Joey Heatherton is one of the well-rounded stars that Hollywood has ever produced. She wasn’t just a prolific singer and dancer but was also an accomplished actress. At the height of her career in the 60s and 70s, she was the toast of the screens appearing in many movies and TV shows. Heatherton was also an excellent live performer and gave many unforgettable public performances. Find out more about Heatherton in the following paragraphs including her bio, net worth and so much more.
Joey Heatherton’s Bio (Age)
Joey Heatherton was born as Davenie Johanna Heatherton on the 14th day of September 1944. The name Joey was a nickname she was called as a child. She grew up in Rockville Center, New York City and attended Saint Agnes Academy. She became interested in showbiz when she was just a child and she took various lessons including ballet, jazz dance and acting lessons in order to prepare herself for the future. Heatherton commenced her career as a teenager and her first TV appearance came in the popular kiddies TV show known as The Merry Mailman. From there, she went on to feature in some stage productions on Broadway.
The iconic actress rose to the limelight in 1959, thanks to her appearance in The Perry Como Show. Her excellent performance gained her nationwide fame and she became a regular fixture on most of the variety shows that dominated TV in those days. They include the Ed Sullivan Show, The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and The Dean Martin Show. Whilst appearing on these shows, Joey Heatherton was also building an impressive career as an actress. Her very first acting role came in the 1960 TV series, Route 66.
Heatherton would go on to appear in other shows such as The Doctors and The Nurses (1962 – 1963), The Virginian (1963), Arrest and Trial (1963), Channing (1964), Breaking Point (1964), and Laverne & Shirley (1981). Heatherton also appeared in several movies including Twilight of Honour (1963), Where Love Has Gone (1964), Bluebeard (1972), The Happy Hooker Goes to Washington (1977), and Cry Baby (1990).
The actress received several honors in the course of her career and she was nominated for most promising female newcomer at the 1964 Golden Globes. This was for her role as the wife of an alleged murderer in the 1963 movie, Twilight of Honour.
Family – Parents, Husband
Joey Heatherton hails from a family of four. Her father’s name is Ray while her mother’s name is Davenie. She has a brother named Dick Heatherton. Her family background influenced her decision to go into showbiz. Her father, Ray Heatherton, was a seasoned TV personality as well as a Broadway star. He pioneered many TV shows in the 50s and 60s including Heatherton House and The Merry Mailman.
Joey Heatherton has been married just once. She tied the knot with National Football League (NFL) player, Lance Rentzel in April 1969. Rentzel was a wide receiver and played for teams such as the Minnesota Vikings, Dallas Cowboys, and Los Angeles Rams during his ten-year stint in the NFL. The couple’s union lasted for just a year before her husband was arrested for indecently exposing himself to an underage girl in November 1970.
The arrest caused a huge scandal and it emerged that Rentzel had committed a similar offense in 1966. The publicity was harsh and unforgiving and Heatherton filed for divorce in September 1971 which was finalized in 1972. She remained unmarried since then.
Joey Heatherton’s net worth is estimated to be $5 million. She made her money from her acting career as well her career as a musician and dancer. She released several singles and a full-length album in the course of her career. She released her first album, titled The Joey Heatherton Album, in 1972. The lead single, Gone, spent several weeks on the Billboard top 100 charts. Heatherton was also a prolific performer and gave many public performances. She must have also made a tidy sum from these as well.
What is Joey Heatherton’s Height?
Joey Heatherton is 5 feet 5 inches tall (1.65m) and her weight is given as 59 kg or 130 lb; she also has blue eyes and blonde hair. Other additional measurements are chest size – 34 inches, hips size – 32 inches and waist size – 20 inches. Heatherton was widely regarded as a sex symbol during her time. This was due to her exquisite looks as well as her provocative and alluring style of dancing.