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Mary Matalin Biography

Birth Name:
Mary Joe Matalin
Birth Place:
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Politcal strategist, TV commentator, author

Fast Facts

  • Once worked at a U
  • S
  • Steel plant on Chicago's South Side where her father, a Croatian immigrant, was a superintendent; also worked briefly in a beauty parlor operated by her mother
  • Met husband James Carville in 1991 but suspended their relationship while she was Deputy Campaign Director of George H
  • W
  • Bush's 1992 Presidential reelection bid and he ran Bill Clinton's successful effort
  • Married Carville on Thanksgiving Day 1993, then collaborated with him on the best-seller All's Fair: Love, War, and Running for President (1994)
  • Entered the arena of book publishing in 2006 as editor-in-chief of Threshold Editions, an imprint of Simon & Schuster that specialized in works by conservative authors
  • Wrote Letters to My Daughter (2007), a book of lessons she learned from her life experiences and her mother's
  • Began serving as a political contributor and Republican strategist for CNN in 2009



    • Steven Matalin -- Brother
    • Emerson "Emma" Carville -- Daughter
    • Matalin "Matty" Carville -- Daughter
    • Artie Arnold -- Ex-husband
    • Steven Matalin -- Father
    • Eileen Emerson Matalin -- Mother
    • Rene O'Brien -- Sister