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Michelle Obama Biography

Birth Name:
Michelle LaVaughn Robinson
Birth Place:
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Former First Lady, attorney, author, producer, writer, lawyer

Fast Facts

  • Attended a gifted class at Bryn Mawr Elementary School
  • Graduated as the salutatorian of her high school class
  • Graduated cum laude from Princeton University with a minor in African-American studies
  • In 1989, met Barack Obama at the Chicago law firm Sidley & Austin where she worked as an associate attorney
  • Saw the movie Do the Right Thing (1989) on her first date with Barack Obama during the summer of 1989
  • Served as Associate Dean of Student Services at the University of Chicago, and Vice President of Community and External Affairs at the University of Chicago Medical Center
  • The first person besides Oprah Winfrey to appear on the cover of O, The Oprah Magazine
  • The first First Lady of the United States of African-American descent
  • Her memoir, Becoming, was released on November 13, 2018


  • Craig Malcolm Robinson -- Brother
  • Malia Obama -- Daughter
  • Sasha Obama -- Daughter
  • Fraser C. Robinson III -- Father
  • Fraser Robinson Jr. -- Grandfather
  • LaVaughn Dolores Johnson -- Grandmother
  • Barack Obama -- Husband
  • Marian Shields Robinson -- Mother