Elizabeth McGovern Biography

Updated On Feb 18, 2019 Published On Nov 22, 2015
Facts of Elizabeth McGovern
Date of Birth: 1961 , July-18
Birth Nation: United States
Height: 5 Feet 9 Inch
Name Elizabeth McGovern
Birth Name Elizabeth Lee McGovern
Father William Montgomery McGovern Jr.
Mother Katharine Wolcott
Nationality American
Birth Place/City Evanston, Illinois
Religion Jewish
Ethnicity White
Profession Actress, and musician
Net Worth $4 million dollars
Eye Color Blue
Hair Color Dark
Weight in KG 54 kg
Married Yes
Married to Simon Curtis (m. 1992)
Children Grace Curtis, Matilda Curtis
Education American Conservatory Theater
Awards Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Online Presence Facebook, Twitter, Wiki, Instagram
Siblings Cammie McGovern
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American actress Elizabeth McGovern, who is active in all the three formats of acting (film, television, and theater), is popular in the world for her role in the movie Ragtime. For the role, she got nominated in her one and only Academy Awards, USA. Besides her acting career, she is also a singer and songwriter and she has released several songs.

Her popular roles include in movies and TV shows like Ordinary People (1980), Once Upon a Time in America (1984), The Handmaid's Tale (1990) and The Wings of the Dove.

Early Life & Education

Born as Elizabeth Lee McGovern on July 18, 1961, in Evanston, Illinois, the United States of America, to Katharine Wolcott (née Watts) and William Montgomery McGovern, Jr., Elizabeth was raised in an upper-middle-class family. She is an American and is of white ethnicity.

Interested in acting from an early age, her talent was spotted after an agent named Joan Scott happened to see her perform in The Skin of Our Teeth by Thornton Wilder. Impressed by her talent, Scott was the one who suggested her to take acting classes. 

Thereafter, Elizabeth joined American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco and later finished her graduation from The Juilliard School in New York City.

Elizabeth is Married to Husband Simon Curtis & Their Children

On 12th of December 1992, Elizabeth got married to Simon Curtis. Simon Curtis is a producer and director. 

As a loving spouse, they have already welcomed two children together,  and they still belong to each other. The name of their daughters is Matilda and Gracie.

Previously Engaged to Sean Penn

Prior to her marriage with Simon, she was shortly engaged to Sean Penn. In 1984, when Elizabeth was on the set of Racing with the Moon, she met American actor and producer, Sean Penn for the first time. They began their love affairs soon after that and got engaged the same year.

Professional Life & Career

An enthusiastic girl with a genuine interest in acting, Elizabeth began acting since she was child. While she was in her childhood days, she played her role in the play, The Skin of Our Teeth and the same time Agent Joan Scott saw her and convinced her to take acting classes as he claimed she will be an actress in the future.

She then joined the American Conservatory Theater followed by The Juilliard School. While she was in The Juilliard School, she played her debut acting role in 1980 movie, Ordinary People. Within a year, she rose to prominence with her appearance in the movie, Ragtime. She formed the band, the band Sadie and the Hotheads in 2008 and she has also released her debut album.

Net Worth & Earnings

Her net worth is around $4 million dollars, in 2019.

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Born in Evanston, Illinois

July 18 , 1961

Born as Elizabeth Lee McGovern in Evanston, Illinois, United States of America to Katharine Wolcott (née Watts) and William Montgomery McGovern, Jr., Elizabeth was raised in upper middle class family. She is an American and is of white ethnicity.

Began her acting career

1980

An enthusiastic girl with genuine interest in acting, Elizabeth began acting since she was child. She joined American Conservatory Theater followed by The Juilliard School. While she was in The Juilliard School, she played her debut acting role in 1980 movie, Ordinary People.

Appeared in Ragtime

1981

American actress, Elizabeth McGovern who is active in all the three formats of acting (film, television and theater) is popular in the world for her role in the movie, Ragtime as she got nominated in her one and only Academy Awards, USA.

Formed the band, the band Sadie and the Hotheads

2008

Besides her acting career, she is also a singer and songwriter and she has released several songs. She formed the band, the band Sadie and the Hotheads in 2008 and she has also released her debut album with several songs. 

Engaged with Sean Penn

1984

In 1984, when Elizabeth was on the set of Racing with the Moon, she met American actor and producer, Sean Penn for the first time. They began their love affairs soon after that and they got engaged the same year.

Married to Simon Curtis

December 12 , 1992

The actual time when she dissolved her engagement with American actor and producer, Sean Penn is unknown. But on 12th of December 1992, Elizabeth got married to Simon Curtis. Simon Curtis is a producer and director.

First child, Matilda Curtis

1993

Within a year after she got married with producer and director, Simon Curtis she welcomed her first child with him. They welcomed their first child together in July 1993 and it was a baby girl named, Matilda Curtis. 

Second child, Grace Curtis

1998

She became mother for the second time in her life in 1998. She and love of her life, Simon Curtis welcomed their second child together that year and that time it was also a baby girl and they named her Grace Curtis. 

Won Screen Actors Guild Awards

2013

In 2013, she got nominated in Screen Actors Guild Awards for the first time in her life and that year, she won this award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. She was also crowned with this award in 2015 but from the same category. 

Nominated in Golden Globes, USA

1982

In 1982, after portraying her role in the movie, Ragtime she also got nominated in Golden Globes, USA for New Star of the Year in a Motion Picture but the sad news was she was not honored with that. She also got her nomination in this award in 2012.