Brenda Vaccaro Bio, Age, Education, Career, Husband

Brenda Buell Vanncaro's Net Worth as of July 2024 is $4 Million

Quick Facts of Brenda Buell Vanncaro

Net Worth$4 Million
SalaryNot Known
Height5 ft 5 in
Date of Birth18 November, 1939

Brenda Vaccaro is an American film, television, and stage actress whose biggest breakthrough in films came in the year 1969 after she portrayed the character of Shirley in Midnight Cowboy.

Brenda Vaccaro’s Bio, Age

Brenda Vaccaro was born on November 18, 1939, in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA. Her birth name is Brenda Buell Vanncaro. She was born in a well-established Italian – American family. Her father’s name is Mario A. Vaccaro and her mother’s name is Christine M. Her parents co-founded Mario’s Restaurant in 1943. She is 82 years old as of 2021 and she was born under the zodiac sign of Scorpio.

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She was raised in Dallas, Texas where the restaurant was established. She attended and graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School located in the same area. She had a passion for acting and wanted to start a career in the same field. So she at the age of 17 returned to New York to study acting. She then attended Neighbour Playhouse School of the Theater. She was well supported by her parents. She holds an American nationality and belongs to the Italian-American ethnic group.

Brenda Vaccaro’s Height

Vaccaro was one of the pretty and beautiful actresses of her time. She is 5 feet 5 inches tall and has blonde hair with brown eyes. She weighs almost 52 kg. she has an average built with a body measurement of, 34 chest size, 27 waist size, and a hip size of 35.

Brenda Vaccaro’s Career

Vaccaro was really passionate about acting and building a career in the same field. She made her Broadway debut from the comedy ‘Everybody Loves Opal’ in 1961 for which she won a Theater World Award. The act was written by John Patrick in which the story revolves around a middle-aged man named Opal Kronkie. Later she appeared in ‘The Affairs’ in 1962, Cactus Flower (1965), the musical How Now, Dow Jones (1967), The Goodbye People (1968).

The biggest breakthrough of the actress career came in the year 1969 after she appeared in Midnight Cowboy portraying the character of Shirley. Midnight Cowboy is a 1969 American buddy drama film, based on the 1965 novel of the same name by James Leo Herlihy which was written by Waldo Salt, directed by John Schlesinger. Brenda starred in the movie alongside Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight. The movie won three awards; Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay at the 42nd Academy Awards, it is the only X-rated film ever to win the Best Picture Award.

She played Ethel Rosenberg in Stanley Kramer’s Judgment: The Trial of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg in 1974, and in Once Is Not Enough, in the 1975 film adaptation of Jacqueline Susann. She has appeared in an all-female version of The Odd Couple on Broadway in 1985.

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Betty in ‘Heart of Midnight’ in 1988, Nora Stillman in ‘Love Affair’ in 1994, Meg in ‘Sonny’ in 2002, and Ida Krumble in ‘The Clapper’ in 2017 are some of Brenda Vaccaro’s prominent cinema appearances. Brenda played Margo Janus in the 2010 television series ‘You Don’t Know Jack,’ Ellen in ‘Superior Donuts,’ and Godmonster in ‘Summer Camp Island,’ all in 2018. Brenda was also dubbed “Queen of Brooklyn” at 1992 Welcome Back to Brooklyn Festival.

Sara, a 1976 television series, a handful of television movies, and a regular role in the short-lived 1984 series Paper Dolls are among her television credits. She also starred in Johnny Bravo, Paper Dolls, The Smurfs, Gypsy, Dear Detective, Sara, and The Shape of Things on television.

Vaccaro is one of the most successful actresses who has been nominated and awarded numerous times in her career. She has been nominated for three Tony Awards: in 1966 as Best Supporting or Featured Actress (Dramatic) for “Cactus Flower,” in 1968 as Best Actress (Musical) for “How Now, Dow Jones,” and in 1969 as Best Actress (Dramatic) for “The Goodbye People.” Some of her other nominations include; Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress – Comedy Series, Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Musical, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress.


Brenda was awarded Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture for her appearance in Jacqueline Susann’s Once Is Not Enough, Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries, or Television Film, Primetime Emmy Award for Individual Performance – Variety Or Music Program.

Brenda has never been in any kinds of controversies or rumors throughout her career except for her affairs and relationships. She once told that she with her boyfriend Michael Douglas used to have fun experimenting with drugs. Except for this, the actress has had a very clean professional career.

Brenda Vaccaro’s Husband

Brenda has married and been engaged in a romantic relationship many times. But she is married to Guy Hector for almost 3 decades now who is a real estate executive and businessman. the couple tied the knot on February 2, 1986. At first, Vaccaro was married to Martin Fried, an American Composer who was born on 12th October 1928 in Manhattan, NY, USA, and died on 28th March 2000 at the age of 71. They tied the knot on 25th April 1965 after dating for a year. However, their relationship only lasted for 5 years, and divorced in 1970.

Right after the divorce, she dated Michael Douglas for nearly seven years. The couple was talk of the Bollywood time since both of them were known actors by profession and had many fans, well-wishers. They had been in a relationship from 1971 to 1976 but the couple separated after, Brenda backed out because she had fallen in love with another actor Don Stroud. Michael and Brenda had fell in love after she starred in Midnight Cowboy. Douglas had asked his father to introduce the beautiful actress to him and later also offered a role to her in Summertree. The couple started dating and were finally about to marry after seven years of marriage but later the event clashed since the actress had fallen for another man. Later she also explained the times they spend were crazy since both of them indulged in drugs with their friends. The things she enjoyed during dating him were spending time with actors’ family members and traveling together.

Brenda Vaccaro again married a guy named William Bishop on 20th July 1977. The couple lasted only for half a year and divorced in 1978. She was married to Charles Cannizzaro on November 15 1981 but they separated in the year  1981. The couple was together just for a month.

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But currently, the actress and Hector have been married for almost three decades and are still together. They seem satisfied and content with their marriage and are living happily with their family, friends, and relatives. The couple has been enjoying the 32nd year of their marriage and togetherness. The couple hasn’t provided any hints about their kids or children. Supposedly, the couple never had any children even from her past affairs.

Brenda Vaccaro’s  Net Worth

She has an estimated net worth of around $4 million as of 2022 and she has earned that sum of money from her professional career. she also enjoys a quite luxurious life with her husband who also has a net worth of around $1 million to $10 million as of 2021.

Brenda Vaccaro in Social Media

She has around 5.2 K followers on her Instagram account. Brenda is also involved in other social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, etc. in these platforms she shares her photos, videos to keep her fans engaged and also to interact and communicate with them.

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