• Carnie Wilson is an American television personality and singer best known as a member of the girl group Wilson Phillips.
• Her net worth is estimated to be over $24 million, earned through success in the entertainment industry.
• She is the daughter of The Beach Boys member Brian Wilson and singer Marilyn Rovell.
• She has hosted talk shows, been a correspondent for Entertainment Tonight, and competed in reality shows such as Celebrity Fit Club and Chopped: All-Stars.
• She has struggled with obesity and underwent gastric bypass and lap-band surgeries.

Known for movies

Short Info

Net Worth$24 million
Date Of BirthApril 29, 1968
SpouseRob Bonfiglio
FactStepdaughter of Daniel Rutherford.

Who is Carnie Wilson?

Carnie Wilson was born on 29 April 1968, in Bel Air, California, USA, and is a television personality as well as a singer, probably best known for being a member of the music group Wilson Phillips. The girl group consists of daughters of members bands which were popular during the 1960s to 1970s.

The Net Worth of Carnie Wilson

As of early-2020, Carnie Wilson’s net worth is estimated to be over $24 million, earned through success in the entertainment industry. Apart from her music releases, she has been active in various television programs since the 1990s. She’s also been involved in other business endeavors, including a bakery and café.

Early Life and Music Career

Carnie is the daughter of The Beach Boys member Brian Wilson from his marriage to singer Marilyn Rovell. As a child, she admired her parents’ careers as singers, and became friends with the children of other popular bands. During her teens, she became close with Chynna Phillips, the daughter of The Mamas and Papas John and Michelle Phillips, and along with her younger sister Wendy, the trio formed the group Wilson Phillips.

Thanks to her family’s connections in the music industry and the children’s innate talent, the group eventually signed to a record deal, releasing a self-titled debut album.

Afterwards, they released their sophomore effort “Shadows and Light” which was successful, selling millions of copies, mainly in the US. They had a few top-charting hits, but the group decided to disband in 1993. She continued making music with her sister, releasing the Christmas album “Hey Santa!” before working on their acclaimed album “The Wilsons” which was released in 1997. The album was praised by critics but it didn’t fare so well when it came to sales.

Television Career

Thanks to the fame she had gained through her family and music, Wilson was eventually offered the chance at hosting a talk show called “Carnie!”

The show had a format similar to that of other popular talk shows of the 1990s, which were compared to tabloids. However, the show only lasted for a year before being canceled. She also appeared in other programs, making guest appearances as seen in “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch” and “That 70s Show”. In the mid-2000s, she began participating in the reality program “Celebrity Fit Club”, as she was finding it hard to keep her weight down.

As the years passed, she became more focused on hosting work, and began working for “Entertainment Tonight” as one of their correspondents.

Other projects she was offered in the next few years included “Gone Country”, “Celebracadabra”, and “The Newlywed Game”. She also made attempts resurrect a solo music career, and planned to release an album, however, her single to promote the album didn’t do well which ultimately led to her label shelving the entire project. She returned to television work, becoming the star of the reality show “Carrie Wilson: Unstabled”.

Wilson Phillips Reunited and Other Projects

Nearing the late 2000s, Wilson Phillips reconnected and eventually reunited. They began touring once more, and performed for some of their long-time fans.

Carnie Wilson

They signed a record deal with Sony Music, and then worked on a third album – “California” – which featured many hits from the time of their parents; songs from the Beach Boys and The Mamas & The Papas were featured on the tracklist. Aside from this album, she also released a solo album filled with lullabies, which was created after the birth of her daughter. She then worked on another solo album, “Christmas with Carnie”.

In 2012, she made a guest appearance in the program “Celebrity Wife Swap”, before working with Wilson Phillips once more in the reality show, “Wilson Phillips: Still Holding On” which aired on the TV Guide Network, and featured their band as they tried to get back on track after reuniting once more, and aired for a few months.

She also competed in the program “Chopped: All-Stars”, which featured celebrities cooking against each other for a prize. She was able to finish second in the episode.

Recent Projects

In 2013, Wilson competed during the second season of “Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off” joining the team of Racheal Ray. She reached second place in the competition, and won $10,000 which she donated to the Autism Research Foundation. During this period, she also frequently appeared as a guest host on “The Talk”, leading to speculation that she is heavily considered to be a priority for replacement in case any of the permanent hosts deciding to leave.

She also began working closely with Progressive Insurance, doing a few commercials for the company.

In 2016 she competed during the eighth season of “Celebrity Apprentice”, which aired a year later, but didn’t last long in the competition as she was the second to be eliminated. During the same year, Wilson Phillips performed in the program “Greatest Hits” on ABC, a show which features popular music acts from decades passed. She also made a guest appearance in “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” the following year.

Aside from television appearances, she also started a business, a bakery and café named Love Bites by Carnie, which she established with her childhood friend Tiffany Miller.

The shop’s baked goods can be ordered and delivered to any part of the US.

Personal Love

Carnie married music producer Robert Bonfiglio in 2000, after being in a relationship for a few years. They have two children together. She is related to Beach Boys member, Mike Love, and his brother Stan Love who is a retired professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA) – this means that she’s related to Stan’s son, Kevin Love who plays for the team, the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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For most of her life she has struggled with obesity, which grew even worse during the peak of fame of Wilson Phillips, as she reached 300 pounds. Due to her fame, she was often the target of comedians, but still found it very hard to reduce her weight. She decided to undergo gastric bypass surgery in which a stomach is divided into two pouches to help reduce appetite. The surgery helped her lose half her weight, and since then she’s promoted the procedure, but eventually found herself gaining weight again, leading to more ridicule. She went for another procedure in 2012, this time lap-band surgery and hopes to get back into shape, as she was fit enough to pose for “Playboy” in the past.

General Info

Full NameCarnie Wilson
Net Worth$24 million
Date Of BirthApril 29, 1968
Height1.6 m
ProfessionTelevision presenter, Actor, Singer, Hold On, You're In Love, The Dream Is Still Alive


SpouseRob Bonfiglio
ChildrenLuciana Bella, Lola Sofia Bonfiglio, Hold On, You're In Love, The Dream Is Still Alive
ParentsMarilyn Wilson-Rutherford, Brian Wilson, Hold On, You're In Love, The Dream Is Still Alive
SiblingsWendy Wilson


Music GroupsWilson Phillips
NominationsGrammy Award for Song of the Year, Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show Host, Hold On, You're In Love, The Dream Is Still Alive
TV ShowsThe Newlywed Game, Celebrity Fit Club, Gone Country, Outsiders Inn, Celebracadabra, Carnie Wilson: Unstapled, Carnie!

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1"I'm proof that surgery is not a magic potion. There are many ways to sabotage it. I didn't feel like myself, and I turned to alcohol because I couldn't turn to food anymore. Alcohol numbed me out for a while, then it got scary. I needed to get into recovery. It was a very private struggle, Rob (her husband) was pretty scared for me. I was always the one who was strong and in charge, and I let go. I've been clean and sober for almost two years. I stopped, I got healthy, and I got pregnant." (People, May 8, 2006)
2"Was I a perfect gastric-bypass patient? Yes. Was I the perfect gastric-bypass pregnant woman? No. I made a decision to enjoy my pregnancy....So sue me! But I've learned a lesson: Next time I've got to watch the carbs." (People, May 8, 2006)
3"...The B. F. Goodrich ad ran during the Rose Bowl. It was the first income I ever made, and my mom put it away for me. It was about $15,000 or $30,000. She said, 'You'll need this one day.' It's long gone, let me tell you!" (from a 1996 interview)
4"My mother gave me a spiritual perspective. She felt her life was miraculous. She came from a poor background, one pair of shoes, from a loving Jewish family. She was fourteen when she met my dad. She married him at sixteen, and she had me at twenty. She grew up very fast. She taught me about karma: If you do something nice for someone, it'll come back to you. It's the most powerful thing on Earth. That's how I live my life." (from a 1996 interview)


1Release of her autobiography, "Gut Feeling: From Fear and Despair to Health and Hope". [2001]
2Host of an infomercial for Bottom Line Health's "Secret Food Cures". [2006]
3Gave birth to her 2nd child at age 41, a daughter Luciana Bella Bonfiglio. Child's father is her husband, Rob Bonfiglio.
4Gave birth to her 1st child at age 36, a daughter Lola Sofia Bonfiglio on April 22, 2005. Child's father is her husband, Rob Bonfiglio.
5Diagnosed with Bell's palsy. [March 2013]
6Stepdaughter of Daniel Rutherford.
7Sister-in-law of Danny Knutson.
8A strict vegan and health food activist.
9Both Carnie and her sister Wendy claim that their father's psychiatrist intentionally kept him away from them. Brian Wilson finally made peace with his daughters in early 2004.
10Her parents divorced when she was 11.
1117 months after her gastric bypass surgery, she has lost 150 pounds. [2001]
12Carnie, along with former bandmates sister Wendy Wilson and Chynna Phillips, is writing songs for a reunion album--their first album since their break up 9 years ago. [2001]
13Her father almost named her Carnation but decided to shorten it to Carnie.
14She, along with her sister Wendy Wilson and Chynna Phillips, had their own short-lived music group Wilson Phillips.
15Older sister of Wendy Wilson.
16Underwent radical stomach surgery to help her lose weight in August, 1999, which was broadcast on the Internet. 50,000 people viewed the operation.
17Married Rob Bonfiglio, guitarist for Blush, in 2000.
18Daughter of Marilyn Wilson and Brian Wilson.
19Niece of Dennis Wilson and Carl Wilson.
20Niece of Diane 'Dee Dee' Rovell, who with Carnie's mother, Marilyn Wilson and their cousin, Ginger Blake, were members of the 60s girl-group, "The Honeys".




Glee2015TV SeriesCarnie Wilson
Pound Puppies2011TV SeriesComputer Voice / Olaf's Singing Voice
Bridesmaids2011/ICarnie Wilson
Outsider's Inn2008TV SeriesThe Chef
American Dad!2007TV SeriesCashier / Woman
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch2002TV SeriesMother
That '70s Show2001TV SeriesCarnie
The '60s1999TV MovieMama Earth
Silk Stalkings1998TV SeriesDivine T. Beaureguard
Carnie!1995TV SeriesHostess


Glee2014TV Series writer - 1 episode
Dancing with the Stars2011TV Series writer - 1 episode
Bridesmaids2011/Iwriter: "Hold On"
Whip It2009writer: "Hold On"
Spring Breakdown2009writer: "Hold On"
The X Factor2004TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
I Love the '90s2004TV Series documentary lyrics - 1 episode
Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle2004writer: "Hold On"
Soundstage2004TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Cats Don't Dance1997performer: "Our Time Has Come"
Wilson Phillips: Hold On1990Video short writer: "Hold On"


Outsider's Inn2008TV Series producer - 1 episode


Nail Files2011TV SeriesHerself
The Wendy Williams Show2009-2010TV SeriesHerself
Naughty But Nice with Rob Shuter2010TV Series 2010
RuPaul's Drag U2010TV SeriesHerself - Judge
Carnie Wilson: Unstapled2010TV Series documentaryHerself
The Bonnie Hunt Show2009-2010TV SeriesHerself
The Newlywed Game2009-2010TV SeriesHerself - Host / Herself - Contestant
Celebrity Ghost Stories2009TV Series documentaryHerself
2009 Game Show Awards2009TV SpecialHerself
GSN Live2008TV SeriesHerself
Celebracadabra2008TV SeriesHerself - Contestant
Gone Country2008TV SeriesHerself
CMT Insider2008TV SeriesHerself
Chelsea Lately2008TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The View2006TV SeriesHerself
Celebrity Fit Club2006TV SeriesHerself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2006TV SeriesHerself
Live with Kelly and Michael2004-2006TV SeriesHerself
101 Incredible Celebrity Slimdowns2006TV Mini-SeriesHostess
The Tyra Banks Show2006TV SeriesHerself
I Love the '90s: Part Deux2005TV Series documentaryHerself (as Wilson Phillips)
Celebrity Blackjack2004TV SeriesHerself
Primetime2004TV Series documentaryHerself
Howard Stern1995-2004TV SeriesHerself
Victoria Wood's Big Fat Documentary2004TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
I Married...2004TV SeriesHerself
E! True Hollywood Story2003TV Series documentaryHerself
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn2003TV SeriesHerself
Mayor of the Sunset Strip2003DocumentaryHerself
Fame2003TV SeriesHerself / Judge
Hollywood Squares2003TV SeriesHerself
VH-1 Where Are They Now?2002TV Series documentaryHerself
Revealed with Jules Asner2002TV SeriesHerself
The Test2001TV SeriesHerself - Panelist
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1997-2001TV SeriesHerself
The 2000 Billboard Music Awards2000TV SpecialHerself
The Howard Stern Radio Show1999TV SeriesHerself
Happy Hour1999TV SeriesHerself
Brian Wilson, Carnie Wilson, Wendy Wilson: Monday Without You1997ShortHerself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1995TV SeriesHerself
Brian Wilson: I Just Wasn't Made for These Times1995TV Movie documentaryHerself - Brian's Daughter
Vicki!1993TV SeriesHerself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1993TV SeriesHerself
Shadows and Light: From a Different View1992Video documentary shortHerself
Robert Palmer: Ridin' High1992TV MovieHerself
The 1992 Billboard Music Awards1992TV SpecialHerself
MTV Video Music Awards 19921992TV SpecialHerself
Wilson Phillips: The Videos1990VideoHerself
1990 Billboard Music Awards1990TV SpecialHerself
Wilson Phillips: Hold On1990Video shortHerself
The Apprentice2017TV SeriesHerself - Contestant
Entertainment Tonight2006-2017TV SeriesHerself
Home & Family2016TV SeriesHerself
The Talk2011-2016TV SeriesHerself - Guest Co-Hostess / Herself - Guest / Herself - Co-Hostess / ...
Celebrity Name Game2016TV SeriesHerself - Celebrity Player
Beat Bobby Flay2016TV SeriesHerself - Judge / Mentor
Guilty Pleasures2016TV SeriesHerself
Hollywood Medium2016TV SeriesHerself
When the Bough Breaks: A Documentary About Postpartum Depression2016DocumentaryHerself
Celebrity Food Fight2015TV SeriesHerself
Breaking Bread with Brooke Burke2015TV SeriesHerself
Barefoot Contessa2015TV Series documentaryHerself
2014 Hero Dog Awards2014TV SpecialHerself (as Wilson Phillips)
Chopped2014TV SeriesHerself - Contestant
Candid Camera2014TV SeriesHerself
On Your Marc!2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Sing Your Face Off2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest Judge
Inside Edition2014TV Series documentaryHerself
Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off2013TV SeriesHerself - Team Rachael
Good Day L.A.2013TV SeriesHerself
Wilson Phillips Live from Infinity Hall2012TV MovieHerself
Marie2012TV Series documentaryHerself
Wilson Phillips: Still Holding On2012TV SeriesHerself
Kathy2012TV SeriesHerself
Piers Morgan Tonight2012TV SeriesHerself
Big Morning Buzz Live2012TV SeriesHerself
Celebrity House Hunting2012TV SeriesHerself
Good Morning America2012TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Celebrity Wife Swap2012TV SeriesHerself
My Family Recipe Rocks!2012TV Series documentaryHerself
Access Hollywood Live2011TV SeriesHerself
Karaoke Battle USA2011TV MovieHerself - Judge

Archive Footage

Hollywood Today Live2017TV SeriesHerself
Entertainment Tonight2015TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Co-Hostess, The Talk
Chelsea Lately2012TV SeriesHerself - Guest Host of 'The Talk'
The O'Reilly Factor2008TV SeriesHerself
101 Most Shocking Moments in Entertainment2003TV Movie documentaryHerself - #93 Carnie Wilson Gets a Tummy Tuck


Nominated Awards

2012OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Music, Adapted SongBridesmaids (2011)
2010Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Game Show HostThe Newlywed Game (2009)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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