Who is Patti D’Arbanville?
Born on May 25, 1951 in Manhattan, New York City, USA, Patricia D’Arbanville is an actress and former model, but perhaps better known as the ex-wife of actor Don Johnson, known for her work in shows such as ” Miami Vice” and “Nash Bridges”. During her childhood, she often collaborated with director Andy Warhol.
Patti D’Arbanville’s net worth
As of mid 2020, Patti D’Arbanville’s net worth is estimated to be over $2 million earned through a successful career in the entertainment industry, in the acting profession since the 1960s. Her previous modeling work also helped build her wealth.
Beginning of early life, education and career
Patti grew up in Manhattan, where her father worked as a bartender while her mother was an artist. She developed an interest in the performing arts at a young age, which led her to be cast in her first film project at the age of eight, in “Tuesday and Blue Silk”. She was asked to act by a student at New York University (NYU), and the film project was enough to convince her to eventually pursue the profession.
She first studied at Quintano’s School for Professional Children and later met director Andy Warhol, who was then working as a disc jockey. Warhol is known for his exploration of 1960s culture, as seen in some of his artwork as he explored screen printing during this time.
He was known as a controversial performer, which was also apparent in some of his feature films. He has also written numerous books and founded ‘Interview’ magazine. Many years after meeting, she was contacted by him to be part of a movie he was working on called “Flesh”.
“Flesh” starred Joe Dallesandro who plays a character who works as a hustler in New York City. In the film, D’Arbanville played the main character’s lover, an affair he has despite being married. The film was directed by Paul Morrissey and was the first of a trilogy, gaining cult status and reflecting the ideology of the time.
While she didn’t appear in the sequels, she would later work on another Warhol film – “L’Amour” – another collaboration between Warhol and Morrissey; she co-starred with Donna Jordan and Karl Lagerfield in the film, which tells the story of two hippies living in Paris hoping to find wealthy husbands.
Later in the 1970s, she worked on the David Hamilton movie “Bilitis”, an erotic drama starring her as the titular character. It tells the story of a schoolgirl who becomes romantically attached to a married woman with whom she spends the summer, and who then searches for romantic partners for both of them. The film is loosely based on the Greek poem “The Song of Bilitis”. During her youth, she was known for doing much more risqué performances that often involved nudity.
Although her popularity waned over the years, Patti continued to appear regularly in films and television projects, working mainly between the US and France. She lived in France for over ten years and learned to speak the language fluently, which led her to take on several projects in the country. She was also involved in stage productions and won a Drama-Logue Award for her work in ‘Italian American Reconciliation’, an off-Broadway play. Later, she found her only on television and first found a regular role in ‘Another World’ for a year.
In 1994 she became a protagonist in the series “Undercover in New Yorkaired on Fox, in which she played the role of Lieutenant Virginia Cooper.
The show followed two undercover detectives who investigate various gang-related crimes and other cases. The show was very popular in the 1990s and was one of NBC’s most notable shows at the time. She later worked on the soap opera “Guiding Light” for a few years before landing a recurring role on “Third Watch”. One of her last projects was another recurring role on the show “Rescue Me” playing the character Ellie for four years.
Former partner – Don Johnson
Don Johnson developed a love for acting while in high school and began working in his local theater scene. After dropping out of college to pursue professional acting roles, he was mostly out of the limelight during the first decade of his career in the 1970s.
In the 1980s, he found his footing and became a household name thanks to the series “Miami Vicein which he portrayed James “Sonny” Crockett. The show tells the story of two detectives working undercover in Miami and is considered iconic mainly for its use of New Wave culture and music that was very popular during that decade. His performance even earned him a Golden Globe award.
After “Miami Vice” ended, he settled into a new role in the 1990s, as the titular character in “Nash Bridges”. The police show follows two detectives who work as part of the San Francisco Police Department’s Special Investigation Unit.
The show ran for six seasons, ending in 2001. Since the 2000s, he has taken on supporting roles in both television and film, focusing his efforts on the latter. He was a supporting character in the movie “Machete”, and also appeared in Quentin Tarantino’s movie “Django Unchained”. One of his latest projects is the film “Knives out”, which was very successful at the box office.
Patti’s first notable relationship was with singer Cat Stevens in the late 1960s. She was working as a model at the time inspiration of several of his hit songs, including “Wild World”. The two parted ways as she continued her search for modeling work in New York.
In 1981, she met and began a relationship with Don Johnson, and they remained together for five years; they had a son at that time.
Later, while living and working in France, she met actor Roger Miremont whom she would later marry. The two stayed together for five years and after they broke up, she started a relationship with Steve Curry. The two were married for a year and after their divorce she returned to the US. Her last marriage was to firefighter Terry Quinn, which lasted nine years and ended in 2002. She has three children from all her relationships and marriages.