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Julie Chen

Julie Chen
Chen with her husband Leslie Moonves at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival
Born Julie Suzanne Chen
(1970-01-06) January 6, 1970
Queens, New York, U.S.
Alma mater University of Southern California (B.A., 1991)
Occupation Presenter, news anchor, producer
Years active 1990–present
Spouse(s) Leslie Moonves (m. 2004)
Children 1
Website Official CBS Bio

Julie Suzanne Chen Moonves (born January 6, 1970) is an American television personality, news anchor, and producer for CBS.[1] She has been the host of the U.S. version of the CBS reality-television program Big Brother since its debut in July 2000 and is the longest-serving host of any country's version of the show. She is also a co-host and the moderator of the CBS daytime show The Talk. Previously, she was a co-anchor of The Early Show on CBS.

Contents

  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
  • Personal life 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Early life

Julie Chen was born in Queens, New York. Chen's mother, Wan Ling Chen, is Burmese Chinese,[2] and grew up in Rangoon, Burma in a large family, where her grandfather had nine wives and eleven children. Chen's two older sisters are Gladys and Victoria.[3]

Chen attended Junior High School [4] in the Whitestone area of Queens. Unable to qualify for entrance to the prestigious Bronx High School of Science, the school her older sisters attended, Ms. Chen, instead, went on to graduate from St. Francis Preparatory School in 1987. She attended the University of Southern California and graduated in 1991 with a major in broadcast journalism and in English.[5]

Career

One of her earlier jobs came in June 1990, interning at CBS Morning News alongside Andy Cohen[6][7] – the series which she would anchor a decade later – where she answered phones and copied faxes for distribution. The following year, while still in school, she worked for ABC NewsOne for one season as a desk assistant. She was subsequently promoted to work as a producer for the next three years. The following year, she traveled to Dayton, Ohio, to work as a news anchor for WDTN-TV, from 1995 to 1997.[8][9] During her time in Dayton, Chen had plastic surgery on her eyes to make her eyes look larger.[10]

From 1999 to 2002, Chen was the anchor for CBS Morning News and news anchor for CBS This Morning and later The Early Show, alongside Bryant Gumbel, Jane Clayson, Hannah Storm, Harry Smith, Maggie Rodriguez, Erica Hill, and Rene Syler. From 2002 to 2010, she was a co-host for The Early Show on CBS, before leaving the daily position but remaining as a Special Contributing Anchor for the program until its cancelation. Before CBS News she was a reporter and weekend anchor at WCBS-TV in New York City.

The Talk co-hosts Julie Chen, Aisha Tyler, Sharon Osbourne, Sara Gilbert and Sheryl Underwood in 2012.

Since 2000, she has also been the host of the American version of Big Brother. During the first season (2000), Chen was widely criticized in the media for her heavily scripted, wooden delivery in her interaction with the studio audience and in the interviews on the live programs, earning her the nickname "Chenbot." She has indicated in two separate interviews,[11][12] that she takes no personal offense to the term, adding that it may derive from her "precise on-air style" which comes from "a desire to be objective". She again acknowledged the nickname while discussing mugs made in her likeness when she proudly proclaimed, "I am the Chenbot!" in a segment[13] on the The Early Show.

Chen is the moderator of the CBS daytime talk show The Talk, which premiered on October 18, 2010.[14] The show is similar to The View although not as politicized. The show currently features Chen, Aisha Tyler, Sharon Osbourne, Sara Gilbert, and Sheryl Underwood as the co-hosts. Former co-hosts include Marissa Jaret Winokur, Leah Remini, and Holly Robinson Peete.[15][16][17]

In January 2015, Chen guest-starred in the NCIS: Los Angeles episode "In The Line of Duty" portraying a U.S. Ambassador.

Personal life

Following her graduation from USC as a broadcasting and English major, she became a news assistant for ABC News in Los Angeles, California, in September 1991. There, she met her future longtime boyfriend, television news editor Gary Donahue.[18] Leslie Moonves, president and chief executive officer of CBS Television, began dating the Big Brother host during his marriage to Nancy Wiesenfeld Moonves. On April 22, 2003, a week after Les Moonves signed a five-year multimillion-dollar contract with Viacom,[19] his wife filed for divorce in L.A. Superior Court, citing irreconcilable differences, according to her lawyer Dennis Wasser.[20] Divorce proceedings were delayed for almost two years due to financial settlement disagreements. On December 10, 2004, Moonves got a court to grant an early divorce, leaving spousal support and child support to be determined at a later date.[21][22]

On December 23, 2004, Chen and Moonves were married in a private ceremony attended by friends and family at a private home in Acapulco, Mexico.[23] On September 24, 2009, Chen gave birth to their son.[24]

On September 11, 2013, during the first week of Season 4 of The Talk, Chen revealed that she had undergone East Asian blepharoplasty early in her career after being pressured by her previous news director and a high-profile agent. Chen said that her decision "divided" her family, but she stated must "live with every decision that I've made and it got me to where we are today. And I'm not going to look back."[25]

Chen can speak Mandarin Chinese but is not entirely fluent. She is also a devoted yogini.[26]

References

  1. ^ "Julie Chen".  
  2. ^ Morales, Tatiana (February 11, 2009). "Julie Chen: Dancing Queen?".  
  3. ^ The TalkDec 10 episode of .
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  5. ^ Official CBS Bio: Julie Chen". CBS News.
  6. ^ Werthmann, Colleen (December 15, 2011). "Andy Cohen and Julie Chen on Their Shared Past – The TV Titans Started Under the Same Roof". The Dish (blog of  
  7. ^ Davies, Madeline (February 24, 2011). "Andy Cohen Talks About Getting His Ass Kicked by Real Housewife of New Jersey's Teresa Giudice". The Talk (blog of  
  8. ^ Staff (undated). "Julie Chen Biography". tvguide.com. Retrieved September 5, 2013.
  9. ^ WDTN-TV Big Brother Star Julie Chen Reports 1996. YouTube.
  10. ^ "Julie Chen Reveals She Got Plastic Surgery to Look Less Chinese: See the Before and After Pictures".  
  11. ^ Rice, Lynette (June 2, 2006).  – Julie Chen Opens Up About Hosting a Summer Reality Series, Marrying Her Boss, and Earning a (Derogatory?) Nickname"Big Brother"Big Shot – What It's Like to Host .  
  12. ^ Adalian, Josef (July 26, 2006). "Inside Move: Mugs Don't Bug Chen – 'Brother' Host's Robotic Side Immortalized on Merch".  
  13. ^ "The Early Show". CBS. 
  14. ^ Domanick, Andrea (August 11, 2010). "CBS' 'The Talk' to Premiere Oct. 18". Broadcasting and Cable. 
  15. ^ Rizzo, Monica (January 14, 2011). "Marissa Jaret Winokur Is Leaving The Talk".  
  16. ^ Abrams, Natalie (August 15, 2011). "Leah Remini, Holly Robinson Peete Leaving The Talk".  
  17. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (August 15, 2011). The Talk' Co-Hosts Leah Remini And Holly Robinson Peete Likely To Exit"'".  
  18. ^ host Julie Chen May Prove a Survivor"Big Brother"Lightly Toasted by Critics, .  
  19. ^ James, Meg (April 15, 2003). "CBS Chief Signs a New Contract With Viacom".  
  20. ^ Rush, George; Molloy, Joanna; Widdicombe, Ben (April 23, 2003). "Moonves' Marriage May Get An Airing".  
  21. ^ "Legalzoom.com". 
  22. ^ "Smoking Gun: Moonves Divorce". 
  23. ^ "Here Are 6 of the Splashiest Media Weddings Ever". 
  24. ^ "Julie Chen Welcomes Son Charlie". 
  25. ^ "Julie Chen's Big Reveal: 'I've Had Plastic Surgery'". September 11, 2013. Retrieved September 12, 2013.
  26. ^ "The Talk Host: Julie Chen (Host)". October 21, 2011. Retrieved September 9, 2012. 

External links

  • Julie Chen at the Internet Movie Database
  • Julie Chen at NNDB
  • Julie Chen on Diversity News Magazine
  • Archived biography of Chen from one of her first reporting jobs. - WDTN-TV, Channel 2, Dayton, Ohio.
  • Interview with Entertainment Weekly discussing Chen, including her opinion on her nickname "The Chenbot."
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