Known for movies

Short Info

Net Worth$6 million
Date Of BirthJune 19, 1969
SpouseDavid Haffenreffer
FactBegan her career at NBC as an NBC page.


Who is Lara Spencer?

Lara Christine Von Seelen was born in Garden City, New York State USA, on 19 June 1969 – her zodiac sign is Gemini, and she holds American nationality. She’s a TV presenter, who’s probably known best for being the co-anchor of the American TV program “Good Morning America”.

Early life and education

Lara was raised in Garden City alongside her sisters Lisa and Karen and brothers Kirk and Keith, by their father Richard Ernest and mother Carolyn von Seelen; not a lot is known about Lara’s family, because she respects their privacy.

Lara was amongst the best in her class while attending a local elementary school, which was why her parents began urging her to focus on her education and pursue a college degree. She studied at Garden City High School, and was interested in many activities during her four years there, perhaps mostly focused on practicing creative writing, as well as writing for the school’s newspaper. Lara also practiced springboard and platform diving, and entered several national competitions.

She matriculated in 1987 and then enrolled at Pennsylvania State University on an athletic scholarship, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism in 1991; in the same year, she was named All American Athlete.

Lara’s career

Upon graduating, Lara volunteered in the NBC Page program, and had an opportunity to work alongside experienced reporters as a way to learn more about the job. She was then hired by the CBS-affiliated TV station WDEF, a job for which she had to move to Chattanooga in Tennessee; the job was quite exhausting for Lara, as she was a reporter, editor, producer, photographer and news van driver.

She stayed at WDEF for around a year, prior to joining News 12 Long Island, where after two years Lara started anchoring the newscast at 3 a.m., and it’s widely recogniseded that her breakthrough was her coverage of the TWA Flight 800 crash.

She was then hired by the multinational commercial broadcast TV network American Broadcasting Company (ABC) in 1999, becoming the national correspondent for their show “Good Morning America”, a job she’s been holding for more than 20 years now, however, back in 2018, the magazine “People” revealed that she was planning to quit so that she could focus on DuffKat Media, her own production company which she had launched a year earlier.

Other works

Lara created and produced the TV game-show “It’s Worth What?”, which debuted on 19 July 2011, but ran for only a single season; it was hosted by Cedric the Entertainer.

Because she’s passionate about interior designing, she has also created and produced the shows “I Brake for Yard Sales” and “Flea Market Flip”.

Lara published her first book “I Brake for Yard Sales” in April 2012, about how to decorate your rooms with secondhand items. She published her second book “Flea Market Fabulous: Designing Gorgeous Rooms with Vintage Treasures” on 16 September 2014, also about interior designing.

Presence on social media networks

Lara is highly active on Instagram, and is today followed by close to 400,000 people, while she’s uploaded nearly 2,500 pictures onto the network; the majority of these have been taken during her everyday life, and thus reveal a lot about Lara, including the fact that she’s passionate about travelling, and has been all around the world for both work and pleasure.

Lara has also showed her fans that she’s a lover of dogs, as her pet dog Dan the Man can be seen featured in many of her Instagram pictures.

She launched her Twitter account in March 2009, and it’s today followed by close to 300,000 people, while she’s tweeted nearly 10,000 times; Lara mostly writes to share news with her fans, but also her opinion on various matters.

She has a Facebook profile, but seems to be using it just to keep in touch with her closest friends and family members.

Lara doesn’t have her own TikTok account, but many videos featuring her have been uploaded onto the network by other users, and these have been watched over five million times.

Husband and children

Lara has married twice. She exchanged vows with David Haffenreffer on 30 September 2000 at St. Andrew’s Dune Church, in a private ceremony attended by only the closest of their friends and family members; David’s also a journalist, who once worked at the TV news network CNNfn. On 22 January 2002 Lara gave birth to their son Duff, and their daughter Kate followed in 2004; the family lived in Greenwich, Connecticut prior to Lara and David divorcing in June 2015.

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She revealed in January 2018 that she was engaged to Richard McVey, an American entrepreneur who’s today the chairman and CEO of the electronic trading company MarketAxess; the two met on a blind date set by a mutual friend. Lara and Richard married on 1 September 2018.

Lara hasn’t spoken of any other men whom she has perhaps been with, and as of March 2022, she’s married to her second husband Richard McVey, and has two children with her first husband David Haffenreffer.

Hobbies and interesting facts

Lara’s a fashionista, and is trying to keep up with all of the latest fashion trends by reading magazines such as “Elle” and “Vogue”; she’s also a bit of a shopaholic, as she goes shopping for clothes every week.

Summer is Lara’s favorite season, mostly because she likes to sun tan and drink cocktails at the beach, while she also enjoys going yachting.

Lara enjoys attending football and basketball games, as well as various ice hockey and baseball games.

She likes to watch movies in her spare time, and her favorite actor and actress are Tom Hanks and Amanda Seyfried, while a couple of her favorite films include “Saving Private Ryan”, “Sleepless in Seattle” and “Dear John”.

Age, height and net worth

Lara’s age is 52. She has long blonde hair and brown eyes, her height is 5ft 10ins (1.8m) and she weighs around 155lbs (70kgs).

As of March 2022, her net worth has been estimated at more than $10 million.

General Info

Full NameLara Spencer
Net Worth$6 million
Date Of BirthJune 19, 1969
Height1.68 m
ProfessionJournalist, Screenwriter, Television producer, Actor
EducationPennsylvania State University

Family

SpouseDavid Haffenreffer
ChildrenDuff Haffenreffer, Katharine Paige Haffenreffer
ParentsRichard von Seelen, Carolyn von Seelen

Accomplishments

AwardsDaytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Morning Program
NominationsPeople's Choice Award for Favorite Daytime TV Host, News & Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding Live Coverage of a Current News Story – Long Form, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality Program, Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lifestyle Program, Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Specia...
TV ShowsIt's Worth What?, Good Morning America, Flea Market Flip, The Insider

Social profile links

Facts

#Fact
1Has 2 children with her ex-husband David Haffenreffer - a son named David Huffard Haffenreffer III (b.2002) and a daughter named Katherine Paige Haffenreffer (b.2004).
2Friend of Bethenny Frankel.
3Left The Insider (2004) to return to Good Morning America (1975) as the lifestyle anchor [May 2011].
4Her hobby is turning yard-sale goods into conservative-piece treasures. Her hobby for yard-sales turned into a career in 2004, when she became hostess for PBS' Antiques Roadshow (1997).
5Lives in a 1961 Hollywood Hills house, which she decorated. Has a trampoline in the backyard and uses it with her children.
6Likes to take day hikes around Los Angeles with her family.
7Given the loving nickname, Tanglefoot, by George Clooney after she tripped on her face at a private movie screening, got up and curtsied.
8Grew up in the wealthy suburb of Garden City, Long Island.
9Lara, her husband and their children lived in the "Riverside" section of Greenwich, Connecticut before moving to Los Angeles in 2008.
10Began her career at NBC as an NBC page.
11Has a dog named Dandy.
12Was married to David Haffenreffer in Southampton, New York by the Rev. Peter M. Larsen, an Episcopal priest, who performed the ceremony at St. Andrew's Dune Church. The wedding was featured in Martha Stewart Living (1991) TV show and magazine, showcasing Lara's favorite color scheme -- Yellow.
13The daughter of Carolyn and Richard von Seelen of Cutchogue, New York. Her father, who is retired, worked in New York as the president of the North American division of Pringle of Scotland, the knitwear manufacturer.
14Worked for "Eyewitness News" on WABC-TV in New York and for Good Morning America (1975). [2000]
15She graduated in 1991 from Pennsylvania State University, where she studied communications and was a competitive diver.

Pictures

Movies

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Muppets.2016TV SeriesLara Spencer
Gary Unmarried2010TV SeriesLara

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
It's Worth What?2011TV Series creator

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
It's Worth What?2011TV Series executive producer

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
America's Next Top Model2011TV Series special thanks - 1 episode

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Good Morning America2002-2017TV SeriesHerself - Co-Anchor / Herself - Lifestyle Anchor / Herself / ...
Beat Bobby Flay2017TV SeriesHerself - Judge
To Tell the Truth2017TV SeriesHerself - Panelist
The Dr. Oz Show2016TV SeriesHerself
Farmers' Market Flip2016TV SeriesHerself - Hostess
Good Morning America Weekend Edition2012-2016TV SeriesHerself - GMA Co-Anchor / Herself - Co-Anchor
Flea Market Flip2016TV SeriesHerself - Host
Entertainment Tonight2007-2016TV SeriesHerself
The View2013-2015TV SeriesHerself - Guest Co-Hostess / Herself
LEGO Good Morning America2015Video shortHerself - Co-Anchor (voice)
Toy Soldier2015/IShortHerself - Co-Anchor (LEGO Good Morning America segment) (voice)
Oscars Opening Ceremony: Live from the Red Carpet2015TV SpecialHerself - Host
Rachael Ray2006-2015TV SeriesHerself
GAC Insider2015TV Mini-SeriesHerself
The Wendy Williams Show2012-2014TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Inside Edition2014TV Series documentaryHerself
The Chew2012-2014TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest
Live with Kelly and Michael2014TV SeriesHerself
Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade2013TV SpecialHerself - Host
Sesame Street2013TV SeriesHerself
The 2014 Miss America Pageant2013TV Special documentaryHerself - Co-Hostess
The Oscars Red Carpet Live2013TV SpecialHerself - Host
Emmys Red Carpet Live2012TV MovieHerself - Host
The Soup2012TV SeriesHerself
Piers Morgan Tonight2012TV SeriesHerself
Good Afternoon America2012TV SeriesHerself - Co-Anchor
Flea Market Flip2012TV SeriesHerself - Host
I Brake for Yard Sales2012TV MovieHerself - Host
Keeping Up with the Kardashians2011TV SeriesHerself
ABC News Nightline2011TV SeriesHerself
America's Next Top Model2008-2011TV SeriesHerself - 'The Insider' / Herself
Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials 20112011TV MovieHerself - Host
The Insider2006-2010TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Host
Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List2010TV SeriesHerself
Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials 20102010TV MovieHerself - Co-Host
The Early Show2009TV SeriesHerself
Live from the Red Carpet: The 36th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards2009TV SpecialHerself - Host
Legends Ball2006TV Movie documentaryHerself
Iron Chef America: The Series2006TV SeriesHerself - Judge
The Tony Danza Show2005TV SeriesHerself
The 32nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards2005TV SpecialHerself
Antiques Roadshow2004-2005TV SeriesHerself - Host
Antiques Roadshow FYI2005TV SeriesHerself - Host
The 31st Annual People's Choice Awards2005TV SpecialHerself - Red Carpet
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition2004TV SeriesHerself

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Inside Edition2014-2015TV Series documentaryHerself / Herself - Co-Hostess, Good Morning America / Herself - Co-Hostess, Miss America Pageant / ...
Entertainment Tonight2014-2015TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Co-Hostess, Good Morning America
Extra2015TV SeriesHerself
The Insider2014-2015TV SeriesHerself - Co-Hostess, Good Morning America / Herself
Media Buzz2014-2015TV SeriesHerself - Co-Hostess, Good Morning America / Herself - Lifestyle Anchor
Iron Chef America: The Series2013TV SeriesHerself - Judge

Awards

Nominated Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
2014Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Special Class SpecialDisney Parks Christmas Day Parade (2013)
2013People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite Daytime TV HostGood Morning America (1975)
2005Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Reality ProgramAntiques Roadshow (1997)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia
Author

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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