- NAME: Marilu Henner
- OCCUPATION: Film Actress, Television Actress, Reality Television Star, Writer
- BIRTH DATE: April 06, 1952 (Age: 61)
- Did You Know?: Marilu Henner has Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory, or HSAM. There are less than 15 cases of the condition recognized worldwide.
- EDUCATION: University of Chicago
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Chicago, Illinois
- Originally: Mary Lucy Pudlowski
- Nickname: Perpetual Motion
- AKA: Marilu Henner
- ZODIAC SIGN: Aries
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Marilu Henner is best known for her acting careerin film and TV, particularly the series Taxi, along with her series of health and fitness books.
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Marilu Henner talks with William Shatner about her six siblings, family holidays and being part of “the litter.”
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She returned in 2013 for All-Star Celebrity Apprentice, competing against the likes of Lil Jon, Trace Adkins and Dennis Rodman, among others. Although she lost yet again, she was able to last through week 10 of the competition, exceeding her last appearance on the show by two weeks. During her second appearance on the show, Henner competed for The Alzheimer's Association.
Henner has written and co-authored several books, including a book on child rearing, entitled I Refuse to Raise a Brat: Straightforward Advice on Parenting in an Age of Overindulgence (1999), and published two bestselling guides on health and beauty—The 30 Day Total Health Makeover (1999) and Healthy Life in the Kitchen (2000). She has also published several other books about health and fitness, including 2002's Healthy Holidays and 2012's Total Health Makeover, as well as offering online classes to support her total health makeover program. Outside of her bestselling books, she has also taken her stance on leading a healthy lifestyle to both the government and the classroom.
In 2010, Henner presented Congress with a dietary plan for children as part of the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act of 2010. She has also spoken at various schools and organizations, encouraging others to speak out to the government against unhealthy living and eating habits. After the release of Total Health Makeover, Henner went on a book tour and appeared on several talk shows, including The View (1997-) and Good Morning America (1975-), to further promote her healthy lifestyle lessons.
In December 2010, Henner revealed that she had highly superior autobiographical memory (HSAM) during a segment on 60 Minutes (1968-). The condition, also known as Hyperthymesia, allows her to recall very specific moments in her life. She went on to talk about HSAM on several programs, including CBS 2, where she showed off her hidden talent.
"You say April 3, 1992 and all of a sudden the whole week starts presenting itself to me. That was a Friday and I was in New York, actually," she said. "Early that week I had won $1,760 at a winner-take-all Academy Awards pool. It was a clean sweep of the Oscars, 'Silence Of The Lambs', Jodie Foster."
Neurobiologist James McGaugh began studying Henner's case of HSAM, along with others who have the same unusual memory patterns, in November 2009. The results were used in the television series Unforgettable for the character of Poppy Montgomery, a character inspired by Henner and played by Carrie Wells.
In 1980, Henner wed Frederic Forrest; the couple divorced in 1982. She has two sons, Nicholas and Joseph, with her second husband, director/producer Robert Lieberman. The couple filed for divorce in June 2001. In December 2006, Henner wed Michael Brown, whom she had known in college.
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