With her larger-than-life personality and outspoken demeanor, Star Jones drew upon both her legal and broadcasting backgrounds to become a formidable presence on television, most notably on the highly successful ABC daytime talk show, "The View" (ABC, 1997- ). Raised by a single mother for the first few years of her life under modest means, Jones nevertheless managed to put herself through college and law school. After passing the bar exam she began working at the Brooklyn District Attorney's office, and before long made a name for herself as a tenacious trial lawyer with a flair for the dramatic. In the early 1990s, Jones began covering high-profile trials and providing analysis for Court TV and "The Today Show" (NBC, 1952- ). From there it was on to her own show, "Jones & Jury" (syndicated, 1994-95) and a stint on "Inside Edition" (syndicated, 1988- ), before being selected by news icon Barbara Walters to co-host "The View." The series launched Jones into the national spotlight, providing her a wealth of opportunities, book deals and other television projects among them. However, a perception of Jones as a self-absorbed diva began to take hold among viewers, an opinion only exacerbated by her insistence on obsessively detailing her upcoming wedding on the show. Her shocking weight loss leading up to the nuptials, combined with her refusal to divulge how it was accomplished, also did little to help Jones' image. By 2006 Jones was off the series, leaving behind bruised egos and claims of betrayal on all sides. Jones would remain a presence on television following her tenure on "The View," but her subsequent career slump could arguably be viewed as the result of a star that had ascended too quickly for its own good.