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Star Jones is a lawyer and television personality best known for co-hosting ABC's The View from 1997 until 2006.
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Also in 1998, Star Jones launched her own line of wigs called The Star Jones Collection. She then became the spokesperson for several full-figured apparel companies, including Salon Z of Saks Fifth Avenue and Internet shopping site Alight.com. She also explored her philanthropic side in 2002, when she launched The Starlet Fund. The not-for-profit foundation supported women, girls and families in need.
In 2003 Jones went through a rapid and controversial weight-loss. Over the next three years, she would drop more than 160 pounds. Despite speculation otherwise, Jones denied having surgery to lose the weight, and forced her View co-hosts to state that she lost the weight through diet and exercise
In November of 2003, Jones met banker Al Scales Reynolds at an album release party for Alicia Keys. After a three-month courtship, Reynolds surprised Jones with a proposal. The couple had a multi-million dollar wedding at St. Bartholomew's Church in November of 2004.
In 2006, after nine years on the show, the show's producers released Jones from her contract. In the wake of her very public termination, Jones published her second book, Shine: A Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Journey to Finding Love. In it, Jones writes about how women can find success and love through personal stories and advice.
In 2007, Jones launched her own talk show, Star Jones, on truTV. She also became the Executive Editor of Daytime Programming for the channel. The show was canceled after six months on the air. In September of that same year, Jones finally revealed to Glamour magazine that she underwent gastric bypass surgery.
Jones has made many small screen appearances. She appeared as herself on the soap opera All My Children and the television show Sports Night in 1998, Port Charles in 1999, along with Spin City in 2000. She also made cameos on Strong Medicine (2001), Soul Food (2002) and Less Than Perfect (2005). In addition, Jones hosted E! Entertainment Television's Live From the Red Carpet special during the 2004-2005 award season. In 2007, she performed as guest host on Larry King Live while King was on vacation.
Jones filed for divorce from Al Reynolds on March 26, 2008. The divorce proceedings are ongoing.
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