Three Renowned Actresses Who Died Broke

By Sandip Pal | 3 years ago
Three Renowned Actresses Who Died Broke
A publicity still of Judy Garland from MGM used in conjunction with promotion of The Harvey Girls (1946)

Money and fame come and go in showbusiness. That is why some celebrities invest their money on other business ventures because we all know that showbusiness is not forever. For some reason, the actresses we have included in the list below were broke when they died. Find out the why as you read on.

Veronica Lake

She was an American film and television actress who rose to fame from her roles in “Sullivan’s Travels,” “I Wanted Wings” and “The Blue Dahlia.” When her career suffered a steep decline in the late 1940s despite the audience and the critic’s appreciation for her craft, she suffered from mental agony and alcoholism. All of these took a toll on her acting career. Nothing much changed since then. During the ’70s, she wrote an autobiography and used all the money she had into making a low-budget horror flick. It proved to be an utter failure, leaving Lake distraught. She died of kidney failure at the age of 50 since she did not have any money left for her treatment.

Hedy Lamarr

She was once called the “most beautiful girl in Europe.” She rose to fame with her role in the film “Ecstasy.” Lamarr did full-frontal nudity in the film, which was pretty controversial during those days. She starred in a lot of film throughout the 40s and 50s. She married and divorced six times, taking away a huge amount of her fortune she accumulated overtime. Lamarr died in 2000, 86 years old, because of natural causes, and she was completely penniless.

Judy Garland

She was an American actress about whom Fred Astaire once said to be “the greatest entertainer who ever lived.” She is best known for her role as Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz.” She was a very successful entertainer for over 40 years, but even then she was financially unstable. This was prominently because of the fact that she was married five times and had four divorces. In addition, she had a huge battle with drugs and alcohol — all these factors took away a huge sum out of her earnings and put her into a debt she was never able to get out of in her lifetime. At the time of her death, at the young age of 47 years, she had debts amounting to $4 million.

There you have it for the three renowned actresses who died broke. For more entertainment features, keep tabs on Movie News Guide (MNG).

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