• Barbara Minty is a retired model, photographer and author, best known as the widow of the famed actor Steve McQueen.
• She is living a peaceful life in Ketchum, Idaho with her husband David Brunsvold.
• Barbara had a successful modeling career in the 1970s, earning her a net worth of $15 million.
• She was married to Steve McQueen for only a few months before his death.
• Steve McQueen had two previous marriages, and at the time of his death his net worth was estimated at $30 million.

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FactThe cover of the September 1973 issue of Cosmopolitan magazine on which she was featured, was rearranged as an ersatz issue of 'Plaything' magazine as featured in the "Honeymooners" sketch in The Jackie Gleason Special (1973).

Who is Barbara Minty?

Barbara Minty was born on the 11th June 1953, in Seattle, Washington State USA, and is a retired model, photographer and author, but perhaps still best known to the world as the widow of the famed actor Steve McQueen, who passed away in 1980 after a short battle with cancer. She authored the book “Steve McQueen: The Last Mile” in 2007, which depicts time she spent with Steve up to his death.

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What is Barbara Minty Doing Now?

Barbara has left show business behind her for quite some time, and is living a peaceful life in Ketchum, Idaho USA, with her husband David Brunsvold. She has also dedicated her life to raising Steve McQueen’s children, Chad and Terry McQueen, as well as opening a pop-up shop as an honor to the memory of her late husband.
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Barbara Minty Bio: Early Life and Education

Although born in Seattle, Barbara grew up in Corvallis, Oregon USA; she has kept information in regards to her parents and siblings hidden from the public eye. She went to Corvallis High School, and matriculated in 1971, but Instead of continuing her education, Barbara launched her modeling career.

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Modeling Career

It was in the early ‘70s that Barbara launched her career; she was noticed by Eileen Ford and Nina Blanchard who helped her to start her career, and she signed a contract with the modeling agency, and was ready to take the world. Well, she did just that, as during that decade Barbara graced cover pages of numerous magazines, becoming one of the most sought-after and highest paid models at that time. In addition to magazines, Barbara featured in a number of commercials, which increased her popularity and net worth as well. Unfortunately there aren’t more details about her career, as since the ‘80s she has become focused on other things, and retired from show business.

Do You Know How Rich Barbara Minty Is?

Though she hasn’t been seen for a while on TV, or on magazine covers, while her career lasted, Barbara earned a small fortune for herself. So as one of the highest paid models of the ‘70s, have you ever wondered how rich Barbara Minty actually is, as of mid- 2018? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Barbara’s net worth is as high as $15 million. Pretty impressive don’t you think?

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First Meeting with Steve McQueen

Steve, at the height of his career, saw one of many of Barbara’s posters, and asked his manager to set up a meeting with the prominent model. Barbara agreed, and just several months following their first encounter, the couple was married.

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Married Life and Steve’s Death

Barbara was at Steve’s bed side during his health problems, but the actor didn’t last long in his fight against the terminal illness. He passed away on the 7th November 1980, while the two married on the 16th January the same year, so failing to even celebrate the first anniversary of their marriage.

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Life After Steve’s Death

In the aftermath of Steve’s death, Barbara retired from show business and became focused on raising Steve’s children, Chad and Terry McQueen. She remarried to David Brunsvold, and in 2007 published the book “Steve McQueen: The Last Mile”, the sales of which alshave o contributed to her wealth.

She is also tied to her husband through the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization, which she joined in 2012 and has put all effort in the fight to ban asbestos, which probably killed her husband in the first place. She has remained out of the public eye, as she doesn’t have an active profile on any social media platform.

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Barbara Minty’s Ex-Husband, Steve McQueen

Now that we have covered all the major information about Barbara’s life and career, let’s share some information about her ex-husband Steve McQueen. Terence Steven McQueen was born on the 24th March 1930, in Beech Grove, Indiana USA, and was an actor, perhaps best remembered for lead roles in such films as “The Great Escape” (1964), “The Sand Pebbles”, (1966), “Bullitt” (1968), and “Papillon” (1973), among many other roles. The son of Julia Ann and William Terens McQueen, his father was a pilot, and his mother was a prostitute partly because she had problems with alcohol. As a result he went on to Slater, Missouri, where he was raised by his maternal grandparents. However, as a child he was abused, and so moved to Greenwich Village, New York to live with his mother at the age of 16. Before his acting career started, Steve served in the US Marine Corps, eventually being honorably discharged, after saving several lives during an exercise in the Arctic.

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Career and Death

Taught by Stella Adler and also taking acting classes at Sanford Meiner’s Neighborhood Playhouse helped him a lot in his early days. He made his debut on stage in the play “Peg O’ My Heart”, and “Two Fingers of Pride”, among other plays, and after these initial successes, Steve reached Broadway and appeared in the play “A Handful of Rain” in 1955. Encouraged, Steve settled in Hollywood where he made his screen debut in the film “Somebody Up There Likes Me”, then in 1958 was cast in his first recurring role, as Josh Randall in the TV series “Dead or Alive”. The role helped him reach out to other casting directors, and in no time he started appearing in big screen box office hits of the time. During his career, Steve featured in over 40 film and TV titles, all of which increased his net worth. One of his last appearances was in the film “The Hunter”, after which he was diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma.

Marriages and Children, and Net Worth

Barbara was Steve’s third wife; before her, he was married to Neile Adams, which lasted from 1956 until 1972 with whom he had two children. He then married actress Ali MacGraw in 1973 but the two divorced in 1978. During their marriage Ali suffered a miscarriage which had put a strain on their relationship and ultimately lead to divorce. At the time of his death, Steve’s net worth was estimated at $30 million.


1Release of her book, "Steve McQueen: The Last Mile". [2007]
2Stepmother of Chad McQueen and Terry McQueen.
3The cover of the September 1973 issue of Cosmopolitan magazine on which she was featured, was rearranged as an ersatz issue of 'Plaything' magazine as featured in the "Honeymooners" sketch in The Jackie Gleason Special (1973).



Steve McQueen: The Essence of Cool2005TV Movie documentary special thanks - as Barbara McQueen Brunsvold


I Am Steve McQueen2014DocumentaryHerself (as Barbara Minty McQueen)
ITV at the Movies2010TV Series documentaryHerself
Film '722010TV SeriesHerself
Late Show with David Letterman2007TV SeriesHerself
Steve McQueen: The Essence of Cool2005TV Movie documentaryHerself - Interviewee

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia


  1. Steve Mcqueen IS NOT Barbara Mintys exhusband. He is her deceased husband.

  2. When he died , she became a widow , please refer to a widows late husband as deceased or “ late “ husband.

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