- NAME: Laura Schlessinger
- OCCUPATION: Educator, Medical Professional, Philanthropist, Radio Personality, Talk Show Host, Journalist
- BIRTH DATE: January 16, 1947 (Age: 66)
- EDUCATION: State University of New York at Stonybrook, University of Southern California, Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Brooklyn, New York
- Full Name: Laura Catherine Schlessinger
- AKA: Laura Schlessinger
- AKA: Dr. Laura
- ZODIAC SIGN: Capricorn
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Controversial radio host Laura Schlessinger, also known as "Dr. Laura," is an expert at giving listeners—and readers—a piece of her mind when it comes to moral living and leading a successful family life.
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Many of the show's advertisers pulled their support due to the controversy, and Dr. Laura premiered in September 2000 to some of the worst ratings in TV history. Though Schlessinger placed a full-page ad in the Daily Variety, attributing her views regarding the traditional family to her Orthodox Jewish background, her apologies were too little,
too late: Her opponents at the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation continued their public crusade against Schlessinger. Dr. Laura was canceled in late March 2001, after reaching No. 132 in the nationwide Nielsen ratings.
In July 2003, Schlessinger announced on her show that she was no longer an Orthodox Jew. In a series of monologues over the next month, she explained that she no longer felt a connection with God. Her religious approach to the show lessened substantially following this announcement.
Over the next several years, Schlessinger published a series of successful self-help books, including The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands (2004); Woman Power (2004); Bad Childhood Good Life: How to Blossom and Thrive in Spite of an Unhappy Childhood (2006); The Proper Care and Feeding of Marriage (2007); Stop Whining, Start Living (2008); and In Praise of Stay-At-Home Moms (2009).
Schlessinger went on to sign a multi-year contract with XM/Sirius radio, which launched her radio show on January 3, 2011.
Schlessinger is married to Dr. Lewis Bishop, who is also her manager and business partner.
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