Quick Facts About Gretchen Carlson
|Name||Gretchen Elizabeth Carlson|
|Birth Name||Gretchen Elizabeth Carlson|
|Celebrated Name||Gretchen Carlson|
|Date of Birth||June 21, 1966|
|Age||50 Years Old|
|Place Of Birth||Anoka, Minnesota, USA|
|High School||Anoka-Hennepin School District 11’s Anoka High Sch|
|University||Stanford University (Sociology), Oxford University|
|Best Known For||'Fox & Friends' and Miss America 1989|
Do you know Gretchen Carlson, whom you recognize as a famous television commentator was once an beauty pageant holder, who was picked to prank in American TV series Bloopers and Practical Jokes. Now, she a television commentator, violinist, and author by profession.
In 1889, she won Miss America crown representing her native state Minnesota. Currently, she serves a board member of the beauty pageant. The 50-year-old beauty queen made an annual salary of $800,000 from the Fox News and amassed the net worth of $2.5 million. Former Fox News associate, Carlson made a name for herself through the shows like The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson and Fox & Friends.
Carlson was born on 21st June 1966 in the “Halloween Capital of the World” Anoka, Minnesota as the second child to a car dealership owner, Lee Roy Carlson, and Karen Barbara Carlson. She has an older sister and two younger brothers. As a student, Gretchen aced in academics and was on top of her class, as she was 1984 class valedictorian in Anoka High School of Anoka – Hennepin School District 11.
Apart from just excelling academically, she was a gifted violinist who started performing solos with the Minnesota orchestra by the age of 13. After high school, she went on to study at the most prestigious universities: The Stanford, where she majored in organizational behavior and the Oxford University, where she studied Virginia Woolf’s works.
After her graduation, her mother suggested her to try in a beauty pageant. Although the idea seemed pretty crazy to Gretchen at the beginning, she started off small by participating in a local pageant Miss Cottage Grove, consecutively winning the Miss Minnesota 1988 and making it all the way to the crown of Miss America 1989. She is married and is mom of two kids.
Gretchen Carlson's departure from Fox News was "cold and calculative"
As national beauty pageant holder and an excellent violinist, she made her way to the television for the first time to prank on an American TV series Bloopers and Practical Jokes. Though she had no hope initially, later she got to appear onscreen and gradually made her way to journalism.
She started out in a Dallas, Texas-based KXAS-TV as a weekend anchor & reporter. She shortly worked as a reporter at Cleveland-based WOIO-TV and Cincinnati-based WCPO-TV. Later, CBS network was where she earned recognition as the co-anchor of the Saturday edition of The Early Show. She was working for primetime news along with a female anchor. It was when she just got married, general manager of the CBS network called her and told "The two female anchor concept is not working". Then, she was fired and a man was brought for her replacement.
Leaving CBS, she headed to the Fox News to serve as a weekend substitute host on Fox & Friends. She co-hosted the show with Brian Kilmeade and Steve Doocy for several years until 2012, when she left to host a 1-hour daytime weekend program called The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson. But after more than half a decade of loyalty with the network, she left the Fox network.
Carlson is also a social activist. She supports a fellow beauty queen, Miss Iowa USA Abbey Curran on organizing Miss You Can Do It, a pageant that focuses not on beauty but honors the struggle of young women with special needs. She was a savior to the pageant when she compensated the required investment when the organizers fell short of funds.
Also an author, she has released a book entitled Getting Real, where she describes her rise on Fox news channel along with her inner strength and struggles. The book became a national best-seller. Her successful TV journalism career has surely benefitted her financially as earning an annual salary of $800k, she has amassed a net worth of about $2.5 million.
Gretchen Carlson became a voice of many women standing against sexual harassment from Fox's CEO
Pageant winner Gretchen Carlson claims that there is also a darker side in her life as an anchor. After leaving the Fox network, Carlson revealed that she had been sexually harassed during her career. The former CEO, Roger Ailes allegedly passed on sexual comments and offered that they sleep together for her to do well in the network. Carlson claims that her refusal to oblige led the non-renewal of her contract.
She filed a lawsuit against Ailes shortly after leaving the network. Although evidence regarding the case hasn’t surfaced yet, the lawsuit was settled for $20 million requiring the CEO to issue an apology. After Carlson’s allegations received widespread coverage from media, six more women spoke to New York magazine, claiming that Ailes had sexually harassed them.
Carlson coming forward with the allegations and further six women joining her made pretty clear that Ailes who used to be CEO of one of the major news network expected women to do sexual favors to him as an exchange to a job in Fox News. Afterward, Carlson, who stood out boldly against The Fox’s CEO’s ill intention towards women, she said in an interview with New York Times’ John Kolbin, “I wanted to stand up for other women who maybe faced similar circumstances’.
Carlson was offered an opportunity to continue on the network but she decided against it. She continues to stand up against workplace harassment encouraging the victims to speak up and stand up against sexual predators. Her book Getting Real shares her experience as a sexually harassed person who decided to toughen up and raise her voice against it.
She recalls on times when she was allegedly let down by her colleagues and the strength of character demanded of her to rise back up. She wants to encourage her readers to follow their dreams no matter what. Facing overwhelming criticism from public, Ailes resigned in 2016, July. And Fox Corporation apologized to her and praised her for taking bold steps as an woman.
Gretchen Carlson's married life and never-fading beauty
Gretchen has overcome darkest hurdles in her life but hasn’t let anything spread even a single stain in trust and understanding with her husband. Once, she had an affair with Kevin McGraw, but it was before she met her future husband on a blind date. The lovable lady destined to be a better-half to professional basketball coach Casey Close never gave her heart to anyone.
Married since 1997, Carlson and Close have already come up with 19 years of togetherness and it seems like the whole time was filled with happiness and satisfaction, where both stood out for each other in every thick and thin. The share two children, a son, and a daughter.
Being competent in such a challenging arena taking both the family and career hand in hand wasn’t certainly easy for the prominent news anchor. But all credits goes to her supportive hubby, who always cheered her from her side. Casey, who used to be a professional baseball player in past is now a sports agent, primarily representing Major League baseball players. He has been Derek Jeter’s agent. Forbes has ranked him #11 as the highest-earning sports agent.
She is already 50, but still live up to the phrase “Age is just a number”. She hasn’t revealed her current body statistics, but we are known to the fact that the former Miss America is a fitness lover. She is always known to have a voluptuous body figure. And what's about her smooth and wrinkle free face? Reports have it that she has undergone mini facelift and nose job. Changes can be noticed in her now and then pictures. She was the one to go on-air without makeup. She claimed that she appeared without makeup in her show The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson, just in a pursuit of showing herself real.
Apparently, her body measuring about 35-28-38 inches serves a pear-shaped explanation. Standing with a height of 5 feet 3 inches, she has always maintained a balanced weight and well-proportioned figure. Do you want to know how well has she managed to stay fit? It’s quite interesting. The gown, she wore while being crowned as Miss America was fit even after 25 years. Celebrating her 25th anniversary as Miss America, she wore it while attending Miss America pageant in Atlantic City. Way to go Gretchen!