Known for movies

Short Info

Net Worth$14.5 Million
Date Of BirthFebruary 25, 1935, February 25, 1935
SpouseKarl Soderland, Karl Soderland, Andrew Vladimir
MarkWears red-framed glasses
FactNow hosts, with her husband and brother, a one hour weekday radio talkshow on the internet, via her website - [July 2004]

Who is Sally Jessy Raphael?

Sally Lowenthal – known better as Sally Jessy Raphael, a combination of her father’s ancestral name and her mother’s maiden name – was born in Easton, Pennsylvania USA, on 25 February 1935 – her zodiac sign is Pisces, and she holds American nationality. She’s a retired tabloid talk-show host, and is perhaps still known best for having hosted her own “The Sally Jessy Raphael Show”.

Sally’s today retired, leading an apparently peaceful life in Miami, Florida.

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Early life and education

Sally was raised in Easton alongside her younger brother Steven Lowenthal, by their mother Zelda Lowenthal, also known as Dede Lowry, who ran an art gallery, and their father Jesse Lowenthal who worked in rum exporting. The family also spent some time living in San Juan, Puerto Rico because of Jesse’s job.

Sally was interested in various activities while attending Easton Area High School, and initially wanted to become an actress and comedienne; she was a member of the school’s drama club, and could’ve been seen appearing in numerous plays performed at the school.

Upon matriculating in 1953, Sally moved to Scarsdale, New York State to work at the radio station WFAS, in charge of reading the news for high school students.

She then moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and enrolled at Carnegie Mellon University, but soon transferred to the University of Puerto Rico in San Juan, from which she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in 1958.

She also practiced acting at Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in New York City.

Career as a journalist

Upon receiving her degree, Sally was employed at both United Press International and Associated Press, mostly thanks to her ability to speak both Spanish and English fluently; she was hired as a news correspondent, and was in charge of covering Central America.

She mostly worked in Puerto Rico during her career beginnings, and one of her jobs was hosting a cooking show.

It was also in Puerto Rico that Sally met her second husband, producer and radio station manager Karl Soderlund, and after Karl was fired, the two moved to Miami, Florida together.

It was only in the ‘80s that Sally began attracting attention, and she has revealed that it wasn’t easy for her to succeed in the field of broadcasting. She worked at 24 stations and was let go from 18 of these, while she made her breakthrough in the first half of the ‘80s, when invited to do a show for the New York City radio station WMCA.

Her two successful talk-shows

Upon moving to Miami, Sally’s husband Karl became her manager, and helped her run her first show, which aired from November 1981 to 1987, distributed by NBC Talknet.

Sally became famous after she began hosting her radio “The Sally Jessy Raphael Show”, which was eventually shortened to ‘Sally’. It began airing on 17 October 1983, and continued until 24 May 2002. Sally initially wanted it to be a political show, but changed her mind right before she was about to go live for the first time, and went on to discuss various subjects and give her listeners advice on a number of topics, including relationships and marriages. The show ended up being syndicated to more than 200 radio stations.

The American media personality Phillip John ‘Phil’ Donahue heard Sally’s talk-show, and encouraged her to try hosting TV talk-shows too.

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In October 1983, Sally got to host her own “The Sally Jessy Raphael Show” on the TV network KSDK-TV, and although it was only a half-hour long, it marked the beginning of her career as a TV talk-show host.

In 2002, Sally’s show was cancelled following a large drop in ratings, but the same year saw her named amongst the 25 Greatest Television Talk Show Hosts of All Time (#11) and the 25 Greatest Radio Talk Show Hosts of All Time (#5) by “Talkers Magazine”.

Between 2005 and 2008, Sally hosted the radio show “Sally Jessy Raphael on Talknet”, and on 10 November 2010, she made a guest appearance in the talk-show “The Oprah Winfrey Show”.

She has since been staying away from the media’s attention.

Love life and husband

Sally was 18 years old when she exchanged vows with Andrew Vladimir, in a private ceremony attended by only the closest of their friends and family members. It’s believed that the two met while they were both attending Easton Area High School, and Sally went on to give birth to their daughters Allison and Andrea, but then divorced in 1958, while they now also have two grandchildren Kyle and Max. Their daughter Allison died on 2 February 1992, after having overdosed on prescribed drugs.

In 1962, Sally exchanged vows with her second husband Karl Soderlund, and not long after that, she gave birth to their son Jason. The marriage lasted until Karl passed away in 2020.

As of March 2022, Sally seems to be single, has been married twice, and has two daughters with her first husband Andrew Vladimir, and a son with her second husband Karl Soderlund.

Hobbies and other interests

Sally was once passionate about travelling, and her career had taken her all around the US, while she also travelled to various European and Asian countries; her dream travel destination is still Barcelona, Spain.

Sally’s a philanthropist, and has donated money to many charity organizations working with war veterans and underprivileged children, while she’s apparently also donated to animal shelters.

She loves to read books in her spare time – her favorite author is Paulo Coelho, while some of her  favorite books include “The Alchemist”, “Eleven Minutes” and “Manual of the Warrior of Light”.

She’s also a fan of Hollywood, and her favorite actor and actress are George Clooney and Anne Hathaway, while a couple of her favorite films include “Good Night, and Good Luck”, “Ocean’s Eleven” and “One Day”.

Age, height and net worth

Sally’s age is 87. She has long orange hair and brown eyes, her height is 5ft 3ins (1.6m) and she weighs around 120lbs (55kgs).

As of March 2022, Sally’s net worth is estimated at more than $40 million.

General Info

Full NameSally
Net Worth$14.5 Million
Date Of BirthFebruary 25, 1935, February 25, 1935
ProfessionJournalist, Film producer, Talk show host, Actor, Journalist, Film producer, Talk show host, Actor
EducationColumbia University, Easton Area High School, Carnegie Mellon University, Columbia University, Easton Area High School, Carnegie Mellon University
NationalityAmerican, American


SpouseKarl Soderland, Karl Soderland, Andrew Vladimir
ChildrenAllison Vladimir, Allison Vladimir
ParentsJesse Lowenthal, Dede Lowry, Jesse Lowenthal, Dede Lowry
SiblingsSteven Lowenthal, Steven Lowenthal


AwardsDaytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host, Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host
NominationsGLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Talk Show Episode, Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Makeup, Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing in a Talk Show/Entertainment News or Morning Program, Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Art Direction/Set Decoration/Scenic Design
MoviesNo One Would Tell, I'm Still Sally!, No One Would Tell, I'm Still Sally!
TV ShowsSally, Sally

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#Marks / Signs
1Wears red-framed glasses


1Her grandparents were all Jewish immigrants, her paternal grandparents from Poland and Russia, and her maternal grandparents from Lithuania and Russia.
2Now hosts, with her husband and brother, a one hour weekday radio talkshow on the internet, via her website - [July 2004]
3The source of her famous red-framed glasses goes all the way back to her first broadcast news job. She was about to start taping on her first day of work when she tripped, breaking her glasses in the process. With only minutes before taping, she raced to the nearest store to find a replacement pair. She found that the only pair that matched her prescription was cheaply made, with red frames. This soon became her trademark.
4She has stated in interviews that she was adamantly against the trashy, Jerry Springer-inspired direction that the content of her talk-show was taking in its later years. She states that she was under constant pressure from network execs looking for big ratings and, rather than quit, stayed on for the benefit of her long-time co-workers, whom she considered family.
5Had corrective laser eye surgery, so she longer needs to wear prescription glasses. However, Sally says she still wears her trademark red-framed glasses at the behest of her producers. Not True. Never had surgery.




I'm Still Sally!2011TV MovieSally
Pauly Shore Is Dead2003Sally Jessy Raphael
The Guru2002Sally Jessy Raphaël (as Sally Jessy Raphaël)
Meet Wally Sparks1997Sally Jessy Raphael
The Associate1996Sally Jessy Raphael
No One Would Tell1996TV MovieJudge
Touched by an Angel1996TV SeriesMrs. Angeli
Diagnosis Murder1996TV SeriesDr. Gina Lawson
Sesame Street1995TV SeriesGuest Appearance in 'A New Way to Walk'
Murphy Brown1993TV SeriesSally Jessy Raphael
The Equalizer1989TV SeriesSally Jessy Raphael


A Mother's Testimony2001TV Movie executive producer
Rivals2000TV Movie executive producer
The Third Twin1997TV Movie executive producer


Évocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie2012Documentary archive footage


Homicide: Life on the Street1996TV Series special thanks - 1 episode


Oprah: Where Are They Now?2016TV SeriesHerself
The Insider2015TV SeriesHerself
The View2014TV SeriesHerself
Sally Jessy Rides!2014TV SeriesHerself
Big Morning Buzz Live2012-2013TV SeriesHerself
Évocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie2012DocumentaryHerself - TV Host
The Wendy Williams Show2010TV SeriesHerself
The Oprah Winfrey Show2010TV SeriesHerself
The Knights of Prosperity2007TV SeriesHerself
The Story of Light Entertainment2006TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
The Surreal Life2004-2005TV SeriesHerself
Howard Stern2005TV SeriesHerself
Chappelle's Show2004TV SeriesHerself
Hollywood Squares2003TV SeriesHerself - Panelist
The N.Y. Friars Club Roast of Chevy Chase2002TV MovieHerself
Unconditional Love2002Herself
15 Minutes of True Tabloid Stars2001Video documentary shortHerself
Jenny Jones2001TV SeriesHerself
Double Whammy2001Herself
TV Funhouse2000TV SeriesHerself
Da Ali G Show2000TV SeriesHerself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1997-1999TV SeriesHerself
Behind the Music1999TV Series documentaryHerself
Politically Incorrect1998TV SeriesHerself
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch1996TV SeriesHerself
Aliens in the Family1996TV SeriesHerself
Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon1995TV SeriesHerself
The Nanny1994TV SeriesHerself
Dave's World1994TV SeriesHerself
The Addams Family1991Herself
The Bikini Open 51991TV MovieHerself
The Howard Stern Show1991TV SeriesHerself
Sally Jessy Raphael1990-1991TV SeriesHerself - Hostess
Jerry Springer1991TV SeriesHerself
The Arsenio Hall Show1989-1990TV SeriesHerself
Happy Birthday, Bugs!: 50 Looney Years1990TV Movie documentaryHerself
Good Morning America1990TV SeriesHerself
Donahue1990TV SeriesHerself
Kojak: Fatal Flaw1989TV MovieHerself (as Sally Jessy Raphaël)
Live with Kelly and Michael1989TV SeriesHerself
The 16th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards1989TV SpecialHerself
The Pat Sajak Show1989TV SeriesHerself
The New Hollywood Squares1987-1988TV SeriesHerself
Fame, Fortune and Romance1986TV SeriesHerself
The CBS Morning News1986TV SeriesHerself
Another World1964TV SeriesHerself (1993)

Archive Footage

Who Took Johnny2014DocumentaryHerself
RuPaul's Drag Race2013TV SeriesHerself
GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling2012DocumentaryHerself
Crazy Love2007/IDocumentaryHerself (uncredited)
E! True Hollywood Story2001TV Series documentaryHerself
Sideshow: Alive on the Inside1999TV Movie documentaryHerself
Resident Alien1990DocumentaryHerself - Talk Show Host (as Sally Jesse Raphael)


Won Awards

1989Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Talk/Service Show HostSally Jessy Raphael (1985)

Nominated Awards

1992Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Talk/Service Show HostSally Jessy Raphael (1985)
1991Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Talk/Service Show HostSally Jessy Raphael (1985)
1990Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Talk/Service Show HostSally Jessy Raphael (1985)
1988Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Talk/Service Show HostSally Jessy Raphael (1985)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

Benjy is currently a reporter for BiographyPedia based in Adelaide, Australia. Prior to joining BiographyPedia in July 2019, he was a Bizarre TV reporter and theatre critic at TheSun. Benjy has also written for DailyMail and TMZ. Benjy studied journalism at Goldsmiths University of London, graduating in 2009. You can contact him at [email protected]

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