Liza Powel O'Brien

As the wife of one of the famous comedians in the world, namely Conan O’Brien, Liza Powel O’Brien has also become a celebrity in her own right. She has been featured on different television shows and has graced the cover of some famous magazines. She has also supported her husband through thick and thin including his controversial firing from The Tonight Show in 2010

Liza’s identity, however, goes beyond just being Conan O’Brien’s spouse. A talented playwright, she has penned several plays which have been performed at various theatres across the United States. She has also dedicated a large portion of her time to multiple philanthropic endeavors including Beat the Odds – a Children Defense Fund’s program – which lends a helping hand to at-risk high school pupils who are academically gifted.

A Classic Love At First Sight Meeting

Liza Powel O’Brien first met her future husband when the firm that she was working for was hired to do an advert skit on his show, ‘Late Night With Conan O’Brien, in 2000. It was love at first sight for the comic and he would later reveal in a candid interview with Piers Morgan that the NBC vaults have footage of him literally falling for Liza on camera.

This ‘fall’ was initially triggered by the fact that he found Liza incredibly beautiful. He then fell more in love with her as the days went by thanks to the fact that she was intelligent, funny, and a really good person. Hooked on each other, Liza Powel O’Brien and Conan commenced a relationship that lasted for 18 months. The famed comedian popped the big question in July 2001 which received an affirmative response from his lady love.

With everything in place, the couple was set for the next level which happened on the 12th of January 2002 as they exchanged marriage vows in Liza’s home town, precisely at St. James Cathedral Seattle, Washington. They later moved to Union Station, Seattle for the wedding reception. The ceremony was a picturesque, one with family and close friends in attendance, but sadly, the media was not invited.

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She Supported Her Husband During His Ousting From The Tonight Show

Liza and her husband have remained together to date and enjoy one of the most stable unions in Hollywood. They are often spotted together at major award ceremonies. They also embark on dinners and fundraisers for charitable causes. The couple has however encountered some rough patches in their life. One of the most monumental ones happened in 2010 when Conan was unceremoniously dropped as host of The Tonight Show after just a few months at the helm.

The comic had looked forward to a long-term stint on the show but was forced to quit after the network gave it an unfavorable time slot. The whole controversy became even worse as Conan was barred from seeking another TV show for several months. The debacle caused a lot of controversies and Liza spoke out in defense of her husband. She told Rolling Stone that it wasn’t her husband’s fault that the show had lost its cultural relevance. She also revealed that it was quite painful for her husband to lose the show as it was hallowed ground for him.

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Back home, Liza’s husband was deeply upset for weeks and became depressed. She had to come up with ways to keep her husband tripping off the edge, including assigning him with home activities such as cooking dinners. She also tasked him with their kids’ school runs as well. All these helped the comedian overcome his misery and regain his mental health. Before long, he embarked on a successful comedy tour titled the Legally Prohibited From Being Funny Tour. He then got his own eponymous show on TBS in 2010 and has remained there to date. Liza and Conan might not be perfect people but they seem so perfect for each other.

Making A Good Life For Her Two Children

It would appear that the couple was already set to build their family from day one as they welcomed their first child, Neve O’Brien, barely a year after their nuptials, specifically on the 14th of October 2003. Their son, Beckett O’Brien, followed two years later on the 9th of November 2005. The children are the spitting images of their parents and their mom has revealed that they seem to have inherited their father’s goofy genes. In her own words, both kids are super clowns and have a good appreciation for humor.

Liza Powel O’Brien has shown that she is very adept at handling a family and a successful career and has built the family she desires with O’Brien. As it becomes increasingly difficult to stay out of the limelight, especially being a celebrity wife, Liza has learned to use the media to her advantage. She shows only what is necessary and shields that which is important.

She doesn’t seem to have an active account on any social media platform but she has attended different important functions with her husband handling the media’s attention gracefully.

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Liza Powel O’Brien’s Accomplishments as a Playwright

Before she met and married her husband, Liza Powel O’Brien spent several years working as a copywriter in an advertising agency (Foote, Cone, and Belding). She, however, left the job after her romance with the comic kick-started and has never returned to it. Rather, she has taken to other creative pursuits such as playwriting.

In order to adequately prepare herself for this new pursuit, Liza earned a master’s degree in fiction writing from Columbia University. She has since gone on to pen several plays, including The Distinguished Gentleman, The Gate, Ruthie Goes Shopping, The Great Experiment, Love Lifts Us Up, John Wayne Times and Apostrophe, and they have been staged in theatres across Loss Angeles, New York as well as Seattle.

Liza Powel O’Brien is now a member of the writers’ room at The Geffen Playhouse. She also serves on the reading committee for the Ojai Playwrights Conference. This is a nationally-acclaimed annual theatre festival which is aimed at offering dramatists the needed resources with which to create new works for American theatres. All these endeavors require a lot of time and dedication and Liza is willing to put up the hours required. She, however, knows when not to overdo it so as to be able to have quality time for her husband as well as two kids.

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