Liesel Matthews

Actor
Heiress to the Hyatt Hotels fortune, Liesel Matthews didn't need to get into acting to make money. But her natural talent led to her being cast in several excellent films. She was named after Liesel Von Trapp from "The ... Read more »
Born: 03/14/1984 in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Actor (3)

The Joffrey Nutcracker 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

Air Force One 1997 (Movie)

Alice Marshall (Actor)

A Little Princess 1995 (Movie)

Sara Crewe (Actor)

Biography

Heiress to the Hyatt Hotels fortune, Liesel Matthews didn't need to get into acting to make money. But her natural talent led to her being cast in several excellent films. She was named after Liesel Von Trapp from "The Sound Of Music", and her family regularly ranks near the top of Forbes magazine's America's Richest Families list--not only do they own Hyatt, but also the Royal Caribbean cruise line and other major businesses. In 1995, she was cast in Alfonso Cuarón's "A Little Princess", for which she won raves for her portrayal of a young girl forced to become a servant at a boarding school after her father dies during World War I. She went on to a smaller role in 1997's "Air Force One", as one of the First Family taken hostage aboard the airliner. That was her last major role, as she left acting to found Young Ambassadors for Opportunity, a nonprofit that works to provide microfinance loans to struggling countries. In 2002, she sued her father and several of her cousins, alleging that they siphoned money from her trust fund without her knowledge, and was awarded $280 million in cash. It's not surprising that she's found other things to do besides being in movies.

Relationships

Irene Bagley

Mother

James Bagley

Step-Father

Karen Bagley

Step-Sister
older

Robert Pritzker

Father
divorced from Matthews' mother in 1989

Matthew Pritzker

Brother
born c. 1981

Jay Pritzker

Uncle
founder of the Hyatt Hotel chain

Milestones

2002

Starred in the London premiere of Neil LaBute's play "The Distance from Here"

Starred in title role of "A Little Princess"

Played Harrison Ford's daughter in "Air Force One"

Bonus Trivia

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On November 26, 2002, Pritzker filed suit in Chicago's Cook County circuit court alleging that her father- along with more than a dozen others, drained $1 billion from her trust fund over the last eight years.

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