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For over six decades now, legendary American actress Mariette Hartley has maintained a wave-making niche in the drama genre of the film industry. Starting off as a teenage actress, Hartley has since appeared in over 150 stage/screen works and hundreds of commercials. In 1979, she became the first actor to win an Emmy Award for a sci-fi TV show. That was for her role as Caroline Fields in a 1978 episode of The Incredible Hulk (1978-1982).

Mariette Hartley’s Biography – How Old Is She?

She was born as Mary Loretta Hartley on June 21, 1940, in New York City, United States. She hated the names Mary and Loretta, and so coined the two to get Mariette. Her parents, Mary Watson and Paul Hartley respectively worked as sales manager and accounts executive. Her maternal grandfather, J.B. Watson was the psychologist who propounded the theory of Behaviorism – one Mariette blames for the psychological dysfunction that runs in her family. She has a younger brother named Paul who grew up to become a writer and philosopher.

Mariette grew up in Weston, and attended the Staples High School in Westport, both in Connecticut. After completing her prep education in 1957, she later gained admission into the Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She graduated in 1965. Hartley would later receive an honorary degree from the Rider University in 1993.

What Is Mariette Hartley Known For?

Mariette Hartley is of known for her acting career which she started off as a teenager, precisely at the age of thirteen. She began acting on stage as a member of Norwalk-based White Barn Theatre in Connecticut. She was also a member and leader of Staples Players, her high school drama group. Mariette additionally acted for the American Shakespeare Festival.

At the age of eighteen, Hartley played her debut film role (though uncredited) in the 1958 western movie, From Hell To Texas. She subsequently relocated to Los Angeles where she joined the UCLA Theater Group. She later made her first credited screen appearance in the 1962 western movie, Ride the High Country.

Mariette Hartley has since appeared in numerous films, TV series and other forms of screen work. In recent years, she’s had a recurring role on Fox’s procedural series, 9-1-1. Among other prominent works she has starred in are Drums of Africa (1963), Marnie (1964), Peyton Place (1965), Goodnight, Beantown (1963-84), and Wild About Animals (1995-2015).

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Of all her screen works, Mariette Hartley is most popular for starring alongside American actor, James Garner in the award-winning Polaroid Cameras television commercials and print advertisements which ran from 1977 to 1984.

Mariette and James bonded so naturally in the series of adverts to the point that many started taking her for his wife. To debunk the claims, Mariette started wearing a T-Shirt with the write up: “I am Not Mrs. Garner”. She also made T-shirts for her son and husband which also had write-ups aimed at refuting the claims. Garner’s real wife also made one for herself with the inscription, “I am Mrs. Garner”.

In addition to acting, Mariette Hartley is also a humanitarian. She mostly works as a bipolar disorder and suicide activist. Hartley had struggled with bipolar disorder for significant periods of her life. Having also lost several members of her family (including her father, uncle, and cousin) to suicide, Mariette founded the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) in 1987. AFSP is a private health organisation that is concerned with preventing suicide as well as assisting individuals affected by suicide. Hartley also works as the spokesperson of the organisation.

In 1990, she published her autobiography, Breaking The Silence which she authored alongside American writer/editor Anne Commire.

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How Much Is Her Net Worth?

Mariette Hartley has been able to gather a decent net worth through her long acting career. As of 2019, her net worth is estimated at $6 million. In addition to acting, Mariette has featured in numerous TV and print ads, all of which have contributed to her worth over the years.

Aside from showbiz, Hartley has worked with a number of other enterprises. From 2001 to 2006, she worked as the brand ambassador of See Clearly Method, a profit-oriented eye exercise program. She has also worked for GlaxoSmithKline, a British pharmaceutical company that produces medication for bipolar disorder.

At GlaxoSmithKline, she served as an advocate, helping to enlighten people on proper diagnosis and treatment of mental illnesses, with emphasis on bipolar. The talented actress must have also earned significant sums from the above jobs, thus growing her worth to what it is at the moment.

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