Maggie Gyllenhaal Net Worth, Background, Education, Career Highlights, Awards, Recognition, Activism and Personal Life

Published Date   31st Aug. 2017, 22:23 pm
Maggie Gyllenhaal Net Worth, Background, Education, Career Highlights, Awards, Recognition, Activism and Personal Life
Quick Info
Birth Name: Margaret Ruth Gyllenhaal
Nationality: American
Net Worth: $15 million

American actress, Maggie Gyllenhaal net worth elevated as she accumulated wide acclamation and Golden Globe nomination for starring as Lee Holloway in Secretary (2002).


Maggie Gyllenhaal gained huge praise for her work in Secretary (2002) as well as comedy drama Sherrybaby (2006). Sherrybaby also earned her Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in Motion Picture-Drama. Furthermore, Maggie Gyllenhaal net worth hiked for making remarkable appearance as star cast in The Dark Knight (2008) and Crazy Heart (2009). Similarly, she won BIFA Award nomination for Frank (2014) and Golden Globe for The Honorable Woman. In 2014, she made her Broadway debut in The Real Thing.

Background and Early Life

Maggie Gyllenhaal was born Margalit Ruth Gyllenhaal on November 16, 1977 in New York City, New York. She is an American born to screenwriter/director mother, Naomi Foner Gyllenhaal and film director/poet father, Stephen Gyllenhaal. Her father is of Swedish and English ancestry. On contrary, her mother is Jewish born in New York to the family emigrated from Russia and Poland.

Her parents married in 1977. It was her mother’s second marriage after separating with her first husband, Eric Foner. Foner is a remarkable historian who worked as history professor at Columbia University. Naomi and Stephen filed for divorce in 2008.

Gyllenhaal spent her early days in Los Angeles where she attended Harvard-Westlake Preparatory School. She then went to The Mountain School for a semester. Gyllenhaal then attended Columbia University where she studied literature and Eastern religions. Additionally, Gyllenhaal went to Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London to study acting for a summer term.

Early Career Highlights

Maggie Gyllenhaal net worth began to rise appearing in feature film Waterland (1992), A Dangerous Woman (1993) and Homegrown (1998). Stephen Gyllenhaal was the director of these movies. Gyllenhaal debut in Waterland when she was only 15 years old. Soon, she appeared in Moto Mario, an Italian cooking show with her mother in 2 episodes.

After graduating from college, she played supporting roles in Cecil B. Demented (2000) and Riding in Cars with Boys (2001). Maggie Gyllenhaal net worth hiked as earned recognition through her role in indie cult hit Donnie Darko (2001). Similarly, she made her theatrical debut with Closer which earned positive reviews.

Rise into Prominence

Maggie Gyllenhaal net worth rose as she landed the role of Lee Holloway in black comedy Secretary (2002). The film deals with the BDSM lifestyle and relationship of a secretary with her boss. She appeared biography Confessions of a Dangerous Mind which grossed US$33 million worldwide.

In 2003, she played a small role as Giselle in Mona Lisa Smile. The following year, she starred in HBO film Strip Search in which she appeared as an American student. In 2004, she got an invitation to join Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She played Allison Jimeno in World Trade Center, which grossed US$162 million worldwide turning into an international success.

Maggie Gyllenhaal net worth increased as she demonstrated her versatility playing young drug addicted thief in Sherrybaby. The critics called her performance praiseworthy and she earned wide recognition. Further, she has made noteworthy appearances in The Dark Knight (2008) and Batman Begins (2005) replacing Katie Holmes.

Her movie Away We Go received mixed reviews but she amassed huge praise from many different media. Additionally, she fetched attention of people as well as nomination.

Recent Career Highlights

Gyllenhaal has appeared in Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang in 2010. The movie grossed US$93 million worldwide. In addition, she has hosted PBS documentary series Independent Lens and appeared in independent movie, Hysteria.

Her recent and remarkable appearances are in action thriller White House Down (2013) and thriller miniseries The Honorable Woman (2014).  Similarly, in 2017, Maggie Gyllenhaal net worth hiked as she became the member of jury for the 2017 Berlin Film Festival.

Recognition and Awards

Stephen Holden from The New York Times praised Maggie Gyllenhaal for her role in Secretary stating, “The role of Lee, which Maggie Gyllenhaal imbues with a restrained comic delicacy and sweetness, should make her a star”. For the same movie, she gathered Best Breakthrough Performance award from National Board of Review of Motion Pictures. Similarly, she earned her first Golden Globe nomination and Independent Spirit Award nomination for the movie.

For her role in Homebody/Kabul as Priscilla, Ben Brantley of The New York Times wrote, “Ms. Gyllenhaal provides the essential bridge between the parts of the play’s title”. Further, Maggie Gyllenhaal net worth grew as Maxim magazine ranked her among “Hot 100 List” in 2004 and 2005.

Similarly, Entertainment Weekly praised Gyllenhaal’s performance as, “as wonderfully, naturally slouchy-sexy as her character is artificial”. The magazine remarked such words seeing her role as adventuress singer in Happy Endings (2005).

Maggie Gyllenhaal net worth heightened as she won Best Actress Award at 2006 Stockholm International Film Festival for Sherrybaby. In addition, she also collected Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress for the same movie.

Further, Entertainment Weekly editor Owen Gleiberman called Gyllenhaal’s performance in Away We Go as “Over-the-top”. Peter Travers of Rolling Stone also noted her as “funny, touching and vital”. The movie earned her Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actress.

Moreover, Maggie Gyllenhaal net worth continued to grow as she won Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film. She won the award for her role as Baroness Nessa Stein in BBC Television Miniseries The Honorable Woman.

Personal Life and Relationship

Maggie Gyllenhaal got into relationship with Peter Sarsgaard in 2002. Sarsgaard is a close friend of her brother, Jake. The couple married on May 2, 2009, three years after they announced their engagement. Their marriage ceremony took place in a small chapel in Brindisi, Italy. Gyllenhaal and Sarsgaard have two daughters: Ramona, born in 2006 and Gloria Ray, born in 2012. All of them together reside in Brooklyn, New York in present days.

Political Activism

Maggie Gyllenhaal is active in politics and spoke against the Iraq War at the 18th Independence Spirit Awards. She drew controversy when she talked in the context of September 11 attacks. Gyllenhaal took part in a campaign, Artists United to Win Without War, voicing against the Iraq War. She and Jake filmed commercial to encourage people to take part in voting.

The supporter of Obama, Gyllenhaal has campaigned on behalf of him in 2008 presidential election. Similarly, she campaigned on behalf of American Civil Liberties Union.

Philanthropic Actions

Maggie Gyllenhaal net worth did not only rise due to her acting. She has also proved herself to be valuable member of her society. The actress helped in raising fund for For the purpose, she helped design and promote a necklace that sold for $100. She also hosted a fashion show event in Los Angeles which worked only with all-natural and eco-friendly materials.  She is the advocate and ambassador of the Hear the World Foundation.

Salary and Net Worth

The amazing actress, Maggie Gyllenhaal net worth is $15 million. She accumulated this big fortune with her hard work and brilliance in acting.

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