Laura Schlessinger

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16, 1947
Brooklyn, NY
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16, 1947 (age 73)
Brooklyn, NY


An author, socially conservative commentator, and radio talk show host, she is best known for her popular radio segment, The Dr. Laura Program. She also published several self-help books, including Ten Stupid Things Women Do to Mess Up Their Lives (1995) and Surviving a Shark Attack (On Land): Overcoming Betrayal and Dealing with Revenge (2011).

Before Fame

She graduated from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and subsequently received a Ph.D. in physiology from Columbia University. She first appeared on radio when she called into a KABC show hosted by Bill Ballance in 1975 and impressed him so much that he decided to feature her in a weekly segment.


She received her training as a marriage and family counselor at the University of Southern California.

Family Life

She married first husband, Michael Rudolph, in 1972. She later wed Lewis Bishop, with whom she had a son named Deryk.

Associated With

She and Joseph Gordon both attended Columbia University.