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.