Liza Powel is an American copywriter who worked as an advertising executive before her current job. However, Liza is best known as the wife of Conan O’Brien, a renowned American comedian, host, and producer to whom she has been married for 20 years.
Powel and O’Brien met over two decades ago while Conan was filming his show. Even though her husband has been mostly in the public eye, Liza has undoubtedly been the noiseless force behind his stability and success. Unlike Conan, Liza, known formally as Elizabeth Ann Powel, does not live her life in the spotlight, and as a result, information about her is scarce. And even beyond her personal life, her relationship with her husband is by no means an open book, judging by Hollywood standards. Nevertheless, we will unveil details about her and her relationship with her super famous husband.
Liza Powel Is A Native Of Bainbridge Island, Washington
Born Elizabeth Ann Powel on 12th November 1970, in Bainbridge Island, Washington, United States, Liza is the daughter of Jake and Ann Powel. Her family was a somewhat popular one in their locality owing to the fact that her father was a known guitarist at the local restaurant.
He was the lead guitar player for a local band known as “Dixieland Band” and despite getting older and not being as groovy as he was in his youthful days, he has still been performing every Monday at a Creole restaurant in New Orleans for more than two decades.
Meanwhile, Liza was a strong member of the Catholic Church in her locality – St. James Cathedral in Seattle, Washington, where she would later tie the knot with her husband.
Liza’s Career Journey Began When She Was Quite Young
From the time she was a child, Liza had a flair for writing and as she grew up, this passion never died down. As a result, she eventually decided to build a career along that line and turned out to become an amazing copy and screenwriter.
Although there is no information about her elementary and high school education, it is common knowledge that she earned a Bachelor’s degree from Vassar College. After her graduation from college, she continued her education at the University of Columbia’s School of Arts from where she bagged a master’s degree in fine arts with a focus on fictional writing.
Conan O’Brien’s wife kicked off her career as a copywriter for an advertising agency known as Foote, Cone & Belding (FCB) and was later promoted to the office of an advertising executive. After she concluded her master’s degree program, she became a screenwriter and according to her website, she has contributed her expertise to a number of plays, including Ruthie Goes Shopping, The Distinguished Gentleman, and The Gate.
Liza Powel’s works have also been featured in festivals and theatres in Seattle, New York, and Los Angeles. Additionally, she has contributed her knowledge to Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien, and Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop. Presently, Liza is one of the members of the committee of Ojai Playwrights Conference, a board member of The Lark, as well as an inaugural member of the Writers Room at The Geffen Playhouse.
Liza and Conan Met In 2000 In The Line of Duty
Everyone may not have the opportunity of experiencing fairy tale romance, but that does not take away the fact that it actually does happen. But honestly, when you imagine celebrities involved in romantic stories of fairy tale love, does Conan O’Brien come to your mind? I guess not, and that’s because you do not know the story behind how he met his wife.
Liza met Conan in the year 2000 when she appeared as an audience member on his talk show, Late Night with Conan O’Brien. In the said year, Liza was working as an advertising executive at Foote, Cone & Belding and one day, the advertising agency was hired to produce a parody commercial for the worst advertisers for Conan’s show and it came up with a skit about a furniture salesman wielding a chainsaw. It was in the course of filming the skit that Liza and Conan met for the first time and according to the latter, it was love at first sight for him.
In 2012, Conan was a guest on Piers Morgan Tonight show. During the interview, which touched on different aspects of O’Brien’s life and career, Piers did not forget to make him give up a few details about his romantic life. Particularly, the host got Conan to open up a bit about his wife. Speaking of how she swept him off his feet the very first time he saw her, he revealed that there was footage of him practically falling for his wife on camera somewhere in the vault at NBC. Below is the video.
Also speaking in the same interview, Conan stated that even though he got attracted to his wife as a result of her beauty, he fell in love with her because she is “intelligent, funny and a really good person.”
While most people might have judged Conan to be a tough guy, the former talk show host confessed to being more romantic than he gets credit for and his candid admission of falling in love with his wife truly gave an insight into this softer side of him which we hardly get a chance to see. This is probably because, according to him, the romantic part of him is buried deep under so much “repression and ham.” Conan also revealed that his style of romance is sort of like a “Slim Jim of romance.”
The Couple Got Married in 2002
After their first meeting, Liza Powel and Conan O’Brien began dating, but we do not know exactly when they became an item as they kept their relationship under the radar. However, unlike what we see with most stories of love at first sight, the love birds did not end their story by getting married weeks or a few months after, rather, it was until 18 months later before they took a trip down the aisle. They got married on the 12th of January 2002 at the St. James Cathedral in Seattle, Washington in the presence of relatives and close friends.
It’s been 19 years (and counting) since Conan O’Brien’s wife got married to the media personality and they are still going strong. Their trust and love for each other remain unshaken and this is proven by one of Conan’s jokes on Twitter when he said that he and his wife had an understanding. This understanding is that when a gorgeous model comes on his show, she “understands that I’ll do nothing.” In another of his Tweets, Conan also suggested that he and his wife still enjoy some romantic time together when he tweeted that it looks like they were gearing up for another date month.
In the spirit of oneness, the couple jointly purchased a house worth $19,475,694 in Pacific Palisades Los Angeles and the palatial home is seated on an 11,600-plus square feet of land.
Liza and Conan Are Parents of Two Children
One year after they got married, Liza and her husband welcomed their first child, a daughter named Neve, on the 14th of October, 2003. Two years down the line, their second child, a son named Beckett O’Brien, joined the family on 9th November 2005. According to a statement released by NBC announcing his birth, Beckett was born in New York City at 8:27 pm and weighed in at 8 lbs., 4 oz.
In 2005, before his son was born, Conan told PEOPLE that since he became a father, he has been having a hard time doing one of his dad duties: putting together kiddie contraptions. He admitted to the media house that being a father was the greatest thing, excluding assembling things. The talk show host went on to disclose that he hurts his fingers while trying to tighten a bolt, just like his father did, but unlike his dad, he breaks (the toy) before his daughter even gets to play with it.
Celebrating Father’s Day in 2018, O’Brien gave a shout-out to his children on Twitter saying that all he wanted for Father’s Day was for them to stop calling him “Not-Dwayne-Johnson.”