Famous Women Who Retired With Millions In Their Pockets

Many celebrities continue their acting career well into old age, so it's always surprising when one of them decides to retire, especially for reasons unrelated to age or age. health status. Some leave their sector to embark on other adventures or to spend time with their families.

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By   Sophia Ava    YEET MAGAZINE | Updated 0339 GMT (1239 HKT) May 16, 2022


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Many celebrities continue their acting career well into old age, so it's always surprising when one of them decides to retire, especially for reasons unrelated to age or age. health status. Some leave their sector to embark on other adventures or to spend time with their families.

Some have had terrible experiences and can't imagine being in the spotlight again, and others just don't want to work anymore. But why wouldn't they? With the millions of dollars these tycoons rack up each year, most of them could retire before they hit 40. Even if their careers come to an end, many of these famous names leave behind legacies that will last for decades.Advertisement

1. Elizabeth Hurley

Net worth: $50 million*.
Year of retirement: Unknown
Current status: Fashion designer

Elizabeth Hurley made a name for herself after starring as Vanessa Kensington in Austin Powers: The International Man of Mystery. Her career highlights since have been a partnership with Estée Lauder as well as her role as Queen Helena in The Royals.Advertisement

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Elizabeth Hurley ©Markus Wissmann/Shutterstock.com

In recent years, Hurley has taken a step back from acting to pursue other pursuits. Hurley entered the modeling world at 29, which is rare in an industry that favors 20-year-olds. Despite this, Hurley is renowned for her modeling skills and has maintained an interest in fashion by launching her own line of swimwear, Elizabeth Hurley Beach, which launched at Harrods in 2005.Advertisement

2. Doris Day

Net worth: $200 million*.
Year of retirement: 1975
Current status: Deceased

We all know Doris Day from the much-loved 1953 film, Calamity Jane, and while Day was an acclaimed actress, she didn't have the easiest life. Day was married 4 times and found herself completely broke after her third husband. She discovered that he and his associate had spent all the savings she had made during her acting years.Advertisement

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On top of that, her only son (Terry Melcher) was known to have ties to Charles Manson which destroyed his reputation. However, Day was passionate about animal welfare and spent most of her time after retirement caring for strays and abandoned animals. She even opened one of the first pet-friendly hotels in the United States.Keep Watching

3. Jessica Alba

Net worth: $200 million*.
Year of retirement: 2008
Current status: Returned to acting and founder of The Honest Company

Jessica Alba spent most of the 2000s being one of the most beautiful actresses on movie screens taking on roles in romantic comedies, action and sci-fi. Alba said she's always struggled to stop being labeled as "the sexiest" and her priorities were really re-ordered when she became a parent in 2008.Advertisement

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In her words, she wanted to "do something bigger" and acting no longer felt authentic to her. That's why in 2012, she launched The Honest Company, a brand dedicated to providing non-toxic health and lifestyle products to women and their children. She still plays occasionally but her brand and her family are the most important things in her life right now.

4. Tyra Banks

Net worth: $90 million*.
Year of retirement: 2015
Current situation: TV host and involved in real estate

Tyra Banks is probably best known for being the host of America's Next Top Model which ran for 15 years. Banks herself has been a model since she was a teenager, but some may be surprised to learn that she also has an extensive filmography. Having acted in films and on television since 1993, Banks has since walked away from acting.Advertisement

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Her last role was in Life-Size 2 in 2018 and since then she has only taken jobs as a TV host which seems to be her true talent. She was announced as the new host of Dancing With The Stars in 2020 and collects properties for her real estate portfolio next door.

5. Jessica Simpson

Net worth: $200 million*.
Year of Retirement: 2014
Current Status: Founder of Warm Up Clothing and Writing

Jessica Simpson has been in the limelight since the age of 17 with a music and acting career that spans 20 years. She has always been cataloged as a “crazy blonde”. She was the face of Daisy Duke for years, a partnership that brought her both blessings and curses. His image was totally perfect for the brand.Advertisement

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The last time Simpson acted was in 2014 and she's been focusing on her fashion brand and philanthropy ever since. She owns a clothing line named The Jessica Simpson Collection which has grossed over $1 billion to date.

6. Shirley Temple

Net worth: $30 million*.
Year of retirement: 1950
Current status: Deceased

Although Shirley Temple was the classic image of a child superstar, her movie career didn't last as long as many think. After a childhood spent in the spotlight or in the public eye, Temple made the decision to retire from acting when she was just 22 years old.Advertisement

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Subsequently, she appeared on television in Shirley Temple's Storybook and had a successful diplomatic career as a registered member of the Republican Party. She served as the United States Ambassador to Czechoslovakia from 1989 to 1992. Her fame continued for so many years that a cocktail party was even named after her. Temple died in 2014 at the age of 85, from complications from COPD.

7. Kathy Ireland

Net worth: $500 million*.
Year of retirement: 2009
Current situation: Design magnate

Spotted at just 16, Kathy Ireland has appeared on the covers of Vogue, Cosmopolitan and Forbes. She also appeared in numerous film and television productions between 1985 and 2009, notably in the role of Wanda Saknussemm in Alien From LA. She hasn't appeared in any production since a guest spot on Family Guy! and nothing suggests that she intends to.Advertisement

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Since then, she has expanded her brand by getting involved in numerous partnerships. One of the most notable was with Kmart, which sold a line of socks with Ireland's name drawn on it, allowing it to collect some of the revenue. She also designed a line of wedding dresses and other clothing for special occasions. All of her projects have made her one of the richest retired models in the world.

8. Grace Kelly

Net worth: $40 million*.
Year of retirement: 1956
Current status: Deceased

Grace Kelly was known to be a favorite of Albert Hitchcock playing notably in Rear Window alongside James Stewart, another Hitchcock favorite. She first gained recognition after appearing in High Noon although her performance was not particularly well received.Advertisement

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Her career came to an unexpected end when she married Prince Rainier III of Monaco in 1956 which meant she could no longer work as an actress. She was only 27 when she retired and took her title of Princess of Monaco. Sadly, that wasn't to last either as Kelly tragically died in 1982 in a fatal car crash while driving with her daughter, Princess Stephanie, who thankfully survived.

9. Jane Fonda

Net worth: $200 million*.
Year of retirement: 1991
Current status: Returned to acting

Jane Fonda was the defining voice of a generation, a staunch activist as well as a screen star. In addition to her many acting roles dating back to 1960, Fonda campaigned against the Vietnam War, Iraq War and oil pipelines. She announced her retirement from acting in 1991 after marrying billionaire Ted Turner.Advertisement

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Fonda slowly made a comeback to acting with the hit movie Monster In Law in which she starred alongside Jennifer Lopez. Although she is not accepting as many roles as before, Fonda is still appearing in film and television and plans to take on other projects. She will voice the "Dragon" in Luck, an animated film for children scheduled for release in 2022.

10. Jennette McCurdy

Net worth: $5 million*.
Year of retirement: 2017
Current status: Director and producer

Being one of the youngest actresses to retire, it came as a real shock when Jennette McCurdy announced her departure from the big screen. At just 25, McCurdy said she felt embarrassed by most of her acting resume which largely consisted of roles dating back to her time on the Disney Channel. She is best known for her role as Sam Puckett in iCarly.Advertisement

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However, McCurdy has no intention of leaving the industry for good. She has expressed interest in turning to directing and producing rather than acting and has already directed three short films.

11. Barbra Streisand

Net worth: $53 million*.
Year of retirement: 2000
Current status: Returned to music

There are few more iconic Broadway performances than that of Barbra Streisand as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl. Streisand's performance earned her acclaimed recognition in the world of music and comedy, two industries she dominated for 60 years. Streisand announced her retirement from the stage in 2000 but continues to make music and a few guest appearances today.Advertisement

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Barbra Streisand ©Everett Collection/Shutterstock.comAdvertisement

Streisand continues to churn out albums but hasn't performed on stage or screen since 2012, when she starred opposite Seth Rogen on The Guilt Trip. After a five-year hiatus, she has resumed touring and has done so three times as of 2017. There were talks of her starring in a Catherine the Great biopic in 2015 but no news of the project has emerged. been announced.

12. Linda Ronstadt

Net worth: $130 million*.
Year of retirement: 2011
Current situation: She spends time with her family

Although Linda Ronstadt is generally recognized for her music, she has a background in the theater industry. She appeared in many productions as herself namely The Muppet Show and Saturday Night Live but also as characters. She starred as Mabel Stanley in The Pirates of Penzance, a performance that earned her Tony and Golden Globe nominations.Advertisement

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Her acting and musical career had to be put on hold in recent years due to a decline in her health. She announced that she was retiring from stage and screen in 2011, two years later she revealed that she had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and as a result could no longer sing. She was later diagnosed again with progressive supranuclear palsy.

13. Karyn Parsons

Net worth: $1.5 million*.
Year of retirement: 2002
Current status: Writer

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air was the defining sitcom for many teenagers in the 90s and Hilary Banks was just one of many unforgettable characters. Despite her success on the show, Karyn Parsons retired from acting in 2002 after only accepting a handful of roles after the sitcom ended in 1996.Advertisement

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She starred as Toni in the hit series The Job and later created Sweet Blackberry, a collection of short films featuring real-life black heroes. Today, she is married to director Alexandre Rockwell and together they have two children. In 2019, she began writing children's books including the highly acclaimed How High The Moon.

14. Ali MacGraw

Net worth: $20 million*.
Year of retirement: 1985
Current situation: Community activism

You could say Ali MacGraw has a shorter filmography than most acclaimed actors but that's just a testament to his talent. MacGraw first gained recognition for her acting after starring as Brenda Patimkin on Goodbye, Columbus. She won a Golden Globe for her role by winning the award for Most Promising Newcomer.Advertisement

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MacGraw would continue to receive accolades for her roles until she retired from the screen in 1985. In her 50s, she became passionate about Hatha Yoga and moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico after his Malibu home was destroyed by a wildfire. Today, she defends animal welfare and is involved in the activism of Native American communities in her region.

15. Tina Turner

Net worth: $250 million*.
Year of retirement: 2000
Current situation: She lives in Switzerland and writes

Tina Turner is a name everyone recognizes as she is one of the most famous people in the music industry. Few people today remember that Turner was also an actress even though she hasn't played a role since 1993. Turner officially announced her retirement during a tour in 2000 but since then she has devoted her time to acting. other projects.Advertisement

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In addition to helping produce her biopic, Tina, Turner briefly came out of retirement in 2020 to collaborate with Kygo on a remix of What's Love Got To Do With It. She lives in Sweden with her husband Erwin Bach and has published three books including two memoirs.

16. Phoebe Cates

Net worth: $5 million*.
Year of retirement: 1994
Current situation: Owner of the Blue Tree shop

Phoebe Cates has starred in many blockbusters during her career including Gremlins and Drop Dead Fred. Having started her career as a model, Cates has expressed the struggles her career brought her throughout her life especially when she was a teenager.Advertisement

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She married fellow actor Kevin Kline in 1989 with whom she has two children. They appeared together in her final acting role in the 1994 comedy-drama Princess Caraboo. After that, she took a step back to focus on raising her family. In 2005, she founded Blue Tree, a boutique on New York's Upper East Side stating that she always wanted to run her own store.

17. Portia De Rossi

Net worth: $20 million*.
Year of retirement: 2018
Current situation: Philanthropist and business owner

Best known for her role on Arrested Development and her marriage to Ellen DeGeneres, Portia De Rossi has managed to stay out of the public eye for the most part while having a very successful career. In 2018, she announced on her wife's talk show that she was retiring from acting except for future seasons of Arrested Development.Advertisement

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Since then, De Rossi has focused on his philanthropy, namely supporting organizations working to end the AIDS crisis in Africa and a foundation that cares for stray animals in California. She has expressed interest in starting her own business in the future, details of which have not yet been released.

18. Lisa Bonet

Net worth: $16 million*.
Year of retirement: Unknown
Current situation: Unknown

Lisa Bonet is a multi-talented celebrity known for both her music and acting skills. Having worked for most of her life, Bonet seems to have taken a step back from the industry in recent years and hasn't appeared in any role since 2016 when she played Marisol, a recurring character on Ray Donovan.Advertisement

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Her most recent work dates back to 2019 when she collaborated with artists Dororthy and Angel Haze on the track Freedom (TROY NōKA Remix). Although Bonet tends to stay away from social media, she has appeared on her daughter, Zoë Kravitz's Instagram several times, and occasionally appears in reality television works involving her husband, Jason Momoa.

19. Sarah Michelle Gellar

Net worth: $20 million*. Year of retirement: Unknown
Current status: Back in comedy

Sarah Michelle Gellar and her “semi-retired” husband of several years, both stepping back from the limelight to focus on raising their families. Known for her iconic role as Buffy Summers on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, longtime fans of the show are always eager to see what she does next.Advertisement

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After taking a break from acting, Gellar released a cookbook and a line of organic baking kits and mixes that are now sold at Starbucks. In 2019, she announced her return to the cinema after being chosen to play in the series Sometimes I Lie. Since then, she has also been cast in series for Netflix and Amazon Prime.

20. Meghan Markle

Net worth: $5 million*.
Year of retirement: 2017
Current status: Member of the British Royal Family

Although Meghan Markle has retired from the limelight, she has by no means left the public eye. In 2018, she married Prince Harry, which made her the Duchess of Sussex and brought her as much exposure as her acting career. However, she let it be known that this was not a good thing.Advertisement

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In 2021, she and Prince Harry did a 'reveal all' interview with close friend Oprah Winfrey in which Markle expressed how her royal life has been borderline unbearable. She spoke candidly about the lack of support from the Firm regarding the negative media attention. She and her husband have since welcomed their second child and seem to be busy focusing on their life in the United States.

21. Amanda Bynes

Net worth: $4 million*.
Year of retirement: 2010
Current status: Unknown

In the 2000s, Amanda Bynes was one of the most recognized actresses in teen comedy. However, she has become less known for her acting and more for her very public scandals in recent years, due to mental health and addiction issues. Her latest project was the hit teen comedy Easy A in 2010 which thrust Emma Stone into the limelight.Advertisement

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She announced her official hiatus from acting in 2010 and although she has since expressed interest in returning to acting, it has yet to materialize as the former child star continues to struggle with a bad Mental Health. For now, she is inactive on social media but is said to be working on herself and her sobriety.

22. Geena Davis

Net worth: $30 million*.
Year of retirement: Unknown
Current status: Return to acting and philanthropy

Most of us remember Geena Davis for her roles in Thelma & Louise and A League of Their Own, but the actress said since she turned 40, decent roles are harder to come by. In fact, the only movie she did during her quarantine was Stuart Little as nothing she was offered was as interesting as her previous roles.Advertisement

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Davis then starred in her own sitcom, The Geena Davis Show, but it was canceled after the first season which Davis says broke her heart. Since then, she has accepted a few small roles on television and is passionate about philanthropy. She even created the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media which aims to reduce female stereotypes in children's programming.

23. Cameron Diaz

Net worth: $140 million*.
Year of retirement: 2014
Current status: CEO of organic wine brand Avaline

Once one of Hollywood's most famous actresses, everyone was shocked when Cameron Diaz announced she was retiring from acting at just 42 years old. After a few years of bad reviews and films that failed to do well at the box office, Diaz said she decided to quit acting because the travel required for filming was just too exhausting.Advertisement

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Diaz retired with a net worth of $140 million and decided to invest in his own brand of organic wine. She founded Avaline with her business partner Katherine Power in 2020 and talks about it often on her social media accounts.

24. Mary-Kate et Ashley Olsen

Net worth: $100 million*.
Year of retirement: 2004
Current situation: Fashion designer

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen were more famous than most of us will ever be before we even finished elementary school. Nicknamed "the Olsen twins", these young stars have become media enigmas since retiring when they were just 18 years old. They have since largely avoided the limelight but have faced public scrutiny around their health.

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Ashley Olsen ©Everett Collection/Shutterstock.com

After winning $100 million, there was nothing stopping the twins from stepping out of the spotlight for good. However, they instead chose to make a career in the fashion industry launching their brand The Row in 2006 choosing not to reference themselves in the brand name so the clothes could speak for themselves- same.

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