Nancy Jane Meyers was born on the 8th December 1949, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA, and is a film director, producer and screenwriter, who is probably best recognized for being a part of several big-screen successes such as “The Parent Trap” (1998), “What Women Want” (2000), “Something’s Gotta Give” (2003), “It’s Complicated” (2009) and “The Intern” (2015). She is also known for being one of the first and most successful female directors in the world. Her career has been active since 1980.
So, have you ever wondered how rich Nancy Meyers is, as of early 2017? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Nancy counts the total size of her net worth at the amount of $10 million, which has mostly been accumulated through her career in the film industry.
Nancy Meyers Net Worth $10 Million
Nancy Meyers is the daughter of Patricia Meyers, who was an interior designer, and Irving Meyers, who worked as an executive at a voting machines manufacturer. She was brought up with her older sister in a Jewish family in the Drexel Hill area. When she was only 12 years old, Nancy became interested in acting and theater after reading “Act One”, a playwright of Moss Hart’s autobiography, so she began to perform in various local stage productions. She went to Lower Merion High School in Lower Merion, Pennsylvania, after which she enrolled at the American University in Washington, D.C., graduating with a BA degree in Journalism in 1972.
Right after college, Nancy was hired at public television in Philadelphia; however, she moved to Los Angeles, and went on to work as a Production Assistant on the TV game show “The Price Is Right”, on the CBS channel. When she decided that she wanted to be a writer, she got a job as a story editor where she had the chance to work with screenwriters on various projects in the film industry. After a couple of years, she took film-making classes where she connected with famous directors such as Martin Scorsese, and eventually started writing her own scripts.
Thus, Nancy’s professional script-writing career officially began in 1980, when she created a script alongside Charles Shyer and Harvey Miller for the comedy “Private Benjamin”, which she also produced. The film gained enormous success and since then her career has only gone upwards as well as her net worth. In 1984, she wrote screenplays for “Irreconcilable Differences”, starring such actors as Ryan O’Neal, Shelley Long, and Drew Barrymore, and another film entitled “Protocol”, directed by Herbert Ross. Three years later, she also created and produced the film “Baby Boom”, all of which added a considerable amount to her net worth.
In the next decade, Nancy continued to line up success after success, as she wrote film scripts and produced such titles as “Father Of The Bride” (1991), and its sequel “Father Of The Bride Part II” in 1995, and “I Love Trouble” (1994). Furthermore, in 1998, Nancy made her directorial debut with the film “The Parent Trap”, which was followed with another success “What Women Want” (2000), adding a lot to her net worth.
The new millennium didn’t change too much for Nancy, as she produced, directed and wrote many memorable films such as “Something’s Gotta Give” (2003), “The Holiday” (2006) and “It’s Complicated” (2009), plus collaborated with a number of film icons including Mel Gibson, Jack Nicholson, Cameron Diaz, Meryl Streep among many others. Most recently, Nancy directed, wrote and produced “The Intern” (2015) and served as a producer on her daughter’s directorial debut “Home Again” which is scheduled for a release in 2017. Her net worth is certainly rising.
Thanks to her successful career, Nancy was nominated and won several prestigious awards, including the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay for “Private Benjamin”, which was also nominated for Oscar. The film “It’s Complicated” was nominated for Golden Globe for Best Screenplay – Motion Picture. Also, she won Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year Award and Woman of the Year Award. In addition to this, “What Women Want” took in $183 million at the US box-office alone, at that stage the most commercially successful film directed by a woman.
Regarding her personal life, Nancy Meyers was married to her colleague Charles Shyer (1980-1999), with whom she has two daughters. Her current residence is in Brentwood, California.
Since the success of What Women Want (2000) and Something's Gotta Give (2003), she is very sought after as a writer and director. She is particularly in demand because she writes great parts in hit movies for adults.
She was originally a development executive. She met her ex-husband, Charles Shyer, when she was helping develop a script he had written. They eventually began writing and producing together.
I like to eat meals I will remember. Otherwise, what's the point?
My movies are not messed with by the studios.
I really wanted to be a writer.
Like most struggling writers trying to get their scripts commissioned, I had to do something odd to pay the rent. So, aged 21, I started up my own small cheesecake company in Philadelphia.
We don't want to be our own niche. We're filmmakers like everybody. How many years in a row are we going to talk about the fact that we make films and we are women? Enough already.
I wasn't the kind of kid like Spielberg or Lucas who knew to go to film school. I didn't know at 12 what I was going to do; it took me until I was about 23. I studied journalism in college, but after school, I got a job in public television and I never worked as a journalist for one moment.
Being part of a team helped me so much. I know the fact that there was a man in the room with me all those years made the medicine go down. I had made the companies money. I didn't have to start, like a lot of women, from ground zero. My path was not the same as a woman starting out by herself.
I don't shoot movies quickly because I get a lot of coverage and a lot of angles, so we have all the pieces in the editing. I do a lot of takes, but it's because I'm looking for something.
I don't diet, I don't do fads, I've just decided to not eat carbs. So no more bread and pasta for the month. I can't live without chocolate, though. I've always got a bar in my handbag. It has to be 72%. Any less and it's too sweet, any more and it's inedible. Like I said, I'm very particular.
Movies don't look hard, but figuring it out, getting the shape of it, getting everybody's character right and having it be funny, make sense and be romantic, it's creating a puzzle. Yes, having been a writer for so long, I have an awareness of when things are going awry, but it doesn't mean I know how to fix them.
I've always been blessed with confidence. I am a glass-half-full person. My first movie, 'Private Benjamin,' got turned down by every studio until the very last one, but I just kept thinking, 'Why are you people not seeing that this is a hit movie? What is wrong with you?'
I don't want to be known as the one who makes movies for older people.
I'm no actor. And I wasn't like George Lucas or Spielberg, making home movies as a teenager, either. But I would go back and watch certain movies again and again. By the time I saw 'The Graduate' I was aware of how these amazing stories could be told.
There's a hardening of the culture. Reality TV has lowered the standards of entertainment. You're left wondering about the legitimacy of relationships. It's probably harder to entertain the same people with a more classic form of writing, and romantic comedies are a classic genre.