Environmental activist, docu-producer, blogger, talent manager, and author are very phrases that begin to describe one of America’s leading environmental activists Laurie David. She has produced Academy Award-winning films and documentaries that continue to challenge popular opinion. Moreso, she’s a talent manager and writes as a contributing blogger to The Huffington Post. To add to all of that, Laurie David is also a mother to two adult children and has her own share of love and divorce story. Let’s tell you more.
Laurie David’s Bio, Age
Laurie David was born in Long Island, New York on March 22, 1958, into a middle-class Jewish family. She was born Laurie Ellen Lennard. As far details go, we have no handle on her early childhood, education, parents or siblings. But we do know that she attended Ohio University where she graduated with a degree in journalism in 1979. Her career has been a rich mix of activism, entertainment, writing and a touch of politics.
Laurie David’s Career
Shortly after graduating College, David’s career kicked off in the entertainment industry where she began to serve as talent coordinator for the David Letterman show; a New York City-based show. She remained there for four years until she set up her own talent management company representing comedians and comedic writers. Within this time also, David began producing comedy shows for big names like Showtime, HBO, Fox Television and MTV. She soon left her base in New York to Los Angeles. The move was prompted by an offer for the position of Vice President of comedy development for a division of Fox Broadcasting.
While there, Laurie developed and produced situation comedy shows for 20th Century Fox TV. However, her next big move was yet to come. We’re not sure where she got the “climate-change activism fire” from, but we know that Laurie David became an outspoken environmentalist and began to pursue notable works in that area, including a book. Alongside former Republican Senator, John McCain and environmental activist, Robert F. Kennedy, she founded the Stop Global Warming Virtual March.
After funding the Virtual March, David worked on other major projects to popularize the climate change message. This led to the release of her first book, Stop Global Warming: The Solution Is You! And productions like Earth to America!; a November 2005 comedy special she made for TBS. The launch of Laurie David’s second book cemented her authority as a voice for climate change and environmental activism. She also worked with director Davis Guggenheim to produce the 2006 documentary film, An Inconvenient Truth; which won an Academy Award. In April of that year, she produced Too Hot Not to Handle; a documentary on the effects of climate change in the United States. She also appeared in Big Ideas for a Small Planet; an environmentalist documentary series which aired on the Sundance Channel. Her second book, The Family Dinner was published in 2012.
Today, Laurie David is a trustee of the Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC) and a founding member of The Detroit Project. In her honor, the NRDC opened the David Family Environmental Action Centre which displays exhibitions on green building solutions, global warming, and ocean pollution. Also, her work has earned her several awards; in 2003, she was honored at a ceremony organized by Riverkeeper; Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s organization. In the same year, David also received the Los Angeles-based Children’s Nature Institute’s Leaf Award for her commitment to the environmental education of young children.
Salary and Net Worth
Laurie David is no noise maker. Her activism has translated into millions of dollars, even though she doesn’t do it for the money. The goodwill surrounding her work has, made her a necessary success. While we have no details about her salary, as it were, sources reveal that she received half of her husband’s $900 million fortune, at the time of their divorce
Larry David’s Wife, Daughters
Laurie and her ex-husband, Larry David, first met through mutual friends. She married the American comedian, and play writer on March 31, 1993. Ever wondered why she had so much success producing comedy shows and managing comedians? You got it. She married one. Together they have two daughters, Cazzie Laurel (b. May 10, 1994) and Romy March (b. March 2, 1996). After over ten years of living in separation, the couple filed for divorce on July 13, 2007, and this saw Larry David’s $900 million fortune split in two to settle his ex-wife.