Martha Campbell Plimpton was born on 16 November 1970, in New York City, USA, and is an actress, singer, and former model, best known to have appeared in numerous films including “Running on Empty”, “Parenthood”, “The Goonies” and “Raising Hope”. All of her endeavors have helped put her net worth to where it is today.
How rich is Martha Plimpton? As of late-2016, sources estimate a net worth that is at $3 million, mostly earned through a successful career in acting. She’s also had a lot of popular Broadway roles in productions such as “Top Girls”, “The Playboy of the Western World”, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “A Delicate Balance”. As she continues her career it is expected that her net worth will increase.
Martha Plimpton Net Worth $3 million
Martha attended the Professional Children’s School, and then made her first stage appearance in a Broadway Production of “The Leaf People”, followed by “The Ass and the Heart” which would lead her to more acting opportunities.
In 1980, Plimpton focused more on modelling, and became part of the 1980s campaign of Calvin Klein. A year later, she made her feature film debut in “Rollover” in which she had a small role, and would then be cast in “The River Rat” as Tommy Lee Jones’ on-screen daughter. In 1985, she would make her breakthrough in the film “The Goonies” in which she played Stef Steinbrenner. She also appeared in the sitcom “Family Ties”. Her net worth was established.
Plimpton was becoming known for rebellious tomboy roles, and it helped increase her net worth continuously. In 1986 she was cast in the film “The Mosquito Coast” and the following year was part of the critically successful “Shy People”. In 1988 she starred in “Stars and Bars” before getting nominated for a Young Artist Award for her performance in “Running on Empty”. She also starred in “Another Woman” and would then make an independent film appearance in “Zwei Frauen”. One of her most successful roles was in the film “Parenthood” which received two Academy Award nominations. The film helped continue her rise in net worth.
In 1990, Martha had a supporting role in “Stanley & Iris” before starring in the 1992 film “Samantha”. A year later, she appeared in “Daybreak” alongside Cuba Gooding Jr., and in 1994, she became the lead of “The Beans of Egypt, Maine” which is an adaptation of the novel of the same name. She also made an appearance in the film “I Shot Andy Warhol” before being cast in “The Defenders: Payback”. She then became a member of The Steppenwolf Theatre Company, playing in numerous productions by them. She had a recurring role in the drama “ER” in 1999, and her versatility helped the continued rise of her net worth.
In 2001, she co-starred in “The Sleepy Time Gal” and was also nominated for a Primetime Award for her guest appearance in “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”. She then made a guest appearance in “7th Heaven” three years later, and would get a recurring role in “Surface”. In 2006, she became part of a trilogy of plays starting with “The Coast of Utopia”. Two years later, she would receive her second Tony Award nomination for her work in “Top Girls” which gained critical acclaim. Three years later, she was cast in the sitcom “Raising Hope” which earned her a nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series during the Primetime Emmy Awards. Around this time, she had a recurring role in “The Good Wife” and also starred in the independent film “Small Town Murder Songs”. One of her latest projects is “The Real O’Neals” which started airing in 2016.
For her personal life, it is known that Plimpton is an abortion rights campaigner. She’s also advocated for LGBT rights through social media accounts. Her relationships are kept private, except for a teenage romance with River Phoenix.
Spokesperson for the Center for Reproductive Rights' Draw the Line campaign. The Center for Reproductive Rights is a global legal organization dedicated to advancing women's reproductive health, self-determination and dignity as basic human rights.
Chicago punk-band The Lawrence Arms have a song called "Light Breathing (Me and Martha Plimpton in a Fancy Elevator)" about the actress.
Nominated for the 2009 Tony Award for Best Performance for a Featured Actress in a Musical for "Pal Joey.".
She was nominated for a 2001 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actress in a Principal Role in a Play for "Hedda Gabler", at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, Illinois.
Nominated for the 2008 Tony Award (New York City) for Supporting or Featured Actress in a Play for "Top Girls.".
Nominated for the 2007 Tony Award (New York City) for Supporting or Featured Actress in a Play for "The Coast of Utopia.".
She was nominated for a 1996 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actress in a Supporting Role in a play for "The Libertine", at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, Illinois.
In 2007 received a Tony Award Nomination and won the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for her performance in Tom Stoppard's The Coast of Utopia.
Became a vegetarian as a teen after her boyfriend, the late River Phoenix, introduced her to the lifestyle.
During the filming of The Goonies (1985), she made a bet with director Richard Donner that she would stop biting her nails. Donner paid up several years later, while they were doing commentary for the film's DVD.
Member of The Steppenwolf Theatre Company Ensemble.
On the commentary track for the DVD of The Goonies (1985), she says that she was once playing the title role in Henrik Ibsen's "Hedda Gabler" on stage when an audience member yelled "Gooooonies!" from his seat.
The '80s to me, more than anything else, represents a real time of criminal activity in the office of the president: an incredibly disparate economy in terms of the class distinctions and whatnot, and a tremendous shallowness - a lot of sort of bank robbery by executives. This is the '80s to me. and a lot of synthesizer music. And, of course, Madonna and the beginning of MTV.
I like to try new things. I like to go new places and I like to work with new people. That's sort of the definition of my job. As an actor, you just go where the work is, right?
Don't go to Hollywood right away unless you're, like, ridiculously hot and only marginally talented. In which case, go straight to Hollywood and make all the money you can. Just take the money and run!
On River Phoenix: Once when we were fifteen, River and I went out for this fancy dinner in Manhattan and I ordered soft-shell crabs. He left the restaurant and walked around on Park Avenue, crying. I went out and said, "I love you so much. Why?". He had such a pain that I was eating an animal, that he hadn't impressed on me what was right. I loved him for that. For his dramatic desire that we share every belief, that I be with him all the way. (Cosmopolitan magazine, April 1995)
I realized as I got older that I could choose to be an actor to a certain extent, but movie stardom is not something you choose. It chooses you. You have very little control over that. So I stopped considering that an option.