Who is Sasha Czack?
Sasha Czack is an American actress, director as well as a photographer and writer, but who is probably best known as the former spouse of the American movie star Sylvester Stallone. Additionally, she is widely recognized for appearing in the TV series “Love of Life”, and in the movie “Rocky III”. She wrote and directed the 1996 short movie entitled “Long Lost Love”.
Early Life, Bio and Career
Alexandra Jane ‘Sasha’ Czack was born under the zodiac sign of Cancer on the 17th July 1950, in Chester, Pennsylvania, and is of American nationality and white ethnicity.
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Upon matriculating from St. John’s Senior High School in her home town, she enrolled at the University of Notre Dame du Lac in Notre Dame, Indiana, from which she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in media studies.
Interested in acting since her early years, upon graduation Sasha decided to pursue a career in the moviemaking industry. Her debut on-camera appearance occurred in the late 1970s, when she appeared in an episode of the CBS’ television soap opera series “Love of Life”. Her performance caught the eye of Frank Perry, who cast her for the leading role in his 1972 drama movie “Play It As It Lays”.
However, due to a misunderstanding with her at-that-time fiancé Stallone, who insisted that she help him write a scenario for “Rocky” and stay in New York City, Czack missed the opportunity, and the role was given to Tuesday Weld.
In 1976 Sasha was the lead still photographer on the set of “Rocky” – the three-time Oscar-winning sports drama movie with Stallone in the title role; however, due to then rules of the filmmaking union, her efforts went uncredited. In 1982 she appeared opposite Stallone in the third installment of the “Rocky” franchise – the Oscar-winning movie “Rocky III”. After over a decade-long hiatus, in 1996 Sasha Czack made her screenwriting as well as directorial debut with the short movie “Long Lost Live”.
Her most recent on-camera appearance dates back to 2006, when she starred in her deceased son’s short drama film entitled “Vic”.
‘The Father of Pop Art’ Andy Warhol, who also made a series of silkscreen portraits featuring Sylvester Stallone in 1980, was a huge fan and an avid supporter of Sasha’s photography, and even wrote several extensive articles about her and her work, published in his memoirs entitled “The Andy Warhol Diaries” that hit the shelves in 1989.
Marriage with a movie star
Shortly afterwards, the couple moved to Los Angeles, California, and two years later in May 1976, they were blessed with their first-born son, named Sage Moonblood Stallone. After three more years of mutual life, the couple welcomed their second son, born in 1979 and named Seargeoh Stallone.
Sage Stallone was not only a promising young actor, but a director and producer as well. He went to Montclair College Preparatory School before enrolling at North Carolina School of the Arts. At the age of 14 he made his on-screen debut alongside his father in “Rocky V”, after which he appeared in movies such as “The Evil Inside Me” (1993), “Daylight” (1996) as well as “Reflections of Evil” (2002) and “Oliviero Rising” (2007), to name a few.
As the director and producer, he debuted in 2005 with the documentary film “Alan Yates Uncovered”, while his final on-camera appearance occurred in the 2010 drama movie “Promises Written in Water”. At the age of 36, Sage was found dead in his Los Angeles apartment on the 13th July 2012. The autopsy later determined that the cause of death was atherosclerosis which caused a coronary artery disease.
When their second-born son was diagnosed with autism at a very early age, Sasha retired from the moviemaking industry as well as public life, and ever since is a contributor to and the ambassador of the Autistic Foundation of America.
After 11 years of marriage, Sasha and Sylvester first split and then filed for divorce which was finalized, ironically, on Valentine’s Day 1985. This whole affair made news for being among the most expensive divorce settlements of that time, estimated at $12 million.
On the set of her movie “Long Lost Love” in 1996, Czack met renowned, three-time Primetime Emmy Award-winning sound recording engineer Rick Ash, with whom, after a year of dating she tied the knot in 1997. However, their marriage was short-lived, and the couple divorced less than two years later.
Michael Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone, was born on the 6th July 1946, in New York City’s borough of Manhattan, the elder son of dancer and women’s wrestling promoter Jacqueline ‘Jackie’ and a beautician Francesco ‘Frank’ Stallone Sr. Apart from being of American nationality and white ethnicity, the popularly nicknamed ‘Sly‘ is also of Italian descent through his father, as well as of French and Ukrainian-Jewish ancestry through his mother. After Notre Dame Academy, he went to Lincoln High School prior to attending Charlotte Hall Military Academy. He later enrolled at Miami Dade College after which he attended the University of Miami.
Stallone began his on-screen professional acting career in 1969, in the movie “The Square Root”. He honed his skills through a variety of movies in the early 1970s, before stepping into the limelight for the 1976 movie “Rocky”, the highest-grossing motion picture of the year, with a box office record of $225 million. It eventually came to be one of the most profitable franchises in cinema industry, producing six sequels and two spin-off films so far.
In 1982 Stallone was cast to portray the leading role as John Rambo in the action thriller movie “First Blood”. Its initial commercial success, grossing over $125 million at the box office, inspired a sequel at first, and eventually became the “Rambo” movie franchise with five installments, including the latest film, entitled “Rambo: Last Blood” released in 2019.
Apart from being popular for portraying two memorable protagonists in two famous action movie series, Sylvester is also renowned for his physically demanding roles in action movies such as “Demolition Man” (1993), “Judge Dredd” (1995), “Assassins” (1995) and “Get Carter” (2000). Additionally, alongside Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren and Jet Li, he is the star of the more recent action thriller movie franchise “The Expendables”.
Sources have estimated that the total of Sasha Czack’s net worth, speaking as of mid-2020, revolves around the sum of $4 million, acquired through her career in the moviemaking industry as well as through her divorce from Sylvester Stallone – his wealth is reputedly over $400 million.