Terry McMillan Net Worth 2017: Short Bio & Wiki

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Terry McMillan was born on the 18th October 1951, in Port Huron, Michigan USA, and is an author whose work is characterized by having strong female protagonists. She rose to fame after her third novel “Waiting to Exhale” was released in 1992. The book became best seller, and the film directed by Forest Whitaker was based on this novel appeared in 1995. McMillian has been known in the world of literature since 1987.

How rich is the author? Authoritative sources report that the overall size of Terry McMillan’s net worth is equal to $40 million, as of the data presented in the middle of 2016. Books and subsequent film adaptations are the main sources of McMillan’s wealth. In 2012, she sold her huge house located in Danville, California for $1.8 million.

Terry McMillan Net Worth $40 Million

To begin with, her interest in books came after she started working in a library when she was sixteen years old. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree majoring in Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley in 1977. Moreover, she then studied at Columbia University majoring in Film program, yet dropped out of it to concentrate on writing books.

Concerning her professional career, her first book entitled “Mama” (1987) was self-published, but her second novel “Disappearing Acts” (1989) was released by Penguin Group publisher. She rose to prominence with her third novel “Waiting to Exhale” (1992), which stayed on The New York Times best-seller list for eleven weeks; in 1995, the movie directed by Forest Whitaker starred Whitney Houston and Angela Bassett, and was financially successful, although the reviews were mixed. In 1998, the following novel written by Terry called “How Stella Got Her Groove Back” (1996), was adapted into a film by Kevin Rodney Sullivan, starring Angela Bassett, Whoopi Goldberg and Taye Diggs. Her next novel “Disappearing Acts” (1989) was also produced as a feature film in 2000, starring Wesley Snipes and Sanaa Lathan. She also wrote the best-seller “A Day Late and a Dollar Short” in 2001, which was adapted into a television film. “The Interruption of Everything” was published in the summer of 2005. “Getting to Happy” the long – awaited sequel of “Waiting to Exhale” was published in the autumn of 2010.

Recently, the following books written by Terry McMillan were released – “Who Asked You” (2013) as well as “I Almost Forgot About You” (2016). Overall, all the above-mentioned books have increased the total size of Terry McMillan’s net worth.

Finally, in the personal life of the author, she married Jonathan Plummer in 1998, but six years later, it emerged that her husband was gay, and several months later, McMillan filed for divorce. Later, Terry went to court suing her former husband and his lawyer for intentional strategy to humiliate and embarrass. She won the case as well as $40 million in damages. Plummer and McMillan participated in the talk show of Oprah Winfrey to discuss their relationship and former marriage. Terry has a son, out of the wedlock, and they reside in Los Angeles, California.

Quick Facts

Birth date: October 18, 1951
Birth place: Port Huron, Michigan
Education:University of California, Berkeley, Columbia University
Spouse:Jonathan Plummer (m. 1998-2005)
Children:Hannah McMillan Sam McMillan 1987-present)
Record labels:Penguin Group- publisher
Movies:American Book Awards (1987), NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work, Fiction (2011 (2011), 2002), Glamour Woman of the Year Award (1996)
Books:“Waiting to Exhale” (1992), “Mama” (1987 (1987), “Disappearing Acts” (1989), “Waiting to Exhale” (1992), “How Stella Got Her Groove Back” (1996), “Disappearing Acts” (1989), “A Day Late and a Dollar Short” (2001), “The Interruption of Everything” (2005), “Waiting to Exhale” (2010), “Who Asked You”, “I Almost Forgot About You” (2016)

Interesting Facts

1Suing her ex-husband, Jonathan Plummer, and his attorney, Dolores S. Sargent, for $40 million, alleging that he tried to smear her reputation during their divorce.
2Biography and bibliography in "Contemporary Authors," New Revision Series, Vol. 131, pp. 300-305. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2005.
3Has a son named Solomon.


Nominated Awards

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2001Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsNetwork/Cable - Best Screenplay, Adapted or OriginalDisappearing Acts (2000)· Lisa Jones
1999Black Film AwardAcapulco Black Film FestivalBest ScreenplayHow Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998)




A Day Late and a Dollar Short2014TV Movie novel
Disappearing Acts2000TV Movie novel
How Stella Got Her Groove Back1998novel / screenplay
Waiting to Exhale1995novel / screenplay



Disappearing Acts2000TV Movie executive producer
How Stella Got Her Groove Back1998executive producer
Waiting to Exhale1995executive producer



Oprah: Where Are They Now?2014TV SeriesHerself
Face the Nation2013TV SeriesHerself
Tavis Smiley2005-2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest / Herself
The Mo'Nique Show2010TV SeriesHerself
The Oprah Winfrey Show2005-2010TV SeriesHerself
Real Life Divas2007TV Series documentaryHerself
Legends Ball2006TV Movie documentaryHerself
Essence Awards2002TV Movie documentaryHerself
La mirada crítica2002TV SeriesHimself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1996TV SeriesHerself
Lauren Hutton and...1996TV SeriesHerself
The 8th Annual Soul Train Music Awards1994TV SpecialHerself - Presenter

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

Entertainment Tonight2008TV SeriesHerself

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