Being born in a family where everyone is a well-known personality is a fortune unless your private life gets disturbed. Intentionally or unintentionally, you found yourself being exposed in the spotlight. Some enjoy the stardom favoured by their parents while some try their best to escape from the media tantrums. One of those celebrity kids who tried hard to keep herself away from the media is Nancy Simon. She is the daughter of late screenwriter, author, and playwright Neil Simon and dancer Joan Baim.
Her parents’ stardom dragged her into the paparazzi even though she had been notoriously private about her life. Moreover, she became a matter of discussion when she got married to one of the rising stars of Hollywood, Woody Harrelson. So, debugging here every single fact related to Nancy Simon.
Nancy Had a Spotlight above Her head Since Birth
Nancy Simon was born in 1962 to parents Neil Simon and Joan Baim. Nancy’s father Neil Simon was a professional playwright, screenwriter, and author while her mother Joan Baim was an American dancer. She has a sister named Ellen Simon and a half-brother named Bryn Simon. Her sister Ellen has followed the footsteps of her father and has established her career as a screenwriter. Ellen has written the plays like Moonlight, One Fine Day, and Valentino.
Nancy completed her primary education and high school at the local school situated in her hometown. After completing high school, it is said that she graduated with a degree in Business Management. After graduation, she involved herself in different business ventures whose details are still unknown.
Unfortunately, both of her parents are no more. Her father passed away at the age of 91 on August 26, 2018, following pneumonia. Likewise, her mother passed away suffering from born cancer on July 12, 1973, when she was young.
Born in a family of stars, Nancy was no stranger to the showbiz industry from her early days. However, she has always maintained a long distance from the media.
Her Parents Neil and Joan Both Worked in the Hollywood Industry
Marvin Neil Simon was born on 4th July 1927, in New York. His father Irving Simon was a garment salesman. His mother, Mamie Simon worked as a saleswoman at Gimbel’s departmental store. Neil grew up in Washington Heights, Manhattan. Neil’s childhood wasn’t a fairy tale story. His childhood suffered due to his parent’s stormy relationship and financial difficulty. Due to this, he and his younger brother Danny Simon were forced to live with their relatives. As a result of his family problem, Neil took refuge in the film as a child finding a sense of peace and solace in comedies.
After completing his high education at Clinton High School, he enrolled at New York University. Then, he was signed by the Army Air Force Reserve. He was sent to Lowry Field Base in Colorado. At the camp, he worked as a sports editor for the newspaper Rev-Meter. Further, he even attended classes at the University of Denver.
Neil enjoyed his major career hit in 1963 with Barefoot in the Park. This established Neil as a star playwright. He has written scripts for the shows like the Phil Silvers Show, The Garry Moore, and Come Blow Your Horn before he gave his major hit. After his major hit, Neil Simon gained Broadway Stardom with hits like Promises, Promises (1968), The Apartment, and The Sunshine Boys. His portfolio includes creations like Chapter Two, Lost in Yonkers, Biloxi Blues, The Goodbye Girl, The Odd Couple, Plaza Suite, California Suite, and many more on the list.
Simon’s name is carved as one of the successful screenwriters, playwrights, and authors. He has been earning fame for both original and adapted works receiving more numerous Tony and Academy Award nominations than any other writer. On the other hand, Nancy’s mother Joan Baim was an American dancer born in 1932 to parents Helen Baim and Moe Baim. During her lifetime, as a dancer, she had worked with legendary choreographer Martha Graham in her academy. Later on, when she married Neil Simon, she gave up her career to focus on her family. Besides dancer, Joan had also worked as a counsellor.
Her Marriage with Woody Harrelson was Short-lived
Nancy and Woody met on 29th June 1985 for the first time. Shortly after a few months of dating, the duo exchanged vows in 1985 in Tijuana, Mexico. Unfortunately, her happiness didn’t last long as they headed to part ways within the 24 hrs of marriage.
The two tried to annul their wedding the day after they got married. However, as the divorce parlour was closed the following day because it was Sunday, the duo had to wait for ten months to get the divorce officially. Their divorce was finalized on January 20, 1986. The reason behind the separation of their marriage remains a mystery. Both of the parties didn’t reveal any reasons behind their step. Meanwhile, speaking with USA Today, Woody gave a statement related to his marriage with Nancy and said:
“We had to get a summary of dissolution through Jacoby and Meyers. I think at that time Neil was a little bit worried I might try to go after her money.
Her Life After Divorce: Where is She Now?
After giving divorce to Harrelson, she again got hitched to her long-term boyfriend David Florimbi. She shares a daughter Sophia born in 1993 with him. Her current husband David is an artist whose arts and creations occur in Architectural Digest and Vanity Fair.
Likewise, his works are also showcased at art exhibitions held nationally and internationally. His arts have been featured in the Santa Barbara Museum of Contemporary Art and Georgetown University Gallery. David’s art has been criticized by art critic Donald Kuspit. Kuspit explained David’s work as:
“Sex, Power, and Spirituality seem to be Florimbi’s basic themes. He gives them modern form and fresh impact even as he filters them through traditional art.”
Currently, Nancy is enjoying her life with her husband and daughter away from stardom and controversies peacefully.
Who was her ex-husband Woody Harrelson?
Woody Harrelson is an American actor, playwright, and humanitarian. He is notably known for appearing as Woody Boyd on the NBC sitcom Cheers. His performance won him five Emmy nominations. Besides, he also won Outstanding Supporting Actor in a comedy series. Following this, he debuted in the movie ‘Wildcats’. The film proved to be a hit at the box office grossing $26 million worldwide. From this point, his stardom got a meteoric rise. He has acted in blockbuster movies like White Men Can’t Jump, No Country for Old Men, True Detective, Solo: A Star Ways Story, The Highwaymen, Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri, The Hunger Games, and a lot more on the list.
Woody after giving divorce to Nancy, married Laura Louie on December 28, 2008. They tied the nuptial knots in a private ceremony held in Costa Rica. From their decade-long courtship, they are blessed with three kids named Deni Montana, Zoe Giordano, and Makani Ravello.
Currently, the couple lives in Mauli, Hawaii where they have established an Eco-village for the conservation of the environment which focuses on going green. Besides, the couple also owns an organic product company called “Yoganics.”Moreover, Woody is a long-time vegan who has worked with organizations like PETA and UNICEF.
How rich is Nancy Simon?
Multiple sources on the internet claim that Nancy Simon is a writer and working in this field for a long. But, the exact information is not known as she has bid farewell to the limelight. There’s not much information available about Nancy including her net worth.
However, there’s no doubt that as a daughter of a celebrity and as the ex-wife of an actor, Nancy must have enjoyed good fortune. Meanwhile, her former husband Woody Harrelson has an estimated net worth of USD 70 million as of 2022.