|Real Name:||Stacey Lauretta Dash|
|Birthday:||January 20, 1967|
|Occupation:||American Actress, Former Talk Show Host|
Stacey Dash was a star in the 1990s. She was one of the main protagonists of the Clueless movie. Up until 2018, Stacey Dash’s fortune was $8 million. Today, Stacey Dash’s cash flow is less than $100,000. What happened? How did she lose her money?
Born in 1967, Stacey is an American actress and former talk show host. She played Dionne Marie Davenport in the 1995 hit Clueless. She also appeared in the eponymous television series. But somehow, she managed to lose her millions. Let’s see how.
Career Ups and Downs
Stacey began her acting career in the 1980s. Her first television appearance is in the NBC crime drama pilot Farrell: For the People starring Valerie Harper. Sadly, the drama did not make it past the pilot episode.
As for her first notable appearance, that was as Michelle in the 1985 Cosby Show episode Denise’s Friend. Dash waited a bit to get a substantial television role. She got a role in the TV 101 1988 series, but that lasted only 13 episodes. In the late 1980s, she appeared in the movies Mo’ Money, Renaissance Man, and Moving.
Her big break is Clueless, the 1995 teen comedy. She played a high school character even though she was 28 years old at the time. In 1996, the movie turned into a television spin-off series. It lasted from 1996 to 1999. Dash appeared in a few movies afterward, including View from the Top, Gang of Roses, and more.
Thanks to her popularity, in the early 2000s, Stacey was a regular in some music videos. She appeared in Emotional, a song by Carl Thomas, and in All Falls Down, a single by Kanye West.
In 2007, Stacey decided to enter the entrepreneurship world. She launched her own lingerie line called Letters of Marque.
In 2014, she got a job as a television host. Fox News hired her as a contributor for cultural analysis and commentary. On December 7, 2015, in the Outnumbered show, she made a comment about President Barack Obama. Dash addressed his Islamic terrorism campaign and said “Obama doesn’t give a shit about terrorism”. For this comment, she got suspended for two weeks without pay.
In 2016, Stacey again made some controversial claims. She said that the BET Award lied to black people regarding the Oscars boycott. She also criticized Jesse Williams’s speech at the BET Awards. On January 21, 2017, Fox News terminated the contract with Stacey.
During her best years on television, Stacey earned quite a lot of money. The actress also earned money from merchandise deals and sponsorships. Here are some of her best earnings.
- She earned $550,000 from sponsorships and merchandising in 2018
- Box office sales for the movie View From the Top, $19,530,000
- Her salary for Clueless, $649,000 in 1995
- Her salary for Mo Money in 1992, $150,000
After appearing in Playboy and baring it all, she ventured into the fashion business. Stacey launched her lingerie line in 2007 Letters of Marque. Dash appeared at trade shows and promoted her romantic boudoir creations. But her line lasted only up to 2010.
In the 2008 Presidential election, Dash voted for Barack Obama. But in 2012, she switched her affiliation to the Republican Party. Stacey endorsed Mitt Romney. Since 2012, she always publically express her political views. In the 2016 election, she endorsed Republican candidate Donald Trump.
On February 26, 2018, she filed to run in California’s 44th congressional district in the 2018 Congressional election as a Republican. But she withdrew from the race on March 30, 2018.
How she lost her money?
Fox News hired her to be a contributor in May 2014. At the time, her acting career finished. But after three years, Dash lost her job at Fox News. The network did not renew her contract.
One of the reasons was using profanity while criticizing President Obama and his counter-terrorism policies.
Because of bad publicity, she could not get another job. She fell so hard, she had no money to pay a lawyer. In 2019, she said she was broke.
As a result, she had to charge fans $50 for a personalized shoutout on the video-sharing website Cameo.
Stacey got married four times. She has two children. Her first husband is producer Brian Lovell. The couple got married in 1999 and then got a divorce in the mid-2000s. She has a daughter with Brian, Lola, born in 2003.
Then, from 2005 to 2006, she got married to British executive James Maby, the CEO of Sports Logistics. She got married again in 2007, this time to actor Emmanuel Xuereb. In 2010, she filed for divorce.
Her last and current husband is lawyer Jeffery Marty. Stacey has another kid, her son Austin, from the relationship with singer Christopher Williams.
Besides her own children, Stacey is the step-mother to three of Marty’s children. She spoke openly about her past traumas. In some interviews, she said she got molested as a child by a family friend. Dash also revealed she used cocaine in her teen years. The former actress says she wants to be honest with her children and protect them. She says she is not a victim, but a survivor.
Stacey supports the right to keep and bear arms. The actress says that a gun saved her life from sexual assault by an ex-boyfriend.