Anne Robinson

Game show host, TV host, News anchor
Though she has caused a great deal of controversy throughout her career, former journalist-turned-game show host Anne Robinson nonetheless established herself as a formidable presence in print and on television. While ... Read more »
Born: 09/25/1944 in Liverpool, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (6)

Doctor Who 2005 (Tv Show)

Voice

The Weakest Link 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Heatwave 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 28th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Midnight Movie Massacre 1987 (Movie)

Dr Van Buren (Actor)

Biography

Though she has caused a great deal of controversy throughout her career, former journalist-turned-game show host Anne Robinson nonetheless established herself as a formidable presence in print and on television. While known to American audiences as the Queen of Mean - a sobriquet she earned for her biting and often harsh treatment of contestants on "The Weakest Link" (NBC, 2001-02) - Robinson cut her teeth as a pioneering journalist for The Daily Mail in her native England. Not long after joining The Sunday Times, however, she suffered from a decline into alcoholism, which destroyed her marriage to editor Charlie Wilson and almost did the same to her career. But by 1980, Robinson emerged sober and renewed, becoming the first female editor at The Daily Mirror, where she developed her caustic style as a columnist writing under the nom de plume, the Wednesday Witch. Robinson soon made the jump to television by first becoming a panelist on "Question Time" (BBC, 1979- ), then as host of the long-running talk show "Points of View" (BBC, 1979- ). Robinson cemented her infamy when her U.K. hit, "The Weakest Link," crossed the Atlantic to American shores, which - thanks to her icy demeanor and oft-repeated catchphrase "You are the weakest link - goodbye!" - established her as an international star.

Relationships

Peter Robinson

Brother

John Penrose

Husband
married in 1980 separated in 1990 reconciled c. 1992 after being separated for two and one-half years

Bernard Robinson

Father

Anne Robinson

Mother
owned a poultry stall at Liverpool's St John's market

Charles Wilson

Husband
met when they worked together at the Daily Mail later became an editor at the London Times married in 1968 divorced in 1973 had custody of daughter Emma following divorce

Emma Wilson

Daughter
born c. 1970 was subject of bitter custody battle between her parents in 1973, with her father eventually winning custody

EDUCATION

attended boarding school; expelled over disciplinary problems

Milestones

2001

Americanized version of "The Weakest Link" premiered on NBC in April

1983

Began writing an opinion column

1979

Hired as editor at Daily Mirror

1968

Wrote for London's Sunday Times

1967

Hired by the Daily Mail as a journalist; reportedly the only female reporter on the tabloid's staff at that time

Served as main anchor for the consumer affairs program "Watchdog"

After breakup of first marriage, developed a dependency on alcohol

Was host of the British TV news series "Points of View" (BBC)

Worked in London for a news agency

Bonus Trivia

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"My role makes Dynasty's Joan Collins, the last British bitch to appear on American TV, look like Mother Teresa." --Anne Robinson quoted in The Daily Telegraph, January 12, 2001.

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"Because having done 'Watchdog' for eight years and making corporate heads terrified of me, people would say, 'Will you stand next to my washing machine? It doesn't work and I want to send the manufacturer a picture.'"-- Anne Robinson Eonline

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