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Chloe Webb: The Famous Nancy From Sid and Nancy

Who is Chloe Webb?

Chloe Webb is a famous American actress. Popularly known for her offbeat performances in several films, including Sid and Nancy, The Belly of an Architect, Twins, and Heart Condition, Chloe Webb has also been nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award.

Chloe Webb received the nomination for her impeccable performance as Laurette Barber in the popular drama series China Beach. Besides this, Chloe Webb is known for her recurring role as Monica Gallagher on the comedy-drama show Shameless.

Chloe Webb Biography
Chloe Webb Biography

Quick Facts

Full NameChloe Webb
BirthdateJune 25, 1956 
Age 66 years old
Sun signCancer
TraitsPositive traits- Nurturing, cautious, and intuitive
Negative traits- Evasive, shrewd, and manipulative
BirthplaceGreenwich Village, Manhattan, New York, USA.
Height5 feet and 3.5 inches
Marital statusMarried
SpouseJohn Thomas Gelder
UniversityThe Boston Conservatory and Berklee College of Music
Profession Actress
Net WorthUSD 6 million

Chloe Webb Birthday

Chloe Webb was born on June 25, 1956. She was born in Greenwich Village, Manhattan, New York, USA. As of 2023, she is 66 years old.

Chloe Webb
Chloe Webb

Early Life and Childhood

Born in Manhattan, New York, Chloe Webb spent most of her childhood in Syracuse, New York. However, she also lived in various parts of the East Coast throughout her childhood.

Her father was a bridge and road designer, and Webb’s family often moved depending on where her father was employed. Regarding her educational background, Chloe studied at Bishop Grimes High School.

She joined The Boston Conservatory at the age of sixteen, and she later enrolled at Berklee College of Music. A talented singer, Webb sang in bars despite being underage. However, she later realized that acting was her true calling, despite studying singing formally. 


Career Beginnings and Sid & Nancy

Chloe Webb made her musical theater debut in April 1982 after joining Forbidden Broadway, an Off-Broadway revue known for parodying Broadway musicals. In 1986, Webb made her film debut in Sid & Nancy, where she starred as Nancy Spungen.

Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen from Sid and Nancy
Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen from Sid and Nancy

Webb appeared as a mentally challenged and drug-addicted girlfriend in the film Sid Vicious, a punk rock singer. The film, which mostly received positive responses from critics, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May 1986. 

Over the years, Sid & Nancy has emerged as a cult classic. Chloe Webb’s performance as Nancy Pungen won several accolades, including the best actress awards from the National Society of Film Critics, the Boston Film Critics, and the San Francisco Film Critics.

The film received a four-out-of-four review by Roger Ebert for The Chicago Sun-Times. Likewise, in Sid Vicious: Rock N’ Roll Star, Malcolm Butt praised Webb’s acting and described her performance as Spungen as “intense, powerful, and most important of all, believable.”

Unfortunately, despite positive reviews, the film tanked at the box office. Despite this, Sid & Nancy has gained classic cult status. Yahoo has also described it! Movies as a “poignant and uncompromising cult classic.”

Recollecting her experience working in Sid & Nancy, Chloe Webb, in an interview with LA Times, said,

“People should remember that the film doesn’t profess to be a history of punk. Instead, it’s the story of an intense relationship between two eccentrics. Even within the punk world, Sid and Nancy were very unconventional. Most punks sneered at the idea of romantic love, but Sid and Nancy went around kissing and holding hands. Naturally, we had to cheat occasionally because how could anyone know what happened when they were alone together? You try to clearly understand the character and remain true to that spirit.”

Sid and Nancy
Sid and Nancy

She further described the filming of the movie as “extremely depressing,” but after she said,

“Seeing it in its completed form, I realize we worked at absolutely the right level.”

Webb added,

“The film was more or less shot in sequence, and it was like being on a road trip that grew increasingly oppressive. Sid and Nancy’s worlds got smaller and smaller; they saw other people less and less and grew increasingly obsessed with each other. Toward the end of the film, it’s as if Gary and I were alone together on a filthy mattress that was like a tiny life raft.”

Webb talked about her intentions with her character and said,

“I tried to convey that Nancy’s rage grew out of pain and disappointment, but I also hope it’s clear that I found nothing cool about Sid and Nancy. Their lives were completely pathetic. Still, we intended for the audience to sympathize with them. We certainly did.”

Chloe Webb Movies & Series 

In 1987, Chloe Webb played the role of Brian Dennehy’s estranged socialite girlfriend in the drama film The Belly of an Architect. After that, she appeared as Laurette in ABC’s drama television series China Beach.

Lambert Wilson and Chloe Webb from The Belly of an Architect
Lambert Wilson and Chloe Webb from The Belly of an Architect

Chloe Webb also played the role of Danny DeVito’s character’s girlfriend in the Ivan Reitman comedy Twins. She also appeared as a woman who believed aliens had abducted her in Ghostbusters II.

Apart from this, Chloe Webb also starred in many Los Angeles-based stage productions. This includes The House of Blue Leaves, for which she was honored with a Drama-Logue Award. 

Webb also appeared in The Model Apartment. She won a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award and another Drama-Logue Award for her exceptional performance in stage production.

In 1990, Chloe Webb co-starred with Denzel Washington and Bob Hoskins in Heart Condition. The American buddy fantasy comedy film grossed over USD 4 million at the American box office and received negative critical responses.

In 1991, Webb appeared in Queens Logic. She played the role of a hairdresser in the film. 

In addition, Webb also played the role of a developmentally disabled woman who won the lottery in ABC’s made-for-TV film Lucky Day. In 1993, she played the role of Mona Ramsey in the first season of the miniseries Tales of the City.

Chloe Webb as Mona Ramsey in Tales of the City
Chloe Webb as Mona Ramsey in Tales of the City

In the early 2000s, Chloe Webb appeared in several TV shows. Some of her most notable TV work during this era includes CBS’s Judging Amy, FOX’s House, CBS’s Two and a Half Men, NBC’s Medium, and CBS’s CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. 

In 2009, Webb played the role of Sister Duncan in the film Repo Chick. Recently, Chloe Webb played the role of Monica Gallagher, the estranged and unstable wife of William H. Macy’s character in Showtime’s comedy-drama TV series Shameless. 

Webb’s performance as Monica Gallagher earned her critical acclaim. In addition, she was nominated for the Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series for her role in the show.

Chloe Webb Net Worth

As of 2023, Chloe Webb has an estimated net worth of approximately USD 6 million. Webb has accumulated such impressive earnings due to her long-standing career as an actress.

Chloe Webb Now
Chloe Webb Now

As a result of such an exceptional net worth, Chloe Webb leads a lavish lifestyle.

Relationships and Children

Chloe Webb is married to John Thomas Gelder, a lawyer. John Gelder and Chloe Webb tied the knot in 1975. 

The happy couple currently resides in Los Angeles, California. Chloe Webb does not have any children, biological or adopted. 

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