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The Untold Truth Of Eddie Hall: Wife, Net Worth, Height, Weight

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• Eddie Hall is a British strongman and actor born in 1988
• He is known for winning the 2017 World's Strongest Man competition and previously held the world deadlift record
• He began working as a truck mechanic in 2008 and entered his first strongman competition in 2010
• In 2015 he set a world record for deadlift and won the 2017 World's Strongest Man competition
• He has an estimated net worth of $5 million, is 6ft 3ins tall and weighs 185kgs, and became a vegetarian in 2019

Eddie Hall is a British strongman and actor, born on 15 January 1988 in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire England. He’s known for being the winner of 2017’s World’s Strongest Man competition, and held the world dead-lift record.

Early Life

Edward “Eddie” Stephen Hall was always an avid admirer of weightlifting athletes: ‘I remember watching World’s Strongest Man as a kid, and I was just obsessed with it at sort of five, six years old. Just watching these huge guys lift planes, pulls train, lift stones – I was just mesmerized by it.’

A competitive swimmer and rugby player in his childhood, Eddie gained excellent physical condition, and the will to follow strict training routines –from 15 to 20 hours a week – in order to be successful.

However, despite the good state of his body, he started suffering from depression and anxiety after his Nan was diagnosed with cancer when he was 12 years old: ‘I’d always be wanting to go to the toilet to sit on my own and just rock back and forth and just calm down and get the anxiety out. If I had to go out for a family meal or go out with mates, I’d be throwing up before I went out, I’d be that anxious.’

His constant anxiety attacks left him unable to complete his classes at Clayton High School, ultimately causing his expulsion when he was 15 years old. He had to be homeschooled until his matriculation.

His mental health problems not only affected the course of his education, it also affected his dream of becoming an Olympic swimmer: ‘I was thrown out of the swimming club – which was going to be my career – I was always in trouble with the police, in trouble with my parents, my family, always getting into fights and, I don’t know, it just f****** hit me hard.’

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Besides entering a counseling program – which he attended for years – Hall was prescribed Prozac by his doctors to deal with his depression, which helped with his recovery.

When Hall was 17 years old, he discovered he was incredibly good at weightlifting, and started considering dedicating his life to it.

Career

Mechanic

In his book “Strongman: My Story” published in 2018, Eddie Hall revealed he started working as a truck mechanic in 2008, when he was 20 years old. During this time he never lost his good physical condition, and kept on training, though the job at Robert Wiseman Dairies’ garage in Shropshire was his only source of income for the six years he worked there.

Strongman

Having worked on bodybuilding for years, and conditioned by his physical prowess obtained in his swimming years, Eddie Hall’s big chance to become a strongman came in 2010, when he entered the Strongmen Championship in England after an injured Dave Meer dropped out of it.

Although Hall was completely new to the competition, he impressively won first place. This was the signal he was looking for to become a full-time strongman.

In 2011 Hall participated in UK’s Strongest Man – his second important competition – in Belfast. Once again Hall was successful in his journey, and not only did he win the tournament, he also set a new Viking Hold record of 18 seconds when he held axes of 20kgs (44lbs) on each arm.

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Despite his torn and injured forearms, Hall successfully won a place to participate in World’s Strongest Man (WSM) competition in 2012. However, Hall had to face other competitions first, including Giants Live Melbourne in New Zealand, celebrated in February that year. This was Hall’s first taste of an international tournament, and proved to be a big challenge for him – added to a back injury, as he was placed fourth at the end.

Two months later in April, Hall competed in Strongest Man competition in Europe, and despite not obtaining the results he wanted, ending up in eighth place, his mark was impressive considering he competed with some of the strongest weightlifters in the world, Žydrūnas Savickas – four-time winner of World’s Strongest Man – included.

Later that year Eddie finally participated in the World’s Strongest Man championship, though his efforts weren’t enough to reach a good position and he didn’t pass the qualifying group, ending 18th in the competition.

Initially Hall wasn’t going to participate in Strongest Man Europe, though an injury suffered by Ervin Kanton allowed him to enter the competition, ending in eighth place. Next year Eddie’s work progressed regarding international events, when he got to the final round of WSM 2014, and finished in sixth place.

In 2015 Hall established a new world record with a dead lift of 462kgs (1,019lbs) in Australia during the Arnold Classic event, hosted by Arnold Schwarzenegger. This record didn’t last long though, as Eddie himself surpassed it the same year at the World Deadlift Championship.

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Also in 2015 Hall surpassed his previous position at the WSM Competition, when he was placed fourth at the final round. Not stopping there, Eddie pushed his limits once again when he surpassed his previous dead lifting record at Arnold Classic Strongman in 2016, only to break it again months later, when he achieved a mark of 500kgs (1,100lbs).

However, making history wasn’t an easy task, and in an interview with Barbend, Hall recalled the health problems he faced for lifting such a massive weight- including arc blindness: ‘I had a really bad concussion, memory loss, bleeding out of every hole on the body. So yeah, it was a really risky, dangerous lift and the health consequences weren’t the best, but it was all worth it.’

In 2017 and after a long and painful journey, Eddie Hall finally reclaimed his title as the World’s Strongest Man.

It was then that Eddie expressed his desire to retire from dead lifting competitions, revealing he was concerned for his health.

TV Appearances

Eddie Hall’s first TV appearance was in 2015 in “Watchdog”, in which he helped drivers to test their skills while facing diffcult circumstances.

The same year the documentary “Eddie: Strongman” directed by Matt Bell was premiered, which centered on Eddie’s two-year journey to become one of the strongest men on the planet.

In 2018 Eddie appeared in “Celebs In Solitary” in which viewers watched him trying to spend five days isolated. In 2019 he formed part of the cast of the reality TV  series “The Strongest Man in History,” and in “Beasted”.

Eddie briefly appeared in “Transformers: The Last Knight” of 2017.

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Personal Life

Eddie Hall is married to Alexandra Hall, with who he has two children named Layla and Maximus. Nowadays Eddie and Alexandra enjoy a happy marriage, though it wasn’t always like that.

As Eddie recalled in an interview, their marriage was about to end in 2017, shortly before he won World’s Strongest Man- when they faced problems originated by his career and the long time he spent away from his family: ‘Five weeks before I won it my wife was basically packing her bags… she was gone, she was out the house, I had to beg her to give me five more weeks’ (…) ‘I promised her I’d win it and that our life would get better. And thank f*** I won it because, honest to god, that saved my marriage’.

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Net Worth

Eddie Hall has an estimated net worth of $5 million, as a result of his long career as a dead-weight lifter, strongmen and TV personality.

Physical Appearance

Eddie Hall has a bulky, strong appearance. He weight approximately 185kgs (410lbs), and is 6ft 3ins (1.90m) tall.

Interesting Facts

Eddie says that Brian Shaw is one of the smartest strongmen.

He wants to play the role of a bad guy in a movie.

During his training process to win the World’s Strongest Man, Eddie saw his family only two hours a week.

He expressed that his calorie regimen is very tiring.

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How Meredith Baxter Overcame Abuse, Addiction and Cancer

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Who is Meredith Baxter?

American actress and producer Meredith Ann Baxter was born in South Pasadena, California USA, on 21 June 1947, making Cancer her zodiac sign. Meredith’s had roles in over 110 TV series and movies, but is probably still known best for portraying Debbie Sloan in the 1976 historical thriller movie “All the President’s Men”, which starred Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman, and was directed by Alan J. Pakula. It follows the uncovering of the details about the Watergate scandal, which led to President Richard Nixon resigning; the movie won 17 of its 39 award nominations, including four Oscar wins, two of which were for Best Writing and Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Jason Robards).

Meredith’s still today active in the film industry, and has recently finished shooting for the upcoming movie “Genesis: The Future of Mankind Is Woman”.

Education and early life

Meredith was raised in South Pasadena alongside her older brothers Richard and Brian, by their father Tom Baxter who was a radio announcer, and mother Whitney Blake who was a famous American actress, producer and director, and who died aged 76 on 28 September 2002.

Meredith’s parents divorced when she was six, and she and her brothers were then raised by their mother, who later married her second husband Allan Manings, the late American TV producer and comedy writer.

Meredith studied at James Monroe High School prior to switching to Hollywood High School; she spent some time attending Interlochen Center for the Arts during her senior year, but eventually returned to Hollywood High School, from which she matriculated in 1965.

Meredith hasn’t attended college.

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Roles in TV series

Meredith’s debut TV series role was playing Millie in the 1971 episode “The Secret” of the drama “The Interns”, and the following a couple of years saw her appear in an episode or two of the drama “The Young Lawyers”, the comedy “The Doris Day Show”, and the drama “Insight”.

In 1972 and 1973, Meredith starred as Bridget Fitzgerald Steinberg in all the 24 episodes of the comedy “Bridget Loves Bernie”, created by Bernard Slade, and which also starred David Birney and Harold J. Stone. It follows the lives of Jewish cabbie Bernie and wealthy Catholic Bridget who’ve just married – the series was nominated for a 1973 Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress – Television, for Audra Lindley.

From 1976 through 1980, Meredith starred as Nancy Lawrence Maitland in the drama “Family”, created by Jay Presson Allen, and which starred Sada Thompson, James Broderick and Gary Frank. It follows the lives of members of the Lawrence family from Pasadena, and the series won nine of its 36 award nominations.

Meredith appeared in only a couple of TV series in the ‘80s, as she spent the decade focused on shooting for the comedy “Family Ties”, in which she starred alongside Michael Gross and Michael J. Fox, and which was created by Gary David Goldberg. It follows the lives of former hippies Elyse and Steven Keaton, and their four children; the series aired from 1982 through 1989, and won 23 of its 66 award nominations.

Meredith appeared in only three TV series in the ‘90s: the 1993 episode “Other Mothers” of the adventure comedy “CBS Schoolbreak Special”, 13 episodes of the 1996 comedy “The Faculty”, and two episodes of the 1997 comedy “Spin City”.

What marked the 2000s for her was perhaps playing Ellen Rush in five episodes (2006-2007) of the crime mystery “Cold Case”, which starred Danny Pino and Kathryn Morris, and was created by Meredith Stiehm. It follows a detective who’s solving old cases, the series aired from 2003 through 2010, and won 12 of its 39 award nominations.

Some of Meredith’s most recent TV series roles have been in 10 episodes of the 2014 drama “Finding Carter”, the 2015 episode “Some Things Are Black and White” of the romantic thriller “Being Mary Jane”, and the 2016 episode “Landslide” of the drama “Code Black”.

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Roles in movies

Meredith’s debut film role was playing Tracy in the 1972 comedy “Stand Up and Be Counted”, and some of her following roles were in the horror thriller “Ben”, the horror mystery “The Invasion of Carol Enders”, and the horror “The Cat Creature” all in 1973.

What marked the ‘70s for her was perhaps playing Patricia Peterson in the romantic mystery “Bittersweet Love”, directed by David Miller, and which starred Lana Turner, Robert Lansing and Celeste Holm; it follows a young married couple who are about to welcome their first baby, while they’ve now learned that they are half-brother and sister.

Some of Meredith’s notable performances in the ‘80s were in the 1986 drama “Kate’s Secret”, the 1988 biographical drama “Winnie”, and the 1989 crime comedy “She Knows Too Much”.

Most of the movies in which she appeared in the ‘90s were rather unsuccessful, with the exception of the 1997 crime mystery “Let Me Call You Sweetheart”, in which she starred alongside Victor Garber and Nick Mancuso, and which was directed by Bill Corcoran. It follows a female prosecutor who believes that she’s just seen a woman who was murdered 10 years earlier.

Meredith played Mrs Caroline Hubbard in the popular 2001 crime mystery “Murder on the Orient Express”, and could then have been seen appearing in the 2002 drama “A Christmas Visitor”, the 2004 fantasy “Angel in the Family”, and the 2009 drama “Bound by a Secret”.

In 2011, she played Carol Kringle in the fantasy comedy “Naughty or Nice”, directed by David Mackay, and which starred Hilarie Burton, Matt Dallas and Gabriel Tigerman; it follows an advertising executive who’s now the custodian of Santa’s ‘Naughty or Nice’ list.

Meredith’s three most recent movie roles have been in the 2016 comedy “Skirtchasers”, the 2019 romantic comedy “Undateable John”, and the 2020 romantic drama “Christmas on the Vine”.

Other credits

Meredith has six producing credits, which include the 1993 drama movie “Darkness Before Dawn”, the 1994 drama film “My Breast”, and the 1995 drama movie “Betrayed: A Story of Three Women”.

Some of her recent talk-show appearances have been in “The Insider”, “Ken Boxer Live” and “History of the Sitcom”.

Awards and nominations

Meredith’s been nominated for nine awards – these include three Primetime Emmys, two for her performance in “Family” in 1977 and 1978, and the third for “A Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick Story” in 1992. She’s also been nominated for two Daytime Emmys, two Photoplay Awards and a TV Land Award.

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Love life and relationships

Meredith’s married four times. Her first husband was American actor and costumer Robert Lewis Bush; they married on 23 June 1966, and Meredith gave birth to their son Theodore Justin ‘Ted’ Bush on 10 May 1967, while their daughter Eva Whitney Bush followed on 6 August 1969. Meredith and Robert divorced in November 1971.

Her second husband was the late American actor and director David Edwin Birney; they married on 10 April 1974, and divorced on 13 September 1990. Meredith gave birth to their daughter Kathleen Jeanne ‘Kate’ Birney on 5 December 1974, and their twins Peter David Edwin Birney and Mollie Elizabeth Birney followed on 2 October 1984. Meredith revealed in her memoir “Untied” that David had physically and emotionally abused her, while he denied this.

She was married to American actor and novelist Michael Blodgett from 21 October 1995 through 2000.

Since 8 December 2013, Meredith’s been married to her wife Nancy Locke; she revealed during an interview in the show “Today” on 2 December 2009 that she was a lesbian, and that she was only able to understand why her marriages had failed after she accepted her sexual orientation.

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Health issues and interesting facts

Meredith revealed in 1999 that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer, but was able to make a full recovery; she then founded the Meredith Baxter Foundation for Breast Cancer Research.

She began drinking excessively while married to her second husband David, and only became sober after they separated.

Meredith’s a huge lover of animals, and this is one of the reasons why she’s today a vegetarian.

She and American actor, screenwriter and producer Michael Gross were born on the exact same day; they starred alongside in the series “Family Ties”.

Meredith’s the owner of her own cosmetics line – Meredith Baxter Simple Works.

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Height, eyes and wealth

Meredith’s age is 75. Her hair’s blonde and eyes are blue, she’s 5ft 7ins (1.7m) tall and weighs around 135lbs (62kgs).

Meredith’s net worth’s been estimated at over $7 million, as of May 2023.

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How is Jacqueline Bisset doing now? Her Husband, Net Worth

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Who is Jacqueline Bisset?

British actress Winifred Jacqueline Fraser Bisset was born in Weybridge, Surrey, England on 13 September 1944, making Virgo her zodiac sign. She’s appeared in over 100 TV series and movies, but is probably still known best for starring as Cathy in the 1968 action crime thriller movie “Bullitt”, directed by Peter Yates, and which also starred Steve McQueen and Robert Vaughn. The film follows a police officer i San Francisco, California who’s determined to find the underworld kingpin who’s murdered a witness in his protection – it won seven of its 16 award nominations, including an Oscar win for Best Film Editing.

Jacqueline’s still today quite active in the movie industry, and is currently shooting for the upcoming movies “Sol y Sombra” and “Shelter Me”.

Education and early life

Jacqueline was raised in Reading, England alongside her older brother Max, who’s a retired business consultant, by their mother Ariette Alexander who was a lawyer and who passed away aged 85 in 1999, and father George Maxwell Fraser Bisset who was a general practitioner physicist, and who died aged 71 in 1982.

Jacqueline learned French from her mother, and then studied at the London high school Lycée Français de Londres; she was passionate about dancing while growing up, especially ballet, and worked several jobs as a teenager to pay for her ballet and acting lessons. Her parents divorced in 1968 after having been together for nearly 30 years – Ariette was eventually diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

Jacqueline matriculated in 1963, and then didn’t enroll at college.

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Roles in movies

Jacqueline made her debut film appearance in the 1965 comedy “The Knack… and How to Get It”, and some of her following roles were in the 1966 thriller comedy “Cul-de-sac”, the 1966 crime comedy “Arrivederci, Baby!”, and the 1967 comedy “Casino Royale”.

S well s “Bullitt”, what marked the ‘60s for her was perhaps playing Jackie in the 1967 romantic comedy “Two for the Road”, which starred Albert Finney and Audrey Hepburn, and was directed by Stanley Donen. It follows the life of a couple in the south of France, and the film won three of its 13 award nominations, including an Oscar nomination for Best Writing, Story and Screenplay.

Jacqueline started off the ‘70s by appearing in the mystery horror thriller “The Mephisto Waltz”, the drama “Believe in Me” and another drama “Secrets”, all released in 1971, and the year 1973 saw her star as Julie Baker in the romantic comedy “Day for Night”, written and directed by Francois Truffaut, and which also starred Jean-Pierre Leaud. It follows a film director who’s struggling to complete his movie, and it won 13 of its 20 award nominations, including an Oscar win for Best Foreign Language Film. Some of Jacqueline’s other notable performances in the ‘70s were in the 1974 crime mystery “Murder on the Orient Express”, the 1976 crime action “St. Ives”, and the 1978 crime mystery comedy “Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe?”

In 1983, she starred as Ellen in the romantic comedy “Class”, directed by Lewis John Carlino, and which also starred Rob Lowe and Andrew McCarthy; it follows a young man who’s had an interesting night out, and has hooked up with a woman without knowing who she is. Some of Jacqueline’s following roles were in the 1984 drama “Under the Volcano”, the 1985 romantic drama “Anna Karenina”, and the 1989 romantic drama “Wild Orchid”.

What marked the ‘90s for her was perhaps playing Paola Franco in the 1998 biographical romantic drama “Dangerous Beauty”, which starred Catherine McCormack, Rufus Sewell and Oliver Platt, and was directed by Marshall Herskovitz. It follows a Venetian courtesan who’s being targeted by the Church for witchcraft, and the movie was nominated for two awards.

Jacqueline started off the millenium by appearing in the 2002 romantic drama “Dancing at the Harvest Moon”, the 2003 biographical drama “America’s Prince: The John F. Kennedy Jr. Story” and in the same year the romantic comedy “Latter Days”. The year 2006 saw her play Monique, one of the main characters in the popular romantic musical drama “Save the Last Dance 2”, directed by David Petrarca, and which also starred Izabella Miko and Columbus Short; it follows Sara who’s joined Juilliard wanting to become a Prima ballerina, while she’s now fallen in love with hip hop and a young composer.

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A couple of Jacqueline’s following roles were in the 2012 comedy “2 Jacks”, the 2014 drama “Welcome to New York”, and the 2015 drama “Peter and John”.

Her most recent film role has been starring as Rose in the 2022 drama “Loren & Rose”, written and directed by Russell Brown, and which also starred Kelly Blatz and Paul Sand. The movie’s about an unexpected friendship between an iconic actress and a young moviemaker, and it won four of its five award nominations.

Roles in TV series

Jacqueline’s had roles in only a couple of TV series, as she’s been focused on appearing in movies since the launch of her career.

Her debut TV series role was starring as Josephine de Beauharnais in all the three episodes of the 1987 historical romantic war mini-series “Napoleon and Josephine: A Love Story”, which also starred Armand Assante and Stephanie Beacham, and follows the lives of Napoleon and the woman who conquered his heart; the mini-series was nominated for two Primetime Emmys.

Jacqueline’s following role came in 1999, when she appeared in both episodes of the biographical adventure mini-series “Joan of Arc”, while she also voiced Madame Parvenu in the episode “Grudge Match” of the animated comedy “Hey Arnold!” and portrayed Mary in both episodes of the biographical historical mini-series “Jesus”.

In the 2000s, she appeared in an episode or two of the crime mystery “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”, the romantic drama “Rosamunde Pilcher” and the drama “Nip/Tuck”.

In 2013, Jacqueline starred as Lady Cremone in four episodes of the drama mini-series “Dancing on the Edge”, which also starred Matthew Goode and Chiwetel Ejiofor; set in the 1930s, the mini-series follows the lives of members of a black jazz band, and it won five of its 21 award nominations.

Jacqueline’s since appeared in only two TV series: the 2017 episode “Something Left to Love” of the comedy “Graves”, and the 2018 episode “Love the Lie” of the science fiction thriller “Counterpart”.

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Other credits

Jacqueline produced the 1981 drama movie “Rich and Famous”, which won a 1982 Writers Guild of America Award for Best Comedy Adapted from Another Medium.

She received special thanks for the 2005 science fiction film “Bouit”, the 2008 documentary movie “The Making of ‘Casino Royale’” and the 2009 musical comedy film “The Concert”.

Jacqueline sang the song “Allerseelen (All Soul’s Day)” in the 1984 drama “Under the Volcano”, and the song “Silent Night” in the 2010 drama movie “An Old Fashioned Christmas”.

Some of her most recent talk-show appearances have been in “Celebrity Page”, “Talk Easy with Sam Fragoso” and “Inedits”.

Awards and nominations

Jacqueline’s won 13 of her 36 award nominations. Some of her wins include a 1978 Golden Apple Award for Female Star of the Year, a 2003 Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival Career Achievement Award and a 2014 Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Miniseries, for “Dancing on the Edge”.

Jacqueline’s been nominated for four other Golden Globes, and a single Primetime Emmy.

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Love life and relationships

Jacqueline’s never married and doesn’t have children, but has been in a long-term relationships with several men. From 1967 through 1973, she was in a relationship with the late Canadian actor Michael Sarrazin; he died from cancer aged 70 on 17 April 2011.

From 1974 through 1980, Jacqueline was in a relationship with Franco-Moroccan American nightclub owner and movie producer Victor Drai; he’s probably still known best for producing the 1984 romantic comedy movie “The Woman in Red”.

She began dating the late Russian-American ballet dancer and actor Alexander Borisovich Godunov in 1981, and the two remained together until 1988; Alexander died from hepatitis complications aged 45 in 1995.

From 1988 through 1992, Jacqueline was in a relationship with Swiss actor and director Vincent Perez, who’s perhaps still known best for starring in the 1996 superhero movie “The Crow: City of Angels”.

She met Turkish martial arts instructor Emin Boztepe in 1994, and they were together until 2005; the two reconciled in 2007, but split again in the following year.

Jacqueline’s also had brief romances with many famous actors, including Frank Howson, Jon Peters and Nick Nolte.

Jacqueline seems to be unattached as of May 2023.

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Interesting facts and hobbies

Jacqueline’s godmother to famous American actress, moviemaker and humanitarian Angelina Jolie.

She was one of the first actresses to be paid over $1 million for a single role – $1.65 million for the 1981 historical war movie “Inchon”; the film turned out to be a disaster.

She’s been requested multiple times to write a memoir of her life, but has always refused.

Jacqueline’s two favorite actresses are Jessica Lange and Jeanne Moreau, and some of her favorite movies include “Frances”, “Music Box” and “Blue Sky”; her favorite actors are Marlon Brando and Anthony Hopkins.

She worked at a Chinese restaurant as a waitress before launching her acting career.

Jacqueline bought a used 1970 Cadillac Eldorado convertible in 1976, and drove it for the following three decades.

She served as a member of the jury at the 2001 Berlin International Film Festival.

Height, eyes and wealth

Jacqueline’s age is 78. She has blue eyes and brown hair, is 5ft 6ins (1.69m) tall and weighs around 135lbs (62kgs).

Jacqueline’s net worth’s been estimated at over $20 million, as of May 2023.

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The Untold Story of Grace Hightower and Her Coffee Empire

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Who is Grace Hightower?

American actress, socialite and philanthropist Grace Hightower was born in Kilmichael, Mississippi USA, on 7 April 1955, meaning that Aries is her zodiac sign, and she’s of African-American descent.

She’s perhaps known best for being the wife of famous American actor, producer and director Robert De Niro, who’s regarded as one of the best actors of all time; Robert’s appeared in nearly 150 movies and TV series, and has starred in many critically acclaimed films, such as the 1976 crime drama “Taxi Driver”, the 1980 biographical sports drama “Raging Bull” and the 1991 crime thriller “Cape Fear”. He won a 1975 Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, for his performance in “The Godfather Part II”, and a 1981 Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role, for “Raging Bull”.

Grace and Robert have been separated since 2018.

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Education and early life

Grace was raised in poverty in Kilmichael alongside her three brothers and three sisters, by their mother Addie Lee Hightower and father Eugene Hightower, Sr; her parents’ past professions remain undisclosed.

She studied at a local high school in Kilmichael and simultaneously worked, wanting to help her family financially; Grace had little to no time for herself, and only had fun while playing sports with her peers at school, and appearing in school plays.

She matriculated in 1973, and then didn’t enroll at college.

Grace’s career

Grace began working for Trans World Airlines as a flight attendant in her early 20s, and settled in Paris, France prior to moving to London, England; during her time there, she worked at a restaurant, and was also a mutual fund trader.

She worked at the London’s Chinese restaurant Mr. Chow in 1987, and in the same year met Robert De Niro; Grace then worked various jobs in the following 10 years, while it’s also believed that Robert helped her financially, even though they weren’t ‘officially’ dating.

Grace sang the 2008 song “Something’s Comin’ My Way”, which was written by Dan Manjovi and featured in the 2009 drama movie “Precious”.

Her 2010 gala 55th birthday party was covered by the magazine “Vogue”, and the same year saw her present American film director Lee Daniels with the Pratt Institute’s Creative Spirit Award.

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Grace launched her charity organization Grace Hightower & Coffees of Rwanda in 2013, with the goal of marketing Rwandan products internationally. She’s today a board member of the International Women’s Coffee Alliance, Women’s Heart Health Advisory Council and New York Women’s Foundation; Grace has been presented with several awards for her charity work, including one by the American Cancer Society of New York City.

Acting credits

Grace has five acting credits. Her one and only TV series role was playing E. S. U. Woman in the 1994 episode “Zeppo Marks Brothers” of the popular crime mystery “NYPD Blue”, which starred Jimmy Smits and Dennis Franz, and was created by Steven Bochco. It follows a group of detectives working in the New York Police Department, the series aired from 1993 through 2005, and won 88 of the 291 awards for which it was nominated.

The year 1997 saw Grace make her debut film appearance, playing Cris in the action “Brotherhood”, and her following role came in 2009, when cast to portray Social Worker in the critically acclaimed drama “Precious”, directed by Lee Daniels, and which starred Paula Patton, Mo’Nique and Gabourey Sidibe. Set in 1987 New York City, the movie follows an illiterate, abused and overweight teenager who’s pregnant with her second child, and has been invited to attend an alternative school; it won 113 of its 216 award nominations, including two Oscar wins for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay and Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Mo’Nique).

Grace played Yardley’s Girlfriend in the 2012 crime mystery “The Paperboy”, written and directed by Lee Daniels, and which starred Matthew McConaughey, Nicole Kidman and John Cusack. It follows a reporter who’s returned to his hometown in Florida to cover the case of a death row inmate, and the film won five of its 17 award nominations.

Grace’s only other role has been in the 2017 action “Unspoken: Diary of an Assassin”, which failed to attract any attention.

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Marriage with Robert De Niro

Even though they met in 1987, Grace and Robert were only good friends until 1996, when they began dating; they exchanged vows in a private ceremony in 1997, and it’s widely believed that they married only because Grace had become pregnant, as she gave birth to their son Elliot De Niro on 18 March 1998. Robert has a son Raphael with his first wife Diahnne Abbott, while he also adopted Diahnne’s daughter Drena De Niro from her previous relationship; he also has twin sons Aaron and Julian with his former girlfriend Toukie Smith.

Robert filed for divorce in 1999 and sued Grace for custody over their son; they managed to reconcile, and in 2004 renewed their vows. They welcomed their second child Helen Grace De Niro, born via surrogacy in December 2011.

Grace and Robert separated in November 2018, but haven’t filed for divorce.

Interesting facts and hobbies

She’s a philanthropist and has volunteered with a number of charity organizations, while Grace mostly enjoys helping underprivileged children.

She and Robert travelled all around the world while they were still close, and Grace has vacationed in many Asian and European countries.

She’s a lover of animals, and cats are her favorites.

Grace is a fan of American singers Beyonce and Mariah Carey.

She likes summer the most, as she enjoys yachting, sun tanning and swimming in the ocean.

Some of Grace’s favorite actresses are Elizabeth Taylor, Nicole Kidman and Katharine Hepburn, and some of her favorite movies include “Cleopatra”, “National Velvet” and “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof”.

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Height, eyes and wealth

Grace’s age is 68. She has brown eyes and hair, is 5ft 6ins (1.68m) tall and weighs around 155lbs (70kgs).

Grace’s net worth’s been estimated at over $20 million, as of May 2023, and her husband Robert’s at over $500 million.

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