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Also Known As: Leeza Kim Gibbons Died:
Born: March 26, 1957 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Hartsville, South Carolina, USA Profession: TV host, producer

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Attractive, flaxen-haired television personality Leeza Gibbons first came to national attention as a correspondent for "Entertainment Tonight" (syndicated, 1981- ), before going on to greater fame as a talk-show host in the 1990s. As the star and producer of the long-running, eponymous talk program, "Leeza" (syndicated, 1994-2000), Gibbons steered her show to three Daytime Emmy victories. Always under the radar - but never out of the public eye - Gibbons made a splashy return to prime time in Spring 2007 when she was announced as a celebrity contestant on the highly rated competitive reality show, "Dancing with the Stars" (ABC, 2005- ).

Attractive, flaxen-haired television personality Leeza Gibbons first came to national attention as a correspondent for "Entertainment Tonight" (syndicated, 1981- ), before going on to greater fame as a talk-show host in the 1990s. As the star and producer of the long-running, eponymous talk program, "Leeza" (syndicated, 1994-2000), Gibbons steered her show to three Daytime Emmy victories. Always under the radar - but never out of the public eye - Gibbons made a splashy return to prime time in Spring 2007 when she was announced as a celebrity contestant on the highly rated competitive reality show, "Dancing with the Stars" (ABC, 2005- ).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Man of the Year (2003) Reporter
2.
 Bless the Child (2000) Herself
3.
 Last Action Hero (1993) Herself (Cameo Appearance)
4.
 The Player (1992) Herself
6.
7.
8.
 Soapdish (1991) Herself (Special Appearance)
9.
 Robocop 2 (1990) Jesse Perkins
10.
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Milestones close milestones

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Started out as a news anchor for WLTR in Columbia, SC
:
Co-hosted "PM Magazine" in Dallas and Beaumont, TX
1983:
Co-hosted CBS' "Two on the Town" in NYC
1984:
Became a correspondent for "Entertainment Tonight" (Syndicated)
1985:
Appeared as an "Entertainment Tonight" reporter in the film, "Maxie"
1987:
Began providing Hollywood segments to "Good Morning, Australia"
1987:
Played Jesse Perkins in "Robocop"
1988:
Hosted "Home" (ABC)
1988:
Hosted "George Schlatter's Funny People" (NBC)
1990:
Reprised role of Jesse Perkins in "Robocop 2"
1991:
Appeared as herself in the film, "Soapdish"
1993:
With John Tesh, co-hosted the short-lived NBC talk show, "John & Leeza"
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Formed Leeza Gibbons Enterprises (LGE)
1994:
Hosted and executive produced her own talk shoe, "Leeza" (NBC, 1994-1999; syndicated 1999-2000)
1998:
Received star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (May 7)
1999:
Signed by E! Entertainment TV to produce and host documentaries on pop culture
2000:
Returned to hosting duties, succeeding Maureen O'Boyle on "Extra" (Syndicated)
2003:
Hosted the Lifetime reality series, "What Should You Do?"
2007:
Joined the ABC reality series, "Dancing with the Stars"
2009:
Published the book, <i>Take Your Oxygen First: Protecting Your Health and Happiness While Caring for a Loved One with Memory Loss</i>, which tells the story of Leeza's family's personal struggle with Alzheimer's disease after her mother's diagnosis
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Education

Irmo High School: Irmo , South Carolina -
University of South Carolina: Columbia , South Carolina -

Notes

Gibbons was inducted into the South Carolina Hall of Fame and also received the Order of the Palmetto, the highest honor given a civilian by the state.

"The only time I was ever intimidated was when I interviewed Ted Koppel. He's the best in the business, and he taught me something I carry around with me and pull out when I need. He said, 'Don't ever forget that these people are on your turf. You are in control.' And he's right. No matter who I am talking with, they look to me to set the tone." --Leeza Gibbons

Companions close complete companion listing

husband:
John Hicks. Married in 1980; divorced.
husband:
Christopher Quinten. Married in 1988; divorced in 1990.
husband:
Stephen Meadows. Actor, architect. Born c. 1951; married on February 14, 1991.

Family close complete family listing

mother:
Jean Gibbons. Homemaker. Born c. 1935; diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease in 2002.
father:
Carlos Giboons. Former state superintendent of education, antique shop owner. Born c. 1930.
daughter:
Alexandra Quinten. Born c. 1989.
son:
Troy Meadows. Born c. 1992.
son:
Nathan Daniel Meadows. Born on October 3, 1997.
brother:
Carlos Giboons Jr. Attorney. Born c. 1955.
sister:
Cammy. Hairdresser. Born c. 1964.
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