Fans of “Big Brother” had something to look forward to when Julie Chen hosted CBS first edition of “Celebrity Big Brother”. If it wasn’t her fashion sense, it was her manner of speech or her beautiful eyes, there was always something new she brought to each episode of the reality show.
But her star didn’t start shining with the TV show. Long before Big Brother, the beauty has had a successful TV career as a producer, news anchor, and TV personality. She has also appeared in numerous high-budget movies including Madam Secretary, The Comeback, The Millers, and Life in Pieces. Let’s look at her personal life some more.
Julie Chen Bio
Born on January 6, 1970, Chen is the youngest daughter of Chinese parents who relocated to the United States. She was born Julie Chen-Moonves in Queens, New York City where she grew up alongside her two older sisters named Gladys and Victoria. While she was brought up as an Asian-American, her traditional parents ensured that she and her siblings learned the Mandarin language; as such, she and her sisters speak both Mandarin and English.
The TV icon is well educated. She schooled in the Whitestone area of Queens and continued at St Francis Preparatory School. Upon graduation, she joined the University of Southern Califonia where she studied broadcast journalism and English, graduating in 1991.
Julie Chen grew up loving broadcasting. However, her first inspiration to consider the career professionally started after she saw an Asian broadcaster for ABC named Kaity Ton. With the belief that she too can soar in the industry, she pursued that dream and fortunately, she had the chance to intern on CBS Morning News alongside Andy Chen, even though she answered phones and copied faxes for distribution. She also worked on ABC’s NewsOne for a season as a desk assistant before she was promoted to a producer. This gave her the much-needed elevation she craved all along.
After spending three years there, she moved to Dayton Ohio to work for WDTB-TV and went on to take up the job of a reporter and weekend anchor at WCBS-TV in New York City. By 1999, she joined CBS Morning News, This Morning and finally The Early Show which altogether presented the magnitude of the success she enjoys today.
Family: Son and Husband, Is Julie Married?
Chen spent the better part of her time at ABC News where she worked as a news assistant, and also found love with news editor Gary Donahue. But their relationship failed sooner than they had probably anticipated with Chen moving to CBS to join the Early Show. Love blossomed once again for Chen who began dating Les Moonves, the chief executive officer and president of CBS Television. Unfortunately, Moonves was still married to Nancy Wiesenfeld Moonves at the time. Wiesenfeld later filed for divorce citing irreconcilable differences and after a prolong divorce proceedings that lingered for years, their divorce was finalized in 2004, leaving spousal support and child support to be determined at a later date.
In less than two weeks after his divorce with his estranged wife Wiesenfeld, Les Moonves tied the knot with Chen in a private ceremony in Acapulco, Mexico. And though Chen is 21 years younger than him, the two keep going strong. They welcomed their son in 2009 and are also parents to three other children; Sara, Adam, and Michael from Moonves’ previous marriage.
The couple has a combined net worth of more than $715 million but individually, Chen has a net worth of $15 million. This may not come as a surprise since Moonves used to be one of the highest-paid CEOs in the U.S while his lovely wife Chen has made money hosting different TV shows such as The Talk and Big Brother.
Height – How Tall Is She?
The stunning news anchor stands at a height of 5 feet 5 inches (164 cm). Her weight is not available but it is easy to see that she has a body weight that suits her overall body figure.
Also, her stunning eyes can’t easily go unnoticed. One time, she revealed that she had blepharoplasty (a surgery to expand her eye); this was early in her career after being pressured by her former news director and high-profile agent. That singular step was part of what brought her this far even though it caused division in her family.