Leeza Gibbons is the host of AARP’s My Generation, the lifestyle TV series for and about people who get the most out of life. In this role, she can be seen on more than 250 public television stations nationwide, including affiliates in 18 of the top 20 markets. From television news journalist and host, to radio personality, producer and businesswoman, Gibbons is one of the most recognizable faces on television and in America’s living rooms. While she burst onto the national scene as an anchor & reporter on Entertainment Tonight, it wasn’t until hosting her own daytime talker, LEEZA, that audiences saw her determination to get outside of the box and become a household name while highlighting her intelligence, sensitivity and compassion. She served as Executive Producer of LEEZA, which debuted on NBC in 1994 and continued nationally through 2000. Receiving nominations for both Outstanding Talk Show and Outstanding Talk Show Host every year it was eligible, LEEZA garnered 27 Daytime Emmy Nominations, winning three. It was during the series run that Gibbons’ impact on television was awarded with one of Hollywood’s highest honors: a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
With her never-ending entrepreneurial creativity and a mind for business-building, Gibbons formed Leeza Gibbons Enterprises in 1994, and since then she has produced and developed the kinds of projects, partnerships and products that reflect her passions and concerns. It was a need to serve her own family that prompted Gibbons to leave her daily post as managing editor and host of the newsmagazine EXTRA in 2003 in order to form The Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation - her most personal endeavor to date. “I promised my mother I would take her diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and use it to educate and inspire. We’re doing that through Leeza’s Place, intimate settings in cities across the country where people newly diagnosed with any memory disorder and their caregivers can get education, empowerment and energy free of charge as they prepare for the journey ahead.”
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