Lori Anne Allison: The Inside Story of the Former Wife of Johnny Depp

Lori Anne Allison

Arguably one of the biggest teen heartthrobs of the 80s in Hollywood was actor Johnny Depp who peaked with his character in the TV series 21 Jump Street. With growing popularity, his private life also started to unravel to the public. Did you know that before his fame hit high he was already married to someone? Johnny Depp was married to makeup artist Lori Anne Wilson but had gotten divorce only a couple of years later. So who is Lori Anne Wilson? Let us find a little more about her.

Early Life

Lori Anne Wilson was born on September 6, 1957, in the United States of America. Since Lori did not have the media spotlight for a long time, there is hardly any information regarding her parents and her early life. However, it is known that she at least has a brother who used to be the bass guitarist and singer of the band Six Gun Method. 

One of the primary things that have stuck out during her early years is her attraction to the art of makeup. Like every child, Lori enjoyed playing with dolls and even applying makeup to beautify her dolls. Her experiments sometimes included changing her dolls’ hairstyle and even coloring them with sketch pens.

At the age of 11, Lori could confidently draw the sketch of a human face on paper and would often use that as a canvas for her makeup practices. But working on a paper or a doll can only take you that far. What she needed was a hands-on experience in her interest. She got that opportunity when she was 13. After visiting a small makeup boutique on Collins Avenue Miami, she got to experience the power of makeup on her own face. That was the place, where she learned the real technique and art of makeup. She learned the essentials of enhancing one’s true beauty through makeup without overpowering the facial features. 

Her Initial Career Choice

Even though Lori was passionate about makeup, she did not think that she would make a career out of it. As a matter of fact, she was also very interested in music and wanted to pursue a career in it. She had initially dreamt of being a record producer. So she moved to Los Angeles in 1980 to explore the music industry. She started making new friends in the industry who would later help her to have the right footing there. But her dream of becoming a record producer was cut short after a tragic incident regarding a target shooting mishap caused her to be partially deaf on her left ear.

New Path with Old Interest

After the incident that left her with one injured ear, she decided to change her career path. She went back to her roots and started to consider trying to work as a makeup artist. Growing up Lori was influenced by musicians mainly David Bowie, models, drag queens and other makeup artists like Way Brandy, so her makeup always stood out even in a big crowd. She revealed that at the age of 16, she had rainbow streaks on her hair, shaved her eyebrows and had different clothing styles, which led her to be labeled as a freak. So now she was focused on channeling all her efforts to turn her old passion to new realities.


Now, this is where her friends from industry became her biggest supporters. Apparently, her musician friend Adam Ant and actress Christina Applegate helped her navigate through the makeup field. Christina even gifted her with a professional makeup kit and introduced her to her first job in TV. Adam, on the other hand, helped her get jobs in a film and play. 

Lori gradually started to get more work without her friends helping her out in every step. She landed different jobs as a makeup artist for fashion photographers. She was first ever credited for her makeup job in the 1992 film ‘Sunset Heat’. She then went to work in multiple films and TV series such as ‘Acting on Impulse’, ‘Cyber Bandits’, ‘Venus Rising’, ‘Rule of Three’, ‘Matters of Consequences’, ‘Stand Up to Cancer’, ‘Supreme Court of Comedy’ and many more.

Lori also started her small business with the launch of her own makeup product called ‘Serendipity Lip Glosses’ in 2015. You can probably buy her products online too from her website serendipity.com. According to IMDB, she also owned a small cupcake business called D’ Cups. 

Her relationship with Johnny Depp

Lori Anne Wilson had known Johnny Depp prior to his ultimate fame. Before going into acting, Depp used to play in a band. Lori was the sister of one of the members of the band who was the bassist and singer. This is probably how the couple met each other. They got married on December 20, 1983. Johnny Depp was only 20 years old at the time of their marriage.

While Lori was working as a makeup artist, she reportedly introduced actor Nicholas Cage to her husband who gave him great advice to approach a career in acting. Subsequently, Depp decided to follow his advice and got his first role in the horror film ‘Nightmare at Elm Street’ 1984. 

johnny Depp and Lori Allison wedding

The couple had a loving relationship where both of them were supportive of each other’s career. However, they got separated in 1985 citing irreconcilable differences. They finally got divorced on May 7, 1986. Many believed that there was infidelity involved from Depp’s side. Many reports regarding his relationship with his co-star Sherilyn Fenn with whom he got engaged not long after his first divorce. 

In their two years of marriage, the couple did not have any children. Perhaps it was Depp’s growing career or they were just too young for a committed relationship at that point that both of them suffered from failure in their marriage.

Her Personal Life

Lori has been focusing on building her career and often works with high profile people and celebrities. She reportedly lives in a lavish house in Los Angeles that cost not less than $150,000. She is also known to be a dog lover and owns a pooch named Matty. She has a private Instagram account that she uses to boost both her social as well as professional life too. Her Instagram account has 652 followers and 794 posts. 

As for her net worth, it is estimated to be somewhere around 1 million US dollars. She also got around 7 million US dollars as a divorce settlement.

Speaking Out in Support of her Ex-husband

Even though Lori and Johnny did not have their happy ending but their mutual affection and support for each other still remain to date. We all know that Johnny Depp is embroiled with the domestic violence case with his ex-wife Amber Heard. In all of this, Lori came to the defense of her ex-husband claiming that he had never been violent with her and she could not even imagine a soft guy like him would even hurt anyone.