While we often hear of and see ladies who become famous for being the wife or girlfriend of some famous celebrities, there are also others who clung to fame through their own exploits. Amongst them is Susan Downey, the wife of renowned Hollywood star, Robert Downey Jnr. Just like her husband, she is also in the entertainment business, not as an actress but as a film producer. Over the last decade, she has been able to establish herself as a top-class Hollywood film producer and has worked on the set of several blockbuster movies. It will be cool to know more about Susan, read interesting facts about her below.
Susan Downey – Biography
Susan Downey was born into a Jewish home as Susan Nicole Levin, to American businessman Elliot Levin and his wife Rosie Levin. Her birthplace was at Schaumburg, Illinois, United States, and she was born on November 6, 1973.
Susan Downey grew up in Schaumburg, where she attended high school. She graduated from Schaumburg High School in 1991. Her desire to go into film production started when she was 12, and it was what prompted her to attend and graduate from the University of South California School of Cinematic Arts.
Susan began her career working at the Threshold Entertainment shortly after finishing college. At the production company, she supervised the production of Mortal Kombat, Mortal Kombat: Annihilation and also Mortal Kombat: Conquest, a 22 episode TV series. She went on to work at Dark Castle Entertainment, where she held the position of co-president. In 1999, she joined Silver Pictures and held the position of executive vice president of production. At Silver Pictures, she supervised both the development and production of some feature films like Swordfish and Thir13en Ghosts.
In 2002, Susan made her production debut when she co-produced the American-Australian horror film, Ghost Ship. The film which she co-produced alongside Joel Silver and Robert Zemeckis starred Gabriel Byrne and Juliana Margulies. Since then, she has gone on to produce some top-notch Hollywood films such as Cradle 2 the Grave, Gothika, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Book of Eli, Sherlock Holmes, Orphan, Iron Man 2, Due Date and Unknown. Her latest work is in the upcoming 2020 film The Voyage of Doctors Dolittle, which will feature her husband Robert Downey Jnr as its lead character. The film is set to be released on January 17, 2020, in the US.
Amazing Facts About Robert Downey Jnr’s Wife
1. Susan Downey is Robert Downey Jnr’s Second Wife
Before getting together with Susan, Robert was married to actress Deborah Falconer. The pair were married from 1992 to 2004. Together, Falconer and Robert share a kid named Indio Falconer Downey. Born on September 7, 1993, Indio has gone into acting just like his parents.
2. She First Met Robert on the Set of Gothika
Susan and Robert first met during the production of the 2003 American thriller film, Gothika. During that time, Robert’s divorce with his first wife wasn’t finalized yet. He asked her out twice which she blatantly refused. First, she thought he was “weird” and secondly she felt it wouldn’t work out because he was an actor and she had a regular job. However, the third time was the charm, Robert persuaded Susan into having dinner with him and she agreed, just after they finished shooting Gothika, and since then the rest is history.
3. She Only Agreed to Marry Him If He Quit His Drug Habit
There was a dark period in Robert’s life when he was addicted to hard drugs and consumed excess alcohol. After proposing marriage to Susan just a night to her 30th birthday, she agreed to marry him if and only if he dropped his drugs and alcoholic habit. And from then, Roberts started working towards getting sober which he eventually did and the couple finally got married in 2005.
4. Susan Downey’s Kids
After their wedding, the couple welcomed to beautiful kids. Their first child, Exton Elias Downey was born on February 7, 2012, while their second child, a daughter Avril Roey Downey came on November 4, 2014.
5. The Couple Own a Production Company
Susan and her husband formed their own production team called Team Downey. Their Warner Bros-based production company was formed in 2010 and it has David Gambino as its president of production.
6. Her Net Worth
Being a well-established personality in the entertainment industry, Susan Downey’s earnings is expectedly huge. The Jewish-American film producer has a net worth of about $20 million, thanks to her decade-long experience in movie production as well as her husband’s long years of acting experience.
Together with her husband, Susan owns a number of properties across Los Angeles. She reportedly bought a $4 million home in Santa Monica and a seven-acre estate in Malibu. The estate is reportedly worth $13.44 million. Also in Venice, California, the couple owns several commercial and residential properties including a $2.5 million home in the Pacific Palisades. Her husband’s net worth is estimated at $300 million.