Joan Lunden

TV host, Newscaster, Author
A multi-talented blonde TV personality, Joan Lunden is best known for her hosting duties on ABC's "Good Morning America". She started her broadcasting career in 1973 as a weathergirl and consumer reporter at KCRA-TV in ... Read more »
Born: 09/18/1950 in Fair Oaks, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (76)

Good Morning America 1975 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Thank You for Smoking 2006 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Home Improvement 1997 - 1998, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lateline 1997 - 1998, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Wickedly Perfect 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Host

ABC 50th Anniversary Celebration 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Behind Closed Doors With Joan Lunden 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Bobby Vinton: A Melody of Love 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Brenda Lee: Little Miss Dynamite 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

George Harrison: Quiet Legend 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Holiday at Pops 2001 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Live From Pearl Harbor 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2002 Salt Lake Paralympic Winter Games 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

InStyle: Celebrity Weddings 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Loretta Lynn Live By Request 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Behind Closed Doors With Joan Lunden IX 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Behind Closed Doors With Joan Lunden VIII 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Letourneau: Live 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Miracle Babies II 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Miracle Babies III 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

When Animals Talk 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Behind Closed Doors With Joan Lunden VI 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Behind Closed Doors With Joan Lunden VII 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Betty Friedan 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Narrator

Intimate Portrait: Joan Lunden 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Behind Closed Doors With Joan Lunden V 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Behind Closed Doors IV With Joan Lunden 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Behind Closed Doors III With Joan Lunden 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Earth Day at Walt Disney World 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Walt Disney World Happy Easter Parade 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Behind Closed Doors With Joan Lunden II 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home 1995 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Walt Disney World Happy Easter Parade 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Behind Closed Doors With Joan Lunden 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

How I Spent My Summer Vacation 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

People's 20th Birthday 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The 21st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Walt Disney World Happy Easter Parade 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Good Morning America: Evening Edition 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Walt Disney World Happy Easter Parade 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Walt Disney World Very Merry Christmas Parade 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Walt Disney World Happy Easter Parade 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Walt Disney World Very Merry Christmas Parade 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

102nd Tournament of Roses Parade (ABC/91) 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Walt Disney World Happy Easter Parade 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Walt Disney World Very Merry Christmas Parade 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

What About Bob? 1991 (Movie)

cameo appearance (Actor)

101st Tournament of Roses Parade (ABC/90) 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Everyday With Joan Lunden 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The American Red Cross Emergency Test 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Walt Disney World Happy Easter Parade 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

100th Tournament of Roses Parade (ABC/89) 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Walt Disney World's Happy Easter Parade 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Good Evening America 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Walt Disney World's Happy Easter Parade 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Our Kids and the Best of Everything 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Walt Disney World's Happy Easter Parade 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Whatta Year... 1986 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Secret World of the Very Young 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Walt Disney World's Happy Easter Parade 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Macho Callahan 1969 (Movie)

Saloon Girl (Actor)

Every Breath You Take (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Celine Dion (TV Show)

Narrator

The American Wedding (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A multi-talented blonde TV personality, Joan Lunden is best known for her hosting duties on ABC's "Good Morning America". She started her broadcasting career in 1973 as a weathergirl and consumer reporter at KCRA-TV in her hometown of Sacramento. Within six months, Lunden was promoted to co-anchor of the noon news broadcast. In 1975, she moved to WABC-TV in NYC and the following year she co-anchored the weekend newscasts. Lunden began her association with ABC's "Good Morning America" in 1976 as a consumer reporter. She began to act as substitute host from 1978 to 1980, when she became a permanent host. Her contract at the time caused some controversy for its child care clause that allowed her to bring her children to work and required the network to provide a nursery.

Lunden expanded her hosting duties to include two additional series on parenting, the Lifetime cable series the award-winning "Mother's Day" (1984) and the syndicated "Everyday With Joan Lunden" (1989). Despite having appeared in one film, "Macho Callahan" in the non-speaking role of a saloon keeper, Lunden turned down the opportunity to appear in Robert Benton's "Kramer vs. Kramer" (1979). She had made cameo appearances as herself in "What About Bob?" (1991) and "Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home" (1995). Lunden has authored several books on parenting and also hosted videos dealing with parenting and fitness.

On September 5, 1997, after twenty years with "Good Morning America," Lunden left the show to pursue other interests. Having left the show on good terms, she occasionally returned to the GMA desk as a guest host or special correspondent after relinquishing her hosting duties. She also appeared as herself on various television shows, including "Murphy Brown" (CBS 1988-1998) and the Al Franken-created news satire "LateLine" (NBC 1998-99). She also appeared in Richard Donner's thriller "Conspiracy Theory" (1997) as a news anchor. She returned to TV full time as the host of reality competition series "Wickedly Perfect" (ABC 2004-05), though the series lasted only one season. The following year, she appeared as herself in Jason Reitman's political satire "Thank You For Smoking" (2005). On June 24, 2014, Lunden appeared on "Good Morning America" to reveal that she was undergoing aggressive treatment for breast cancer. She chose to return to her former TV home for the announcement in part because GMA co-hosts Robin Roberts and Amy Robach had undergone breast cancer treatment themselves.

Relationships

Gladyce Lorraine Blunden

Mother

Jamie Beryl Krauss

Daughter

Lindsay Leigh Krauss

Daughter

Sarah Emily Krauss

Daughter

Erle Blunden

Father
died in 1964 in plane crash

Jeffrey Blunden

Brother
older

Jeff Konigsberg

Husband
born c. 1950 dating as of early 1997 married April 18, 2000

Kimberly Konigsberg

Daughter
twin of Jack Andrew born by surrogate mother on March 1, 2005 father, Jeff Konigsberg

Jack Konigsberg

Son
twin of Kimberly Elise born by surrogate mother on March 1, 2005 father, Jeff Konigsberg

Michael Krauss

Husband
married in 1978 divorced in 1992

EDUCATION

Univeridad de las Americas

1968

Univeridad de las Americas

1968

Chapman College

1967
dropped out

American River College

Sacramento , California 1972

attended sixty day modeling course c. 1972

Milestones

2005

Hosted "Finding the Next Designing Diva" (CBS) a reality show that will bring together 12 aspiring Martha Stewart types to crown the country's new authority on at-home living

2001

Hosted the A&E series "Biography"

1997

In May, announced she would relinquish hosting duties of "Good Morning America" on September 5

1995

Released workout video, "Joan Lunden Workout America"

1994

Hosted primetime special, "Behind Closed Doors With Joan Lunden"; subsequent airings occurred on ABC until 2000 when A&E began to air reruns with ten new episodes set for 2001

1991

First speaking role in films, playing herself in cameo role in "What About Bob?"

1989

Released first video, "Your Newborn Baby: Everything You Need to Know"

1989

Hosted "Everyday with Joan Lunden", a syndicated talk show

1987

Hosted first primetime special "Our Kids and the Best of Everything"

1986

Appeared in ABC information spots called "Mother's Minutes"

1984

Hosted "Mother's Day" on the Lifetime cable network

1980

First appearance as temporary host of "Good Morning America" in February

1980

Named permanent co-host of "Good Morning America" in August

1978

Role on "Good Morning America" expanded; had childcare clause written into her contract

1976

First appearance on "Good Morning America" (ABC) as consumer reporter

1976

Co-anchored weekend newscasts at WABC-TV

1976

Turned down role as Dustin Hoffman's lawyer in film "Kramer vs. Kramer"

1975

Moved to NYC to join WABC-TV

1974

Became co-anchor of daily noon news broadcast of KCRA-TV, Sacramento, CA; also produced noon broadcast and hosted specials (date approximate)

1973

Hired as model at KRCA-TV, Sacramento; eventually made appearances on air as weathergirl and consumer reporter

1968

Film debut in non-speaking role, "Macho Callahan"

1966

Graduated high school at age 16

Bonus Trivia

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Lunden has received many awards and honors for her dedication to her work, her family and for her civic responsibility, including being selected Outstanding Mother of the Year, 1982-83 by the National Mother's Day Committee

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