Lee Daniels’ “The Butler” is a movie that’s making a big splash, not only at the box office, but with critics and audiences too. The civil rights drama – though basically a love story, as director Lee Daniels explained when he appeared with Oprah, screenwriter Danny Strong and Forest Whitaker on “The Charlie Rose Show” – spans decades from the 1920’s right up until Barack Obama is elected President in 2008. It chronicles the life of a butler and is fiction, though based upon the life of a real White House Butler – Eugene Allen – who retired as White House Head Butler in 1986. What is the financial net worth of the movie’s stars?
Oprah has an estimated net worth of $2.5 billion dollars. It’s a vast sum of wealth and has enabled Winfrey to become not only one of the most recognizable and popular entertainment icons in the world, but it’s been said she’s one of the most influential if not the single most influential woman on all of planet Earth. Or maybe we should call our home Planet Oprah? All in all, it’s been an incredible journey for a woman who was born into poverty in the rural, American south, and worked her way up to the top of the financial stratosphere. Her talk show, ‘The Oprah Winfrey” show, lasted years – from 1986 to 2011. For almost three decades, the show was either rated number one or close to that magic top status. Show after competitor show was launched to topple her, but nobody really got close to completing the awesome challenge. During the same time, Winfrey managed to act in a movie for Stephen Spielberg – “The Color Purple”, launch a wildly popular magazine – “O” – and produce drama projects for herself, like “The Women of Brewster Place”.
He can be the every man and the uniquely special man all at once. Whitaker maintains a truly special vibe in his acting which allows him to slip comfortably into the skin of servant like a butler, or play a gifted psychic in the sci-fi thriller, “Species”. Whitaker’s acting triumph came when he won the Oscar for his portrayals as Idi Amin in “The Last King Of Scotland”. He has an estimated net worth of $15 million dollars.
Jane Fonda portrays Nancy Regan in “The Butler”, and not only is the performance a challenge in terms of capturing the real life lady’s physical mannerisms and voice, but a political one as well. Fonda is a hardcore Democratic liberal, so for her to play a hardcore conservative Republican is nothing short of an acting exercise. In early films like, “Barbarella”, Fonda proved she could be sexy. In later films like, “9 to 5”, she showed us how funny she is. Fonda has an estimated net worth of $120 million.
He may be the most celebrated stand-up comedian ever and a respected feature film actor, but to many, he will always be Mork from Ork. In the hilarious “Happy Days” spin-off, “Mork & Mindy”, Robin Williams played a kind of insanely comic E.T. He didn’t want to ‘phone home’ – he merely wanted to have fun with the ever curious and girl next door Mindy – played by actress Pam Dawber. Williams took the huge fame from the hit show and steered his career into one of the most lucrative big movie making ones around. In flicks like, “Moscow On The Hudson”, “Mrs. Doubtfire” and “Patch Adams”, Williams tickles our funny bone and also touches our hearts. He has an estimated net worth of $130 million dollars.