Who is Uhm Jung-Hwa?
Uhm Jung-Hwa was born on 17 August 1969, in Jecheon, North Chungcheong, South Korea. She is an actress, singer, and dancer, best known for being one of the most influential female artists in the Korean entertainment industry. Her versatility, youth, and ability to stay relevant has helped her earn the nickname evergreen.
The Net Worth of Uhm Jung-Hwa
As of early-2020, Uhm Jung-Hwa has a net worth estimated to be over $150 million, earned through a successful career in the South Korean entertainment industry.
She’s been working on music, acting, and dancing since the early 1990s.
Early Life and Career Beginnings
Uhm grew up in Jecheon, the second of two children, with a brother who also aspired to become an actor. Their family was musically inclined, and her father worked primarily as a music teacher. However, he passed away when she was six years old in a motorcycle accident, and the family struggled financially after his passing.
Despite that, she continued with her dream and pursued a music career, eventually finding her breakthrough in 1993 with her debut album called “Sorrowful Secret” – after its release, she became one of the top Korean singers from the country. Some of her top hits during this period include “A Love Only Heaven Permits”, and “Tell Me”, and she continued releasing albums over the years; during her fourth release called “Invitation” she turned towards a mature direction in her songs.
This attracted controversy as many of her singles had a very suggestive nature, however, the criticisms weren’t enough to derail it from becoming one of the top-selling albums of the country that year, earning a lot of praise. She continued her success with her fifth album “005.1999.06”.
Transition to Acting and Continued Music Releases
When the new millennium of the 2000s hit, Jung-Hwa committed more towards acting roles. She also went a different direction with her music career, and experimented with a variety of genres.
She ventured into electronica and her double album “Self Control” received praise for her ability to adapt.
She then took a two-year break from music, and worked on films such as “Marriage is a Crazy Thing” which won her a Baeksang Art Award for Best Actress. She then released her ninth single called “prestige” which won her a Korean Music Award for Best Electronic Dance Record. In 2008, she released the Extended Play called “D.I.S.C.O”, which was a collaboration with Yang Hyun-Suk.
Her lead single featured Big Bang member T.O.P and the EP became one of the top-selling releases of the year by a female artist. She also released a remix version of “D.I.S.C.O” called “D.I.S.C.O Part 2” which featured Big Bang leader G-Dragon.
Afterwards she returned to acting, working on films and television shows. Some of her projects during this period include “Princess Aurora”, “Singles”, and “Seducing Mr. Perfect”.
In 2012, Uhm won another Baeksang Art Award for Best Actress thanks to her performance in the film “Dancing Queen”, starring alongside Hwang Jung-Min in playing a married couple who decide to pursue their nearly forgotten dreams.
She also returned to music, making her first release since “D.I.S.C.O”, announcing the album “The Cloud Dream of the Nine” making her return after eight years.
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— Junghwa Uhm (@love_tangle) January 1, 2017
She released the first part which contained singles such as “Dreamer” and “Watch me Move”, and is currently working on the second release of “The Cloud Dream of the Nine”.
She also ventured into business, and started a lingerie and clothing line, named ZHUM in New York and Corner Suite. Her business endeavors were successful, as they earned over $10 million in just three months after their launch.
The businesses were particularly successful online, receiving a lot of attention thanks to the connection to her name. She is planning to create more clothing lines, and is starting to partner with shopping channels. A few of her recent film and television projects include “Wonderful Nightmare” and “Venus Talk”. She also worked on “You Are Too Much”, which starred her alongside Jang Hee-Jin.
Uhm Jung-Hwa has remained single for a very long time, as her dedication to her multi-faceted career which has left her little time in the way for romance.
She expressed her interest in getting married in 2015, after witnessing the marriage of her brother, however, since then, there have been no reports about romances coming her way.
She is a cancer survivor, having been diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2010. She recovered fully after having surgery, and the experience was life-changing for her. Since the sickness, she has dedicated to finding more influential and meaningful projects. She was very discouraged throughout experiencing the cancer, especially due to the pain it caused her.