In 1980, a girl of 17, Cathy Moriarty, who was previously unknown in the world of acting appeared in the movie Raging Bull. Despite the fact that it was her first film, her acting was flawless that it instantly made her famous, earning her the Golden Globe Award and Academy Award nominations.
More than three decades later, the prophecy she made of becoming a great actress with her first performance has been fulfilled. The American actress who has made a name for herself both in films and on TV has more than fifty appearances to her credit. Beyond being an actress, Moriarty is also a singer, even though she has not achieved so much in that regard.
Cathy Moriarty Biography
The Bronx Blonde as Cathy Moriarty is often called was born in The Bronx New York on November 29, 1960, to Catherine Moriarty and John Moriarty. Her parents who were immigrants from Ireland were both of Catholic faith, under which they brought up the actress. Her father worked in a warehouse while her mother was a homemaker.
She was brought up with a brother Tommy Moriarty as well as a sister, Mary Moriarty.
For her education, the actress who had always wanted to be on screen since a very early age went to Lincoln High School, Yonkers. There is no record of her proceeding any further with her education.
Even though she is mostly known as an actress, she is also an entrepreneur who owns a number of businesses including Mulberry Street Pizza restaurants which she co-owns with Richie Palmer.
As an actress, the first role portrayed by Cathy was that of Vikki LaMotta in Raging Bull (1980). From then on, she has come to appear in many more movies and TV shows that returned very successful.
Some of the films that she has appeared in are Neighbors (1981), White of the Eye (1987), Kindergarten Cop (1990), and Red Team (2000). Most recently, she was in Patti Cake$ (2017). She has acted alongside big names including and .
She has also appeared in a good number of TV shows such as Wiseguy which was her debut on TV in 1989, the TV film Another Midnight Run (1994), Bless This House (1995), and The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (2018).
Celebrity Facts and Awards
1. Husband and Children
Just when she was becoming very famous thanks to her first movie, Cathy Moriarty got married to Carmine D’Anna who was a theatrical manager. The couple was together until 1992 when their love went cold and they parted ways in a divorce with her ex-husband asking for a million dollars.
The Oscar-nominated actress remained single until 1999 when she got married for a second time. This time around it was to a financier, Joseph Gentile. The two are still together and their union has been blessed with three kids: a set of twins Catherine Patricia and Joseph John who were born in 2000 and Annabella Rose who was born in 2001.
2. Net Worth
Coming a long way as an actress and entrepreneur as she has, it is not surprising that Cathy Moriarty has a net worth that is estimated at $5 million.
Apart from her talent, one more thing that the Raging Bull actress has is her good looks which are complemented by her height and body build. She stands at a height of 5 feet 9 inches, (1.75 m).
When she first hit the scene, Cathy Moriarty came as someone who was going to last long and succeed. She has obviously lasted long and if awards are anything to go by, then she has indeed succeeded. With her first ever film appearance, Cathy was nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the NSFC Award, BAFTA film award, Academy Award, and Golden Globe Award in 1981. She also got another Golden Globe nomination for the same movie in the New Star of the Year – Actress category.
In 1983, she took home the CableACE Award for Best Actress in a Dramatic Series for her role in Tales from the Crypt and then in 2001, she was nominated for Red Team in the category of Best Actress at the DVD Exclusive Award. In 2013, she won the NYC Chain Film Festival Award as the Best Actress of the year for her role in Tammy. The same role won her the best actor award at the Williamsburg Independent Film Festival, US.