Gretchen Cryer is a famous American musical theater actress and lyricist. Cryer is most known for her book and lyrics of I’m Getting My Act Together and Taking It On the Road (Cryer Gretchen performed as well) where Nancy Ford gave the music. Her masterpiece won the Joseph Jefferson award for musical and was nominated for the 22nd Grammy Award.

Cryer was born on October 17, 1935, in Dunreith, Indiana of United States. Her zodiac sign is Libra.

Photo of Gretchen Cryer wearing a black coat, holding a notebook and pen.
Gretchen Cryer Illustrating drama(source: Music Theatre International)


Cryer was very innovative and curious in her education life. She was liked by the most teachers. She was a hardworking and active student during her time. Her projects were submitted in time and were honest and good narrators. Women’s education was not a priority during her time. Only higher-class women had access to education time. She is very lucky that she gets good parents and a good chance.

From childhood, Cryer was interested in literature. She use to participate in different drama competitions and poem competitions. Cryer is a well-educated personality she has completed her pre-primary education at a local school in her hometown. Cryer graduated as an English major at DePauw University, Greencastle, United States.

During her classes, Cryer met Nancy Ford and became best friends. Nancy is an American composer and they have produced a lot of musical plays. She inspires women in education and women’s rights throughout her life.

Parents Information

Gretchen Cryer’s parents are Earl William Kiger, Jr. (1911-2004) and Lousie Gerladine Niven (1911-1991). Her’s parents used to run a home printing business and sold school supplies. Her mother was the president of primary school. Her parents were well established so she never had to compromise for anything she need.

Marital life

While working on Broadway Cryer fell in love with her co-worker Donald David Cryer. After a lot of dates, they finally got married on June 8, 1958. Her husband David is an American actor and singer. Their children are John Cryer, Robin Cryer, and Shelly Cryer. After 13 years their marriage was in danger as they were not ready to live further together. They broke their love and marriage through a divorce in 1971.

Her grandchildren are Charlie Austin Cryer and Daisy Cryer who both are famous for being children of John Cryer. She loves to enjoy her time with her grandson and granddaughter.

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Gretchen Cryer with her son John Cryer and daughter-in-law in an award function.(source: Twitter @misslisajoyner )

Net worth

Gretchen Cryer’s net worth is $1.6 million which she earns from royalty and scriptwriting. After doing a lot of hard work still she prefers to live a simple lifestyle. Cryer’s co-worker best friend Nancy Ford’s net worth is $2 million.


Cryer was a hard-working and simple living person. She was excellent in her education and never give up writing scripts and poems. At first, it was very difficult for Cryer to establish herself as an empowered woman in her time. She was a very close friend of Nancy Ford who is a composer. Cryer used to write and Ford use to compose. They became a team and started producing their work one by one. They were appreciated a lot for their work at their time.

Cryer and her best friend Nancy Produced their first work For Reasons of Royalty at Depauw University which got a good response. They also produced the musical Rendezvous at Boston University.

Their first professional production was Now Is The Time For All Good which was all about Cryer’s peace-loving brother who was a teacher at a conservative mid-western high school. It was a political piece and its motive was against the war.

They later collaborated with Austin Pendleton, and Fredericka Weber and produced The Last Few Days Of Issac which had good reviews and won Obie, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle awards.

She also produced Shelter in 1973 which got good reviews but wasn’t successful. She played a leading role in Now is the time… but opposite to her real-life husband David.

Her latest musical with Ford is Einstein and Roosevelts which was premiered at Depaw University in October 2008.

Cryer also played the role of an aunt of her real-life son Jon Cryer in Hiding Out. Hiding out is only the film she played till now.

Personal life and social media

She prefers to live a low-key life so rarely appears in media. She is very concerned about her private life, Therefore there are no official social sites with her name. She is an inspiration to the people who are wasting valuable time on social sites. After earning a very big name in English literature and drama she still is not interested in using social sites.

About Gretchen’s ex-Husband David Cryer

David Cryer is a theater actor, television actor, and singer. He is most known for the role of Firmin in the Phantom of the Opera which he performed for more than 19 years in broadway studio. He also played in films like Wonder Woman Hank Miller, As the World Turns Philip LombardNew York Stories Suit, etc.

David was born on March 8, 1936, in Evanston, Illinois, United States. After divorcing Gretchen Cryer, he married Margaret Swanson on December 20, 1973. Margaret Swanson is a dancer and actress. Swanson loves to live a private life so there is not much information about her.

David Cryer has been working as an actor for a very long year. Cryer earns a very high sum of money which is estimated to be $ 6.5 million. Cryer lives a lavish life and expends money on his luxury. Cryer has multiple mansions in LA and even New York.

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Gretchen Cryer’s ex-husband David Cryer at Depaww Unversity. (source:

About Grethen’s son Jon Cryer

Jon Cryer is an American actor and director who lives in Los Angeles. He debuts as a teenage photographer in the romantic comedy No Small Affair. His Breakout role film is Pretty and Pink (1986) movie. Cryer was born on April 16, 1965, and He is 1.75m tall. He married Sarah Trigger in 1999 and divorced in 2004.

Marital Life of Jon Cryer

Sarah and Jon gave birth to Charlie Austin Cryer on November 27, 2000. At present Sarah is living her married life with David Dickey.

Cryer fell in love with Lisa Joyner and got married in 2007. Lisa is an American entertainer. Cryer and Joyner gave birth to Daisy Cryer on August 11, 2009. Daisy is a very cute little angel who loves to spend quality life with her parents. She likes to visit different places with her parents.

Career And Net Worth

Cryer’s most famous works are Two and a Half Men (2003), Pretty in Pink (1986), and Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987). Hot Shots! (1991), Holy Man (1998), Tortured (2008), Shorts (2009), and Hit by Lightning (2014) are his other films. He also appeared in series like Supergirl, Arrow, and Batwoman.

Cryer was born in a well-established family so there was everything he needed. He graduated in science in 1983 but choose the path of acting. He earns more than $70 million a year through televisions and films. He expends his money on his luxuries such as mansions and cars. He travels in Roll Royce and BMW.

One of the biggest controversies in his lifetime was that he was forced to pay $8000 a month to his Ex-wife. Without any custody, he had to pay for child support.

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