‘What’s Love Got to Do with It’: How Much Are the Stars of the Film Worth Today?

Music enthusiasts were giddy when the true story of Tina Turner came to life on the silver screen. What’s Love Got to Do with It follows the icon from her humble beginnings, through a tumultuous marriage, and to international superstardom. The film was a hit, and in the years since its theatrical run, the cast members have garnered their own fame and fortune.

Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburne
Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburne | Ricardo DeAratanha/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Tina Turner authored the true story behind ‘What’s Love Got to Do with It’

What’s Love Got to Do with It is based on the 1986 autobiography, “I, Tina: My Life Story.” In the book, Turner revealed intimate details about her upbringing, her family dynamics, and her ill-fated marriage to the talented musician Ike Turner.

Along with her co-writer, Kurt Loder, Turner framed her life story as a stunning comeback tale. Screenwriter Kate Lanier and Director Brian Gibson translated “I, Tina: My Life Story” into the 1993 feature film, What’s Love Got to Do with It, starring Laurence Fishburne and Angela Bassett as Ike and Tina Turner.

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Bassett and Fishburne sizzled with chemistry and led the rest of the cast in delivering rock star performances. The song and dance sequences wowed viewers, while the scenes depicting domestic violence rocked theatergoers from within.

Overall, the biopic thrilled fans and critics, who praised the authentic acting and grooving soundtrack. Rotten Tomatoes reports a healthy 88% Audience Score and an impressive Fresh Rating of 96% on the Tomatometer.

The stars of the movie have earned big bucks

What’s Love Got to Do with It featured a cast of Hollywood elite, each of whom boasts impressive resumes. Here’s how the actors stack up today when it comes to personal wealth, according to Celebrity Net Worth.

Tina Turner as ‘Herself’

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In the film’s finale, Turner appeared as herself in a crowd-pleasing concert performance of her rock single, What’s Love Got to Do with It. The singer is estimated to possess a hefty fortune to the tune of $250 million.

Laurence Fishburne as ‘Ike Turner’

From Boyz n the Hood to The Matrix trilogy to black-ish, Fishburne has scored some very meaty roles. And his portrayal of Ike Turner earned the gifted actor an Oscar nod. Fishburne has amassed an estimated $30 million in wealth.

Angela Bassett as ‘Tina Turner’

Bassett transformed into a believable on-screen version of Tina Turner in her Oscar Award-nominated performance. Since then, she has entertained audiences in virtually every genre of television and film, including a juicy role as a Voodoo queen in American Horror Story. Bassett has earned an estimated $25 million in net worth.

Jenifer Lewis as ‘Zelma Bullock’

Acting veteran and author Jenifer Lewis portrayed Tina Turner’s mother Zelma in What’s Love Got to Do with It. She reunited with Fishburne in a starring role on black-ish and has a few new projects simmering. Lewis is estimated to be worth $2 million.

Vanessa Bell Calloway as ‘Jackie’

Vanessa Bell Calloway portrayed Jackie, an amalgamation of various background singers. The Coming 2 America actor has built a net worth of an estimated $600,000.

Phyllis Yvonne Stickney as ‘Alline Bullock’

Phyllis Yvonne Stickney owned the role of Tina’s sister Alline. Fans may recognize her from another Bassett star vehicle, How Stella Got Her Groove Back. Stickney’s wealth is undisclosed.

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