While Cindy Costner has had a few stints as an actor, it is safe to say that her true interests lie elsewhere. Best known for her marriage to award-winning American actor, film director, and producer, Kevin Costner, Cindy is a businesswoman. The 16-years she spent in the spotlight was credit from her ex-husband, Kevin Costner. And while Cindy had a few roles here and there in movies including Dances with Wolves and LiteWeight, she remained away from mainstream media for most of her career. In this article, we will take a closer look at what little is known about Cindy Costner.
Cynthia Silva was born on the 29th of October 1956, in California, United States. Born in a Portuguese household, Silva has not shared much about her early life. The former actress graduated from a local high school in California before setting off to California State University at Fullerton (CSUF). She studied marketing and finance during her University years and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in the same field.
Professional Career and Marriage:
Silva launched her professional career as an actress while still at college. Following several theatrical appearances, Silva made her on-screen debut in 1998 appearing in the movie, LiteWeight.
Silva met Kevin Costner during her University years and the pair began dating soon after. The pair dated for three lovely years before deciding to tie the knot on the 11th of February 1978. The duo welcomed their first child, Annie Costner in 1984, followed by a second daughter, Lily, who was born in 1986. The pair’s only son, Joe, was born in 1988, six years before the pair finally called it quits on their marriage of 16 years.
Following the divorce, Cindy was entitled to a total payment of USD 50 million. She used the settlement money to start a business. The Twin Palms restaurant in Newport Beach opened its doors in 1995 and has been operational for 25 years. Cindy never re-married and currently spends a peaceful life away from all the media attention.
Ex-Husband: Kevin Costner
Kevin Michael Costner was born on the 18th of January, 1955, in Lynwood, California. The youngest child of the family, Costner’s mother Sharon Rae (Tedrick) worked as a welfare worker, whereas his father, William Costner, was an electrician and, later, a utility executive at Southern California Edison. As a young kid, Costner was interested in just about anything he could get his hands on. He loved sports and took regular piano lessons, wrote poetry, and sang in the First Baptist Choirpiano lessons. Costner matriculated from Villa Park High School in 1973 and earned a BA in marketing and finance from California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) in 1978.
Costner made his movie debut in the film Sizzle Beach, the U.S.A, which was shot in the winter of 1978–79 but was not released until 1981 and re-released in 1986. After a few supporting roles here and there, Costner got his big break when he was chosen to portray, Eliot Ness in The Untouchables (1987). Thus began Costner’s period of success, where he followed each movie with a more successful movie than the last. He landed starring roles in No Way Out (1987), Bull Durham (1988), Field of Dreams (1989), Dances with Wolves (1990), for which he won two Academy Awards, JFK (1991), Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991), The Bodyguard (1992), and A Perfect World (1993). And while Costner is often known for his roles in high budget movies, he worked on a series of low budget films as well including Message in a Bottle (1999), For Love of the Game (1999), Thirteen Days (2000), 3000 Miles to Graceland (2001), Dragonfly (2002), Rumor Has It (2005), The Guardian (2006), Mr. Brooks (2007), 3 Days to Kill (2014), McFarland, USA (2015), Draft Day (2014), and Criminal (2016).
As of 2020, Costner has nabbed an immense trophy cabinet for his acting and direction. He has 2 Academy Awards from 3 nominations, 2 Golden Globes from his 5 nominations, 1 Primetime Emmy Awards, and 2 Screen Actors Guild Awards. Following his split from Cindy, Costner tied the knot with model and handbag designer Christine Baumgartner. The pair got married in 2004 and have three children.