What Is Kathy Garver’s Net Worth? Her Income Source, Career, & More

December 14, 2023   | March 22, 2024  | 

    Born in Long Beach, California Kathy Garver was very young when she started off her career as an actress. In her illustrious career, Kathy worked as an actor, and voice-over artist, and even became an author. From her multiple career choices, Kathy has been able to earn millions of dollars.

    Today we are going to explore Kathy Garver’s net worth, her income source, her career, and many more.

    Key Takeaways

    • Kathy has earned millions from her career as an actor.
    • The successful actress sold her 35-year-old house in 2018.
    • She starred as Cissy in the famous TV sitcom Family Affairs.

    What is Kathy Garver’s Net Worth?

    Kathy Garver’s net worth is $5 million as of 2024. She started earning from a very young age. Her versatile career contributed significantly to her net worth. Her yearly income at one point in time was estimated to be approximately $400,000 to $450,000.

    What is her Income Source?

    Acting is the primary source of income for Kathy. As someone who appeared in the famous CBS sitcom, Family Affair, she most definitely earns residual paychecks every time the show reruns.

    Besides, she also earns a decent amount of money from her career as a voice-over artist and host. She also sells her merchandise which you can directly buy from her website.

    Kathy Sold her Home For a Whopping Amount

    In 2018, the actress sold her property in San Mateo for $3.995 million. The property was built in the ’70s and the house was built on 3,570 square feet. The luxurious house had four bedrooms with French doors, a center island, and a formal dining room.

    Kathy had a Successful Career since the Beginning

    At the age of seven, she began acting professionally in TV shows like Climax and Matinee Theater. At eight, she secured a minor role in The Ten Commandments.

    Kathy was very fortunate to be directed by the Academy Award-winning director, Charles Laughton for her first lead film, The Night of the Hunter in 1955. In the same year, she worked on numerous shows and movies like I’ll Cry Tomorrow, Sergeant Preston of the Yukon, My Favorite Husband, etc.

    Kathy’s Life-Changing Show, Family Affairs

    Garver, who is happily married to David Travis, was a freshman at UCLA when she bagged the role of Cissy in one of the most famous television sitcoms, Family Affair which ran successfully for five years from 1966 to 1971. The show is a true classic as it entertains the audience even today. The five seasons of Family Affair have also been released on DVD.

    Kathy Garver became more famous after her role as Cissy in the famous tv sitcom Family Affairs.
    Kathy Garver in Family Affairs.

    Kathy charged $200 per episode for her role in Family Affair. Thanks to her appearance in the show, she became a successful and versatile actress who has guest-starred in numerous TV shows and appeared in movies like Hercules Saves Christmas and F.B.I. Murders.

    Moreover, the actress is a highly desired celebrity on game shows, where she has won a significant amount of money and donated it to charities.

    Kathy is also a Voice-Over Artist and Host

    Besides acting, she also does voiceovers for cartoons, advertisements, toys, and audiobooks. She provided the voice of the mutant superhero “Firestar” in the TV series Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends (1981) and the automotive whiz “Pepper” in Chuck Norris: Karate Kommandos (1986).

    Kathy was in demand as a host for her interviewing skills.
    Kathyhosting one of her shows.

    Several years ago, Garver was in high demand as a host. She is praised for her interviewing skills. In addition to hosting Backstage with Barry and Kathy, she hosted Family Tree Recipes, StarWatch, Marathons on MeTV, and more.

    Kathy is an author

    She published her first book, The Family Affair Cookbook in 2009. Following the success of her first book, she published more books like Surviving Cissy: My Family Affair of Life in Hollywood in 2015 and X-Child Stars: Where Are They Now in 2016.

    Besides acting and hosting, Kathy also turned author and wrote several books.
    Kathy in the book signing ceremony of her book “X Child Star”

    The reprint of both of these books was released in 2021.

    She owes her successful Career to her Educational Qualifications

    She attended Pacific Palisades High School in Los Angeles. Furthermore, she earned a degree in Speech and Language Pathology from UCLA.

    Kathy has also performed for five years of Drama studies at London’s prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art where she portrayed Juliet in “Romeo and Juliet”. She earned a Master’s Degree in Theater Arts from UCLA.

    Kathy’s Awards and Accolades

    Kathy was awarded the Former Child Star Lifetime Achievement Award by the Young Artists Foundation and the highly esteemed Golden Halo Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013. In addition, she also won titles like Best Actress from the Family Television Awards.


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    Two more Audie Awards are among her recent honors; one for narrating The World’s Best Short Stories, and the other is for directing Amy Tan in the author-read version of The Opposite of Fate. She also received the Emerald Award from the Southern California Motion Picture Council.

    Kathy is Actively  Involved in Charities

    She supports charitable organizations like Make-A-Wish Foundation, Rose Resnick Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, and the Child HELP Foundation, which assists abused children.

    In addition, the actress is the president of The Family Affair Foundation, which assigns reading partners to young people who are at-risk and the elderly.