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Natalie Schafer Net Worth

Natalie Schafer net worth is

$10 Million

Natalie Schafer Wiki Biography

Natalie Schafer was born on the 5th November 1900, in Manhattan, New York City, USA of British and German descent, and was an actress probably best recognized for starring in the role of Eunice ‘Lovey’ Wentworth Howell in the CBS series “Gilligan’s Island” (1964–1992). She appeared in almost 100 film and TV titles, and her acting career was active from 1927 to 1990. She passed away in April 1991

So, have you ever wondered how rich Natalie Schafer was? According to authoritative sources, it was estimated that the total size of Natalie’s net worth was over $10 million, accumulated through her successful involvement in the entertainment industry, with another source being her business ventures.

Natalie Schafer Net Worth $10 Million

Natalie Schafer was raised with two younger siblings in a Jewish family by her father, Charles Emanual Schafer, and her mother, Jennie Elizabeth. Other information about her early life is unknown to the media.

Speaking about her career, it began when Natalie made her debut appearance on Broadway in 1927, where she played until 1941, appearing in a number of productions which established her net worth, and then she moved to Los Angeles, California, to pursue an acting career on the screen. Her big break came in 1941, when she appeared in the film “The Body Disappears”, which was followed with a role in “Reunion In France” (1942), further establishing her net worth. Before the 1950s, she appeared in such films as “Masquerade In Mexico” (1945) playing Irene Denny alongside Dorothy Lamour, Arturo de Córdova, and Patric Knowles, “Dishonored Lady” (1947) in the role of Ethel Royce, and “The Snake Pit” (1948) as Mrs. Stuart.

The next decade brought her a huge number of roles thanks to her talent and popularity, and her career reached a whole new level. In 1951, she featured in Curtis Bernhardt’s film “Payment On Demand” in the role of Mrs. Edna Blanton, which was followed by the role of Martha Lorrison in “Callaway Went Thataway” in the same year, starring with Fred MacMurray and Dorothy McGuire. By the 1960s, she had made appearances in such film titles as “The Girl Next Door” (1953), “Forever, Darling” (1956), and “Bernardine” (1957), which was directed by Henry Levin. Beside those, Natalie also made guest appearances in such TV series as “The Loretta Young Show” (1933-1955), “Sherlock Holmes” (1954), “Playhouse 90” (1957) among others, all of which added a considerable amount to her net worth.

During the 1960s, Natalie continued to line up success after success, as she was chosen to play Eunice Wentworth ‘Lovey’ Howell in the TV series “Gilligan’s Island” (1964-1992), which she later reprised in another TV series called “The New Adventures Of Gilligan” (1974-1975), as well as in two television films – “The Castaways On Gilligan’s Island” in 1979, and in “The Harlem Globetrotters On Gilligan’s Island” in 1981. Furthermore, in 1982 she again appeared in the same role in the TV series “Gilligan’s Planet”. Thus, this role increased her net worth by a large margin and she reached enormous popularity.

Parallel with this role, Natalie made a number of guest appearances in such TV series as “ABC Stage 67” (1966), “The Brady Bunch” (1974), and “The Love Boat” (1979), among others, all of which increased her net worth. Her final role was in the TV film “I’m Dangerous Tonight” in 1990.

Regarding to her personal life, Natalie Schafer was married to actor Louis Calhern from 1934 to 1942. Four years later, she was engaged to actor Charles Butterworth, but he died in a single vehicle automobile crash. Apart from her career as an actress, Natalie invested money in a real estate business, and that made her a multi-millionaire. A part of that amount of money she donated to the Lillian Booth Actors Home. She passed away from liver cancer at the age of 90 on 10th April 1991 in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California.

Full Name Natalie Schafer
Net Worth $10 Million
Date Of Birth November 5, 1900
Died April 10, 1991, Beverly Hills, California, United States
Place Of Birth Red Bank, New Jersey, U.S.
Profession Actress
Nationality American
Spouse Louis Calhern (m. 1933–1942)
Parents Jennie Schafer, Charles Schafer
IMDB http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0769791/
Movies Rescue from Gilligan’s Island, Secret Beyond the Door, 40 Carats, The Castaways on Gilligan’s Island, Susan Slade, Forever, Darling, I’m Dangerous Tonight, Molly and Me, Casanova’s Big Night, Marriage Is a Private Affair, Callaway Went Thataway, The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan’s Island, Anastas…
TV Shows Search for Tomorrow, Gilligan’s Planet, The New Adventures of Gilligan, Gilligan’s Island
# Quote
1 [on Joan Crawford] Joan was a very driven woman and very insecure. While we were working at MGM [Reunion in France (1942)] she was all about being a team and working for the good of the picture. I think she knew it was all coming to an end there, but she never commented on it to me.
2 [working with Joan Crawford on Female on the Beach (1955)] Now, Female was another story. By this time I presumed Joan and I were friends, at least colleagues, so I made a point of stopping by her trailer for cocktails and such. Now the leading man on this film was Jeff Chandler, a terribly nice young man, very good-looking, and he and Joan were in the middle of a very steamy affair. I remember Joan staying on after filming and Jeff remained as well. We were about halfway through the film when Joan invited me to her house for a small dinner party and I really had made very definite plans and had to decline. Well, she seemed alright with it, until the next morning I arrived on the set only to find my trailer had been physically moved almost to the parking lot of Universal. You learn not to say ‘no’ to Miss Joan Crawford unless you wish to suffer the consequences.
# Fact
1 Was actually a little over twelve years older than her co-star, Jim Backus when she played his wife Lovey Howell.
2 Although her contract included clauses forbidding certain close -ups and physical movements due to her age, she insisted that her obituary disclose her real age. She said she wanted people to say “she was HOW old?!.
3 Her parents, Jennie Elizabeth (Tim) and Charles Emanual Schafer, were both from Jewish families (from Germany and England).
4 Had played the same character (Mrs. Lovey Howell) on three different series: Gilligan’s Island (1964), The New Adventures of Gilligan (1974) and Gilligan’s Planet (1982).
5 Underwent a double mastectomy.
6 Was engaged to comedic character actor Charles Butterworth in 1946 at the time of his tragic death in a single automobile crash.
7 Schafer had said she initially did the pilot to Gilligan’s Island (1964), for the free trip to Hawaii. Afterwards, Schafer was in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, on holiday when she got a telegram from the States. She read it and burst into tears. Everyone had thought Schafer’s mother (who was ill at the time) had died, and offered their condolences, but Schafer had said no she didn’t die, the reason she was crying was because the pilot for “Gilligan’s Island” sold, and she had to stay in Los Angeles, and could not move back to New York City.


Title Year Status Character
Gilligan’s Island 1964-1992 TV Series Mrs. Lovey Howell
I’m Dangerous Tonight 1990 TV Movie Grandmother
Beverly Hills Brats 1989 Lillian
Crazy Like a Fox 1985 TV Series
Matt Houston 1983 TV Series Vonda Moran
Simon & Simon 1983 TV Series Sophie Chaflin
CHiPs 1983 TV Series Mrs. Birdwing
Gilligan’s Planet 1982 TV Series Lovey Howell
Trapper John, M.D. 1980-1982 TV Series Abigail Collins / Mrs. Watkins
Here’s Boomer 1981 TV Series Mrs. Parkington
The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan’s Island 1981 TV Movie Lovey Wentworth Howell
Vega$ 1980 TV Series Charlotte Hunt
The Love Boat 1979 TV Series Mrs. Hartnett
The Castaways on Gilligan’s Island 1979 TV Movie Lovey Wentworth Howell
Flying High 1978 TV Series Woman
Rescue from Gilligan’s Island 1978 TV Movie Lovey Wentworth Howell
Three’s Company 1978 TV Series Impatient Woman
Holmes and Yo-Yo 1977 TV Series Mrs. Stevenson
ABC Weekend Specials 1977 TV Series Mrs. Chambers
McMillan & Wife 1977 TV Series Mrs. Roberts
Phyllis 1976 TV Series Donna Plunkett
McCoy 1976 TV Series Laura Mayfield
The New Adventures of Gilligan 1974-1975 TV Series Eunice Wentworth ‘Lovey’ Howell
The Day of the Locust 1975 Audrey Jennings
The Brady Bunch 1974 TV Series Penelope Fletcher
Diana 1973 TV Series Mrs. Tyler
Love, American Style 1973 TV Series Harriet (segment “Love and the Man of the Year”)
40 Carats 1973 Mrs. Adams
Mannix 1972 TV Series Bunny Mason
Matt Lincoln 1970 TV Series
Mayberry R.F.D. 1970 TV Series Mrs. Willoughby
The Survivors 1969 TV Series Eleanor Carlyle
ABC Stage 67 1966 TV Series Mrs. Otis
The Beverly Hillbillies 1964 TV Series Madame Renee
Route 66 1962 TV Series Emily Bridenbaugh
77 Sunset Strip 1962 TV Series Aunt Ellie / Eleanor Fraser
Susan Slade 1961 Marion Corbett
Back Street 1961 Mrs. Evans
Thriller 1961 TV Series Beatrice Graves
Guestward Ho! 1960 TV Series Mrs. Crawford
Sunday Showcase 1960 TV Series
Markham 1959 TV Series Mrs. Miles
The Phil Silvers Show 1959 TV Series Deborah Darling
Bernardine 1957 Mrs. Madge Beaumont
The Ford Television Theatre 1957 TV Series Beatrice Trent
Playhouse 90 1957 TV Series Geneva
Oh, Men! Oh, Women! 1957 Mrs. Day
Lux Video Theatre 1952-1957 TV Series Gertrude Medford / Julie / Blanche
The Kaiser Aluminum Hour 1957 TV Series Jessie Caldwell
Anastasia 1956 Irina Lissemskaia
Forever, Darling 1956 Millie Opdyke
The Loretta Young Show 1953-1955 TV Series Mrs. Hayes / Mary
Female on the Beach 1955 Queenie Sorenson
Producers’ Showcase 1955 TV Series Mrs. Chisholm
Climax! 1955 TV Series Lucrece Durhurst
The Goldbergs 1955 TV Series Mrs. Lang
Sherlock Holmes 1954 TV Series Elaine Chelton
Casanova’s Big Night 1954 Signora Foressi
Goodyear Playhouse 1954 TV Series
I Love Lucy 1954 TV Series Phoebe Emerson
Topper 1954 TV Series Mrs. Vance
Armstrong Circle Theatre 1953 TV Series
The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse 1953 TV Series Helen Armstrong
Three Steps to Heaven 1953 TV Series Nurse Gaines
The Girl Next Door 1953 Evelyn the maid
Robert Montgomery Presents 1953 TV Series
Mr. & Mrs. North 1953 TV Series Sylvia Sommers
Schlitz Playhouse 1952 TV Series
Just Across the Street 1952 Gertrude Medford
Has Anybody Seen My Gal 1952 Clarissa Pennock (replaced by Gloria Holden) (scenes deleted)
The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse 1951 TV Series
Callaway Went Thataway 1951 Martha Lorrison
Search for Tomorrow 1951 TV Series Helen Collins (1971-1972)
The Law and the Lady 1951 Pamela Pemberson
Take Care of My Little Girl 1951 Mother Cookie Clark
Payment on Demand 1951 Mrs. Edna Blanton
NBC Presents 1949 TV Series
Kraft Theatre 1949 TV Series
The Chevrolet Tele-Theatre 1948-1949 TV Series
Caught 1949 Dorothy Dale
The Snake Pit 1948 Mrs. Stuart
The Time of Your Life 1948 Society Lady
Secret Beyond the Door… 1947 Edith Potter
Repeat Performance 1947 Eloise Shaw
Dishonored Lady 1947 Ethel Royce
The Other Love 1947 Dora Shelton
Masquerade in Mexico 1945 Irene Denny
Wonder Man 1945 Mrs. Hume
Molly and Me 1945 Kitty Goode-Burroughs
Keep Your Powder Dry 1945 Harriet Corwin
The Doughgirls 1944 Third Woman with Baby (uncredited)
Marriage Is a Private Affair 1944 Mrs. Irene Selworth
Reunion in France 1942 Frau Amy Schröder (uncredited)
The Body Disappears 1941 Mrs. Lunceford
Daughter of Shanghai 1937 Blonde Dancer (unconfirmed, uncredited)
The Poor Fish 1930 Short Daisy


Title Year Status Character
The Love Boat 1979 TV Series written by – 1 episode


Title Year Status Character
The Brady Bunch 1974 TV Series performer – 1 episode


Title Year Status Character
The Late Show 1988 TV Series Herself
Family Feud 1983 TV Series Herself
Hollywood Greats 1978 TV Series documentary Herself
The Mike Douglas Show 1971 TV Series Herself – Actress
Girl Talk 1967 TV Series Herself
The Gypsy Rose Lee Show 1966 TV Series Herself
The Hollywood Squares 1966 TV Series Herself – Panelist

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