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Star Jones-Reynolds

Former Co-host of ABC's "The View"

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Star Jones-Reynolds

Star Jones (Reynolds), a lawyer and former prosecutor, is known to television viewers for her candor, confidence and uncanny ability to clarify muddy legal and social issues. Her knowledge of the law and talent for television has won her critical acclaim as a news and legal correspondent.

Star Jones is a former co-host of The View, along with Meredith Vieira, Joy Behar, Elisabeth Hasselbeck and executive producer Barbara Walters. The View, recipient of the 2003 Daytime Emmy Award for "Outstanding Talk Show," is the original forum where real women discuss relevant, everyday issues and share their daily, no-holds-barred opinions and lively, colorful conversations. The program premiered in August, 1997, is broadcast live from New York City and consists of hot topics in the news, the best experts in their field, celebrity interviews and general entertainment.

In January 2002, Star Jones was named the "Chief of Consumer Style" (national spokesperson) for Payless ShoeSource, the number one shoe retailer in the United States. Star, a popular commercial personality is the "face" of Payless ShoeSource and appears in all of their print and broadcast advertisements. In 2003, Ms. Jones launched her signature line of shoes "Starlet by Star Jones", sold exclusively at Payless ShoeSource.

A little background on Star...
Star Jones debuted on television in 1991, when she started moonlighting as a studio commentator for Court TV during the William Kennedy Smith rape trial. She was quickly lined up as a guest on the Today show and, a few months later, she became the NBC legal correspondent for Today and Nightly News, covering the latest developments in the Mike Tyson rape case and the Rodney King police brutality trial. Star Jones landed an exclusive interview with Tyson after the imprisoned ex-heavyweight champion had dodged the press for a year, and an exclusive interview with King after the sentencing of the two Los Angeles cops convicted of violating his civil rights. That success led to her own syndicated show, Jones & Jury. In 1995 Star Jones was named a senior correspondent and chief legal analyst for Inside Edition and assigned the O.J. Simpson criminal and civil trials. She was the only news correspondent to obtain an exclusive interview with Mr. Simpson during the civil trial.

Yes, she is a lawyer...
Born in Badin, North Carolina, and raised both there and in Trenton, New Jersey, Star Jones earned a B.A. at American University, got her law degree at the University of Houston, passed the New York Bar and went straight to the Brooklyn District Attorney's office. After three years in general trials, she moved to the Homicide Bureau, where her work earned her a promotion to Senior Assistant District Attorney in 1991. She was one of the attorneys D.A. Joe Hynes personally selected to prosecute high profile and community-sensitive cases. Star Jones gained attention in court with a number of highly publicized victories. In one case she became the first New York Assistant District Attorney to obtain the maximum sentence for a 13-year-old defendant tried as an adult in the murder of another teenager. In another case she won a 66-year prison term for a serial sex abuser known as the "Bicycle Rapist", after other lawyers had failed to get convictions in four other cases.

Enjoying The View...
With the 1997 launch of The View, Star Jones expanded her scope to include commentary on the law, self-esteem, race, family, education, religion, the media and other social issues relating to the community at large. In May of 2003 The View received its first Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show. In addition, The View has received 18 Daytime Emmy Awards and has been nominated each year for "Outstanding Talk Show" and for Star Jones and her co-hosts "Outstanding Talk Show Host." In 2001, Ms. Jones and her fellow co-hosts were awarded the Safe Horizon Champion Award for their continued efforts to raise awareness on issues of importance to girls and women.

Shining Brightly...
Some of her television appearances include The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Live With Regis and Kelly, The Wayne Brady Show, Celebrity Jeopardy, Charlie Rose, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Larry King Live, Hollywood Squares, The Late Show with David Letterman and Soul Food. In 2000, Ms. Jones was honored to be chosen as a subject of a Lifetime Television Intimate Portrait profile and has hosted a home shopping television show entitled It's All About You With Star Jones on cable's ShopNBC. In addition to her work with Payless, Ms. Jones has been a featured personality for Kohl's, Target, and Salon Z of Saks Fifth Avenue. Ms. Jones has graced the cover of numerous magazines including Newsweek, TV Guide, Essence, Black Enterprise and New York. September 1998 marked the publication of Star Jones' first book, You Have to Stand for Something, or You'll Fall for Anything (Bantam), which received widespread critical acclaim and became a bestseller.

On November 13, 2004, Star Jones became Star Jones Reynolds when she married Wall Street Banker, Al Reynolds.

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