Actress Kelly Rutherford got her start on the ’80s soap opera “Generations” and has worked consistently ever since, recently starring as Lily van der Woodsen on the hit CW show “Gossip Girl” — but her net worth doesn’t reflect her success.
The root of her money troubles? Legal battles. Rutherford was locked in a lengthy custody dispute with ex-husband Daniel Giersch. In 2013 — five years after the divorce proceedings were initiated — Rutherford revealed she was penniless. Her legal fees and travel expenses to visit her children, who were sent to live with Giersch in Germany, forced her to declare bankruptcy, according to Vanity Fair. In the aftermath, she’s managed to build her net worth up to a relatively scant $1 million.