Mary Megan Winningham was born on 16 May 1959, in Phoenix, Arizona USA, and is a singer, songwriter and actress, perhaps best known for her Emmy Award winning performance in 1980’s “Amber Waves”, and for her Emmy Award-winning performance in 1998’s “George Wallace”. All of her efforts have helped put her net worth to where it is today.
How rich is Mare Winningham? As of mid-2017, sources inform us of a net worth that is at $1.5 million, mostly earned through success in acting. She’s been nominated for an Emmy Award eight times, and has also been nominated for an Oscar as well as a Tony Award. As she continues her career, it is expected that her wealth will also continue to increase.
Mare Winningham Net Worth $1.5 million
Mare’s interest in acting started at a young age when she saw an episode of “House Party”, which featured an interview with Kym Karath who was part of “The Sound of Music”. She started drama activities while in elementary school, and she also started learning musical instruments. She then attended Patrick Henry Junior High School, and studied at the CSUN’s Teenage Drama Workshop during summer vacations. Winningham then moved up to Chatsworth High School, where she became a part of a production of “The Sound of Music”. She was co-valedictorian of her class alongside future star Kevin Spacey.
In 1976, Mare started her career as a singer and songwriter, getting a break singing on “The Gong Show”. Despite not getting any record contracts, she was given an acting contract and would later receive her Screen Actors Guild Card. In the same year, she was offered a role in “Young Pioneers” which was the pilot for the short-lived “The Young Pioneers”. More opportunities opened up for her, including parts in “Police Woman” and “Starsky and Hutch”; her net worth started to increase thanks to these opportunities.
In 1980, Winningham won an Emmy Award for her role in the critically acclaimed “Amber Waves”, which starred Dennis Weaver. This also led to her breakthrough into feature films, making an appearance in “One Trick Pony”. She was nominated a Genie Award for her role in “Threshold” before being cast in the miniseries “The Thorn Birds”., and was then cast as the titular character in “Hellen Keller: The Miracle Continues”. In 1985, Mare starred in “St. Elmo’s Fire” which became very successful, and her net worth continued to build as she then returned to television for “Love Is Never Silent”, which earned her an Emmy nomination. She then had another well-received performance in the television movie “God Bless the Child”, and afterwards, she appeared in “Miracle Mile” and “Turner & Hooch” alongside Tom Hanks. She also participated in a stage production of “Hurlyburly”.
In 1994, Mare returned to film for “Wyatt Earp” and the drama “The War” which starred Kevin Costner. In 1995, she received several nominations after appearing in “Georgia”., and two years later, she then won another Emmy Award in “George Wallace” in which she starred opposite Gary Sinese. In the next few years, Winningham would appear as a guest in various hit series, such as “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and “ER”. In 2001, she appeared in the television movie “Snap Decision” before being cast in the indie film “Dandelion”. She subsequently landed a role in “Grey’s Anatomy” , playing Susan Grey, however, she was killed off in 2007. A few of her latest projects include “Mildred Pierce”, and “Hatfields & McCoys”, and she also appeared in an off-Broadway production of “Tribes”, all lifting her net worth steadily,
Aside from her film career, Mare is known to contribute music to several of her projects. She has also recorded four albums throughout her career. One of her latest albums is “What’s Left Behind” which was released in 2014.
For her personal life, it is known that Winningham was married to actor A. Martinez in 1981 but they divorced in the same year. She then married William Mapel and their marriage lasted until 1996. Her third marriage was to Jason Trucco from 2008 to 2012; she is currently single. Mare was raised a Roman Catholic, but she later converted to Judaism.
Did not attend the 1980 Emmy Awards ceremony, where she won a best supporting actress award for Amber Waves (1980), due to an actors' strike which boycotted the event. She did attend the ceremony when she won her second Emmy in the same category for George Wallace (1997).
Met first husband, A. Martinez while both acted in "The Young Pioneers" (1978). Their marriage in 1981 lasted only a few months. She married her second husband, Bill Mapel, the same year.
She is the oldest member of the Brat Pack.
Oldest child, son Riley Mapel, committed suicide on August 14, 2005.
Winningham was raised in Northridge, California, with three brothers and one sister. Her father was the Chairman of the Department of Physical Education at California State University, Northridge (CSUN), and her mother was an English teacher and college counselor at a local high school. She credits her first interest in acting to seeing an interview with Kym Karath (who played Gretl in The Sound of Music (1965)) on Art Linkletter's television show The Linkletter Show (1952) when she was five or six years old.
Winningham attended Andasol Avenue Elementary School in Northridge, California. Her favorite subjects included drama. She also signed up for guitar lessons at a local park, and by the 6th grade, was, in her view, "pretty good." It was at this time that she adopted the nickname "Mare." She attended Patrick Henry Junior High School, taking the extended drama option, and on summer vacations, she studied drama at CSUN's Teenage Drama Workshop.
Though born an Irish Catholic, in 2000, Winningham felt her spiritual life was lacking, and, based on a recommendation from a friend, in November 2001, she signed up for a class given by Rabbi Neal Weinberg at the University of Judaism in Los Angeles, California. On March 3, 2003, she converted to Judaism and became a member of two Conservative synagogues, Temple Beth Am in Los Angeles and Temple Knesset Israel in Hollywood, California.
When she appeared as a contestant on TV's The Gong Show (1976) (c. 1978), she was introduced as Sharon Shamus by host Chuck Barris. She played guitar and sang the Lennon & McCartney song "Here, There and Everywhere." And no. . . she did not get gonged. The panel loved her.
Went to Chatsworth High School in Los Angeles with Val Kilmer and Kevin Spacey. During their senior year, Kevin played von Trapp and Mare played Maria in a school production of "The Sound of Music." Upon hearing of their Oscar nominations in 1996, Winningham sent a telegram to Spacey saying: "Captain von Trapp - congratulations on your nomination - Maria."
She is also a folk singer-songwriter with a couple of albums.