Meredith Vieira


Meredith Vieira Trivia


  • Trivia

    • In 2009, Meredith won 2 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Special Class Special in her work on Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and Outstanding Game Show Host in her work on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.

    • In 2007, Meredith won an Emmy Award for Excellence in Morning Programming in her work on Today.

    • Meredith and Today co-anchor Matt Lauer share the same birthday on December 30th.

    • Meredith attended the funeral of fellow news anchor Tim Russert.

    • Meredith is the recipient of the 2001 "Woman of the Year" award in May, 2001 presented by City of Hope. She has also been honored by the Anti-Defamation League.

    • Meredith hosted the Miss America Pagent in September 1998.

    • Meredith's first day as co-anchor sitting next to Matt Lauer is September 15th 2006.

    • Meredith has won seven Emmy Awards for her work on West 57th, 60 Minutes., Turning Point and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?.
      In May 2005, she won one of her Daytime Emmy Award's as Outstanding Game Show Host for Who Wants To Be a Millionaire, becoming one of only two women in the three decades of the Daytime Emmy Awards to receive this honor. is In 1995, she garnered her sixth Emmy Award for her report, "Inside the Hate Conspiracy: America's Terrorists," an in-depth look at a white supremacists' group who became the most wanted criminals in America.

    • Meredith has been married to journalist and Columbia University Journalism Professor Richard Cohen since July 14 1986. They have 3 children: Benjamin Edwin Cohen (1989), Gabriel Anthony Cohen (1991),and Lily Max Cohen (1993). They currently reside in Westchester County. Cohen has had multiple sclerosis since he was 25 years old. MS runs in the Cohen family, as Cohen's father Dr. Ben Cohen and grandmother had MS. Recently Cohen had two colon-cancer surgeries.

    • Meredith's parents are Mary Elsie Vieira and Edwin Vieira.

    • Meredith is the spokesperson on Bayer commercials.

    • Meredith joined the NBC team in September 2006 when she came to co-host The Today Show with Matt Lauer, replacing long-time co-host Katie Couric.

    • Appeared in Playboy magazine in the Febuary 2004.

    • Before becoming the host of the syndicated version of Who wants to be a Millionaire?, she appeared as a celebrity contestant on an episode of Regis Philbin's Millionaire played to benefit the victims of 9/11.

    • Appeared on the Lion King 1 1/2 DVD in a special game: Who Wants to be the King of the Jungle? a spoof of the show she hosts Who wants to be a Millionaire?. Timon the Meerkat was the contestant; Pumbaa was in the audience and was one of the animals you could select in the "Phone an Animal" lifeline an obvious spoof on the "phone a friend" lifeline from the real Millionaire.

    • Has stated on The View that because she wears pantyhose, she doesn't wear underwear. She thinks it would be redundant to wear both.

    • Announced on-air during The View show in May 2002 that she's decided to accept ABC's offer to host the syndicated version of Who Wants To Be A Millionare weekly series, beginning in the fall, while she continues to co-host View for the next five years. Reportedly, her salary may jump from $500,000 a year to $5 million.

  • Quotes

    • Meredith: My most embarrassing moment was when I was a student at Tufts University and decided to go "streaking" with a group of girls in the middle of January. Somehow I lost them and ended up being chased by the campus police. You'd be amazed at how fast you can run when there's a cool breeze "behind" you. (I made a turn, and hid in the bushes for a half hour before high-tailing it back to my dorm.)