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Chelsea Handler Biography
Chelsea Joy Handler is an American comedian, actress, writer, producer, and TV host. She hosted the late night talk show Chelsea Lately on the E Network from 2007 to 2014. Chelsea Handler was born on Feb 20, 1975, in New Jersey, United States. She has been active since 2001.
Chelsea Handler Early Life
Handler was born in Livingston, New Jersey, youngest of six children of Rita, a homemaker, and Seymour Handler, a used car dealer. Her American dad is Jewish, her German-born mother, who came to the US in 1958, was a Mormon. Her mother was suffering from breast cancer. She battled with her disease for about 15 years before dying of it in 2006.
Handler was grown up in Reform Judaism and had a Bat Mitzvah ceremony. She summered in Martha’s Vineyard, where her parents had a house.
Chelsea has two sisters and three brothers. Her eldest brother left this world due to a hiking accident in the Grand Tetons in Wyoming when she was only nine years old. At the age of 19, she shifted from Jersey to Los Angeles, California, where she started living at her aunt’s home in Bel Air. She searched for her acting career while working as a waitress to support herself. At the age of 21, she decided to pursue stand up comedy after telling her story about a DUI to a class of other offenders, who found it funny.
Chelsea Handler TV Career
Handler became a member of the all-female cast of the Oxygen network’s hidden camera TV series “Girls Behaving Badly,” which aired from 2002 to 2005. Other shows in which Handler participated include “weekends at the D.L, the Bernie Mac Show, My wife my kids, and the practice”. She remained commentator on E and Scarborough Country, as well as a correspondent on The Tonight Show. She hosted the first episode of the reality TV show “on the lot” but quit before the second episode. The show produced by Stevens.
In April 2006, she began hosting “the Chelsea show” on E which had two seasons. In 2007, she made a performance with comedy central’s hour stand-up comedy tour across the US. Her comedy became televised on VH1’s Love Lounge. She remained guest on Red Eye and The View, and she co-hosted The View on Aug 2, 2007, and Sep 5, 2008. In Aug 2010, the announcement made that Handler would be the host of the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards. This news was surprising to many including MTV representatives, who claimed that the final decision was unexpected. This made the Handler the second woman in the history of the VMAs to be the solo host of the ceremony, behind Barr, who was host in the year 1994. The ceremony took place at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Sep 12, 2010.
In July 2007, Handler began starring on her own half-hour, late-night comedy series on E, the title was “Chelsea Lately.” In the same year, she emerged on the Internet-based program “in the motherhood” with Leah and Jenny. On Sep 8, 2008, ABC returned In The Motherhood into a series starring Jessica St. Clair, Megan Mullally, and Cheryl Hines.
In 2016, Handler filmed a documentary series for Netflix; the title was Chelsea Does which was consisting of 4 episodes on marriage, Silicon Valley, racism, and drugs. In May of the same year, she started her presentation of new Netflix original comedy talk show Chelsea.
In Oct 2017, she announced that the show will stop after its second season, as she wishes to pay attention to activism.
Handler is the author of 5 books, which made the New York Times Best Seller List. Her first book, “my horizontal life” describes the variety of sexual encounters she has experienced throughout her life. Her second book “are you there, Vodka? It’s me, Chelsea” is a collection of humorous essays, hit the top of New York Times Nonfiction Best Seller List on May 11, 2008, with a print run of more than 350,000. She enjoyed a nationwide tour to promote her third book, whose title is “Chelsea, Chelsea Bang Bang.” This book released on March 9, 2010. It reached at number 1 on the New York Times Nonfiction Hardback Bestseller list for March 21, 2010.
In Nov 2010, it known to the camera that Handler’s publishers gave her own publishing imprint. She made three book deal with the imprint. She has her own column in Cosmopolitan and Now, which is a UK celebrity magazine. In May 2009, she was the host of 20th annual GLAAD Media Awards in San Francisco.
In the start of 2014, Handler completed and released her book “Uganda be kidding me” which reached at number 1 on The New York Times Best Seller list for two weeks and in the middle of the year did the standup show Uganda Be Kidding Me: Live which then aired on Netflix in Oct 2014.
Chelsea Handler Personal life
She began dating with Ted Harbert in 2006, but soon they separated. In 2011, in an interview, she told that she had an abortion at the age of 16.
She was a vocal supporter of the 2016 presidential candidate Hilary Clinton and was critical of her opponent Donald Trump. In 2016, she said to the Daily Beast that a Trump presidency would be the “end of our civilization.”
Handler is living in Bel Air, Los Angeles.
Chelsea Handler Facts
In March 2009, she received the “ally for equality” award from the Human Rights Campaign. As she dedicated her time and energy to improve the lives of LGBT people.
She won the Bravo A-list Award for “a list funny” in April 2009.
In July 2012, she received the Comedy Person of the Year Award at Montreal’s Just For Laughs comedy festival.
Handler ranked on the Forbes celebrity 100 at no.98 in 2010. In 2012, Time named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world. She also remained part of the playboy. She has earned her place on the cover of Shape too.
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