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How Diane Ladd Overcame Tragedy and Triumphed in Her Career



Who is Diane Ladd?

American actress Diane Ladd was born as Rose Diane Ladner in Laurel, Mississippi USA, on 29 November 1935, making Sagittarius her zodiac sign. She’s had roles in close to 150 movies and TV series, but is probably still known best for portraying Marietta Fortune in the 1990 crime comedy movie “Wild at Heart”, written and directed by David Lynch, and which starred Nicolas Cage, Laura Dern and Willem Dafoe. It follows lovers Lula and Sailor as they’re running away from assassins hired by Lula’s mom, as she wants Sailor dead; the film won five of its 17 award nominations, including an Oscar nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Diane.

Education and early life

Diane was raised in Meridian, Mississippi as an only child, by her father Preston Paul Ladner who was a veterinarian, and mother Mary Bernadette Ladner (nee Anderson) who was an actress; Diane’s related to the late American musician, poet and author Sidney Clopton Lanier, and the late American playwright and screenwriter Thomas Lanier Williams III.

She was 13 when she made her debut TV series appearance, playing Vera in the 1949 episode “The Small of Death” of the drama “The Big Story”. Diane spent the following five years focused on her education, matriculating from a local high school in 1954, and then focusing on her acting career rather than enrolling at college.


Roles in TV series

The second half of the ‘50s saw Diane appear in an episode of a couple of TV series, such as the comedy “Stanley”, the crime drama “Decoy”, and the crime action “The Walter Winchell File”.

From 1964 through 1967, she played Bonnie May Haley in the popular western “Gunsmoke”, which starred Milburn Stone and James Arness, and was created by Clyde Ware and Charles Marquis Warren. It follows the life of Dodge City’s Marshal Matt Dillon, the series aired from 1955 through 1975 and won 15 of its 39 award nominations. Some of Diane’s other roles in the ‘60s were in the crime mystery “Ironside”, the adventure “Then Came Bronson”, and the western “The Big Valley”.

She appeared in only two TV series in the ‘70s: the 1975 episode “General Delivery” of the drama “Movin’ On”, and three episodes of the 1976 crime drama “City of Angels”.

In 1981, Diane played Belle Dupree in 23 episodes of the popular comedy “Alice”, created by Robert Getchell, and which starred Linda Lavin, Vic Tayback and Beth Howland. It follows the life of an aspiring singer who’s working at a diner, and the series won 10 of its 32 award nominations. The remainder of the decade saw Diane appear in an episode of the adventure family comedy “Faerie Tale Theatre”, the romantic comedy “The Love Boat” and the crime mystery comedy “Father Dowling Mysteries”.

What marked the ‘90s for her was perhaps portraying Louise Burdette in the popular romantic comedy “Grace Under Fire”, created by Chuck Lorre, and which starred Brett Butler, Casey Sander and Kaitlin Cullum. It follows recovering alcoholic Grace who’s struggling to raise her three children all by herself, the series aired from 1993 through 1998, and won seven of its 29 award nominations.

In 2004, Diane portrayed the lead character Sally Druse in all the 15 episodes of the fantasy horror “Kingdom Hospital”, created by Stephen King, and which also starred Jamie Harrold and Bruce Davison. It follows the staff of a hospital in Maine as they’re steadily learning about the supernatural occurrences at the hospital; the series won two of its 13 award nominations. The 2000s also saw Diane appear in an episode of the drama “Christy: Choices of the Heart”, the crime mystery “Cold Case” and the romantic drama “ER”.

Most recently, from 2016 through 2022, Diane portrayed Nell O’Brien in the popular family drama “Chesapeake Shores”, which starred Barbara Niven and Meghan Ory, and was created by John Tinker. It follows a woman who’s moved back to her hometown, wanting to help her sister with her failing inn, and the series won one of its 14 award nominations.


Roles in movies

Diane’s debut film role was playing Bit Part in the 1961 drama “Something Wild”, while some of her following roles were in the 1962 comedy “40 Pounds of Trouble”, the 1966 action thriller “The Wild Angels” and the 1969 comedy “The Reivers”.

The year 1973 saw her play Maggie in the popular crime action “White Lightning”, directed by Joseph Sargent, and which starred Burt Reynolds, Jennifer Billingsley and Ned Beatty; it follows a federal agent who’s teamed up with a former convict in an attempt to break up a moonshine ring. The remainder of the ‘70s saw Diane appear in the 1974 romantic drama “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore”, the 1976 family drama “Addie and the King of Hearts” and the 1978 drama “Thaddeus Rose and Eddie”.

What marked the ‘80s for her was perhaps portraying Etta in the 1987 crime thriller “Black Widow”, directed by Bob Rafelson, and which starred Debra Winger, Theresa Russell and Sami Frey. It follows a federal investigator as he’s trying to catch a woman who keeps killing her husbands and taking the inheritance.

Some of Diane’s notable performances in the ’90s were in the 1992 horror mystery “Forever”, the 1996 comedy “Citizen Ruth” and the 1998 western “The Staircase”.

In 2002, she portrayed one of the main characters Regina Van Praagh in the crime science fiction “Living with the Dead”, directed by Stephen Gyllenhaal, and which also starred Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen. It follows a man who’s having visions of dead people, and is now helping a local detective catch a serial killer; the film was nominated for four awards. Diane could then have been seen appearing in the 2003 family mystery “Charlie’s War”, the 2005 biographical sports drama “The World’s Fastest Indian” and the 2009 comedy “American Cowslip”.

She portrayed Mamma in the 2014 comedy “Just Before I Go”, which Courteney Cox directed, and which starred Seann William Scott and Olivia Thirlby; it follows a young man who’s contemplating suicide, and has thus travelled to his hometown to make amends.

Some of Diane’s most recent film roles have been in the 2021 historical romantic drama “Charming the Hearts of Men”, the 2022 family drama “Gigi & Nate” and the 2022 drama “Isle of Hope”.


Other credits

Diane wrote and directed the 1995 comedy movie “Mrs Munck”.

She received special thanks for the short documentary movies “Love, Death, Elvis & Oz: The Making of ‘Wild at Heart’”, “Specific Spontaneity: Focus on Lynch” and “Second Chances: The Making of ‘Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore’”, all released in 2004.

Some of Diane’s recent talk-show appearances have been in “Celebrity Page”, “The Hollywood Moment at Home Edition” and “Live with Kelly and Mark”.

Awards and nominations

Diane’s won 11 of her 23 award nominations; some of her wins include a 1981 Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress in a Series, for “Alice”, a 1992 Film Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female and a 1992 Yoga Award for Worst Foreign Casting, both for “Rambling Rose”.

She’s been nominated for two more Oscars besides for “Wild at Heart”: in 1975 for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, for “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore”, and in 1992 for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for “Rambling Rose”.

Diane received her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on 1 November 2010.

Love life and marriages

Diane’s married thrice. Her first husband was American actor Bruce MacLeish Dern, who’s had roles in close to 200 movies and TV series, and was nominated for two Oscars in 1979 and 2014, for his performance in “Coming Home” and “Nebraska”, respectively. The two married in 1960, and Diane gave birth to their daughter Diane Elizabeth Dern on 27 November of the same year, however, she died when she was only 17 months old, after falling into their home’s pool and hitting her head, leading to a massive brain hemorrhage. Diane gave birth to their second daughter Laura Dern on 10 February 1967, and she’s become a famous actress, appearing in over 100 movies and TV series, and winning a 2020 Oscar for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, for “Marriage Story”. Diane and Bruce divorced in 1969.

From 1969 through 1976 (some sources state from April 1973), Diane was married to American non-celebrity William A. Shea Jr.

Since 14 February 1999, she’s been married to her third husband, American businessman Robert Charles Hunter.


Interesting facts and hobbies

Diane’s played mother to her real-life daughter Laura in four movies, including “Daddy and Them”, “Wild at Heart” and “White Lightning”, as well as in the series “Enlightened”.

She’s a certified nutritionist and psychologist.

Diane was passionate about music in her 20s and 30s, and was a member of the New York City’s choir Copacabana in the 1950s.

She has two grandchildren, as her daughter Laura gave birth to her and her now-former husband Ben Harper’s son Ellery Walker Harper on 10 August 2001, and to their daughter Jaya Harper on 28 November 2004.

Diane’s active on Instagram and is followed by close to 15,000 people, while she’s posted over 110 pictures and videos onto the network.

One of her favorite actresses is Meryl Streep, and some of Diane’s favorite movies include “Into the Woods”, “The Deer Hunter” and “August: Osage County”.

Health issues

Back in 2018, a doctor diagnosed Diane with pneumonia and gave her a year to live; he believed that her pneumonia was caused by poisonous gasses from her neighbors’ farms. Diane’s daughter Laura transferred her to another hospital, where it was revealed that she had been misdiagnosed, and Diane went on to make a full recovery.

Height, eyes and wealth

Diane’s age is 87. She has brown eyes and grey hair, is 5ft 7ins (1.7m) tall and weighs around 145lbs (65kgs).

Diane’s net worth’s been estimated at over $10 million, as of May 2023.

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Everything You Need To Know About Jack Kesy – 2020 Update!



Who is Jack Kesy?

Jacek Kesey, better known as Jack Kesy, was born under the sign of Virgo on 27 August 1986, in New York City USA, of Polish descent. He is a 33-year-old actor, probably best recognized for starring in the role of Gabriel Bolivar in “The Strain”, playing Roller Husser in “Claws”, and featuring as Black Tom Cassidy in “Deadpool 2”.

How rich is he, as of now? Jack Kesy Net Worth

As of early 2020, Jack Kesy’s net worth is estimated at over $500,000, acquired through his successful career as a professional actor, since he started his career back in the late 2000s and has starred in more than 25 TV and film titles so far.

Early Life, Nationality, Ethnicity, Educational Background

Jack Kesy spent his early years in his hometown of New York City, but he also lived in Italy and Germany during his childhood. Born to Polish parents, Jack belongs to White Caucasian ethnic group, is American by nationality, and a Christian. He spent some time serving in the US Marine Corps before he joined the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, which is based in London, where he there studied Theater. He is fluent in Polish, English and German.

Career Beginnings

Jack Kesy started his acting career on the stage, while his debut film appearance came in 2009, when he portrayed Zoran in the short drama “Emina” – it follows the confrontation between a young Bosnian woman and a man who raped her during the war in Bosnia.


He then filmed the 2011 drama “Yelling To The Sky”, but his role went uncredited. During the same year, Jack appeared as Tommy in the drama film “8:46”, about the September 11 attacks, then in 2012 he landed the role of Dean Kagen in the romantic drama “Morgan”, and played Methhead Alan in the comedy-drama fantasy “Recruiter”. It was followed in 2013 by his portrayal of Ivan in the action comedy crime “Empire Gypsy”, written and directed by Sean Slater.

His Breakthrough

After playing Sal in Lex Sidon’s romantic drama “Grand Street” in 2014, Jack Kesy joined the cast of the horror drama series “The Strain”.

He portrayed the role of Gabriel Bolivar / The Master, which was one of the main roles until Season Three, when it became a recurring role. The series was created by Chuck Hogan and Guillermo del Toro, and based on their vampire horror novel trilogy of the same name. It premiered on the FX network in July 2014, while the fourth and final season aired in 2017.

Side by side with filming the series, Jack continued to work on film titles.


He starred as Connelly in the action film “The Throwaways”, played J.P. Henson in the horror thriller film “Intruders”, directed by Adam Schindler, and landed the role of Ellington in the drama film “Tomato Soup”, alongside Jonathan Chang, Chris Candy and Veronica Dash, all in 2015.

Continued Success

In 2016, Jack guest-starred as Butch in the episode “Lake Hollywood” of the Showtime crime drama series “Ray Donovan”, after which he portrayed Ponytail in the 2017 neo-noir coming-of-age crime drama “Hot Summer Nights”.

During the same year, he featured as Leon in Seth Gordon’s action comedy “Baywatch”, starring next to Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron, and portrayed a Saxon gamble in the crime drama “Juggernaut”. Between 2017 and 2019, Jack was cast as Roller Husser in the TNT comedy-drama series “Claws”.

International Fame

In 2018, Jack appeared in the role of Charles Jones in the action war drama “12 Strong”, based on the book “Horse Soldiers” by Doug Stanton, guest-starred as Henry Wolff in the episode “The Boy On The Bridge” of the TNT period drama series “The Alienist”, and featured as Tate the Fish Karp in Eli Roth’s vigilante action thriller “Death Wish”.


In the same year, he portrayed Jake Banning in the action thriller “Blood Brother”, and then attracted international fame with the role of Black Tom Cassidy in David Leitch’s superhero adventure film “Deadpool 2”, which became a box office success as it grossed over $785 million worldwide.

Recent and Upcoming Projects

In 2019, Jack Kesy played Roy in the comedy-drama film “Peel”, directed by Rafael Monserrate, followed by his guest-starring appearance as Roman Burgin in the episode “10-8 Outlaws” of the Fox procedural drama series “Deputy” in 2020.

Moreover, Jack will be featured in three film titles scheduled for release in 2020-21 – “The Outpost”, “Demented”, and “Cicada 3301”. Most recently, he started filming the action crime drama “Without Remorse”, directed by Stefano Sollima, set to be released in September 2020.

Appearance and Vital Statistics

The handsome actor has short light brown hair and blue eyes. He stands at a height of 6ft 2ins (1.88m) and weighs approximately 187lbs (85kgs). He has an athletic figure and muscular body. His biceps size is 15ins, and his chest is 42ins. Jack is also a huge fan of tattoos, and has a couple of them on his chest and arms.


Legal Problems

Back in January 2015, Jack Kesy was arrested for possession of cocaine, at the time while he was ordering it from a dealer at the Pianos bar in New York City. He pleaded not guilty to the charges during the hearing at Manhattan Supreme Court, but had to pay $10,000 to be released.

Personal Life: Single or Not? Gay or Not?

Jack Kesy is not very open regarding his personal life. No information has been disclosed in the media as to whether he is romantically involved or not. However, he is known to be unmarried, and doesn’t children.

Since he has never been seen with a woman in public, some rumors suggest that he is probably gay, and he stated in an interview that he would like to appear in a gay role. However, Jack identifies himself as straight.

Hobbies and Favorites

In his spare time, Jack Kesy enjoys playing tennis – believe it or not, he once played against Spanish professional tennis player and World No. 1 Rafael Nadal. He enjoys boxing as well, and even trained to become a professional boxer, but quit to pursue acting. Jack’s favorite actor and role model is Al Pacino – he grew up wanting to be just like him. His favorite film is the 1992 drama “Scent Of A Woman”, in which Al Pacino landed the lead role.

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Story of Marcheline Bertrand and Jon Voight’s Turbulent Marriage



Who was Marcheline Bertrand?

Marcheline Bertrand was an American actress and humanitarian. She appeared in several films and television shows in the 1970s and ‘80s, including “Lookin’ to Get Out” and “The Man Who Loved Women”. Bertrand is the mother of actors Angelina Jolie and James Haven.

Marcheline Bertrand Wiki: Age, Childhood, and Education

Marcie Lynne Bertrand was born on 9 May 1950, in Blue Island, Illinois, USA, to parents Lois June (Gouwens) and Rolland F. Bertrand. Her mother was a model, and her father was a French-Canadian television journalist. Bertrand grew up with a brother Raleigh and a sister Debbie, both younger than her.

Bertrand attended Beverly Hills High School in California, where she was a cheerleader and participated in school plays. After matriculating from high school, she studied acting with Lee Strasberg.


Acting Career

Marcheline Bertrand began her acting career in the early 1970s, appearing in several Off-Broadway productions in New York City, before moving to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film and television.

Bertrand made her television debut in 1974 with a guest appearance in the crime drama series “Police Woman”. She went on to appear in several other television series, including “Ironside”, “The Bionic Woman”, and “The Rockford Files”.

Bertrand made her film debut in the 1983 comedy “The Man Who Loved Women”, directed by Blake Edwards. She also appeared in the films “Lookin’ to Get Out” (1983) and “The House of God” (1984).

Although Bertrand had a relatively short career in acting, but was known for her talent and commitment to her craft. She retired from acting in the mid-1980s to focus on her family and philanthropic work.

Philanthropic Work

Bertrand was also actively involved in humanitarian work. She founded the All Tribes Foundation with her partner, John Trudell, to support the cultural and economic survival of Native American peoples. The foundation distributed over $800,000 in grants to strengthen tribal ways of life in reservation-based programs, and safeguard a future for Native communities.

In 2003, Bertrand and Trudell produced a benefit concert for Afghan women refugees on International Women’s Day, in collaboration with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

In addition, Bertrand founded the Give Love Give Life organization with Trudell to raise public awareness about ovarian and other gynecological cancers through music. The first Give Love Give Life concert was held in February 2004 at The Roxy in West Hollywood. Bertrand and Trudell worked to organize strategic support in the music and film community for Johanna’s Law, legislation to fund national outreach and education about the signs and symptoms of gynecological cancers, which was signed into law on 12 January 2007.

To benefit the Women’s Cancer Research Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, a second Give Love Give Life concert was held at the Gibson Amphitheater in Los Angeles in February 2007, a month after Bertrand passed away from ovarian cancer.


Net Worth

At the time of her death, Marcheline Bertrand’s net worth was estimated at $2 million.

Personal Life, Marriage, Husband, Partner

Marcheline was married to actor Jon Voight from 1971 until 1978, when she filed for divorce; according to reports, Jon’s adultery was the reason behind the end of their marriage. The divorce was finalized in 1980. Following the end of their marriage, there have been several reports that Jon failed to pay monthly installments to Marcheline. This has also created a strain on his relationship with his children, and for many years, he didn’t speak with Jolie.

She dated Bill Day from the late ’70s until the late ’80s. Moreover, she was in a relationship with John Trudell, and was married to Tom Bessamra from 2002 until her death.

Cancer Diagnosis, Treatment, and Death

Marcheline Bertrand was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 1999, a disease that tragically took her life eight years later in 2007. She passed away on 27 January in Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, with her children present. Her mother had breast cancer and died from ovarian cancer, and her maternal grandmother also passed away from ovarian cancer.

Angelina Jolie has gone through a double mastectomy to prevent the possibility of developing breast cancer. Furthermore, she underwent a preventive salpingo-oophorectomy to prevent ovarian cancer from developing, as she had a high risk of developing the same disease that took her mother and grandmother.


Marcheline Bertrand’s Daughter, Angeline Jolie Short Bio

Angeline Jolie was born on 4 June 1975 in Los Angeles, California, USA. She is now one of the best actresses in Hollywood, and has earned fame by appearing in such projects as “Girl, Interrupted” for which she won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, then “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider”, “Mr. & Mrs Smith”, and “Maleficent”. Her performance in “Changeling” earned her a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress. In recent years, Jolie has also become known for her work behind the camera, directing films such as “Unbroken” and “First They Killed My Father”.

In addition, Jolie is also known for her extensive humanitarian work. She has been a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) since 2001, and has visited and advocated for refugees around the world. Jolie has also been involved in various human rights campaigns, including fighting against the use of child soldiers, and promoting education for girls.

Jolie is also known for her advocacy for adoption. She’s adopted three children from Cambodia, Ethiopia and Vietnam, and has been vocal about the need for more families to adopt children in need.

Jolie’s humanitarian work has been recognized with numerous awards, including the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 2013.

Jolie has had a number of high-profile relationships throughout her career. She was married to actor Jonny Lee Miller from 1996 to 1999 and then to actor Billy Bob Thornton from 2000 to 2003. However, Jolie’s most famous relationship was with actor Brad Pitt, with whom she started a romance while filming “Mr. & Mrs Smith” in 2004 – they married in 2014 but divorced in 2019.

According to reports, Angelina Jolie’s net worth is estimated at $120 million, as of mid-2023.

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Michelle Thomas: A Biography of Courage, Faith, and Resilience



Who was Michelle Thomas?

Michelle Thomas was an American actress probably best known for her roles as Myra Monkhouse in the TV series “Family Matters” (1993-1998), and as Callie Rogers in the TV series “The Young and the Restless” (1998), in addition to several other notable roles she had in her career.

Michelle Thomas Wiki: Age, Childhood, and Education

Michelle Thomas was born on 23 September 1968 in Brookline, Massachusetts, USA, the daughter of Phynjuar’  Penwah’ Thomas, an actress, and Dennis’ Dee Tee’ Thomas, founding member of the popular band Kool & the Gang.

She spent her childhood in Montclair, New Jersey, and attended West Essex High School, from which she matriculated in 1987.

Michelle expressed interest in acting from an early age, and her mother served as her acting coach. Michelle would accompany her mother to her theater rehearsals, and she was spotted by her mother’s friend, who heard her singing.

Michelle went on to win the Miss Talented Teen New Jersey, and at 15 years old, she was crowned Miss Talented Teen International in Montego Bay, Jamaica from among 35 state and national representatives.


Career Beginnings

Michelle began her career in the early ’80s. She first made an appearance in a commercial, after which she made a guest appearance in “Soul Train”.

However, her acting debut was in 1988, when she was chosen for the part of Justine Phillips in the TV sitcom “The Cosby Show”. Her character was the girlfriend of Theo Huxtable, portrayed by actor Malcolm-Jamal Warner. Although she only appeared in eight episodes between 1988 and 1990, it was enough for her to get recognition and a chance to prove herself as an actress.

In 1989, she appeared in the television romantic comedy movie “Dream Date”, which tells a story of an overprotective father and his teenage daughter, who is ready for her first date with the captain of the football team, starring Tempestt Bledsoe, Clifton Davis and Kadeem Hardison.

Rise to Prominence

Two years later, Michelle had a minor role as a telemarketing operator in the comedy-drama film “Hangin’ with Homeboys”; the film starred John Leguizamo, Doug E. Doug, Mario Joyner and Nestor Serrano, and follows the misadventures of a group of friends over the course of one night in The Bronx.

However, in 1993, Michelle secured the role of her career, achieving significant success with her role as Myra Monkhouse in the hit television series “Family Matters” from 1993 to 1998. She appeared in 55 episodes of the show and became a fan favorite among viewers.

Thomas got the part of Myra after auditioning for the show’s producers, who were impressed by her talent and energy. Her character, Myra, was introduced in the show’s fourth season as the girlfriend of Steve Urkel, played by Jaleel White.


Her chemistry with White’s character helped to make their on-screen relationship a memorable one for viewers.

One of the major moments in Thomas’s career on “Family Matters” was her character’s eventual breakup from Steve Urkel. The storyline was a significant one for the show’s fans, who had grown to love the Myra and Steve relationship, and it showcased Thomas’s acting abilities as she portrayed the heartbreak and emotional turmoil of her character.

During her time on “Family Matters”, Thomas’s popularity grew, and she became a prominent figure in the show’s cast, working alongside notable actors such as Reginald VelJohnson, Darius McCrary, and Kellie Shanygne Williams.

Unfortunately, Thomas’s time on “Family Matters” was cut short due to her untimely death in 1998 from a rare form of cancer.

Nevertheless, her legacy lives on through her work on “Family Matters”, and her other acting roles, which continue to be enjoyed by viewers today.

While on “Family Matters”, Michelle didn’t pursue many other roles, but still played Keanda in two episodes of the TV series “Thea” in 1994, while in 1997, she was Brooke Bellamy in an episode of the TV series “Malcolm & Eddie”.

Then in 1998, when “Family Matters” ended, Michelle landed the role of Callie Rogers in the long-running daytime soap opera “The Young and the Restless”, appearing in 38 episodes of the show before her untimely death later that year. She took medical leave when her health suddenly deteriorated, and never returned.


Her character, Callie, was a nightclub singer and love interest of Malcolm Winters, played by Shemar Moore. In addition to acting, Michelle showcased her vocal talents with several musical performances throughout her time in the show.

Thomas’s time on “The Young and the Restless” was brief but impactful, as she left a lasting impression on viewers with her talent and charm, and which earned her a posthumous nomination for the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series.

Released posthumously was the romantic historical drama film “Unbowed”, in which she portrayed Anna, also starring Tembi Locke, Jay Travare, and Chuma Gault.

Net Worth

According to authoritative sources, Michelle Thomas’s net worth was estimated at close to $1 million at the time of her death.

Personal Life, Dating, Boyfriend, Single, Marriage

Michelle was very private about her personal life and only provided rare leaks of her private information. According to reports, she dated actor Malcolm-Jamal Warner from 1989 until 1994.


Illness and Death

Michelle received a rare cancer diagnosis in August 1997; she had an intra-abdominal desmoplastic small-round-cell tumor (DSRCT), and underwent surgery before she was chosen for the part in “The Young and Restless”. Another operation followed in October 1998 as a second cancerous growth was discovered. Once she was released from the hospital, she went home to New Jersey, desiring to spend time with her family, specifically Thanksgiving.

Unfortunately, Michelle died in New York City at Manhattan’s Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center on 23 December 1998. Her ex-boyfriend, Malcolm-Jamal, was at her side in her time of dying.

She was a Muslim, and a Muslim funeral service was held three days after her death. She was buried in New Jersey.

Michelle never drank alcohol or smoked and was a vegetarian.

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