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Also Known As: Joan Elise Blunden Died:
Born: September 19, 1950 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Fair Oaks, California, USA Profession: TV host, newscaster, author

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A multi-talented blonde TV personality, Lunden is best known for her hosting duties on ABC's "Good Morning America". She started her broadcasting career in 1973 as a weathergirl and consumer reporter at KCRA-TV in her hometown of Sacramento. Within six months, Lunden was promoted to co-anchor of the noon news broadcast. In 1975, she moved to WABC-TV in NYC and the following year she co-anchored the weekend newscasts. Lunden began her association with ABC's "Good Morning America" in 1976 as a consumer reporter. She began to act as substitute host from 1978 to 1980, when she became a permanent host. Her contract at the time caused some controversy for its child care clause that allowed her to bring her children to work and required the network to provide a nursery.Lunden expanded her hosting duties to include two additional series on parenting, the Lifetime cable series the award-winning "Mother's Day" (1984) and the syndicated "Everyday With Joan Lunden" (1989). Despite having appeared in one film, "Macho Callahan" in the non-speaking role of a saloon keeper, Lunden turned down the opportunity to appear in Robert Benton's "Kramer vs. Kramer" (1979). She had made cameo appearances as herself in "What...

A multi-talented blonde TV personality, Lunden is best known for her hosting duties on ABC's "Good Morning America". She started her broadcasting career in 1973 as a weathergirl and consumer reporter at KCRA-TV in her hometown of Sacramento. Within six months, Lunden was promoted to co-anchor of the noon news broadcast. In 1975, she moved to WABC-TV in NYC and the following year she co-anchored the weekend newscasts. Lunden began her association with ABC's "Good Morning America" in 1976 as a consumer reporter. She began to act as substitute host from 1978 to 1980, when she became a permanent host. Her contract at the time caused some controversy for its child care clause that allowed her to bring her children to work and required the network to provide a nursery.

Lunden expanded her hosting duties to include two additional series on parenting, the Lifetime cable series the award-winning "Mother's Day" (1984) and the syndicated "Everyday With Joan Lunden" (1989). Despite having appeared in one film, "Macho Callahan" in the non-speaking role of a saloon keeper, Lunden turned down the opportunity to appear in Robert Benton's "Kramer vs. Kramer" (1979). She had made cameo appearances as herself in "What About Bob?" (1991) and "Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home" (1995). Lunden has authored several books on parenting and also hosted videos dealing with parenting and fitness.

On September 5, 1997, after twenty years with "Good Morning America", Lunden left the show to pursue other interests. Reportedly, she would continue to host specials for ABC as well as possibly contribute to the network's newsmagazines, although Lunden did not rule out the possibility of appearing in a sitcom.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 What About Bob? (1991) Cameo Appearance
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 American Wedding, The (2001) Host
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 Bobby Vinton: A Melody of Love (2001) Host ("Biography")
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 Brenda Lee: Little Miss Dynamite (2001) Host ("Biography")
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1966:
Graduated high school at age 16
1968:
Film debut in non-speaking role, "Macho Callahan"
1973:
Hired as model at KRCA-TV, Sacramento; eventually made appearances on air as weathergirl and consumer reporter
1974:
Became co-anchor of daily noon news broadcast of KCRA-TV, Sacramento, CA; also produced noon broadcast and hosted specials (date approximate)
1975:
Moved to NYC to join WABC-TV
1976:
Co-anchored weekend newscasts at WABC-TV
1976:
First appearance on "Good Morning America" (ABC) as consumer reporter
1976:
Turned down role as Dustin Hoffman's lawyer in film "Kramer vs. Kramer"
1978:
Role on "Good Morning America" expanded; had childcare clause written into her contract
1980:
First appearance as temporary host of "Good Morning America" in February
1980:
Named permanent co-host of "Good Morning America" in August
1984:
Hosted "Mother's Day" on the Lifetime cable network
1986:
Appeared in ABC information spots called "Mother's Minutes"
1987:
Hosted first primetime special "Our Kids and the Best of Everything"
1989:
Hosted "Everyday with Joan Lunden", a syndicated talk show
1989:
Released first video, "Your Newborn Baby: Everything You Need to Know"
1991:
First speaking role in films, playing herself in cameo role in "What About Bob?"
1994:
Hosted primetime special, "Behind Closed Doors With Joan Lunden"; subsequent airings occurred on ABC until 2000 when A&E began to air reruns with ten new episodes set for 2001
1995:
Released workout video, "Joan Lunden Workout America"
1997:
In May, announced she would relinquish hosting duties of "Good Morning America" on September 5
2001:
Hosted the A&E series "Biography"
2005:
Hosted "Finding the Next Designing Diva" (CBS) a reality show that will bring together 12 aspiring Martha Stewart types to crown the country's new authority on at-home living
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Education

Chapman College: - 1967
Univeridad de las Americas: - 1968
Univeridad de las Americas: - 1968
American River College: Sacramento , California - 1972

Notes

Lunden has received many awards and honors for her dedication to her work, her family and for her civic responsibility, including being selected Outstanding Mother of the Year, 1982-83 by the National Mother's Day Committee

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husband:
Michael Krauss. Producer. Married in 1978; divorced in 1992.
husband:
Jeff Konigsberg. Businessman. Born c. 1950; dating as of early 1997; married April 18, 2000.

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father:
Erle Murray Blunden. Died in 1964 in plane crash.
mother:
Gladyce Lorraine Blunden.
brother:
Jeffrey Blunden. Older.
daughter:
Jamie Beryl Krauss.
daughter:
Lindsay Leigh Krauss.
daughter:
Sarah Emily Krauss.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Good Morning, I'm Joan Lunden" Berkley Books
"Joan Lunden's Mothers Minutes" Warner Books
"Your Newborn Baby" Warner Books
"A Bend in the Road Is Not the End of the Road"
"Wake Up Calls" McGraw-Hill
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