Meredith Vieira Poster

Trivia (23)

Is of Portuguese heritage.

Husband Richard M. Cohen teaches journalism at Columbia University.

Has 3 older brothers named Edwin, Steve and Jeff.

Has three children with Richard M. Cohen: Ben Cohen (Benjamin Edwin Cohen) (b. 1989), Gabe Cohen (Gabriel Anthony Cohen) (b. 1991) and Lily Cohen (Lily Max Cohen) (b. 1993).

She has a fear of bridges (gephyrophobia).

Graduated magna cum laude from Tufts University with a degree in English (1975).

Scored 1330 on the SAT as a high school junior, and scored 1300 as a senior.

She is allergic to metal, and, therefore, doesn't wear her wedding ring.

Was once approached to pose in Playboy, she declined.

Lives in NY City suburb of Westchester County in a 2-story house built in 1929.

Husband, Richard M. Cohen, considered free of colon cancer after surgery in March, 2000. Has battled health problems over many years and is legally blind as a result of multiple sclerosis, which he contracted in his 20s.

Announced on-air during The View (1997) show in May 2002 that she's decided to accept ABC's offer to host the syndicated Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (2002) weekly series, beginning in the fall, while she continues to co-host The View (1997) for the next five years. Reportedly, her salary may jump from $500,000 a year to $5 million.

Has stated on The View (1997) that because she wears pantyhose, she doesn't wear underwear. She thinks it would be redundant to wear both.

Hosted a special featurette of Desperate Housewives (2004) that will be featured on the series' Season 1 DVD box set, to be released in August, 2005.

In 2005, she became the second female to win a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Game Show Host as host of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (2002). The first was Betty White in 1983 for Just Men! (1983).

Older brother Edwin (Ed) Vieira, Jr. is a political activist that resides in Virginia.

When she was at CBS at the same time as Paula Zahn, they each had a husband named "Richard Cohen".

Announced that she will be the new co-host on Today (1952) [April 6, 2006].

Has been chosen by NBC to replace Katie Couric as the female anchor of Today (1952).

Parents names were Edwin Vieira, MD (b. New Bedford, Massachusetts, 15 May 1904, died Feb 1987), and Mary Elsie Rosa Vieira (daughter of ... Rosa and ... Silveria), both of Portuguese Azorian ancestry. Her paternal grandfather Antonio (Antone) C. Vieira (b. Faial, Azores, ca 1869) is said to have been a Catholic priest in Fall River, Massachusetts, who eloped with Maria Louise (L.) Costa (also b. Faial, Azores, ca 1879), one of his parishioners. They later married in Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1896, had two children, Othilia P. (ca 1902) and Edwin (ca 1905), and he became a state lecturer at the Portuguese community of New Bedford, Massachusetts.

Before hosting the syndicated show, appeared on a celebrity version of Primetime Who Wants to be a Millionaire in 2001 and won $250,000 when she correctly identified what the dot above the letter 'i' is called. The money went to "Windows of Hope" a charity that supported families of the victims of 9/11.

Was cast for a one line cameo shot in Gulliver's Travels while an anchor on NBC's Today Show, but was called by Jack Black after she got back to New York and was told the scene was cut, even though he had fought "tooth and nail" to have it kept.

Has announced that her last day on The View (1997) will be June 9. She will take the summer off and begin at Today (1952) in September. [May 2006]