Who is Olivia d’Abo?
Olivia Jane d’Abo was born on 22 January 1969, in Paddington, London, England, and is an actress, songwriter and singer, perhaps best known for her role as the rebellious hippie Karen Arnold in the television show “The Wonder Years”. She was also a recurring villain in the show “Law & Order: Criminal Intent”.
The Net Worth of Olivia d’Abo
How rich is Olivia d’Abo? As of early-2019, sources inform us of a net worth that is over $3 million, earned largely through a successful career in acting. She’s been active in the industry since 1984, during which she has also become known for doing various voice acting projects. As she continues her career, it is expected that her wealth will also continue to increase.
Early Life, Education, and Career Beginnings
Olivia is the daughter of the Manfred Mann singer Mike d’Abo, and her mother is actress and model Maggie London. She grew up with an older brother, younger twin half-siblings, and a younger half- brother. She attended Loz Feliz Hills School located in Los Angeles with her older brother, and also Pacoima Junior High School, after which, she began to pursue an acting career.
She made her film debut in a supporting role in 1984’s “Conan the Destroyer”, in which she played Princess Jehnna in the film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Mako Iwamatsu, reprising their roles from “Conan the Barbarian”. A few months later, she had a supporting role as a peasant girl in “Bolero”, in which she appeared fully nude standing in a tub while being bathed – she was aged 14 at the time. The film focuses on the sexual awakening of the protagonist starring Bo Dere, and was critically panned, earning numerous nominations during the Golden Raspberry Awards.
Rise to Fame
d’Abo gained her next role in the television series “The Wonder Years” during its first four seasons, and later reprised her role in the final two seasons of the show. She then had a guest role in an episode of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” in which she played Amanda Rogers, and her next notable role would be in the series “Law & Order: Criminal Intent”, in which she played the recurring villain Nicole Wallace, appearing in five episodes from 2002 to 2008, and subsequently reprised her role in the French series “Jo”.
Simultaneously she had other projects, including playing the ex-wife in the series “Eureka” for a few episodes, and other projects she had during this period included “The Twilight Zone”, “The Big Green”, and “Greedy”. She also appeared alongside Matthew Broderick in a stage production of “The Odd Couple”, and ventured into voice acting, and voiced Sonya Blade in “Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm”. She also worked on “Batman Beyond”, “Justice League”, and “Invader Zim”, and well as providing the voice of Jane Porter in the series “The Legend of Tarzan”, and Jedi Master Luminara Unduli in “Star Wars: The Clone Wars”.
Other Projects and Recent Endeavors
After more voice roles in “Green Lantern: First Flight” and “Ultimate Avengers”, Olivia filmed live action sequences for “Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure”, which is known for combining live action with 3D.
Aside from her acting projects, she is also an established singer and musician. She has composed and performed several singles for various soundtracks she’s worked on, and performed a duet with Seal in “Broken”, as well as providing backing vocals for Julian Lennon, plus co-writing the single “Love Comes from the Inside” by Laura Pausini.
In 2015, she started a weekly podcast entitled “Every Friday with Dan and Olivia” which she co-hosted alongside Dan Miles, and became a guest in the podcast “TV Guidance Counselor”. During the same year she worked on the Hallmark film “When Duty Calls” which starred Daniella Monet and Kelly Blatz, and did voice work in the video game entitled “Infinite Crisis” as the character Gaslight Catwoman; however, the game was shut down within a year. She has also done independent film work, including projects such as “Blue Weekend”, “Robo-Dog”, “Stolen from the Suburbs”, and ‘A Christmas Eve Miracle”.
— Olivia d'Abo (@OliviadAbo) August 6, 2017
For her personal life, it is known that d’Abo was engaged to Julian Lennon in the early 1990s, and the two worked together on a few music projects before they broke up. She was then engaged to actor Thomas Jane in 1998, staying together for three years before calling things off, meantime working on several projects including “The Velocity of Gary”. A year later, she married music producer Patrick Leonard who is known for his longtime collaboration with Madonna, and with several other high profile artists such as Pink Floyd, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Michael Jackson, and Jewel. They stayed together for a decade until Leonard filed for divorce at the Los Angeles County Superior Court, citing irreconcilable differences. It was then revealed that the two had separated a year earlier. They have a child together.
Similar to numerous actresses, she is active online through an account on the major social media website Twitter, on which she promotes a lot of her recent projects including her podcast. She also shares some of her daily thoughts through the platform. She mentioned in an interview that music is one of her biggest passions, and it has been with her even as she found numerous acting projects.