• Lara Spencer (born June 19, 1969) is an American TV presenter best known for co-anchoring Good Morning America.
• She was raised in Garden City, New York, and attended Pennsylvania State University on an athletic scholarship.
• She worked as a reporter, editor, producer, photographer and news van driver before joining ABC in 1999.
• She has hosted several TV game shows and written two books on interior design.
• She is married to Richard McVey with whom she has two children and has an estimated net worth of over $10 million.
Known for movies
|Net Worth||$6 million|
|Date Of Birth||June 19, 1969|
|Fact||The 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.|
- 1 Who is Lara Spencer?
- 2 Early life and education
- 3 Lara’s career
- 4 Other works
- 5 Presence on social media networks
- 6 Husband and children
- 7 Hobbies and interesting facts
- 8 Age, height and net worth
- 9 General Info
- 10 Family
- 11 Accomplishments
- 12 Social profile links
- 13 Facts
- 14 Pictures
- 15 Movies
- 16 Awards
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Full Name||Lara Spencer|
|Net Worth||$6 million|
|Date Of Birth||June 19, 1969|
|Profession||Journalist, Screenwriter, Television producer, Actor|
|Education||Pennsylvania State University|
|Children||Duff Haffenreffer, Katharine Paige Haffenreffer|
|Parents||Richard von Seelen, Carolyn von Seelen|
|Awards||Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Morning Program|
|Nominations||People'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 Shows||It's Worth What?, Good Morning America, Flea Market Flip, The Insider|
|1||Has 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).|
|2||Friend of Bethenny Frankel.|
|3||Left The Insider (2004) to return to Good Morning America (1975) as the lifestyle anchor [May 2011].|
|4||Her 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).|
|5||Lives in a 1961 Hollywood Hills house, which she decorated. Has a trampoline in the backyard and uses it with her children.|
|6||Likes to take day hikes around Los Angeles with her family.|
|7||Given the loving nickname, Tanglefoot, by George Clooney after she tripped on her face at a private movie screening, got up and curtsied.|
|8||Grew up in the wealthy suburb of Garden City, Long Island.|
|9||Lara, her husband and their children lived in the "Riverside" section of Greenwich, Connecticut before moving to Los Angeles in 2008.|
|10||Began her career at NBC as an NBC page.|
|11||Has a dog named Dandy.|
|12||Was 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.|
|13||The 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.|
|14||Worked for "Eyewitness News" on WABC-TV in New York and for Good Morning America (1975). |
|15||She graduated in 1991 from Pennsylvania State University, where she studied communications and was a competitive diver.|
|The Muppets.||2016||TV Series||Lara Spencer|
|Gary Unmarried||2010||TV Series||Lara|
|It's Worth What?||2011||TV Series creator|
|It's Worth What?||2011||TV Series executive producer|
|America's Next Top Model||2011||TV Series special thanks - 1 episode|
|Good Morning America||2002-2017||TV Series||Herself - Co-Anchor / Herself - Lifestyle Anchor / Herself / ...|
|Beat Bobby Flay||2017||TV Series||Herself - Judge|
|To Tell the Truth||2017||TV Series||Herself - Panelist|
|The Dr. Oz Show||2016||TV Series||Herself|
|Farmers' Market Flip||2016||TV Series||Herself - Hostess|
|Good Morning America Weekend Edition||2012-2016||TV Series||Herself - GMA Co-Anchor / Herself - Co-Anchor|
|Flea Market Flip||2016||TV Series||Herself - Host|
|Entertainment Tonight||2007-2016||TV Series||Herself|
|The View||2013-2015||TV Series||Herself - Guest Co-Hostess / Herself|
|LEGO Good Morning America||2015||Video short||Herself - Co-Anchor (voice)|
|Toy Soldier||2015/I||Short||Herself - Co-Anchor (LEGO Good Morning America segment) (voice)|
|Oscars Opening Ceremony: Live from the Red Carpet||2015||TV Special||Herself - Host|
|Rachael Ray||2006-2015||TV Series||Herself|
|GAC Insider||2015||TV Mini-Series||Herself|
|The Wendy Williams Show||2012-2014||TV Series||Herself / Herself - Guest|
|Jimmy Kimmel Live!||2014||TV Series||Herself - Guest|
|Inside Edition||2014||TV Series documentary||Herself|
|The Chew||2012-2014||TV Series||Herself / Herself - Guest|
|Live with Kelly and Michael||2014||TV Series||Herself|
|Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade||2013||TV Special||Herself - Host|
|Sesame Street||2013||TV Series||Herself|
|The 2014 Miss America Pageant||2013||TV Special documentary||Herself - Co-Hostess|
|The Oscars Red Carpet Live||2013||TV Special||Herself - Host|
|Emmys Red Carpet Live||2012||TV Movie||Herself - Host|
|The Soup||2012||TV Series||Herself|
|Piers Morgan Tonight||2012||TV Series||Herself|
|Good Afternoon America||2012||TV Series||Herself - Co-Anchor|
|Flea Market Flip||2012||TV Series||Herself - Host|
|I Brake for Yard Sales||2012||TV Movie||Herself - Host|
|Keeping Up with the Kardashians||2011||TV Series||Herself|
|ABC News Nightline||2011||TV Series||Herself|
|America's Next Top Model||2008-2011||TV Series||Herself - 'The Insider' / Herself|
|Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials 2011||2011||TV Movie||Herself - Host|
|The Insider||2006-2010||TV Series||Herself / Herself - Host|
|Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List||2010||TV Series||Herself|
|Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials 2010||2010||TV Movie||Herself - Co-Host|
|The Early Show||2009||TV Series||Herself|
|Live from the Red Carpet: The 36th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards||2009||TV Special||Herself - Host|
|Legends Ball||2006||TV Movie documentary||Herself|
|Iron Chef America: The Series||2006||TV Series||Herself - Judge|
|The Tony Danza Show||2005||TV Series||Herself|
|The 32nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards||2005||TV Special||Herself|
|Antiques Roadshow||2004-2005||TV Series||Herself - Host|
|Antiques Roadshow FYI||2005||TV Series||Herself - Host|
|The 31st Annual People's Choice Awards||2005||TV Special||Herself - Red Carpet|
|Extreme Makeover: Home Edition||2004||TV Series||Herself|
|Inside Edition||2014-2015||TV Series documentary||Herself / Herself - Co-Hostess, Good Morning America / Herself - Co-Hostess, Miss America Pageant / ...|
|Entertainment Tonight||2014-2015||TV Series||Herself / Herself - Co-Hostess, Good Morning America|
|The Insider||2014-2015||TV Series||Herself - Co-Hostess, Good Morning America / Herself|
|Media Buzz||2014-2015||TV Series||Herself - Co-Hostess, Good Morning America / Herself - Lifestyle Anchor|
|Iron Chef America: The Series||2013||TV Series||Herself - Judge|
|2014||Daytime Emmy||Daytime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Special Class Special||Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade (2013)|
|2013||People's Choice Award||People's Choice Awards, USA||Favorite Daytime TV Host||Good Morning America (1975)|
|2005||Primetime Emmy||Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Reality Program||Antiques Roadshow (1997)|
Source: IMDb, Wikipedia