Who is Star Jones and why is she famous?
TV personality and green celebrity Star Jones is no stranger to television or charity. She was a co-hostess for 10 years on ABC’s The View and she was the E! hostess for the Red Carpet Pre Awards show until they parted ways in 2005. Jones has a soft spot for children and family charities, and she supports the HollyRod Foundation, which works to support those with debilitating life circumstances — Parkinson’s Disease in particular. Jones will playing to benefit the American Heart Association on Celebrity Apprentice 4.
Star Jones also supports Champions for Children, which supports Safe Horizon’s battle against child abuse. While perhaps best known for roles in television journalism, the green celebrity is an accomplished lawyer, having earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Houston Law Center in 1986.
Website Biography.Com notes:
Jones became especially well known for her work during the William Kennedy Smith rape trial in Palm Beach, Florida. Jones’ work caught the attention of Jeff Zucker, then executive producer of the Today show. “She had knowledge of the legal aspects, but she talked like a regular person,” Zucker recalls. The show first booked her as a guest. A few weeks later, she was offered a full-time contract as an NBC-TV legal expert.
Her career continued to take off when she was assigned to take on the role of chief legal correspondent for Inside Edition. Star Jones was tasked to follow the infamous O. J. Simpson trial, and became the only correspondent to interview Simpson during the civil proceedings.
Following her time at Inside Edition, she was offered a spot on The View on ABC, which was nominated for an Emmy award consistently from 1999 to 2006 and won the Daytime Emmy Award in 1997 and 2004 while green celebrity Star Jones was a co-host.
But aside from her work in law and journalism, green celebrity Star Jones is a philanthropist. In 2002, she started the Starlet Fund, dedicated to assisting women, young girls, and families in need.
In a video for Celebrity Apprentice 4, Star Jones highlights her reasons for choosing the American Heart Association as he beneficiary. “I’m playing for the American Heart Association,” she says. “But in some ways, I’m playing for all the health concerns that I have overcome.” She goes on to cite heart disease as the number one killer of African-American women. Jones has had open-heart surgery in the last year and she believes she has conquered obesity and heart disease by being proactive about her heart care. She hopes her green celebrity status will serve to prompt other women to get their hearts checked.
The third episode of Celebrity Apprentice 4 will air Sunday, March 20, at 9 p.m., on NBC.