Debra Winger Net Worth

Debra Winger Net Worth 2022: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

Debra Lynn Winger net worth is
$16 Million

Debra Lynn Winger Wiki Biography

Debra Lynn Winger was born on 16 May 1955, in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, USA. She is an actress, best known for films such as “Terms of Endearment”, “An Officer and a Gentleman” and “Shadowlands”, which all earned her Academy Award nominations. She also won a Tokyo International Film Festival Award for her performance in “A Dangerous Woman”; all of her efforts have helped put her net worth to where it is today.

How rich is Debra Winger? As of mid-2016, sources estimate a net worth that is at $16 million, mostly earned through a successful career as an actress. Aside from films, she’s also known for her on stage performances and for her parts in various television shows. Winger has also tried her hand at production work, so as she continues her career it’s likely that her wealth will also increase.


Debra Winger Net Worth $16 Million Dollars

At a young age, Debra suffered in a car accident that left her blind and partially paralyzed for ten months. During recovery, she had resolved that she would try her hand at becoming an actress.

One of her first films was “Slumber Party ’57” in 1976, considered a sexploitation film, a genre identified to be a precursor to pornographic films. She then appeared in a few episodes of the television show “Wonder Woman”, and made a guest appearance in “Police Woman”. Her first major role came in “Thank God It’s Friday”, and this opened an opportunity for her to be a part of “Urban Cowboy” alongside John Travolta, in which her performance would earn her several nominations. In 1982, she was cast in “Cannery Row” and then in “An Officer and a Gentleman” with Richard Gere, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress, and this would continue with a string of nominations for her performances in “Terms of Endearment”, “Shadowlands” and “A Dangerous Woman”. Her voice was also used for the Steven Spielberg film “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial”. Her net worth was well established by now.

After numerous films, Winger started to earn notoriety for her difficult attitude towards co-stars. She was supposed to be cast for “Peggy Sue Got Married”, but had a bike accident which forced her out of the film. She was then cast for “A League of Their Own” but dropped out before production started. Despite this, she continued to take parts in various films such as “Black Widow”, “Leap of Faith”, “Everybody Wins”, and “Wilder Napalm”.

Eventually she took a hiatus from acting in the late ’90s, and didn’t appear on the screen until 2001 in “Big Bad Love”. Prior to appearing in the film, she had tried her hand in various stage productions such as “Ivanov”. “Big Bad Love” also marked the first time that she would become a producer. A documentary film about her entitled “Searching for Debra Winger” was released soon after, and she then officially returned to acting, with parts in “Radio”, “Eulogy”, “Sometimes in April”, and “Rachel Getting Married” as Anne Hathaway’s mother. She started earning nominations once again, and then appeared in “Dawn Anna”, “Law & Order” and “In Treatment”, and “Boy Choir” in 2015. One of her latest projects is “The Ranch” which stars Ashton Kutcher and Sam Elliot, scheduled for a 2016 release.

For her personal life, it is known that she had a relationship with Andrew Rubin which lasted for three years. She also dated former Governor of Nebraska Bob Kerrey from 1983 to 1985. She was reported to have dated Nick Nolte who was her co-star in “Cannery Row” and “Everybody Wins”. She then married actor Timothy Hutton in 1986 and they had a son who became a documentary filmmaker. They eventually divorced in 1990, and she then married actor Arliss Howard six years later. They have two sons, one of whom is from Arliss’ previous marriage.

Full NameDebra Winger
Net Worth$16 Million
Date Of BirthMay 16, 1955
Place Of BirthCleveland Heights, Ohio, U.S.
Height5' 4" (1.63 m)
ProfessionActress, Producer
EducationCalifornia State University, Northridge
SpouseArliss Howard (m. 1996), Timothy Hutton (m. 1986–1990)
ChildrenNoah Hutton, Gideon Babe Ruth Howard
ParentsRuth Felder-Winger, Robert Winger
AwardsNational Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress, TIFF Award for Lifetime Achievement
NominationsAcademy Award for Best Actress, Golden Globe award, BAFTA Award, Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award
Movies“Slumber Party ’57” (1976), “Thank God It’s Friday”, “Urban Cowboy”, “Terms of Endearment”, “An Officer and a Gentleman”, “Shadowlands”, “A Dangerous Woman”
TV Shows“Wonder Woman”, “Police Woman”, "The Ranch" (2016-)
1Deep throaty voice
Shadowlands (1993)$2,000,000
The Sheltering Sky (1990)$3,000,000
Legal Eagles (1986)$2,500,000
Cannery Row (1982)$150,000
1[In 2008, responding to Lynda Carter's claim that Winger made disparaging comments about the 1970s "Wonder Woman" show where they played sisters] I don't know what she's referring to except I used to make jokes about her costumes. But she did have these golden tits that stuck out and when she turned, they didn't. I was 18 years old, staring at these gold bazooms that didn't move. That's all I ever said. So there you go. Lighten up.
2[She earned Best Actress Oscar nominations for playing young women who died of cancer in Terms of Endearment (1983) and in Shadowlands (1993)] I remember walking through the living room years ago when the series Roseanne (1988) was on. John Goodman said, "Come on, do you want to go down to the multiplex and watch Debra Winger cough up another lung?" It was the funniest line to me. Then I realized, that's it for me. I can never do another film about death. I've cashed that card.
3[In 2010, 17 years after her Oscar-nominated performance in Shadowlands (1993) came out, she told the "New York Times"] It was the most literate script I've ever read. I was sad every day that I wouldn't ever say those lines again.
4[on An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)] I run in to Richard Gere quite a lot and he half jokes, 'Are you still saying terrible things about me?'
5[on her film debut in Slumber Party '57 (1976)] A cigar-smoking agent had signed me while I was waitressing, but that only resulted in a blue movie.
6[on Urban Cowboy (1980)]: I loved it. It was the opening of everything for me because of the way James Bridges worked: the freedom, the collaboration, the end product. It was a slice of life, that movie. I'm real proud of it.
7I do admit to being challenging, but it's always for the work, it's never personal. I will walk out on a scene if it's all lit and ready to go but it's not happening. Just because we're on schedule is no reason to shoot bad acting. Someone once said to me, "You're inconsiderate." And I said, "Inconsiderate? Bad acting is the ultimate inconsideration." It's a collective slap to a million faces at the same time.
8[on Legal Eagles (1986)] I don't regret doing it, but I don't think it stands on its own against good films. It was a nightmare to make. Shooting was supposed to be ten weeks, and it went on for four months. And it was fat - almost $40 million - and, politically, I'm opposed to that kind of money unless it's an epic. I took my salary and left.
9I used to love going on a junket and promoting a film when it was not a 24-hour news cycle, and when there weren't so many media outlets. You could actually talk about the film. And I don't mean to harp on this because, really, it's fine. It's just that it eats itself. It becomes about itself, and its symbiotic and weird and I don't understand the celebrity of it.
10[on being labeled "difficult"] It was like armor. It kept the fainthearted at a distance. But perhaps I was too tough.
11[on Bernardo Bertolucci] For me, Bernardo is The Function. The only way I can explain it is in the analogy with mathematics and the word 'function' - addition, subtraction, multiplication, anything that numbers go through and change because of it. And when the function is a function of love, the drapes on the windows, the doors that are hung, the characters, the clothes, everything goes through this function and comes out touched and inspired by it. There are a lot of numbers but what really matters is the function.
12I have trouble with star billing. I remember thinking on Cannery Row (1982): How can I put my name ahead of Steinbeck's?
13[on her early roles in commercials] I was the all-American face. You name it, honey - American Dairy Milk, Metropolitan Life insurance, McDonald's, Burger King. The Face That Didn't Matter - that's what I called my face.
1She didn't get along with her leading man Richard Gere during the making of the hit film An Officer and a Gentleman (1982). She publicly called him a "brickwall", while he said there was "tension" between them. He played the title role, had top billing, had more screen time and earned a larger salary than her, while hers was just a love interest role. Still, he reacted badly when he realized that she was stealing every scene she was in with her charisma and acting talent that resulted in a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her, while he wasn't nominated at all. Thirty years later, they patched things up when she presented him with an award at the Rome Film Festival.
2In spite of her reputation of being difficult, several people repeatedly worked with her because of her talent: filmmaker James Bridges( Urban Cowboy (1980) and Mike's Murder (1984)), actors Nick Nolte( Cannery Row (1982) and Everybody Wins (1990)) and Gabriel Byrne( A Dangerous Woman (1993) and In Treatment (2008)), actresses Angie Dickinson ( Police Woman: Task Force: Cop Killer: Part 1 (1976) and Big Bad Love (2001)) and Rosanna Arquette (Big Bad Love (2001) and Searching for Debra Winger (2002)), writer/actor David Mamet ( Black Widow (1987) and the stage play "The Anarchist" (2012)), her first husband Timothy Hutton((Made in Heaven (1987) and Betrayed (1988)) and current husband Arliss Howard(Wilder Napalm (1993), Big Bad Love (2001), Dawn Anna (2005)), the stage plays "How I Learned To Drive" (1998) and "Ivanov" (1999)).
3She was angry when director Penny Marshall cast Madonna in A League of Their Own (1992) telling her, "You're making an Elvis movie." Marshall didn't know what that meant, which frustrated Winger even more, since she dropped out of the film and Geena Davis got her role. Madonna was no fan of Winger either, since she told Carrie Fisher that one of her nicknames was Kit Moresby, a character from a novel she loved, until she saw the film adaptation of that novel where Winger played Kit in The Sheltering Sky (1990). She told Fisher, "I didn't want to be Kit Moresby anymore, because it was so disappointing. I didn't want people to think that I was Debra Winger." What's ironic is that both their ex-husbands Timothy Hutton and Sean Penn worked together twice in Taps (1981) and The Falcon and the Snowman (1985) and became friends.
4She had a on-and-off relationship with Senator Bob Kerrey from 1982 to 1990, but she never married him contrary to persistent rumors, although they remained friends. She picked husbands, who, like her, were also actors. Unlike her, both Timothy Hutton and Arliss Howard were both Gentiles. However, she raised the sons she had with them in Jewish faith.
5She had seen her first husband actor Timothy Hutton on TV when he accepted the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Ordinary People (1980) and fell in love with him. She met him in person two years later in 1983 for a film that they were supposed to be cast in called "Road Show" but it was revamped and made with different actors a decade later under a new title Medicine Man (1992). Hutton later said they talked for six hours about everything at that first meeting, and Winger said there was so much electricity between them that they got scared and ran in opposite directions. They kept running into each other once every six months, and Hutton later described these encounters "like turning magnets around." They finally stuck together when Winger emceed Farm Aid on New Year's Eve in 1986 and Hutton was one of the guests. Almost immediately, they started living together and married just three months later. Despair followed the happy occasion. Her orthodox Jewish grandmother stopped talking to her, because Hutton wasn't Jewish. Worse, Winger miscarried when she got pregnant on her wedding night. She got pregnant again and gave birth to their son Noah Hutton in 1987, but just a year later, they separated and divorced two years later. During their short marriage, they appeared together in two films (Made in Heaven (1987) and Betrayed (1988)) that flopped at the box office, as well as a "Life" magazine cover. A decade after their divorce, Winger (married to her second husband Arliss Howard) said that there was "no bad blood" between them.
6She spent a good part of the 1980s trying to get the studios to cast her in a biography of the torch-singer Libby Holman, and another on Isabel Eberhardt, a 19th-century mystic who became involved in fighting religious wars in the Middle East. But she had burned bridges with influential Hollywood people with her outspokenness, and the studios were also reluctant to finance female-driven films, so the two biographies were never made.
7When she was 14, her father had installed a burglar alarm for the celebrated director George Cukor and told him that his daughter wanted to be a actress. Cukor looked at Winger and told her, "That voice, and you got no walk and you got no class!" She suspected that her father might have put Cukor up to this, in order to discourage her from pursuing a acting career. Cukor was still alive when Winger became a star with Urban Cowboy (1980) but he didn't get a chance to know about her first Oscar nomination as Best Actress for An Officer and a Gentleman (1982), since the nomination was announced a few days after he died.
8Friends with Sheena Easton.
9Directed by eight Academy Award winners: Steven Spielberg, Jonathan Demme, James L. Brooks, Taylor Hackford, Costa-Gavras, Bernardo Bertolucci, David S. Ward and Richard Attenborough.
10She was originally signed to play Peggy Sue Bodell in Peggy Sue Got Married (1986) but was forced to withdraw after her back was severely injured in a bicycle accident. Debra missed out on other roles, due to the many months it took her to fully recover.
11She also turned down the role of Alex Forrest in Fatal Attraction (1987), which went to Glenn Close.
12She also turned down Karen Allen's role in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), which turned out to be one of the highest grossing films of all time.
13Her notorious off-camera clashes with equally mercurial Shirley MacLaine brought out the best in both actresses in the complexity of their on-camera contentious mother/daughter relationship during the making of their Oscar-winning film Terms of Endearment (1983). When MacLaine nabbed the Best Actress Oscar instead of fellow nominee Winger in 1984 and famously shouted, "I deserve this!," she managed to address her co-star as "dear Debra" despite the fact there was no love lost between them.
14In 1995, she appeared in London, Washington, and New York with both the London Symphony and the New World Symphony under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas, performing his composition based on the life of Anne Frank.
15She became notorious for turning down worthy roles in many popular films, such as Jodie Foster's roles in Taxi Driver (1976), The Accused (1988) and The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Brooke Shields' roles in Pretty Baby (1978) and The Blue Lagoon (1980), Liza Minnelli's role in Arthur (1981), Daryl Hannah's role in Splash (1984), Linda Hamilton's role in The Terminator (1984), Sissy Spacek's roles in Marie (1985) and Crimes of the Heart (1986), Kathleen Turner's role in Peggy Sue Got Married (1986), Barbra Streisand's role in Nuts (1987), Susan Sarandon's role in Bull Durham (1988), Michelle Pfeiffer's role in The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989), Jessica Lange's role in Music Box (1989), Julia Roberts' role in Pretty Woman (1990), Demi Moore's role in Ghost (1990), Geena Davis' roles in Thelma & Louise (1991) and A League of Their Own (1992), Sharon Stone's role in Basic Instinct (1992), Ellen Barkin's role in This Boy's Life (1993), Meg Ryan's role in Sleepless in Seattle (1993) and When a Man Loves a Woman (1994), Sandra Bullock's role in Speed (1994) and Nicole Kidman's role in To Die For (1995).
16She was given the choice of the two roles in Black Widow (1987); she chose the role of the FBI agent, because she didn't understand the motivation as to why the Black Widow kills, so the title role went to Theresa Russell.
17Didn't like working with Lynda Carter on Wonder Woman (1975) but Lynda said that they didn't have any problems and was like a big sister to her.
18At first, she was excited about winning the role of Wonder Girl on the television series Wonder Woman (1975) but quickly became disillusioned and spent all her salary from the series to hire an attorney to get her out of her contract.
19James L. Brooks wrote Broadcast News (1987) especially for her, but she turned it down because she was pregnant with her son Noah Hutton, and the role went to Holly Hunter, who was nominated for an Oscar for it.
20Gave birth to her 2nd child at age 42, a son Babe Howard on June 15, 1997. Child's father is her 2nd husband, Arliss Howard.
21Gave birth to her 1st child at age 31, a son Emmanuel Noah Hutton (aka Noah Hutton) on April 29, 1987. Child's father is her 1st (now ex) husband, Timothy Hutton.
22Sister-in-law of actor/writer Jim Howard.
23Had a romance with then-Governor of Nebraska Bob Kerrey during the filming of Terms of Endearment (1983).
24Attended and graduated from James Monroe High School in Sepulveda, California in 1973.
25Attended and graduated from Oliver Wendell Holmes Junior High School in Northridge, California in 1970.
26Daughter of Robert and Ruth Winger.
27Born at 5:15pm-EDT


The Ranch2016-2017TV SeriesMaggie Bennett
The Lovers2017/IMary
The Red Tent2014TV Mini-SeriesRebecca
Boychoir2014Ms. Steel
The Being Experience2013/I
Lola Versus2012Robin
How It Ended2011Short
In Treatment2010TV SeriesFrances Greer
Law & Order2010TV SeriesPrincipal Woodside
Rachel Getting Married2008Abby
Whatever Happened To?2007TV Series
Sometimes in April2005TV MoviePrudence Bushnell
Dawn Anna2005TV MovieDawn Anna Townsend
Eulogy2004Alice Collins
Big Bad Love2001Marilyn
Forget Paris1995Ellen Andrews Gordon
Shadowlands1993Joy Gresham
A Dangerous Woman1993Martha Horgan
Wilder Napalm1993Vida Foudroyant
Leap of Faith1992Jane
Sesame Street1992TV SeriesDebra
The Sheltering Sky1990Kit Moresby
Everybody Wins1990Angela Crispini
Betrayed1988Katie Phillips / Cathy Weaver
Made in Heaven1987Emmett Humbird (as Emmett)
Black Widow1987Alexandra
Legal Eagles1986Laura Kelly
Mike's Murder1984Betty Parrish
Terms of Endearment1983Emma Horton
An Officer and a Gentleman1982Paula Pokrifki
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial1982Nurse Zombie Carrying Poodle (uncredited)
Cannery Row1982Suzy DeSoto
Urban Cowboy1980Sissy
French Postcards1979Melanie
The Warriors1979Girl on Subway (uncredited)
James at 161978TV SeriesAlicia
Thank God It's Friday1978Jennifer
Police Woman1978TV SeriesPhyllis Baxter
Special Olympics1978TV MovieSherrie Hensley
Szysznyk1977TV SeriesJenny
Wonder Woman1976-1977TV SeriesDrusilla Wonder Girl
Slumber Party '571976Debbie


Bel Borba Aqui2012Documentary executive producer
Big Bad Love2001executive producer / producer


Eulogy2004performer: "Love & Affection"
The Sheltering Sky1990performer: "Oh! Susannah" - uncredited


GasLand2010Documentary creative consultant
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial1982voice: partially-retained E.T. temp track - uncredited


Tavis Smiley2017TV SeriesHerself
Good Morning America2017TV SeriesHerself
Made in Hollywood2017TV SeriesHerself
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert2017TV SeriesHerself
Entertainment Tonight2008-2016TV SeriesHerself
Richard Attenborough: A Life in Film2014DocumentaryHerself
Up Late with Alec Baldwin2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2010TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Access Hollywood2009TV SeriesHerself
The View2008TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Shootout2008TV SeriesHerself
Texas Monthly Talks2008TV SeriesHerself - Interviewee
Can You Hear Me? Israeli and Palestinian Women Fight for Peace2006DocumentaryNarrator (voice)
This Morning2006TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Chaos and Order: Making American Theater2005DocumentaryHerself
The Late Late Show2005TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Richard & Judy2004TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Searching for Debra Winger2002DocumentaryHerself
Inside the Actors Studio2002TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Rumi: Poet of the Heart1998DocumentaryHerself / Narrator (voice)
In the Wild1997TV Series documentaryHerself
The Wizard of Oz in Concert: Dreams Come True1995TV Movie documentaryThe Wicked Witch of the West
The Making of 'Forget Paris'1995TV Movie documentaryHerself
In Search of Angels1994DocumentaryNarrator (voice)
The 66th Annual Academy Awards1994TV SpecialHerself - Nominated: Best Actress in a Leading Role
Late Show with David Letterman1993TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Moving Image Salutes Al Pacino1993TV MovieHerself
The 63rd Annual Academy Awards1991TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: 'Awakenings' Film Clip
Late Night with David Letterman1990TV SeriesHerself
Saturday Night Live1990TV SeriesHerself - Host / Various
The Arsenio Hall Show1989TV SeriesHerself - Guest
De película1987TV SeriesHerself - Interviewee
The Barbara Walters Summer Special1987TV SeriesHerself
The 56th Annual Academy Awards1984TV Special documentaryHerself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Leading Role
The 54th Annual Academy Awards1982TV Special documentaryHerself - Presenter: Best Live Action Short Film and Best Animated Short Film
The Making of 'Cannery Row'1982Video documentary shortHerself
The 38th Annual Golden Globe Awards1981TV SpecialHerself - Nominee
The Alan Thicke Show1980TV SeriesHerself - Guest

Archive Footage

Hoy nos toca2017TV SeriesHerself
Entertainment Tonight2008-2016TV SeriesHerself
Premio Donostia a Richard Gere2007TV SpecialPaula Pokrifki
The Kid Stays in the Picture2002DocumentaryHerself (uncredited)
50 Years of Funny Females1995TV Movie documentaryHerself

Won Awards

2014Lifetime Achievement AwardTransilvania International Film Festival
2002Master Screen Artist TributeUSA Film Festival
1994Best Actress AwardTokyo International Film FestivalA Dangerous Woman (1993)
1984NSFC AwardNational Society of Film Critics Awards, USABest ActressTerms of Endearment (1983)
1983ShoWest AwardShoWest Convention, USAFemale Star of the Year

Nominated Awards

2011WIN AwardWomen's Image Network AwardsActress Drama SeriesIn Treatment (2008)
2010OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Guest Actress in a Drama SeriesLaw & Order (1990)
2009Movies for Grownups AwardAARP Movies for Grownups AwardsBest Supporting ActressRachel Getting Married (2008)
2009Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest Acting EnsembleRachel Getting Married (2008)
2009Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsEnsemble CastRachel Getting Married (2008)
2009Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest Supporting FemaleRachel Getting Married (2008)
2008Gotham Independent Film AwardGotham AwardsBest Ensemble PerformanceRachel Getting Married (2008)
2005Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a MovieDawn Anna (2005)
1994OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Leading RoleShadowlands (1993)
1994Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - DramaA Dangerous Woman (1993)
1994BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest ActressShadowlands (1993)
1994CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActressA Dangerous Woman (1993)
1984OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Leading RoleTerms of Endearment (1983)
1984Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - DramaTerms of Endearment (1983)
1984People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite Motion Picture Actress
1983OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Leading RoleAn Officer and a Gentleman (1982)
1983Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actress in a Motion Picture - DramaAn Officer and a Gentleman (1982)
1981Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actress in a Supporting Role - Motion PictureUrban Cowboy (1980)
1981Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USANew Star of the Year in a Motion Picture - FemaleUrban Cowboy (1980)
1981BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsMost Outstanding Newcomer to Leading Film RolesUrban Cowboy (1980)

2nd Place Awards

1993LAFCA AwardLos Angeles Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActressA Dangerous Woman (1993)
1983NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActressTerms of Endearment (1983)
1981NSFC AwardNational Society of Film Critics Awards, USABest Supporting ActressUrban Cowboy (1980)
1980NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest Supporting ActressUrban Cowboy (1980)

3rd Place Awards

2008NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest Supporting ActressRachel Getting Married (2008)
1991NSFC AwardNational Society of Film Critics Awards, USABest ActressEverybody Wins (1990)

Known for movies

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