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Amber Heard Divorce: Early Years, Career & More!
Since the end of her marriage to Johnny Depp, one of the biggest stars in Hollywood, Amber Heard’s reputation has been tarnished by controversy. Depp is a pioneer in the acting industry and is consistently ranked among Hollywood’s highest-paid performers.
Amber Heard Early Years
Amber Laura Heard was born in Austin, Texas on April 22, 1986. Heard grew up outside of Texas with one sibling, riding horses, shooting, and fishing. Despite attending Catholic high school and competing in beauty pageants as a teen, she eventually got disillusioned with religion and the Texan lifestyle that surrounded her. As a result, she dropped out of high school at the age of 17 and relocated to New York City. Although she began her career as a model in New York, she soon turned her focus to acting and relocated to Los Angeles.
Amber Heard Career
Amber Heard’s acting career began with a spate of appearances in music videos. She went on to appear in television sitcoms such as Jack & Bobby, The Mountain, and The O.C. Her debut cinematic performance was in Friday Night Lights in 2004.
The film was a success, and it helped her get recognition in the film industry. She went on to appear in films such as Drop Dead Sexy, North Country, Side FX, Price to Pay, You Are Here, and Alpha Dog. She began to appear in television dramas such as Criminal Minds and Californication.
Amber Heard advanced to more prominent roles in the teen thriller Hidden Palms. Unfortunately, the show garnered negative reviews from critics and was terminated after only eight episodes. Heard also appeared in the film Remember the Daze, which was met with critical acclaim but was ultimately a flop.
Amber Heard, on the other hand, was finally breaking through and becoming one of Hollywood’s top leading women by 2008. This year, she co-starred with James Franco and Seth Rogen in the stoner comedy Pineapple Express. She also appeared in the film Never Back Down.
Both of these films were commercial triumphs, demonstrating Amber Heard’s ability to take projects to new heights. She did, however, continue to appear in flop films such as The Informers and All the Boys Love Mandy Lane.
Amber Heard repeated this pattern of landing jobs in both successful and disappointing films in 2009. Although Zombieland was a significant stride forward in her career, she also had box office disappointments and critical failures such as The Joneses and The Stepfather during the year.
Heard then concentrated on independent films such as ExTerminators, The River Why, and And Soon the Darkness. She also appeared in The Ward, a critical flop with a dismal box office return. Amber Heard collaborated with Johnny Depp for the first time on The Rum Diary in 2011.
The film was based on Hunter S. Thompson’s book of the same name, and it got mixed reviews while failing to make much of an effect at the box office. Similar plots were told in films such as Drive Angry, Paranoia, Machete Kills, and Syrup.
Heard had a more successful year in 2015, appearing in films such as Magic Mike XXL, The Danish Girl, The Adderall Diaries, and One More Time. All four of these films were either critically or commercially successful. Having said that, she also appeared in the disastrous failure that was London Fields.
The 2015 film was accused of fraud, with both its director and cast objecting to the final cut that was shown to viewers. The film was critically panned, and Heard was sued for $10 million for making unapproved alterations to the script and failing to complete voice-over work. She subsequently filed a countersuit, and an agreement was made.
Heard spent the following few years performing in a variety of small films, but she rose to prominence after portraying the Atlantean queen Mera in the DC Extended Universe. She originally appeared as Mera in Justice League and repeated her role in Aquaman (2018) and its 2013 sequel.
Divorce Of Amber Heard And Johnny Depp
Amber Heard filed for divorce from Johnny Depp in 2016. She also secured a restraining order against her ex-husband, claiming that she was the victim of domestic abuse throughout their relationship. In the midst of a media frenzy, Depp instantly disputed the allegations.
Amber Heard received a $7 million settlement from Depp when their divorce was finalized after testifying in court and giving evidence for her charges. Amber then promised to donate the settlement money to charity, specifically the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and the American Civil Liberties Union.
Johnny alleged in January 2021 that Amber had lied about donating the money to charity. Depp’s lawyers apparently contacted the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and the ACLU to learn how much money they had received from Heard.
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According to the Daily Mail, the ACLU declined to turn up the figures, but the Children’s Hospital only received $100,000, which is almost $3.4 million less than she reportedly promised payment. According to reports, the hospital even contacted Heard to inquire “whether the vow will not be honored.”
Representatives of the ACLU stated in court in April 2022 that the group had received a total of $1.3 million of Amber’s pledged $3.5 million. It was also confirmed that Amber wanted to make the donation over a decade.
At the same time, testimony revealed that Amber personally contributed only $350,000 of the $1.3 million, while Depp contributed $100,000 and Elon Musk, another of Amber’s former love partners, contributed $500,000. Another surprise from this time period was that when the ACLU followed up on the other half of Heard’s committed payment, she cited financial troubles.