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Born as Jean Thompson on the 21st May 1954, in Portsmouth, New Hampshire USA, Jean is an actress, best known to the world as Loretta Tortelli in the TV series “The Tortellis” (1987), and as Madge in the film “Rock Hudson” (1990), among other differing appearances.

Have you ever wondered how rich Jean Kasem is, as of mid- 2017? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Kasem’s net worth is as high as $20 million, an amount earned through her career as an actress, which started in the early ‘80s. Aside from her career, Jean is also known to the world as the widow of radio personality Casey Kasem.

Jean Kasem Net Worth $20 Million

Jean is a daughter of Celia and her husband Herbert Owens Thompson Sr., and has four siblings; Jean is part Norwegian from her mother’s side. Although born in Portsmouth, she grew up in Guam, as her father was stationed there as a civil-servant. Jean enrolled at the University of Guam when she was 16 years old, however, she dropped out of studies the following year as she married a US Navy lieutenant. Soon she found a job as a waitress, and also worked as a saleswoman on the military bases across the Pacific Ocean, following her husband. However, the two divorced after six years of marriage, and she moved to California to try herself in broadcast journalism.

Unfortunately, success eluded her and she decided to change her career and joined an acting workshop. Little by little she was becoming better in acting, and in 1982 made her debut in the TV series “Strike Force”. In the next few years, she featured in minor roles in such TV series as “Matt Houston” (1983), “Alice” (1983), and “Fantasy Island” (1984), while she made her film debut in a minor role in “Ghostbusters” (1984), but the same year she was chosen for the role of Loretta Tortelli in the TV comedy series “Cheers” (1984-1993), and then from 1987 she portrayed the same character in the spin-off series “The Tortellis” – the role of Loretta celebrated her as an actress and increased her wealth to a large degree.

Thanks to the success she was enjoying while appearing in “Cheers”, she landed several notable roles, including as Madge in the biopic about actor Rock Hudson, “Rock Hudson” (1990), starring Thomas Ian Griffith and Daphne Ashbrook, then as Sensuous Witch in the Golden Globe Award- nominated family drama “The Story Lady” (1991), starring Jessica Tandy and Stephanie Zimbalist, which also added a significant amount to her net worth.

She stayed active as an actress until the late ‘90s, however, she didn’t have any major success. Instead, she devoted time to her family and started a crib designing and building firm, Little Miss Liberty Round Crib Company. Her business became successful, which also contributed to her net worth, and she holds 12 patents with the United States Patent and Trademark Office for the crib and canopy design.

Regarding her personal life, Jean married Casey Kasem in 1980, and the two were married until his death in 2014. The couple has a daughter together, Liberty Jean Kasem. Casey bought a house in 1989 as a birthday present to his wife. In Casey’s last years of life, he was suffering from Lewy body dementia, which caused several physical and psychological problems, and his children from previous marriage wanted custody over him, but Jean opposed. As a result, Casey’s children filed a conservator ship petition, which was firstly denied, but after the second try, Kerri, one of Casey’s children were given custody over him. However, that didn’t last long, as Casey died just a month later.

Quick Facts

Birth date: May 21, 1954
Birth place: Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA
Height:5' 10" (1.78 m)
Profession:Actress, Soundtrack
Education:University of Guam
Nationality:American
Spouse:Casey Kasem (m. 1980–2014)
Children:Liberty Irene Kasem
Parents:Herbert Owens Thompson Sr., Irene Celia Thompson
Movies:Ghostbusters, The Tortellis, Elliot Fauman, Ph.D.
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Interesting Facts

#Fact
1She was known to adopt an eccentric fashion sense that earned her repeat mentions on various worst-dressed lists.
2She worked as a waitress and saleswoman on United States military bases throughout the Pacific Ocean where her first husband was assigned.
3Attended the University of Guam in Mangilao, Guam at age 16, but dropped out after marrying a United States Navy lieutenant.
4Attended and graduated from the Academy of Our Lady of Guam High School in Hagatna (Agana), Guam.
5In the early 1990s, she was a television spokesperson for the DES disease.
6Has one daughter, Liberty Irene Kasem (born May 31, 1990), and currently designs her own line of cute, original round and heart-shaped baby cribs and crib bedding.
7Stepmother of Kerri Kasem, Mike Kasem and Julie Kasem.
8Is one of five children of Herbert Owens Sr. and Irene Ceila Thompson.


Trademarks

#Trademark
1Breathy, little girl voice
2Lisp, breathless voice
3Curvaceous, buxom figure
4Platinum blonde hair


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Filmography

Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Good vs Evil1999TV SeriesSitcom Wife
Malcolm & Eddie1997TV SeriesNurse L. Reed
Johnny Bravo1997TV SeriesTabitha / Suzy's Mom
Hope & Gloria1995TV SeriesCandy
The 5 Mrs. Buchanans1994TV SeriesFrances 'Tink' Larson
A Million to Juan1994Party Guest
Nurses1994TV SeriesJean, the Loni Anderson look-alike receptionist
Cheers1984-1993TV SeriesLoretta Tortelli
The Story Lady1991TV MovieSensuous Witch
Darkwing Duck1991TV Series
Perfect Crimes1991TV MovieSheila
Hunter1991TV SeriesWanda Crebbs
Dragnet1991TV SeriesMiss Lamorock
The Adventures of Don Coyote and Sancho Panda1990TV SeriesAdditional Voices
Fall from Grace1990TV MoviePalm Springs Realtor
Elliot Fauman, Ph.D.1990Meredith Dashley
Rock Hudson1990TV MovieMadge
My Two Dads1989TV Series
Growing Pains1989TV SeriesDeDe DeWitt
The Tortellis1987TV SeriesLoretta Tortelli
Star Fairies1985TV MovieTrue Love (voice)
Ghostbusters1984Tall Woman at Party
Fantasy Island1984TV SeriesActress
Alice1983TV SeriesBabette
We Got It Made1983TV SeriesClarisse
Matt Houston1983TV SeriesAndrea
Strike Force1982TV SeriesMarlene

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Cheers1993TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Tortellis1987TV Series performer - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Entertainment Tonight2014TV SeriesHerself
Hollywood Squares2003TV SeriesHerself
Playboy: Inside the Playboy Mansion2002TV Movie documentaryHerself
VH-1 Where Are They Now?2000TV Series documentaryHerself
The 51st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1999TV SpecialHerself - Audience Member
The 50th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1998TV SpecialHerself - Audience Member
Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon1998TV SeriesHerself
Mr. Wrong1996Herself
The Martin Short Show1994TV SeriesHerself
Hollywood Women1993TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
The 45th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1993TV SpecialHerself - Audience Member
Changing Minds, Changing Times1991Documentary shortHerself
The Pat Sajak Show1989TV SeriesHerself
The Arsenio Hall Show1989TV SeriesHerself
Family Feud1989TV SeriesHerself
American Film Institute Comedy Special1987TV SpecialApril (segment "The Rec Room")
A.M. Los Angeles1987TV SeriesHerself
The New Hollywood Squares1987TV SeriesHerself
Golden Anniversary of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs1987TV Movie documentaryHerself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Entertainment Tonight2014TV SeriesHerself
On the Edge2001TV MovieNurse (segment "Happy Birthday")

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