Known for movies

Short Info

Net Worth$40 million
Date Of BirthJanuary 16, 1947
SpouseLewis Bishop (m. 1985), Michael Rudolph (m. 1972–1977)
FactRelease of her book, "Dr. Laura Schlessinger's Where's God?". [2003]

Laura Schlessinger (born January 16, 1947) is an American talk radio host and author. Her radio program consists of her giving advice to listeners who call in about their problems. The show is syndicated on more than 400 radio stations throughout the United States. Schlessinger has written several books based on her radio show.

Early Life

Schlessinger was born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised on Long Island. She is the only child of Yolanda (née Levine), a homemaker, and Morris Schlessinger, an electrical engineer. She has stated that she was raised in a “very strict, very traditional Jewish household” and that her father was “an extremely strict man, very moral, very ethical.”

Schlessinger attended New York University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in physiology in 1969. She then attended the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, where she earned a medical degree in 1974.


After completing her medical training, Schlessinger began working as a doctor in a hospital emergency room. She soon became dissatisfied with the work, feeling that she was not able to help her patients as much as she wanted to. In 1976, she began working as a marriage and family counselor.

In 1980, Schlessinger began hosting a call-in radio show on KFI in Los Angeles. The show was originally intended to be about parenting, but Schlessinger soon began giving advice on a wide range of topics. The show became popular, and in 1983 it began airing nationally.

In 1995, Schlessinger caused controversy when she made comments on her radio show that were critical of homosexuality. She later apologized for the comments.

In 2010, Schlessinger announced that she would be ending her radio show at the end of the year. She said that she wanted to spend more time with her family and pursue other interests.

In 2012, Schlessinger returned to radio with a new show on Sirius XM Radio.

Personal Life

Schlessinger has been married three times. Her first marriage ended in divorce after four years. Her second marriage, to Lew Bishop, lasted 17 years and ended in divorce in 2010. She has been married to Dr. Drew Pinsky since 2015.

Schlessinger has three children from her second marriage: Deryk, Tyler, and Alexandra. She also has a stepson from her third marriage.

Physical Characteristics

Schlessinger is 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighs approximately 140 pounds. She has brown hair and blue eyes.

General Info

Full NameLaura Schlessinger
Net Worth$40 million
Date Of BirthJanuary 16, 1947
ProfessionAuthor, Talk show host, Commentator, Radio personality
EducationUniversity of Southern California, Columbia University, Westbury High School, Stony Brook University


SpouseLewis Bishop (m. 1985), Michael Rudolph (m. 1972–1977)
ChildrenDeryk Schlessinger
ParentsYolanda Schlessinger, Monroe Schlessinger
SiblingsCindy Schlessinger

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1Go do the right thing.
2The reward for doing right is mostly an internal phenomenon: self-respect, dignity, integrity, and self-esteem.
3Don't spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door
4Life does not have meaning through mere existence or acquisition or fun. The meaning of life is inherent in the connections we make to others through honor and obligation.


1Hosts internationally-syndicated radio program
2Release of the book, "Dr. Laura: The Unauthorized Biography" by Vickie L. Bane. [1999]
3Release of her book, "In Praise of Stay-at-Home Moms". [2009]
4Release of her book, "Bad Childhood, Good Life: How to Blossom and Thrive In Spite of an Unhappy Childhood". [2006]
5Release of the book, "A Closer Look at Dr. Laura" by Tom Allen. [1998]
6Release of her book, "Dr. Laura Schlessinger's Where's God?". [2003]
7Release of her book, "How Could You Do That?: The Abdication of Character, Courage and Conscience". [1996]
8Release of her book, "Parenthood by Proxy: Don't Have Them If You Won't Raise Them". [2000]
9Books: The proper care and feeding of husbands and The proper care and feeding of a marriage.
10Has a black belt in Aikido form of karate.
11She is half Italian.
12At Pepperdine University, she was a member of the graduate psychology faculty.
13She is an LMFT (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist) in California. Her license is inactive primarily because she does not do private practice anymore and focuses on her internationally syndicated radio show.
14(December 16, 2002) Dr. Laura's estranged mother Yolanda Schlessinger, 77 was found dead in her Beverly Hills, California condominium. A neighbor called the Beverly Hills Police after having not seen or heard from her for quite some time. Yolanda had broken ties with her family and had not spoken to her daughter for years.
15Natural brunette.
16Her TV show was cancelled. She said that gay rights activists got her show moved to the late night hours and then no one was able to watch, causing Paramount to pull the plug. However, she said that she is proud of the quality of the show and wishes it had had more of a chance. [April 2001]
17One year, as a present for fellow radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh's birthday, she sent him an expensive humidor which had once been owned by John Wayne.
18Dr. Laura and her son, Deryk (b. 5 November 1985), have black belts in karate.
19She used to end each hour of her program with the sign-off of "Now go take on the day." As of mid-1999, she switched to the more profound directive of, "Now go do the right thing."
20Hosted a syndicated television talk show. [2000]
21Her Ph.D. is in Physiology from Columbia University. She holds post-doctoral certification and licensing in marriage and family therapy from USC.
22All of her books ("The Ten Stupid Things Women Do to Mess Up Their Lives", "How Could You Do That?!: The Abdication of Character, Courage & Conscience", "The Ten Stupid Things Men Do to Mess Up Their Lives" and "The Ten Commandments: The Significance of God's Laws in Everyday Life") have been on the New York Times Bestseller List. [April 2000]
23Taught at USC and Pepperdine.



The Year Without a Santa Claus2006TV Movie
Dr. Laura2000-2001TV SeriesHostess


Dr. Laura2000TV Series executive producer


The Insider2013TV SeriesHerself
Larry King Live2008-2010TV SeriesHerself
Dr. Laura Live! In Praise of Mom2009Herself
The Morning Show with Mike & Juliet2009TV SeriesHerself
The Colbert Report2008TV SeriesHerself
Bodacious Boots2007DocumentaryHerself
The J-K Conspiracy2004Herself
Hannity & Colmes2004TV SeriesHerself
Dr. Laura2001TV SeriesHerself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1999TV SeriesHerself
Biography1999TV Series documentaryHerself
Intimate Portrait1999TV Series documentaryHerself
Her Final Fury: Betty Broderick, the Last Chapter1992TV MovieHerself (as Dr. Laura Schlessinger)
Quantum Leap1992TV SeriesHerself
Sex, Drugs, and Rock n Roll1986TV MovieHerself
Saturday Night Live1982TV SeriesHerself

Archive Footage

The Evolution Will Be Televised2005TV Movie documentaryHerself


Won Awards

2000Sour AppleGolden Apple Awards

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