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Born: January 17, 1939 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Washington, Washington D.C., USA Profession: talk show host, newscaster

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A warm and seemingly sincere television personality, Maury Povich went from local newsman to the host of one of the first tabloid newsmagazine programs that became a ubiquitous airwave presence in the years that followed. Coming out of radio and local affiliate television news in his hometown of Washington, DC, Povich gained nationwide recognition behind the anchor's desk on the "infotainment" newsmagazine "A Current Affair" (syndicated, 1986-1996). Within four years, the ambitious Povich left the program to host a daytime talk show of his own with "The Maury Povich Show" (syndicated, 1990-98). A reasonably successful entry in the familiar format, its transformation into "Maury" (syndicated, 1998- ) heralded a noticeable turn away from compassionate human interest stories and toward more lurid, lowbrow segments which frequently devolved into shouting matches and catfights. Other efforts included a short-lived news program with his wife, TV journalist and anchor, Connie Chung, called "Weekends with Maury and Connie" (MSNBC, 2006) and acting as financial benefactor to the small Montana area newspaper, the Flathead Beacon. Infusing his daily television offerings with a certain homespun urban appeal,...

A warm and seemingly sincere television personality, Maury Povich went from local newsman to the host of one of the first tabloid newsmagazine programs that became a ubiquitous airwave presence in the years that followed. Coming out of radio and local affiliate television news in his hometown of Washington, DC, Povich gained nationwide recognition behind the anchor's desk on the "infotainment" newsmagazine "A Current Affair" (syndicated, 1986-1996). Within four years, the ambitious Povich left the program to host a daytime talk show of his own with "The Maury Povich Show" (syndicated, 1990-98). A reasonably successful entry in the familiar format, its transformation into "Maury" (syndicated, 1998- ) heralded a noticeable turn away from compassionate human interest stories and toward more lurid, lowbrow segments which frequently devolved into shouting matches and catfights. Other efforts included a short-lived news program with his wife, TV journalist and anchor, Connie Chung, called "Weekends with Maury and Connie" (MSNBC, 2006) and acting as financial benefactor to the small Montana area newspaper, the Flathead Beacon. Infusing his daily television offerings with a certain homespun urban appeal, Povich maintained one of the lengthier careers in the world of syndicated daytime television.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Preppie Murder, The (1989) Himself
2.
 Imagemaker, The (1986) Talk Show Host
3.
6.
 Born in My Heart: A Love Story (2001) Interviewee
7.
 Intimate Portrait: Connie Chung (2000) Interviewee
10.
 NYTV: By the People Who Made It (1998) Interviewee
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1962:
General assignment and sports reporter, WTTG, Washington, DC
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Hosted a popular midday talk show for the Washington, DC area, "Panorama" (date approximate)
1976:
Hired by an NBC affiliate in Chicago, but quit after a few months in the wake of a contract dispute
1977:
Worked for a CBS affiliate in Los Angeles, but the news broadcast's ratings did not improve and he was let go after four months; during this time he worked briefly as co-anchor with future wife Connie Chung
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Took a position with ABC in San Francisco
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Worked for a time in Philadelphia
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Moved back to Washington, DC; began hosting "Panorama" again and also co-anchored a weekend news broadcast
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Co-anchored the early evening news magazine show, "A Current Affair" (handpicked by Fox mogul Rupert Murdoch)
1986:
Made isolated appearance as "Talk Show Host" in feature film, "The Imagemaker"
1989:
Hosted the primetime broadcast, "Confessions of Mr. Tabloid", a tongue-in-cheek recap of stories covered on "A Current Affair"
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Hosted the daytime talk show, "The Maury Povich Show"; series picked up without a pilot
1992:
Hosted specials, "FORBES 400: The Richest People in America" and "Why Bother Voting?"
1996:
Announced plans to co-host half-hour news information TV show with wife Connie Chung beginning in the 1998-99 season; show to be produced by DreamWorks SKG
1997:
DreamWorks announced cancellation of plans to produce half-hour information series co-hosted by Povich and Chung
1998:
Hosted the syndicated one-hour talk show "Maury"
2000:
Served as host for the NBC game show remake "Twenty One"
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Education

University of Pennsylvania: Philadelphia , Pennsylvania -

Notes

"He's the excitement, the lightning, the recreation director. I'm so tight and under control. I never act on impulse. He's the one who gets me out of my straightjacket." --Connie Chung in People, March 1989.

"Connie has always made a lot more money. There have been times when I would have pangs about it, but whenever they surfaced, I would just put a stake in 'em." --Maury Povich in People, March 1989.

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wife:
Phyllis Minkoff. Married c. 1962; divorced; Povich's college sweetheart; mother of his two daughters.
wife:
Connie Chung. TV news anchor, interviewer. Met in 1969; married December 6, 1984.

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father:
Shirley Povich. Sport editor. Worked for years for <i>The Washington Post</i>; died in June 1998 at age 92.
mother:
Ethyl Povich.
daughter:
Susan Povich. Born c. 1964; graduated from Harvard Law School in 1988.
daughter:
Amy Povich. Actor. Born c. 1967.
son:
Matthew Jay Povich. Born 1995; adopted with Chung.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Current Affairs: A Life on the Edge" G.P. Putnam's Sons

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