Simultaneously revered and reviled, Ann Coulter built a reputation as one of America's most ruthless and extreme right wing commentators. Born Dec. 8, 1961 in New York City, Ann Hart Coulter earned a bachelor's in history from Cornell University and a law degree from the University of Michigan Law School, which she put to use working for the right wing NYC law firm Center for Individual Rights. Coulter achieved fame, however, as an extreme conservative columnist, author and speaker whose sharp tongue spared none of her supposed political enemies. Proudly controversial and aggressively combative, Coulter wrote a string of best-selling, polarizing books, including 2002's Slander: Liberal Lies About the American Right, 2003's Treason: Liberal Treachery from the Cold War to the War on Terrorism, 2004's How to Talk to a Liberal (If You Must): The World According to Ann Coulter, 2006's Godless: The Church of Liberalism, 2007's If Democrats Had Any Brains, They'd Be Republicans and 2011's Demonic: How the Liberal Mob is Endangering America. Although some of her critics wondered if Coulter was an opportunist merely playing the part of an increasingly outrageous provocateur, Coulter stood by all of her statements - often on her friend Bill Maher's show "Real Time with Bill Maher" (HBO, 2003- ) - no matter how shocking, including calling John Edwards a "faggot," Barack Obama a "retard" and saying women should be stripped of their right to vote. Too extreme for some of her fellow conservative pundits, Coulter never failed to stir up her audiences.