Natalie Schafer Net Worth

Natalie Schafer Net Worth 2024: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

Natalie Schafer net worth is
$10 Million

Natalie Schafer Wiki Biography

Natalie Schafer was born on the 5th November 1900, in Manhattan, New York City, USA of British and German descent, and was an actress probably best recognized for starring in the role of Eunice ‘Lovey’ Wentworth Howell in the CBS series “Gilligan’s Island” (1964–1992). She appeared in almost 100 film and TV titles, and her acting career was active from 1927 to 1990. She passed away in April 1991

So, have you ever wondered how rich Natalie Schafer was? According to authoritative sources, it was estimated that the total size of Natalie’s net worth was over $10 million, accumulated through her successful involvement in the entertainment industry, with another source being her business ventures.

Natalie Schafer Net Worth $10 Million

Natalie Schafer was raised with two younger siblings in a Jewish family by her father, Charles Emanual Schafer, and her mother, Jennie Elizabeth. Other information about her early life is unknown to the media.

Speaking about her career, it began when Natalie made her debut appearance on Broadway in 1927, where she played until 1941, appearing in a number of productions which established her net worth, and then she moved to Los Angeles, California, to pursue an acting career on the screen. Her big break came in 1941, when she appeared in the film “The Body Disappears”, which was followed with a role in “Reunion In France” (1942), further establishing her net worth. Before the 1950s, she appeared in such films as “Masquerade In Mexico” (1945) playing Irene Denny alongside Dorothy Lamour, Arturo de Córdova, and Patric Knowles, “Dishonored Lady” (1947) in the role of Ethel Royce, and “The Snake Pit” (1948) as Mrs. Stuart.

The next decade brought her a huge number of roles thanks to her talent and popularity, and her career reached a whole new level. In 1951, she featured in Curtis Bernhardt’s film “Payment On Demand” in the role of Mrs. Edna Blanton, which was followed by the role of Martha Lorrison in “Callaway Went Thataway” in the same year, starring with Fred MacMurray and Dorothy McGuire. By the 1960s, she had made appearances in such film titles as “The Girl Next Door” (1953), “Forever, Darling” (1956), and “Bernardine” (1957), which was directed by Henry Levin. Beside those, Natalie also made guest appearances in such TV series as “The Loretta Young Show” (1933-1955), “Sherlock Holmes” (1954), “Playhouse 90” (1957) among others, all of which added a considerable amount to her net worth.

During the 1960s, Natalie continued to line up success after success, as she was chosen to play Eunice Wentworth ‘Lovey’ Howell in the TV series “Gilligan’s Island” (1964-1992), which she later reprised in another TV series called “The New Adventures Of Gilligan” (1974-1975), as well as in two television films – “The Castaways On Gilligan’s Island” in 1979, and in “The Harlem Globetrotters On Gilligan’s Island” in 1981. Furthermore, in 1982 she again appeared in the same role in the TV series “Gilligan’s Planet”. Thus, this role increased her net worth by a large margin and she reached enormous popularity.

Parallel with this role, Natalie made a number of guest appearances in such TV series as “ABC Stage 67” (1966), “The Brady Bunch” (1974), and “The Love Boat” (1979), among others, all of which increased her net worth. Her final role was in the TV film “I’m Dangerous Tonight” in 1990.

Regarding to her personal life, Natalie Schafer was married to actor Louis Calhern from 1934 to 1942. Four years later, she was engaged to actor Charles Butterworth, but he died in a single vehicle automobile crash. Apart from her career as an actress, Natalie invested money in a real estate business, and that made her a multi-millionaire. A part of that amount of money she donated to the Lillian Booth Actors Home. She passed away from liver cancer at the age of 90 on 10th April 1991 in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California.

Full NameNatalie Schafer
Net Worth$10 Million
Date Of BirthNovember 5, 1900
DiedApril 10, 1991, Beverly Hills, California, United States
Place Of BirthRed Bank, New Jersey, U.S.
SpouseLouis Calhern (m. 1933–1942)
ParentsJennie Schafer, Charles Schafer
MoviesRescue from Gilligan's Island, Secret Beyond the Door, 40 Carats, The Castaways on Gilligan's Island, Susan Slade, Forever, Darling, I'm Dangerous Tonight, Molly and Me, Casanova's Big Night, Marriage Is a Private Affair, Callaway Went Thataway, The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island, Anastas...
TV ShowsSearch for Tomorrow, Gilligan's Planet, The New Adventures of Gilligan, Gilligan's Island
1[on Joan Crawford] Joan was a very driven woman and very insecure. While we were working at MGM [Reunion in France (1942)] she was all about being a team and working for the good of the picture. I think she knew it was all coming to an end there, but she never commented on it to me.
2[working with Joan Crawford on Female on the Beach (1955)] Now, Female was another story. By this time I presumed Joan and I were friends, at least colleagues, so I made a point of stopping by her trailer for cocktails and such. Now the leading man on this film was Jeff Chandler, a terribly nice young man, very good-looking, and he and Joan were in the middle of a very steamy affair. I remember Joan staying on after filming and Jeff remained as well. We were about halfway through the film when Joan invited me to her house for a small dinner party and I really had made very definite plans and had to decline. Well, she seemed alright with it, until the next morning I arrived on the set only to find my trailer had been physically moved almost to the parking lot of Universal. You learn not to say 'no' to Miss Joan Crawford unless you wish to suffer the consequences.
1Was actually a little over twelve years older than her co-star, Jim Backus when she played his wife Lovey Howell.
2Although her contract included clauses forbidding certain close -ups and physical movements due to her age, she insisted that her obituary disclose her real age. She said she wanted people to say "she was HOW old?!.
3Her parents, Jennie Elizabeth (Tim) and Charles Emanual Schafer, were both from Jewish families (from Germany and England).
4Had played the same character (Mrs. Lovey Howell) on three different series: Gilligan's Island (1964), The New Adventures of Gilligan (1974) and Gilligan's Planet (1982).
5Underwent a double mastectomy.
6Was engaged to comedic character actor Charles Butterworth in 1946 at the time of his tragic death in a single automobile crash.
7Schafer had said she initially did the pilot to Gilligan's Island (1964), for the free trip to Hawaii. Afterwards, Schafer was in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, on holiday when she got a telegram from the States. She read it and burst into tears. Everyone had thought Schafer's mother (who was ill at the time) had died, and offered their condolences, but Schafer had said no she didn't die, the reason she was crying was because the pilot for "Gilligan's Island" sold, and she had to stay in Los Angeles, and could not move back to New York City.


Gilligan's Island1964-1992TV SeriesMrs. Lovey Howell
I'm Dangerous Tonight1990TV MovieGrandmother
Beverly Hills Brats1989Lillian
Crazy Like a Fox1985TV Series
Matt Houston1983TV SeriesVonda Moran
Simon & Simon1983TV SeriesSophie Chaflin
CHiPs1983TV SeriesMrs. Birdwing
Gilligan's Planet1982TV SeriesLovey Howell
Trapper John, M.D.1980-1982TV SeriesAbigail Collins / Mrs. Watkins
Here's Boomer1981TV SeriesMrs. Parkington
The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island1981TV MovieLovey Wentworth Howell
Vega$1980TV SeriesCharlotte Hunt
The Love Boat1979TV SeriesMrs. Hartnett
The Castaways on Gilligan's Island1979TV MovieLovey Wentworth Howell
Flying High1978TV SeriesWoman
Rescue from Gilligan's Island1978TV MovieLovey Wentworth Howell
Three's Company1978TV SeriesImpatient Woman
Holmes and Yo-Yo1977TV SeriesMrs. Stevenson
ABC Weekend Specials1977TV SeriesMrs. Chambers
McMillan & Wife1977TV SeriesMrs. Roberts
Phyllis1976TV SeriesDonna Plunkett
McCoy1976TV SeriesLaura Mayfield
The New Adventures of Gilligan1974-1975TV SeriesEunice Wentworth 'Lovey' Howell
The Day of the Locust1975Audrey Jennings
The Brady Bunch1974TV SeriesPenelope Fletcher
Diana1973TV SeriesMrs. Tyler
Love, American Style1973TV SeriesHarriet (segment "Love and the Man of the Year")
40 Carats1973Mrs. Adams
Mannix1972TV SeriesBunny Mason
Matt Lincoln1970TV Series
Mayberry R.F.D.1970TV SeriesMrs. Willoughby
The Survivors1969TV SeriesEleanor Carlyle
ABC Stage 671966TV SeriesMrs. Otis
The Beverly Hillbillies1964TV SeriesMadame Renee
Route 661962TV SeriesEmily Bridenbaugh
77 Sunset Strip1962TV SeriesAunt Ellie / Eleanor Fraser
Susan Slade1961Marion Corbett
Back Street1961Mrs. Evans
Thriller1961TV SeriesBeatrice Graves
Guestward Ho!1960TV SeriesMrs. Crawford
Sunday Showcase1960TV Series
Markham1959TV SeriesMrs. Miles
The Phil Silvers Show1959TV SeriesDeborah Darling
Bernardine1957Mrs. Madge Beaumont
The Ford Television Theatre1957TV SeriesBeatrice Trent
Playhouse 901957TV SeriesGeneva
Oh, Men! Oh, Women!1957Mrs. Day
Lux Video Theatre1952-1957TV SeriesGertrude Medford / Julie / Blanche
The Kaiser Aluminum Hour1957TV SeriesJessie Caldwell
Anastasia1956Irina Lissemskaia
Forever, Darling1956Millie Opdyke
The Loretta Young Show1953-1955TV SeriesMrs. Hayes / Mary
Female on the Beach1955Queenie Sorenson
Producers' Showcase1955TV SeriesMrs. Chisholm
Climax!1955TV SeriesLucrece Durhurst
The Goldbergs1955TV SeriesMrs. Lang
Sherlock Holmes1954TV SeriesElaine Chelton
Casanova's Big Night1954Signora Foressi
Goodyear Playhouse1954TV Series
I Love Lucy1954TV SeriesPhoebe Emerson
Topper1954TV SeriesMrs. Vance
Armstrong Circle Theatre1953TV Series
The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse1953TV SeriesHelen Armstrong
Three Steps to Heaven1953TV SeriesNurse Gaines
The Girl Next Door1953Evelyn the maid
Robert Montgomery Presents1953TV Series
Mr. & Mrs. North1953TV SeriesSylvia Sommers
Schlitz Playhouse1952TV Series
Just Across the Street1952Gertrude Medford
Has Anybody Seen My Gal1952Clarissa Pennock (replaced by Gloria Holden) (scenes deleted)
The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse1951TV Series
Callaway Went Thataway1951Martha Lorrison
Search for Tomorrow1951TV SeriesHelen Collins (1971-1972)
The Law and the Lady1951Pamela Pemberson
Take Care of My Little Girl1951Mother Cookie Clark
Payment on Demand1951Mrs. Edna Blanton
NBC Presents1949TV Series
Kraft Theatre1949TV Series
The Chevrolet Tele-Theatre1948-1949TV Series
Caught1949Dorothy Dale
The Snake Pit1948Mrs. Stuart
The Time of Your Life1948Society Lady
Secret Beyond the Door...1947Edith Potter
Repeat Performance1947Eloise Shaw
Dishonored Lady1947Ethel Royce
The Other Love1947Dora Shelton
Masquerade in Mexico1945Irene Denny
Wonder Man1945Mrs. Hume
Molly and Me1945Kitty Goode-Burroughs
Keep Your Powder Dry1945Harriet Corwin
The Doughgirls1944Third Woman with Baby (uncredited)
Marriage Is a Private Affair1944Mrs. Irene Selworth
Reunion in France1942Frau Amy Schröder (uncredited)
The Body Disappears1941Mrs. Lunceford
Daughter of Shanghai1937Blonde Dancer (unconfirmed, uncredited)
The Poor Fish1930ShortDaisy


The Love Boat1979TV Series written by - 1 episode


The Brady Bunch1974TV Series performer - 1 episode


The Late Show1988TV SeriesHerself
Family Feud1983TV SeriesHerself
Hollywood Greats1978TV Series documentaryHerself
The Mike Douglas Show1971TV SeriesHerself - Actress
Girl Talk1967TV SeriesHerself
The Gypsy Rose Lee Show1966TV SeriesHerself
The Hollywood Squares1966TV SeriesHerself - Panelist

Archive Footage

The Sixties2014TV Mini-Series documentaryLovey Howell
Before the Three-Hour Tour2004Video documentary shortEunice Wentworth "Lovey" Howell
ET in TV Land2003TV Series documentaryHerself
Surviving Gilligan's Island: The Incredibly True Story of the Longest Three Hour Tour in History2001TV MovieHerself (uncredited)
Entertainment Tonight Presents: Gilligan's Island - The Untold Tales2000TV Movie documentaryHerself
TV Guide's Truth Behind the Sitcom Scandals 22000TV Movie documentaryHerself
E! True Hollywood Story1999TV Series documentaryHerself

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