Elizabeth Ashley Birthday & Fun Facts

Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & More

Martha Martins
Feb 20, 2024 By Martha Martins
Originally Published on May 26, 2022
Elizabeth Ashley debuted as an actress in 'Dirty Hands', a 1959 off-Broadway production.
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About Elizabeth Ashley

Elizabeth Ashley was born on August 30, 1939, in Ocala, Florida, located in the United States of America.
Elizabeth Ashley is an American film, and television actress, and has also appeared in theaters. She is best known for her appearances in 'Take Her, She's Mine', 'The Carpetbaggers', and the television series 'Evening Shade'.
She is also well-known for appearing 24 times on 'The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson'.

Elizabeth Ashley Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What is Elizabeth Ashley’s net worth?

Elizabeth Ashley is one of the richest actresses in the United States of America.
Ashley's net worth is estimated at around $1.5 million.

How much does Elizabeth Ashley earn per year?

Elizabeth Ashley has yet to officially declare her annual earnings.
However, looking at her wide income sources and net worth, it can be said that she is earning a handsome amount every year.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall is Elizabeth Ashley?

Elizabeth Ashley is 5 ft 5 in (165 cm) tall.

How old is Elizabeth Ashley?

Elizabeth Ashley, an American actress, was born on August 30, 1939.
Elizabeth will be turning 83 on August 30, 2022.

Childhood And Education

Elizabeth Ashley grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, but was born in Ocala, Florida.
Elizabeth Ashley was born to Lucille Ayer and Arthur Kingman Cole, a music instructor. She attended University High School in Baton Rouge and later, she studied at the Louisiana State University for a year before leaving to pursue her dream of becoming an actor.
Ashley left Baton Rouge and relocated to New York to follow her aspirations. Elizabeth Ashley studied acting at The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre and supported herself by working as a showroom model and as a Jell-O Pudding girl in a television commercial.
She also studied with Lee Strasberg, Phillip Burton on Shakespeare, Richard Lewis, and Stella Adler.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who is Elizabeth Ashley’s partner?

Elizabeth Ashley does not have a partner in 2022.
Elizabeth Ashley formerly married James McCarthy from 1975 to 1981, George Peppard from 1966 to 1972, and James Farentino between 1966 and 1972. Apart from James McCarthy, George Peppard, and James Farentino, Elizabeth Ashley was also in a relationship with Thomas McGuane.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

Elizabeth Ashley began her career as an actor on stage after graduation, making her Broadway debut in 1959 in the off-Broadway production of 'Dirty Hands'.
She later played Esmeralda in 'Camino Real' and made her Broadway debut in 'The Highest Tree' by Dore Schary. Ashley's early years as an actor aided in the development of her profession and net worth.
She went by the stage name Elizabeth Ashley in the '60s. She understudied the lead parts in 'Roman Candle' and 'Mary Mary' but earned the lead role in 'Take Her, She's Mine'. Elizabeth Ashley performed impressively, and it also garnered her a Tony Award and a Theatre World Award for best-supporting actress.
After that, she portrayed Maggie in the Broadway revival of Williams' 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof', released in 1963, and also featured in Broadway's original production of Neil Simon's 'Barefoot in the Park', released in the same year. Elizabeth Ashley played the role of Corie Bratter, a part written expressly for her by Neil Simon, and received another Tony nomination for best actress for her performance opposite Robert Redford.
Elizabeth Ashley was also nominated for a Tony Award for her performance in 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof', playing the character Maggie. 'Agnes of God' and 'August: Osage County' are two of her other outstanding theater performances. Her excellent theatrical career aided her success in the film industry. Ashley has also dabbled with cinema and television.
In 1964, Elizabeth made her feature film debut in 'The Carpetbaggers', followed by 'Ship of Fools', 'The Third Day', and 'The Marriage of a Young Stockbroker'. 'Coma' in 1978, 'Dragnet' in 1987, and 'Vampire's Kiss' in 1989 are some of her other famous performances in movies. Her numerous appearances in the movie business surely aided her professional and financial advancement.
Ashley was featured in 'B. L. Stryker' and 'Evening Shade', a comedy series starring Ryan Reynolds, after forging a friendship with Burt Reynolds. Among the many television shows and films in which she has appeared are 'Ben Casey', 'The Six Million Dollar Man', 'Sam Benedict', 'Caroline in the City', 'Miami Vice', 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit', 'The Larry Sanders Show' and 'Dave's World'.
From 2010 until 2013, Ashley starred as Aunt Mimi on HBO's 'Treme'. Her most recent television performance was in the 2015 television film 'Understudies', and her career as an actress is advancing at a rapid pace.

What awards has Elizabeth Ashley won?

Elizabeth Ashley was nominated for three Tony Awards, winning the award, along with a Theatre World Award, in 1962, for her performance in 'Take Her, She's Mine'.
Ashley has received BAFTA and Golden Globe Awards nominations for her performance in 'The Carpetbaggers', as well as an Emmy Award nomination for her work in the comedy series, 'Evening Shade', in 1991.

Elizabeth Ashley’s Hobbies And Interests

Elizabeth Ashley prefers to keep her private life a secret.
She has yet to reveal the things that attract her during her leisure time. However, Elizabeth Ashley has revealed that she loves teaching and traveling.

Other Interesting Elizabeth Ashley Facts And Trivia

  • Elizabeth Ashley has a son named Christian Peppard, who was born in 1968.
  • Elizabeth Ashley dated James Farentino, George Peppard, and James McCarthy, among others.
  • Elizabeth Ashley made an appearance on Angela Lansbury's television show 'Murder, She Wrote'.
  • Even though Elizabeth Ashley was born in Ocala, Florida, she grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with her parents, Lucille Ayer and Arthur Kingman Cole.
  • 'Agnes of Go' and 'August: Osage County' are two of her best performances in the theater.
  • Elizabeth Ashley's favorite destination is Paris, France.
  • She was born Elizabeth Ann Cole on August 30, 1939.
  • Ashley's favorite colors are brown and black.
  • Elizabeth Ashley has starred in not only Hollywood movies but also in French and Spanish films.
  • The August-born actress, Elizabeth Ashley shares Virgo as her zodiac sign.

Elizabeth Ashley Birthday & Fun Facts Facts

Birth Name

Elizabeth Ann Cole

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165 cm

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Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre

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Lucille Ayer, Arthur Kingman Cole
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Written by Martha Martins

Bachelor of Arts specializing in Linguistics

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Martha MartinsBachelor of Arts specializing in Linguistics

Martha is a full-time creative writer, content strategist, and aspiring screenwriter who communicates complex thoughts and ideas effectively. She has completed her Bachelor's in Linguistics from Nasarawa State University. As an enthusiast of public relations and communication, Martha is well-prepared to substantially impact your organization as your next content writer and strategist. Her dedication to her craft and commitment to delivering high-quality work enables her to create compelling content that resonates with audiences.

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