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Meredith Vieira Biography

Birth Place:
Providence, Rhode Island, United States
TV host, anchor, reporter

Fast Facts

  • Became a reporter for WCBS-TV in New York in 1979; in 1982, went national as a Chicago-based reporter for CBS News
  • It was in Chicago that she met her husband, Richard Cohen, who was a producer for The CBS Evening News
  • Was one of the hosts of CBS's newsmagazine West 57th, which debuted in 1985, and won four Emmys for her work on the program
  • Asked to pose nude by Playboy magazine in 2000; she said no
  • Became host of the syndicated version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire in 2002; set a record for hosting more episodes of a game show than any other woman
  • On April 2, 2003, she made her one-night-only Broadway debut as an "honorary cast member" in the musical Thoroughly Modern Millie
  • In 2009, Jay Leno joked in a monologue that her long career included a stint on Naked News (the segment included her head graphically edited onto someone else's body); she played along and said it was "just one month" when she saw the piece on Today
  • Accidentally cursed during a live segment of Today in 2010


  • Lily Max Cohen -- Daughter
  • Edwin Vieira -- Father
  • Richard M. Cohen -- Husband
  • Mary Elsie Vieira -- Mother
  • Benjamin Edwin Cohen -- Son
  • Gabriel Anthony Cohen -- Son