Sally Jessy Raphael

Talk show host, Radio host, Journalist
With her signature red-framed glasses, Sally Jessy Raphael cracked the daytime TV talk show market in 1983, hosting a show which bore her name and was syndicated by Phil Donahue's distributor, Multimedia. Raphael was ... Read more »
Born: 02/24/1943 in Eaton, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Actor (37)

Évocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie 2011 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The Knights of Prosperity 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Surreal Reunion: Season 4 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Host

Chappelle's Show 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dave's World 1994 - 1995, 1997 - 1998, 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Diagnosis Murder 1994 - 1998, 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

On the Inside 1997 - 1998, 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Nanny 1994 - 1995, 1997 - 1998, 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Surreal Life 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Touched By an Angel 1994 - 1998, 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Guru 2003 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Unconditional Love (New Line) 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Sally Jessy Raphael 1983 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

At Home With... 1998 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Double Whammy 2000 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Sally Jessy Raphael: Behind the Red Glasses 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Sally Jessy Raphael 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? 1991 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Gourmet Getaways With Robin Leach 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Meet Wally Sparks 1997 (Movie)

Special Appearance (Actor)

Sabrina, the Teenage Witch 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Associate 1996 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Adoption Vigilantes 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

In a New Light '93 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Donahue: The 25th Anniversary 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Why Bother Voting? 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Di: Prisoner in the Palace 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

MDA Jerry Lewis Telethon 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Resident Alien 1991 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The Addams Family 1991 (Movie)

(special appearance) (Actor)

She-Devil 1989 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The 16th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Another World (TV Show)

Actor

Fatal Flaw (TV Show)

Actor

No One Would Tell (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (2)

Ken Follett's The Third Twin 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Stalking of Laurie Show (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Biography

With her signature red-framed glasses, Sally Jessy Raphael cracked the daytime TV talk show market in 1983, hosting a show which bore her name and was syndicated by Phil Donahue's distributor, Multimedia. Raphael was second to Donahue in making a name for herself with the audience participation talk show format Donahue had pioneered. Yet, the success of the show was a long-time in coming for the broadcast veteran. Raphael had been fired by station after station throughout the country trying to get a foothold as a disc jockey or news anchor on radio and/or TV.

As a junior high student in Westchester County, New York, Raphael became intrigued by broadcasting and started her career with a local school news program. Over the course of some twenty years, she traveled from Puerto Rico to Florida to New York where she held various jobs. Persisting despite defeat, her spirits were buoyed by her second husband, Karl Soderlund, who acted as Raphael's booster, promoter and manager, getting her a new job each time she was fired. There were admittedly lean times where the family was forced to live in their automobile, eating ketchup on crackers and when Raphael even went on public assistance. But she persevered and finally hit the big time in 1983 when she began hosting a half-hour talk show "In Touch with Sally Jessy Raphael" from KSDK-TV in St Louis, Missouri. Multimedia took the show national within six months and within four years, the show's headquarters were relocated to the East Coast. Her talk show is often a multi-hankie affair, and the host exudes an "I care" attitude, which she often carries off-screen, offering her traumatized guests help outside the framework of the show. Raphael has been particularly successful with reuniting lost loved ones, but has also brought more outre topics to national TV. She won a 1989 Daytime Emmy Award as Outstanding Talk Show Host (the show won in 1990).

Raphael's fame brought her occasional cameos as herself in films, such as "Resident Alien" (1990) and "The Addams Family" (1991), as well as in the TV-movie "Fatal Flaw" (ABC, 1989). In 1996, Raphael made her TV acting debut playing a judge who sternly sentences a murderous Fred Savage in "No One Would Tell" (NBC). She has branched out to producing with the 1997 CBS TV-movie "Ken Follett's 'The Third Twin'".

Relationships

Jesse Lowenthal

Father
his work caused Raphael to spend much of her youth in Puerto Rico developed heart problems when Raphael was in high school and could no longer work

Steven Lowenthal

Brother
younger

Dede Lowry

Mother
died c. 1977

Karl Soderlund

Husband
married c. 1964

Jason Soderlund

Son
born c. 1972 adopted was in car crash January 12, 1992 suffered head injuries was in a second accident near the end of June in which another driver failed to yield and crashed into Soderlund's car serious injury avoided

Andrew Vladimir

Husband
married c. 1959 divorced in 1964

Allison Vladimir

Daughter
found dead in her mother's Pennsylvania mansion February 2, 1992 graduated from Culinary Institute of America, unemployed because of back problems at time of death

EDUCATION

Carnegie-Mellon University

Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania

Columbia University

New York , New York

University of Puerto Rico

Actors Studio

New York , New York
studied with Lee Strasberg

Milestones

1997

Produced first TV-movie, "Ken Follett's 'The Third Twin'"

1996

Played a judge in TV-movie "No One Would Tell"

1992

Co-hosted TV special "Why Bother Voting" (PBS)

1991

Made cameo appearance as herself in "The Addams Family"

1976

Hired by WMCA radio as co-host of a morning radio program

1970

Hosted "A.M. Miami"

Moved to NYC

Hosted the daytime chat show, "Sally Jessy Raphael"; originally titled "In Touch with Sally Jessy Raphael" when the show was half-hour in length

Was street reporter in Miami and Fort Lauderdale, FL

Worked as disc jockey at numerous radio stations

Worked as a news anchor for eight months on WPIX-TV

Worked for the Associated Press

Hosted radio show on NBC Talknet

Worked as a TV news reporter and hosted morning radio show in San Juan, PR

Had first radio experience on WFAS-AM White Plains, NY, hosting "Junior High School News"

When she couldn't find work, went on public assistance

Moved to Miami, FL; worked as a radio disc jockey; quit because she was making too little money (variously reported as $200/week and $500/week)

Moved to Puerto Rico

Worked as a street reporter in Fort Lauderdale, FL

Bonus Trivia

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Raphael has worked as a radio or television broadcaster in 24 cities and has been fired 18 times.

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"No one is going to fire me now. If and when I leave, I'll be the one to make the decision" --Sally Jessy Raphael to New York Post, October 16, 1997.

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Raphael and her husband, Karl Soderlund, have restored a 19th Century home in Buck's County, Pennsylvania, and transformed it into a bed & breakfast inn.

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