Arianna Huffington is Greek-American author, columnist, actress, and the former wife of previous Republican congressman Michael Huffington. In addition, she’s one of the people behind the establishment of The Huffington Post and also its editor. In politics, she was a well-known conservative commentator before shifting to become a liberal.
Huffington ran for the Governor position in California in 2003. She had also been recognized by Forbes as one of the Most Influential Women in Media and by The Guardian as one of the Top 100 in Media List. She also earned the 52nd placed in Forbes most powerful women in the world.
HUFFINGTON’S ORIGINS AND PERSONAL LIFE
Huffington’s original name was Ariadne-Anna Stasinopoulou. She was born in Athens, Greece. Her parents were Konstantinos and Elli Stasinopoulou and she had sister named Agapi. When she reached the age of 16, Huffington went to U.K. to study economics at Girton College in Cambridge.
She had a relationship with Bernard Levin who provided her help in editing the books that she wrote. After years of attending music festivals for BBC, the two broke up. Huffington then moved to New York and started working with Bob Langley as the hosts for BBC’s Saturday Night at the Mill.
Huffington married Michael Huffington in 1985 and they later on went to Santa Barbara, California where Michael won a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. She had two daughters with Michael, Isabella and Christina, before they filed for divorce in 1997.
HUFFINGTON’S POLITICAL AND MEDIA CAREER
Huffington authored The Female Woman in 1973 and also published articles under National Review. She also penned a biography of Maria Callas and Pablo Picasso which several people claimed to have been plagiarized by her.
After Michael Huffington lost the senatorial run in 1994, Arianna became more popular and had been known to support various conservative causes like Newt Gingrich’s “Republican Revolution” and Bob Dole’s presidential candidacy. She also received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Writing for a Variety or Music Program. Her acting skills were glimpsed on shows that included Roseann, The L Word, How I Met Your Mother, Help Me Help You, and EdTV.
One of Huffington’s job was hosting a radio show in Los Angeles called “Left, Right & Center.”
During the California recall election in 2003, Huffington ran as independent candidate for the governorship against Arnold Schwarzenegger. However, she backed out not long after and opted to provide her support to Governor Gray Davis instead.
Aside from hosting Saturday Night at the Mill, Huffington was also part of the TV programs Any Questions?; Call My Bluff; and Face the Music. In addition, she appeared in Both Sides Now together with Mary Matalin where they tackled various political issues, aiming to always present both sides of a specific issue to the audience.
Huffington also played small roles in shows like The Cleveland Show, Family Guy, and Real Time with Bill Maher.