Who is Liza Powel O’Brien?

Liza Ann Powel O’Brien was born in Seattle, Washington State USA, on 12 November 1970 – her zodiac sign is Scorpio and she holds American nationality. She is a copywriter, but perhaps known best for being the wife of Conan O’Brien, a famous American TV host, comedian and writer.

Early life and education

Liza is very secretive when it comes to her early life, and hasn’t shared many details concerning her family, however, it’s known that her father is Jake Powel, a musician known best for being the frontman and guitarist of the band The Dixieland.

She grew up being interested in various things including creative writing, acting and singing, but initially focused on her education.

Upon matriculating in 1988, Liza enrolled at Vassar College and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in 1992. She then went on to Columbia University from which she obtained her Master of Fine Arts degree in 1994.

Liza’s career

Not a lot is known about her career as she prefers to stay away from the media’s attention, however, it is known that Liza once worked for the advertising agency Foote, Cone & Belding which is amongst the largest advertising agencies in the world, and is today reportedly working as an advertising executive.

Love life and marriage with Conan O’Brien

Liza and Conan actually met in an episode of his show “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” in 2000.

They married in 2002 after around a year and a half of dating, in a private ceremony attended by some of their closest friends and family members. In 2003, Liza gave birth to their daughter Neve, and in 2005, their son Beckett was born.

Liza hasn’t talked about any other men she has perhaps been with, however, it is widely known that Conan was in a relationship with two women before meeting Liza. In 1988, he began dating the famous American actress Lisa Kudrow, perhaps still known best for her portrayal of Phoebe Buffay in the comedy series “Friends”; they were together for five years before splitting ways in 1993. In 1994, Conan began dating the actress Lynn Kaplan, and they were also together for five years before breaking up in 1999.

Liza Powel O’Brien and Conan O’Brien

As of February 2021, Liza is married to Conan O’Brien, and they have two children together.

Hobbies and other interests

Liza has been interested in books since she enrolled at elementary school, and has to this day read numerous. Her favorite genres include science fiction, biography and history, and a couple of her favorite books are “Dune” by Frank Herbert, “Steve Jobs” by Walter Isaacson and “Guns, Germs, and Steel” by Jared Diamond.

She likes to travel, and has been to every US state while she’s also been to every other continent at least once, excluding the Antarctic.

Liza is a lover of animals, and has volunteered at various animal shelters.

In her spare time, she enjoys watching movies starring her favorite actor and actress – Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep – such as “Sleepless in Seattle”, “Cast Away” and “The Terminal”.

Age, height and net worth

Liza’s age is 50. She has long blonde hair and blue eyes, her height is 5ft 8ins (1.73m) and she weighs around 130lbs (59kgs). As of February 2021, her net worth has been estimated at over $1 million, while Conan’s net worth is reputedly over $150 million.

Who is Conan O’Brien?

Conan Christopher O’Brien was born in Brookline, Massachusetts USA, on 18 April 1963 – his zodiac sign is Aries and he holds American nationality. He is known best for having hosted the shows “The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien”, “Late Night with Conan O’Brien”, and “Conan”.

Conan was raised in Brookline alongside his two sisters and three brothers, by their mother Ruth who was a lawyer and a partner at the company Ropes & Gray, and their father Thomas Francis who taught medicine at Harvard Medical School, and is an epidemiologist and a physician.

Conan studied at Brookline High School, at which he became interested in writing and journalism in general. He was the managing editor of the school’s paper “The Sagamore”, and when aged 18 entered the writing contest the National Council of Teachers of English, winning it with his story “To Bury the Living”. He matriculated as the valedictorian in 1981. and then enrolled at Harvard University from which he graduated magna cum laude in 1985.

During his time at Harvard, Conan was mostly focused on playing the video game “One on One: Dr. J vs Larry Bird”, writing for the paper “Harvard Lampoon”, and playing the drums in the band The Bad Clams.

Following graduation, he moved to Los Angeles in California and started writing for several shows, including “Not Necessarily the News” and “The Wilton North Report”. He began writing for “Saturday Night Live” in January 1988 and quit in 1991 without having any other career plans at that time, however, as he was already somewhat known for his writing skills, he was invited by Al Jean and Mike Reiss to write for their hit animated comedy series “The Simpsons”. Conan kept the job for two years, until in 1993 invited to host the show “Late Night with Conan O’Brien”.

He had problems during his first year as he was criticized by many, and the show was in constant risk of being cancelled, however, he steadily attracted people with his style and sense of humor, and in 1996 the show was nominated for an Emmy Award for Best Writing in a Comedy or Variety Series, and subsequently for an Emmy each year for the following 11 years, winning only in 2007. The final episode of “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” aired on 20 February 2009.

He then went on to host “The Tonight Show” for around seven months, until on 8 November 2010, his new show “Conan” aired its first episode.

It has been airing to this day, however, it’s recently been reported that “Conan” will most likely end in June 2021.

Since 18 November 2018, Conan has also been hosting his podcast “Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend”.

In September 2006, Father David Ajemian of The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston started stalking Conan. He kept sending him letters, and it appeared that in some of these Father David was threatening Conan. He eventually tried to enter a taping of Conan’s show, but was arrested and later released on bail. After disappearing on 10 November 2007 and being re-arrested for stalking Conan, Father David admitted to his crime and had to pay $95, while he also placed under a two year restraining order.

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Robbie is currently a reporter for TheBiography based in Santa Monica, CA. Prior to joining TheBiography in December 2020, he was an entertainment reporter in People.

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