Biography of Johnny Depp’s first wife, makeup artist Lori Anne Allison

Born 6 September 1957, American celebrity makeup artist Lori Anne Allison is an entrepreneur mostly known as the former wife of Hollywood star Johnny Depp. After her dreams to become a music producer suffered a huge setback, Lori opted for her other passion, makeup. She moved over to Los Angeles, where she had friends in the business, and soon started her own practice.

As a makeup artist, she has worked with many highly rated photographers and has been part of many films and TV projects. Asides from her work as a makeup artist, Lori also runs a cupcake business. However, what she is mostly known for is her association with actor Johnny Depp.

Lori and Johnny Depp met in the early 1980s through a friend of the actor’s bandmate. They got married in 1983 when she was 26, and he was just 20. Their union lasted only three years before it came to an end, but neither of their life stories is complete without mentioning the other.

A most interesting fact about Lori’s part in Depp’s life is that she introduced him to Nicolas Cage in hopes of getting him some acting jobs. At the time, they were struggling, and Depp would take literally any job to stay afloat. Cage introduced him to an agent, and the rest, as they say, is history.

In this article, we will explore the life of Lori Anne Allison, her career, and her relationship with Johnny Depp. To set the ball rolling, let’s take a look at these ten facts about her.

10 interesting facts about Lori Anne Allison

  1. Although Lori loved makeup from a young age, it wasn’t her main career choice, she dreamed of becoming a music producer, but when she became partially deaf in one ear, she had to set her eyes on something else.
  2. Lori started practicing makeup on dolls as early as age eight; she would cut the doll’s hair and use a pen to draw the makeup.
  3. At age 13, Lori regularly visited the makeup boutique at Collins Avenue, where she learned skin enhancement and exaggeration skills.
  4. While the exact details are yet unclear, it is rumored that Lori and Depp were set up through someone in his then boyband Rock City.
  5. Though Lori’s marriage to Johnny Depp didn’t last, it is known that the two have remained good friends till the present day, and she was supportive after the death of his mother.
  6. Lori came to the defense of her ex-husband in 2016 after his latest ex-wife, Amber Heard, accused him of domestic violence; according to Lori, Depp doesn’t even raise his voice.
  7. She is the CEO and founder of the brand, Serendeppity Lip Glosses, a makeup product launched in 2015.
  8. Lori is an avid dog lover; she predominantly uploads photos of her dogs on her now-private Instagram page and is also known for often fostering animals and helping them find the right homes.
  9. In 2016, she and her photographer sister Suzanne Allison released a book titled Gimme Shelter, which is a selection of photographs of celebrities like Steven Tyler, Courteney Cox, Alice Cooper, and Demi Moore with their pets.
  10. According to many sources, Lori currently has a net worth of $8 million.

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Early life and education

Lori Anne was born in the United States on 6 September 1957. As a child, she was interested in makeup and hairstyle. She used to practice on dolls from the young age of 8 and soon advanced to using papers to draw the prototype of a face with makeup. Lori always stood out among her peers; she was expressive with her clothing, hairdo, and much more. She loved music too and had her sights set on a career in music engineering. Not much is known of Lori’s family or educational background, however.

Lori Anne Allison
A young Lori Anne Allison


As aforementioned, Lori began trying out makeup on dolls from a very young age. She got better at it as the years passed, and at age 13, she had her first real-life professional makeup experience. It happened at a small makeup shop on Columbus Avenue, Miami Beach, and she did a saleswoman’s full-fledged makeup while she was there. 

Lori picked up more makeup techniques too. Music also had a great influence on Lori at the time, and she particularly loved David Bowie. It was sure that she was going to follow either of those paths — music or makeup.

Eventually, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue her career in makeup. This was after a shooting range mishap had resulted in her being partially deaf in one ear, effectively killing her hopes of becoming a music producer. Fortunately, she had friends in showbiz who could hook her up with gigs. Her two friends, composer Adam Chuant and actress Cristina Applegate, helped her enter the celebrity makeup field. It is said that Applegate not only helped her secure her first job on TV but also gifted her a makeup kit.

Her portfolio kept expanding, and she found herself doing jobs on stage, TV, and film productions. Today, Lori owns the makeup product range Serendipity Lip Glosses, which was launched in 2015. She also runs a small cupcake business called D’Cups.

As Johnny Depp wife

Lori Anne Allison Johnny Depp wife

Lori and Depp met way back in the early 1980s, long before he became the Hollywood sensation he is now known as. In fact, he was still a struggling young man at the time and part of a boy band called Rock Star. The general consensus, although still unconfirmed, is that Lori was introduced to him by one of his bandmates. They started dating and got married in December 1983 in a traditional ceremony in South Florida.

Things were tight for Depp back then, and he wasn’t even actively chasing an acting career. According to him, he was busy filling job applications at the time. However, by virtue of Lori’s job as a showbiz makeup artist, she introduced Depp to Nicolas Cage, who in turn introduced him to an agent. Johnny soon got a role in Nightmare On Elm Street, and in his words in an interview with Playboy, “I got the job. I was stupefied. They paid me all that money for a week. It was luck, an accident. I did it purely to pay the rent.”

Thus began Depp’s acting career. Unfortunately, it also pushed them closer to their untimely separation as a couple. In 1985, they decided to part ways due to irreconcilable differences. It was rumored that Johnny dated his fellow actor, Sherilyn Fenn, while he was married to Lori. The rumor turned out to be true as they got engaged after his separation from Lori.

Johnny Depp age

Johnny Depp age

Born 9 June 1963, 58-year-old John Christopher Depp II is an American actor, producer, and musician. He is the recipient of various accolades, including a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award, in addition to nominations for three Academy Awards and two British Academy Film Awards. Depp is considered one of the most successful actors of all time in terms of box office draw and recognition. He has a penchant for picking projects based more on the challenge of the role rather than the potential for box office success.

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Depp made his debut in the horror film A Nightmare on Elm Street before rising to prominence as a teen idol on the television series 21 Jump Street (1987–1990). In the 2000s, Depp became one of the most commercially successful film stars by playing Captain Jack Sparrow in the swashbuckler film series Pirates of the Caribbean (2003–present).

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In 2012, he was listed by the Guinness World Records as the world’s highest-paid actor, with earnings of $75 million. Depp is the founder of the American film production company Infinitum Nihil.

Johnny Depp spouse and girlfriends

Depp has been married twice but has had a total of seven known romantic partners over the years. After his separation from Lori, he dated Sherilyn Fenn, to whom he got engaged in the mid-80s. He also dated Jennifer Grey later in the 1980s. In 1990, he proposed to his Edward Scissorhands co-star Winona Ryder. From 1994–1997, he was in a relationship with English model Kate Moss. After that, Depp began dating French actress and singer Vanessa Paradis, whom he met while filming The Ninth Gate in France in 1998. Together, they have two children: daughter Lily-Rose Melody Depp (born 1999) and son John Christopher “Jack” Depp III (born 2002). Depp and Paradis announced that they had separated in June 2012.

Amber Heard Johnny Depp ex-wife
Amber Heard

After ending things with Paradis, Depp began dating actress Amber Heard. They were married in a civil ceremony in February 2015. In 2016, Heard filed for divorce and claimed that she had been verbally and physically abused by Depp. Depp denied this and alleged that she was “attempting to secure a premature financial resolution.” Eventually, in 2017, their divorce was finalized, and Depp paid a $7 million settlement.

Lori Anne Allison net worth

Some sources say Lori received a divorce settlement from Depp, however, the amount is not specified. That, plus her successful career as a showbiz makeup artist, and entrepreneur amount to a net worth of $8 million.


Johnny Depp’s success story is incomplete without the mention of Lori Anne Allison and the role she played. She knew him before the world did, and has seen him how no one else has. The two remain friends till today and keep supporting each other in various ways. Depp in fact wrote the foreword for her book, Gimmie Shelter. Lori reportedly never remarried after Depp, but there is no doubt she has lived a fulfilled life thus far.

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  15. You have a picture of actress Sherilyn Fenn playing Audrey Horn on the 90s show, Twin Peaks, that you’re citing as a picture of Lori Anne Allison. And a picture of Depp with actress and his girlfriend during the 80s, Winona Ryder. You might want to replace those pictures!


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