Nancy Alspaugh is a famous American author, screenwriter and producer who is known for her books: Fearless Women: Midlife Journeys (2005) and Not Your Mothers Midlife: A Ten-Step Guide to Fearless Aging (2003). She became a prominent person in Hollywood for writing the popular American talk show, Leeza (1994); the celebrity talk show Vicki! (1992) and as an executive producer for the syndicated talk-show, The Bradshaw Difference (1996).
As a screenwriter, Alspaugh has been nominated five times for Daytime Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding Talk Show, for her contribution in Leeza. Other nominations include Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing Special Class.
Nancy Alspaugh’s Bio
Nancy Alspaugh was born in the United States on May 4, 1955. There is no information about her place of birth other than she is an American and of white ethnicity.
Also, there is no information on her family; parents, siblings, as well as her educational background.
Nancy Alspaugh rose to prominence in the early 1990s as the talented writer of a number of talk shows. She was the producer of the popular talk show, Caryl & Marilyn: Real Friends – from 1996 to 1997.
In 2003, she released a book titled Midlife: A Ten-Step Guide to Fearless Aging which she penned alongside television actor, Marilyn Kentz. Two years later, they released another book, Fearless Women: Midlife Journeys. Both authors have been commemorated for their efforts in helping many women welcome the peace and wisdom that comes with accepting the ageing process.
Alspaugh is a custodian of a number of awards which includes Associated Press Award, the United Press International Award and Gabriel Award. Hollywood reporters named her as one of the “Women to Watch.”
Besides her writing prowess, Nancy Alspaugh is an active participant in the nonprofit organization, Act Today! (Autism Care and Treatment Today!).
There is no exact record of Nancy Alspaugh’s net worth as of 2018. While some sources claim she is worth around $100,000, others reported she is worth as much as $8 million.
However, one thing we are certain about is the fact that she has earned huge fame and her hard work brings in a substantial amount of money. Her primary source of income is her career as a Hollywood screenwriter/author and a producer.
Alspaugh was famous for being Matt Lauer’s ex-wife and she is Also popular for defending him at the time he was fired from NBC for sexual misconduct.
It is reported that her late husband, Read Jackson has a net worth of $19M.
Is She Married? Husband, Children
Nancy Alspaugh tied the knot with her husband Read Jackson, a FOX executive who passed away on January 25, 2016, after battling cancer. Jackson was a Navy Veteran, a former producer for 60 Minutes; executive at FOX Sports Net and producer for AVC World News Tonight.
Alspaugh, who has been a producer with The Leeza Gibbons Show for 25 years, and her late husband, Jackson, adopted their son Wyatt Jackson at birth, who was later diagnosed with autism.
Besides Wyatt, she had no other children from her previous marriage with Matt Lauer – a well-known TV persona and one of the most expensive journalists of the year until his sack from working as an anchor for NBC.
Meanwhile, her son has inspired her into getting involved and in many charities surrounding autism. She became the executive director of ACT Today, a nonprofit organization in charge of the care and treatment of individuals suffering from autism.
Nancy Alspaugh believes she has discovered her calling as she started aiding people suffering from a similar fate. With her research and personal experience, she began to help families to fond proper treatment and get the reliable source to tackle the challenges that come with parenting a challenged child. Fans admire her determination to never lose hope and stay positive.
So far, the organization has reportedly raised as much as $5M for the cause since its launch in 2014.
Alspaugh’s marriage with Lauer ended after 7 years, from 1981 to 1988. She lived out of the spotlight for a while after the separation until her second marriage with Jackson.
She received much media attention on 30 November 2017 for her statement in defense of her first husband who was accused of “inappropriate sexual behaviour.” Despite various allegations against him, which prompted the NBC to fire him, Alspaugh insisted his side of the story needs to be heard as well.
In her statement, she said Matt Lauer has been the best person to have ever held the job and doesn’t think he was given a chance to defend himself.