What is Patti LuPone’s Net Worth?
Patti LuPone is an American actress and singer who has a net worth of $8 million. Patti LuPone is among the most laurelled stars of modern musical theater. Winner of multiple Tony and Olivier Awards, she has starred in such Broadway hits as “Three Sisters,” “The Robber Bridegroom,” “Evita,” “Les Misérables,” and revivals of “Gypsy” and “Company.” LuPone’s other credits include the television series “Life Goes On,” “Pose,” and “Penny Dreadful” and the films “Summer of Sam,” “Driving Miss Daisy,” and “State and Main.”
Patti LuPone was born in Northport, New York, and went on to graduate from the Juilliard School. She was in the first class of Drama Division graduates to come out of the famed institution. Directly out of college, she began touring with John Houseman’s celebrated, The Acting Company. She then made her Broadway debut in the 1973 production of “The Three Sisters”. Two years later, she received her first Tony nomination for her performance in “The Robber Bridegroom”. She won a Tony Award for her critically acclaimed performance in “Evita” in 1979. She has gone on to a widely celebrated career in the theater, and has received numerous nominations and awards in addition to her Tony, including another Tony, two Olivier Awards, and two Grammy Awards.
Early Life and Education
Patti LuPone was born on April 21, 1949 in Northport, New York to Italian-American parents Angela and Orlando. Both academic administrators, they worked at Long Island University and Walt Whitman High School, respectively. LuPone had an older brother named Robert who was also a Broadway actor. For her higher education, she went to the Juilliard School, where she was part of the inaugural graduating class of the Drama Division.
Theater Career in the 70s
After graduating from Juilliard in 1972, LuPone joined John Houseman’s touring theater company, the Acting Company, as one of its original members. During her time with the group through 1976, she appeared in such shows as “The Cradle Will Rock,” “Women Beware Women,” “The Beggar’s Opera,” “The Lower Depths,” and “Edward II.” Meanwhile, in 1973, LuPone made her debut on Broadway in a production of the Chekhov play “Three Sisters.” She went on to appear in the original production of the musical “The Robber Bridegroom” in 1975, earning her first Tony Award nomination. Later in the decade, LuPone appeared in “The Woods,” her first of many David Mamet plays, and starred as Argentina’s First Lady Eva Perón in the musical “Evita.” Despite having a tortuous time in the role, she won her first Tony Award for the production.
Theater Career in the 80s and 90s
In the early 80s, LuPone returned to the Acting Company for a revival of the musical “The Cradle Will Rock.” Following that, she originated the role of Fantine in the original London production of the musical “Les Misérables” in 1985. For her work in both shows, LuPone was given the Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical. She returned to Broadway in 1987 to star in a revival of Cole Porter’s musical “Anything Goes,” for which she earned her third Tony nomination.
LuPone went back to London in 1993 to originate the lead role of Norma Desmond in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Sunset Boulevard.” Back on Broadway two years later, she starred in her eponymous one-woman show. Subsequently, LuPone joined the cast of Terrence McNally’s play “Master Class.” Her other credits in the 90s included “Pal Joey,” “The Old Neighborhood,” and “Annie Get Your Gun.”
Theater Career in the 00s and Beyond
Starting in 2001, LuPone became a regular performer at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, Illinois. There, she starred in a series of concert presentations of Stephen Sondheim musicals, including “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” “Gypsy,” and “Sunday in the Park with George.” Also in 2001, LuPone starred in a Broadway revival of the play “Noises Off.” She returned to Broadway in 2005 to star in a new production of “Sweeney Todd,” for which she received her fourth Tony nomination. In 2007, LuPone starred alongside Audra McDonald in the Los Angeles Opera’s production of “Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny.” She went on to star in a new production of “Gypsy” the following year, and won her second Tony Award.
In 2010, LuPone originated the role of Lucia in the original Broadway production of the musical “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown,” based on the Pedro Almodóvar film. She earned yet another Tony nomination for her work. The next year, LuPone made her debut in the New York City Ballet in a production of “The Seven Deadly Sins.” Her subsequent credits included such productions as “The Anarchist,” “The Ghosts of Versailles,” “Shows for Days,” and “War Paint.” In 2018, LuPone starred as Joanne in the London revival of “Company,” and took home her second Olivier Award. For the Broadway transfer in 2021, LuPone won her third Tony Award.
On television, LuPone had her biggest role on the ABC series “Life Goes On,” which ran from 1989 to 1993. She played Libby Thatcher, a mother raising her kids alongside husband Drew in suburban Chicago. LuPone later had main roles on “Penny Dreadful” and the miniseries “Hollywood.” She has also had a number of recurring roles over the years, including in the final season of “Oz,” the third season of “American Horror Story,” and the second season of “Pose.” Additionally, LuPone has lent her voice to such animated series as “BoJack Horseman,” “Steven Universe,” “The Simpsons,” “F is for Family,” and “Vampirina.”
Among her other television credits, LuPone has appeared in a handful of television films. In 1987, she portrayed Lady Bird Johnson in “LBJ: The Early Years.” Five years after that, she starred in “The Water Engine,” based on David Mamet’s play.
LuPone had her first film credit with Steven Spielberg’s 1979 historical war comedy “1941,” in which she played Lydia Hedberg. In the 80s, she had roles in “Fighting Back,” “Witness,” “Wise Guys,” and the Best Picture Oscar winner “Driving Miss Daisy.” LuPone’s credits the next decade were “Family Prayers,” “The 24 Hour Woman,” and Spike Lee’s “Summer of Sam.” In the new millennium, she appeared in such films as “State and Main,” “Heist,” “City by the Sea,” “Union Square,” “Parker,” and “The Comedian.” Her other credits include the Netflix fantasy film “The School for Good and Evil” and Ari Aster’s horror comedy “Disappointment Blvd.”
LuPone has gotten into a few heated confrontations with theater patrons for alleged breaches of etiquette. In early 2009, she stopped in the middle of her “Gypsy” performance to demand that an attendee taking flash photography be removed from the theater. Later, in the summer of 2015, she grabbed the mobile phone of an audience member who had been using the device during a show. LuPone’s most widely circulated confrontation came in 2022 when she lashed out at an audience member refusing to wear a mask in compliance with COVID safety protocols.
In 1988, LuPone wed cameraman Matthew Johnston, whom she met on the set of the television film “LBJ: The Early Years.” They have a child together.
In 2001 Patti paid $850,000 for an oceanfront home in Edisto Island, South Carolina. She proceeded to tear the existing home down and then built a 3,700 square-foot mansion. She sold this home in October 2020 for $2 million. It’s unclear if she still owns another home in South Carolina. Here’s a video tour of her previous home:
In 1988 Patti paid an undisclosed amount for an 85-acre property in Kent, Connecticut. She proceeded to custom build a 3,500 square-foot modern farmhouse. Patti sold this property in September 2020 for $2.5 million. Here’s a video tour of that property: