couple who seemed to be very happy in their relationship, divorced.

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It took a while for Winger to find love again, but she eventually did as she went ahead to marry actor and director Arliss Howard in 1996. The pair were said to have met each other on the set of the romantic comedy film, Wilder Napalm (1993) before embarking on a relationship. In 1997, Winger and Howard welcomed their second child but first and only one together, a son named Gideon Babe Ruth Howard. She later became a stepmother to Sam Howard, her husband’s son from a previous marriage.

Winger and Howard have remained inseparable all through their marriage and have managed to stay clear of any controversy. They have also found joy working together as they have both starred in the movies Big Bad Love (2001) and Dawn Anna (2005) which were directed by Arliss Howard and co-written by him and his brother, James Howard.


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