Being born in Hollywood to an actor father and a screenwriter mother definitely has its perks. Jennifer ventured into acting quite early and has managed to have a successful career thus far. She has featured in over 90 roles in her acting career and earned a Supporting Actress nomination at the Golden Globe and an Academy Award for her outstanding performance in Quentin Tarantino‘s 2015 The Hateful Eight. Since her performance in the film, Jennifer Jason Leigh’s net worth has seen a significant change.
She has also received several other prestigious awards and nominations over the years. Learn more about the American actress as you read on.
The talented actress was born in Hollywood, California, on the 5th of February 1962. Her parents Vic Morrow (actor) and Barbara Turner (screenwriter) divorced when she was two years old.
Her venture into acting was in the year 1973 when she was nine years old. She featured in the film Death of a Stranger (The Execution) in a non-speaking role. Jennifer realized and decided early that she wanted to become an actress and went all out to actualize her dream.
She began training with Lee Strasberg at the Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Training Center, Loch Sheldrake, New York, at age fourteen. She then landed a role in the 1978 film The Young Runaways from then onward, she began to feature in a series of movies and television shows. Jennifer has featured in over ninety roles in her career which includes films, television series, and stage performances.
Some of her remarkable roles are; as Casey Powell – an anorexic teenager in the 1981 film The Best Little Girl in the World. For her role, she had to drop 39kg with medical supervision. In the same year, just 6 weeks shy of graduating from Pacific Palisades High School, she dropped out to play a major role as Tracy – a blind, mute and deaf rape victim in Eyes of a Stranger. Her big break came the following year with a lead role in the high school comedy film Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Her performance was singled out and described as a star in the making.
For her performance in Mrs Parker and the Vicious Circle, she won a Chicago Film Critics Association Award and National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress, she also earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress and an Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead. She won a Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in the 2004 comedy film Childstar.
Jennifer Jason Leigh is a writer like her mother. She has written and co-produced, as well as co-directed some movies. They include Georgia (1995), Skipped Parts (2000), The Anniversary Party (2001), Greenberg (2010).
For The Anniversary Party, Jennifer co-wrote and co-directed with friend Alan Cumming. In writing the script of the movie, they freely drew from their personal experiences and starred their real-life Hollywood friends. They received two Independent Spirit Award nominations for Best First Feature and Best First Screenplay. They also earned a citation for Excellence in Filmmaking from the National Board of Review.
For her stage performances and her role of ‘Beverly’ in Abigail’s Party (2005), Jennifer received a Drama Desk Award nomination and Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Lead Actress.
About her role in The Hateful Eight, which increased Jennifer Jason Leigh’s net worth, the actress admits that it was a privilege to work with Quentin Tarantino as he reminded her about who she is as an actress. Her performance received world acclaim and earned her prestigious nominations like the Academy, Golden Globe, BAFTA, and AACTA International Awards – all for the Best Supporting Actress category in 2015.
Some of her major achievements in her acting career includes; an honor at the 1993 Telluride Film Festival, a one week long retrospect of her film works in 2001 which was held in the Grauman’s Egyptian Theatre, Los Angeles, by the American Cinematheque and a special award by the Film Society of Lincoln Center in 2002 for her contributions to independent cinema.
What is Jennifer Jason Leigh’s Net Worth Since She Played The Hateful Eight?
Jennifer Jason Leigh has been in the movie industry for close to 5 decades, starring in her first movie at age 9. She has featured in some great movies which were successful, both critically and at the box office. With the high number of films in which she has appeared, it doesn’t come as a surprise that she has accumulated a tidy amount for herself.
Her highest-grossing movie is Road to Perdition (2002) which made $180 million at the box office worldwide. Jennifer starred as Daisy Domergue in Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight and with a budget of $44 million, the movie went ahead to gross $155.8 million worldwide. While the actual earnings of each actor were not made public, the producers revealed that $15.7 million of the budget went into the cast salaries.
Although the actual figure she got for her role hasn’t been revealed, it must have been a substantial amount as her net worth has been estimated to be around $5 million.